Panasonic DMC LX15 Detailed Review

Panasonic DMC LX15

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In additional DMC LX15 was introduced by Panasonic in September 2016. It belongs to the enthusiast Compacts category.

Panasonic is well-known and shouldn't require further introduction, please see our manufacturer's page for more digital cameras by Panasonic.

BrandPanasonic
CategoryCompact
Date09/2016
Sensor Properties

Also DMC LX15 has a 1" CMOS sensor with size of 13 x 9 mm² (0.52" x 0.35").

Picture of DMC LX15's sensor compared to popular format.

Infographic: DMC LX15 comparing sensor sizes

The 1-Euro coin has a diameter of 23.25mm.

The DMC LX15's sensor has resolution of 20 megapixel.

The Panasonic supports taking images in RAW. RAW images are stored as they come from the sensor, without any in-camera processing or sharpening. Converting to JPEG or other formats takes place on the computer, using software like Adobe Lightroom or Panasonic's RAW converter. This involves one extra processing step but almost always results in superior image quality. Some filters, like converting to monochrome (black and white) will only yield decent results when used with RAW images.

Format1"
Sensor area13.20 x 8.80mm²
(0.52" x 0.35")
TypeCMOS
Resolution (physical)20.10 megapixel
Resolution (effective)20.10 megapixel
Pixel size7.36 µm²
Sensor cleaning
RAW support
Continuous 10 frames/second
Lens
Interchangeable
Focal length (min)26mm
Focal length (max)78mm
Aperture (max)1.4
Aperture (min)2.8
Viewfinder Properties

The DMC LX15 does not come with a built-in viewfinder. The camera's display is used to compose the photo. That can be cumbersome in broad daylight.

Shutter

The DMC LX15's shutter speed varies from 1/4000s to 60s.

Max. shutter speed1/4000s
Min. shutter speed60s
Sensitivity Properties

The DMC LX15's sensitivity goes from 80 ISO und 25600 ISO, a very useful and practical range.

Automatic
Min. sensitivity80 ISO
Max. sensitivity25600 ISO
Exposure Modes

The DMC LX15 supports all general exposure modes.

The Panasonic allows spot exposure for the difficult occasion.

Multi
Center weight
Partial
Spot
Auto Focus Properties

The DMC LX15's auto focus processor uses 49 AF points (or sensors). A basic rule of thumb says that the more AF points you have, the better. More AF points mean a better chance to have a point at the location of interest in a scene, a big plus in challenging situations (e.g. with low contrast subjects).

Manual focus is also possible with the Panasonic, a plus in tricky situations or for some creative freedom.

TypeContrast Detection
AF points49
Manual focusing
Flash Specs

The DMC LX15 features a built-in flash with a range of up to 6m (20 ft.). That range will work for most situations.

A hotshoe is missing from the Panasonic.

Built-in
Range6.00m
(20 ft.)
Hot shoe
Display Specs
DMC LX15 display and touch screen

The DMC LX15 display has a diagonal of 75.00mm (3.0 inches.) and a resolution 1.04 megapixel.

The camera display is intended for selfies or other occasion.

Display parameters:

TypeLCD
Size75.00mm (diagonal)
(3.0 in.)
Resolution1.04 megapixel
Articulated
Touch screen
Video Specs

DMC LX15 video supported the resolution with 3840 x 2160 pixel.

ACamera is not equipped with an external microphone.

Panasonic DMC LX15 Video parameters:

Max. resolution3840 x 2160 pixel
...with frame rates24 frames/second
25 frames/second
30 frames/second
External microphone
Connectivity & Wireless Specs

The DMC LX15 has Wi-fi connection. You can transfer photos to a mobile or laptop using wi-fi.

Connect the Panasonic to a monitor or TV set over HDMI.

The Panasonic supports USB 2.0.

Connection parameters:

WiFi
Bluetooth
NFC
Remote (wired)
Remote (infrared)
Apps
HDMI (standard)
HDMI (mini)
HDMI (micro)
USB 2.0
USB 3.0
USB Micro
USB Mini
USB-C
Custom
Memory

The camera supports SD HC and SD XC cards.

Memory cards characteristics:

Slots1
Memory cardsSD
SDHC
SDXC
Battery

The Panasonic DMC LX15 works with a BLH7E LiIon battery. The battery lifetime is an average 260 shots. That's on the lower side of things for a full day, consider a spare battery for the DMC LX15.

The battery can be charged over USB while in camera. Very useful, especially on vacation when most people bring a USB charger for their smartphone anyway.

The DMC LX15's battery battery parameters:

TypeBLH7E LiIon
Removable
In-camera charging
Battery life260 photos
Size

The Panasonic DMC LX15's dimensions are 105.5 x 60 x 42mm³. (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.7"). This includes the lens. The camera's weight is a reasonable 310 grams (10.0 oz.), lens included.

Here is front and top view of the DMC LX15:

Panasonic DMC LX15 Dimensions (Width / Height)
Panasonic DMC LX15 Dimensions (Width / Depth)
Dimensions Comparison

To put the size of the camera in context, here it is next to a typical ID card (c. 86mm x 55mm, about the size of a credit card).

The DMC LX15 is not much bigger:

Panasonic DMC LX15 size comparison

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