LX7 Panasonic vs Nikon D750 for low light video. You be the judge. Here’s a pair of videos I shot at the Pattaya Siam Siam night club.
Here’s the first video. This one’s with the Nikon D750 using the Nikon 17-35 mm 2.8 lens.
And here’s the second. I used the small Panasonic LX7 camera to shoot this 2nd video. This camera is an overachiever. I can’t think of another compact camera anywhere near this size that’s got a fast 1.4 lens. The lens is a Leica to boot from Germany, and this camera has always delivered no matter how low the lighting situation was.
But there’s nothing like using completely professional equipment. Canon’s just as good as Nikon. But I got started with Nikon and I already had a pair of Nikon’s finest and most expensive lenses–a Nikon 28-70 2.8 and its sister lens, a Nikon 17-35 mm wide angle 2.8. From everything I’ve ever read nothing out there tops these two lenses, but they are both god awful heavy and cost big bucks.
I’ve shot video in restaurants down on the beach and in bars with my Nikon, and I’ve practiced for days on end in my condo trying to get the automatic focus to work right. The cameras got a mirror and I’ve been informed by people who are supposed to be in the know that SLRs like mine will not do a good job on automatic focus at night. But My Panasonic Lx7 has no such problems. It works like a dream.
Shooting with the Panasonic LX7 at Siam Siam
So here’s the story on these two videos. A couple of weeks ago a group of condo owners and their girlfriends who live in my building celebrated my girlfriend’s birthday at the Siam Siam night club in Pattaya. Well let me tell you, this place is a treasure. The views up on the top floors of Pattaya are absolutely stunning as both videos will show. At my girlfriend’s birthday I’m shooting with the Panasonic LX7. Rory, is there with his Hong Kong girlfriend, and so is Rod, an Englishman with Mai, a young willowy Thai beauty whose personality just doesn’t stop. My girlfriend, May May is here too–well of course she is….she’s the birthday girl. Viewing Pattaya from the Siam Siam night club’s upper floors is a lot like Hong Kong. That’s where Rory and Iris live when Rory’s not here in Pattaya, and they both tell you in this first video that Pattaya’s a lot better than Hong Kong.
My birthday at Siam Siam shooting my Nikon D750 in low light
But I’m itching to do a new video at Siam Siam with my Nikon gear. This time it’s my birthday. The camera came out great in the video I shot at the Muay Thai boxing arena, but later on, the focusing failed me down at my favorite Pattaya beach restaurant. I spend hours Saturday afternoon practicing with three different lenses shooting in different shooting modes in my condo, and I’m still in my underwear when the door bell rings. It’s Mai coming down to visit with my girlfriend and to wish me a happy birthday. Normally I don’t come to the door wearing only my underwear shorts. It scares people too much having to view my nearly naked body. But hey, I take my photography and my video seriously and there’s no time for false modesty.
Later my girlfriend and I head to Siam Siam. It’s just the two of us, off celebrating my birthday, but wait, it’s a threesome after all. I’ve got my Nikon D750 with me. So it’s Panasonic vs Nikon. If the Panasonic LX7 wins out, I’m getting an even more capable Panasonic LX model when I visit the U.S. a few months from now. THe LX100 with is larger sensor looks like the answer to my shooting the best video I can. But I know that nothing can beat my two Nikon lenses when it comes to making my subjects jump right out of the picture and delivering the richest color possible.