It has been a very interesting time for serious compact cameras over the last few years. On one hand, the push of smartphones as alternative cameras is obvious. On the other hand, the progress in technology , chiefly sensor and lens design, allows for cameras to get smaller and smaller. The 1/1.7″ and even the 2/3 ” (by Fuji) seems relegated to extinction since Sony seems to have imposed its 1″ sensor as the “minimum de rigueur”. First, we got the different iterations of the Sony RX100 (currently on its third version). Last Photokina, it was Canon trying to rivalize Sony with its G7X. Now, Panasonic is entering the arena with its new LX100. For those of you who are not aware of the commercial agreement between Panasonic and Leica, be aware that Leica has a rebadged version of the same camera under the name Leica Dlux Typ 109.
Panasonic intends to upset its competitors by offering a larger sensor than its two new rivals. Does it live up to its ambitions ?