The 1-inch-sensor “high-end” compact has become one of the most appealing sectors of the camera market for many underwater imaging enthusiasts, with popular choices like the Sony RX100 V and Panasonic Lumix LX10 capable of image and video quality—in favorable conditions—on par with that from mirrorless and DSLR systems. But if you’re noticing the limitations of the 1-inch sensor as you encounter tougher low-light or high-contrast situations—excessive noise and lack of detail—that means moving up to the larger sensor of a mirrorless or DSLR, right?
Well, maybe not—if you consider the Panasonic Lumix LX100 II, as Backscatter does in its latest camera review. With its 17MP Four Thirds sensor (significantly larger than that found in the high-end compacts), 11fps continuous shooting, and 4K/30p video capabilities, the second-generation LX100 is vying for a new title: “ultra-high-end” compact.
Backscatter leaves no stone unturned in its comprehensive assessment of the LX100 II, with CEO Jim Decker putting the camera through its paces with a variety of subjects, from macro critters to fish portraits to wide-angle reef scenes. Alongside the article with Jim’s images, media producer Robin Dodd presents the team’s findings in an accompanying video, describing the LX100 II as “our pick for ultimate compact wide-angle photo camera” and “the best compromise between a mirrorless and a compact camera.” Of course, no camera is perfect, and the LX100 II’s quirks and shortcomings are also discussed in detail.
Watch the video below or check out the full article with links to the Ikelite and Nauticam housing options.
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