Panasonic announces the LX100 II

Panasonic Lumix LX100 II
The compact camera market as a whole may be in the doldrums, but the premium compact sector is actually doing rather well. The original Panasonic Lumix LX100 struck a chord with photographers who wanted a big sensor and a fast lens in a pocket-sized camera, and this new version brings the concept right up to date.

There are three key features in the Panasonic Lumix LX100 II’s design. The first is that it uses a  ‘multi-aspect’ Micro Four Thirds sensor, where you can shoot in the 4:3 ratio, 3:2, 16:9 or even 1:1 (square) ratio without simple getting a cropped image. Instead, the camera adjusts the sensor area used for each aspect ratio to keep the resolution largely constant. 

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at