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Best Cameras 2014: 13 great cameras you can buy right now

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Panasonic Lumix LX100

Originally reviewed by 30 October 2014

Best manual compact camera

Key features:
  • Brilliant manual controls
  • Excellent build quality
  • 4K video
Panasonic has pitted the Lumix LX100 against the Sony RX100 III and Canon G7 X for the status of premier ‘next-gen’ compact camera, and it offers something different to its rivals. For manual controls, you’ll struggle to find anything better. There’s dials for exposure compensation and shutter speed on top, as well as manual focus and aperture rings around the f/1.7-2.8 lens, all of which will provide that 'dirty', up-close camera experience. It also shoots video in 4K, and the ability to capture 8-megapixel images from this footage is a bonus.

The metal body also feels great in the hand but the EVP oversaturates colours and displays inaccurate contrast levels. The 3-inch LCD display is better, but is basic, lacking touchscreen functionality. For camera enthusiasts who love a manual experience, this is a gadget that’s difficult to top.

Price: £699

Our Score

9/10
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