Panasonic Lumix LX7 Digital Camera Review$499.99
Looking over our raw resolution data, we see that the LX7 offers some of the best sharpness around, despite a low megapixel count. The lens works best at medium focal lengths, where we recorded average detail levels in excess of 1900 MTF50s, a very strong result. Detail is very slightly worse at close focal lengths, here detail dropped to an average of 1730 MTF50s, which is still a decent figure. Maximum zoom should be avoided, since this caused average sharpness to fall all the way to 1200 MTF50s across all zones. We don't usually see such a significant drop from sub-4x cameras.
Still these are great results. Serious improvements have been made since the LX5, and this model even gives the respected Canon S100 a run for its money. However no camera in this field comes close to the Sony RX100, which is one of the sharpest compact cameras ever made. More on how we test sharpness.
Our stabilization test rig was down during this camera's evaluation period, such is the curse of precision motors. We'll try to update this section in the future, and this may cause the LX7's overall score to increase slightly.
Anecdotally, we observed little or no difference between sample photos taken with or without stabilization, though this is likely due to the lens' modest zoom ratio.