We love our iPhones, the quality of the cameras on the iPhone 7 Plus is amazing. The many great apps give the phone seemingly endless versatility. It’s easy to take our phones everywhere. However, iPhone can’t beat an DSLR yet. Our trusty Nikon still takes awesome pictures, but it not only weighs 2+ LBS, it also screams: “tourist with a very expensive camera here!” When we travel it becomes another space eating bag to carry around. I was listening to MacBreak Weekly on my way to work when the internationally beloved tech journalist Andy Ihnatko, made a rather compelling case for getting the Panasonic LUMIX LX 10. You can see Andy’s glowing endorsement here: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=tRP8q6KFZA0 I have been using the LUMIX for the last couple of months and on our trip to Colombia it was our main camera.
Before you run to get this camera, remember it was made by humans, it’s not perfect. The list of things I don’t like about this camera is very short, there are only 2 things I don’t like about it. The first is the battery life. I can take less than 400 pictures on one charge. The second is the Wi-Fi function which limits the transfer to 100 pictures and sometimes works inconsistently. The accompanying iOS app seems to be from 1995. These are by no means deal breakers, I will buy a second battery as soon as the original is available. As hard as I have tried, I haven’t found anything else wrong with this wonderful camera.
The picture quality is amazing even in low light. It has app-ike functions built-in, I particularly like the HDR function and the ability to take panoramas without having to stich photos. The preset scenes are awesome and the intelligent auto mode truly deserves its name! the shutter is also very fast. It does 4K video and has special 4K photo mode which lets you select an 8 megapixel photo from the 4K video. See Andy’s explanation.
The Panasonic LUMIX LX10 is a viable option for those of us who wish to travel light while carrying a top notch travel camera. This camera takes pictures that rival DSLRs and cameras that cost a lot more in its own category.