What with jet-lag, some kind of flu and general overwhelmed-ness, I’m a bit behind with things, including my blog reading.
The title is Look At This. So, I did, I looked. And what I saw in that photo was the same general body lines and knob layout as an X100/s/t.*
I know the X100/s/t draws retrospectivley oh so heavily on the heritage of Leica design, but really, the Panasonic offering strongly looks to me like a bandwagon thing – at least on the visual / design front. No doubt it’s a fantastic camera on the inside.
It was the name that did it for me really, as I wondered if it stood for ‘Lumix version of X100.’
Looking here at DP Review also brought about the same slightly disconnected feeling of “what am I looking at?” Kinda X-E1/2-ish from this angle.
DP Review say “Aside from the lenses, the major cosmetic difference between the LX100 (left) and LX7 is the grip.” I’d say not. I’d say it’s the top plate.
Mind you, with the optional lens cover thingy, they totally blew it, as can be seen here. Yuck. Still, without that clue, you’d have to look twice to figure out what he’s holding.
* I’m talking about the front and without the butt ugly lens telescoped out – i.e. the marketing image