Panasonic LX10 Performance

 

Timing and Performance

Generally good performance for an enthusiast compact, though startup is a bit sluggish and the buffer is shallow when shooting RAW files.

Startup/Play to Record

Power on
to first shot

~3.2 seconds

Time it takes to turn on and capture a shot.

Play to Record,
first shot

~0.6 second

Time until first shot is captured.

Startup to first shot was a little sluggish for its class at just over 3 seconds. Switching from Play to Record mode and taking a shot was very quick at 0.6 second.


Shutter Response (Lag Time)

Full Autofocus,
Single-area AF mode
Wide Angle

0.125 second

Time from fully pressing shutter button to image capture, with the lens already at the proper focal distance setting.

Full Autofocus,
Single-area AF mode
Telephoto

0.114 second

Time from fully pressing shutter button to image capture, with the lens already at the proper focal distance setting.

Full Autofocus
Single-area AF mode
Flash enabled

0.726 second

Time from fully pressing shutter button to image capture. Auto Flash enabled.

Manual Focus

0.041 second

For most cameras, shutter lag is less in manual focus than autofocus, but usually not as fast as when the camera is "prefocused".

Prefocused

0.037 second

Time to capture, after half-pressing and holding shutter button.

The Panasonic LX10's autofocus speeds were excellent in our tests, especially for a camera that uses contrast detection only. The LX10 produced full-autofocus shutter lag (with the subject at a fixed distance) of 0.125 second at full wide angle and 0.114 second at full telephoto using 1-area (center) AF. That's faster than most DSLRs. Enabling the flash increased lag to 0.726 second, though, to account for preflash metering.

When manually focused, the LX10's lag time was 0.041 second, which is fast. The LX10's prefocused shutter lag time of 0.037 second was quick, though not as fast as some competitors.

To minimize the effect of different lens' focusing speed, we test AF-active shutter lag with the lens already set to the correct focal distance.


Cycle Time (shot to shot)

Single Shot mode
Large/Fine JPEG

0.33 second

Time per shot, averaged over a few frames (we no longer test for buffer depths in single-shot mode).

Single Shot mode
RAW + L/F JPEG

0.70 second

Time per shot, averaged over a few frames (we no longer test for buffer depths in single-shot mode).

Early shutter
penalty?

YES

Some cameras refuse to snap another shot if you release and press the shutter too quickly in Single Shot mode, making "No" the preferred answer.

Continuous H
Large Fine JPEG

0.10 second (9.90 frames per second);
80 frames total;
6 seconds to clear*

Time per shot, averaged over buffer length of 80 frames, then slows to 0.18s or 5.52 fps when buffer is full.

Continuous H
RAW

0.11 second (9.29 frames per second);
14 frames total;
9 seconds to clear*

Time per shot, averaged over buffer length of 14 frames, then slows to 0.59s or 1.69 fps when buffer is full.

Continuous H
RAW + L/F JPEG

0.11 second (9.30 frames per second);
13 frames total;
12 seconds to clear*

Time per shot, averaged over buffer length of 13 frames, then slows to 1.63s or 0.61 fps when buffer is full.

Super HS mode
5-megapixel JPEG

0.02 second (50.0 frames per second);
60 frames total;
7 seconds to clear*

Time per shot, averaged over fixed buffer length of 60 frames.

Flash Recycling

3.7 seconds

Flash at maximum output.

*Note: Buffer clearing times measured with a SanDisk Extreme Pro 95MB/sec UHS-I SDHC card. Slower cards will produce correspondingly slower clearing times. Slow cards may also limit length of bursts in continuous mode. ISO sensitivity and noise reduction settings can also affect cycle times and burst mode performance.

Single-shot cycle times were good, ranging between 0.33 and 0.70 second for JPEG and RAW+JPEG files respectively, however there was a pre-press penalty (if you press the shutter release too soon after taking a shot, the camera will ignore it and you have to press again to take another shot).

Continuous High Speed "H" mode burst rate was fast at 9.9 frames per second for best quality JPEGs, almost matching Panasonic's 10 fps spec with AFS (focus locked at the first frame). When shooting RAW or RAW+JPEG files, the frame rate reduced only slightly to about 9.3 fps. With continuous autofocus enabled, the top frame rate drops to 6 fps according to Panasonic, however we do not test with continuous AF in the lab.

In Continuous High Speed "H" mode full-resolution buffer depth was very generous for Large/Fine JPEGs at 80 frames, but when shooting RAW files buffer size dropped to 14 frames, or 13 frames when shooting RAW+JPEG files.

The LX10 also features a "Super HS" mode which captures 5-megapixel JPEGs at 50 fps for up to 60 frames using the electronic shutter. There is also a 4K burst mode, allowing you to shoot 8.3-megapixel JPEGs at 30 fps continuously, however we did not test that mode in the lab.

Buffer clearing was reasonable with a fast UHS-I card, ranging from 6 to 12 seconds depending on the file type and burst mode, and you can continue shooting (at a much slower rate; see table above) or change settings while the buffer is clearing. However, you can't view just-shot images until the buffer is flushed to the card.

Flash recycling after full-power discharge took an average of 3.7 seconds, which is a bit slow.


Bottom line, the Panasonic LX10's performance is generally very good with fast mode switching, very quick autofocus, good burst speeds and reasonably quick buffer clearing. Startup time was a bit slow, though, and while buffer depth is excellent when shooting JPEGs in Continuous High Speed mode, buffer depths are quite limited with RAW files.

Battery Life

Fair battery life for its size.

Operating Mode Battery Life
Still Capture,
(CIPA standard)
260 shots

The Panasonic LX10 uses a custom rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack for power, and comes with a single battery and an AC adapter for in-camera charging via USB. The CIPA-rated 260 shots per charge is decent for its size and class, but we definitely recommend getting a second battery for your LX10 if you plan any extended outings.

The table above shows the number of shots the camera is capable of (on a fully-charged rechargeable battery), based on CIPA battery-life and/or manufacturer standard test conditions.

(Interested readers can find an English translation of the CIPA DC-002 standards document here. (180K PDF document))

 



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