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Old January 17th, 2013, 02:03 PM   #16
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and, not to forget the really nice EVF that can be added to the LX7 for less than $200. And the EVF is an essential as far as I am concern.
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Old January 17th, 2013, 02:17 PM   #17
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Yes, and not only is the EVF high quality, it has advantages over those built in to cameras in that it rotates 90 degrees.
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Old January 18th, 2013, 08:15 PM   #18
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I thought it might be helpful to report back on my limited experience thus far with the HX20v which arrived this morning. The day dawned clear and soon became hot, very hot; not a cloud in the southern sky - skin cancer inducing conditions as often happens here.

My first impressions regarding both still photographs and video, to stay with the Ron Evan classification system I would say the output from the HX20v is even better than lovely; in fact I would say almost extremely lovely. In comparison my NEX 5n with the Sony E 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS lens attached produces video that is quite nice (more on still photo comparisons later but there the NEX 5n is in another league altogether just as with video the EX1 is). And using the same highly scientific comparison methodology I rate the CX700 as not too bad.

And while the RX100, from what I have viewed on the Internet is also nice to quite nice it and the LX7 are just not in the picture because of their limited zoom capability and therefore of no interest to me.

Thanks everyone for contributing to this thread. In conclusion might I say that the HX20v more than meets my expectations and needs as a pocketable travel cam and truly deserves its excellent reputation, in my opinion.

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Old March 8th, 2013, 12:32 PM   #19
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I picked up a Lumix LX7 yesterday, and am blown away by its image quality, both stills and video. The only let down is the sound, although vocals are crystal clear, the pre amp cuts in, at the slightest pause in input. I know we shouldnt expect to much from a camera in this price range, but it does marr the camera, ever so slightly. Other than that its a first class camera. Just took some shots at my very dark, local church, the camera was seeing more than me, with reasonably clean footage at 1600 iso.
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Old March 22nd, 2013, 07:36 PM   #20
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A decent review of some of the front runners:

Sony RX100 review vs Panasonic LX7 and Canon S110 | DSLR and Video Gear Reviews From The Battlefield
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Old April 21st, 2013, 09:28 AM   #21
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the Lumix LX7 as travel camera
Panasonic Lumix LX7 in Isla Mujeres Mexico - YouTube
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Old April 21st, 2013, 12:43 PM   #22
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Amazing clarity and colour. love my LX7, great stills as well. My best buy of the year.
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