Updated (July, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot G1X vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G1X

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1900 ms startup delay
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Sensor size
Large sensor
Four thirds 18.7x14.0mm
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Wide angle
Wide angle lens
24 mm
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
2300 ms startup delay
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
310 ms shutter lag
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
 
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Advantages of the Canon G1X

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Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 60.0 vs 41.0
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Around 50% better image quality
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video but at a lower frame rate
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 460k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Color depth Better color depth 21.7 bits vs 19.6 bits
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Distinguishes 2.1 more bits of color
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The G1X's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Sensor size Larger sensor Four thirds 18.7x14.0mm vs 1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm
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More than 5x larger sensor
True resolution Higher true resolution 14.2 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 40% more detail in your photos
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 644 ISO vs 132 ISO
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The G1X has excellent image quality 2.3 f-stops higher ISO than the DMC-LX5
Startup delay Less startup delay 1900 ms vs 2300 ms
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Around 20% less delay when turning on
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Tunnel vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-LX5

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Macro focus Much better macro capability 1 cm vs 20 cm
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Focus on subjects 20x closer to the lens
Aperture Significantly wider aperture f/2.0 vs f/2.8
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-LX5's lens captures slightly more light (1 f-stop)
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 310 ms vs 697 ms
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2.2x less delay when taking photos
Wide angle Better wide angle 24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Size Smaller 109x65x42 mm vs 117x81x65 mm
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Around 50% smaller
Battery life Longer battery life 400 shots vs 250 shots
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60% more shots per battery charge
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 6 fps vs 1.9 fps
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More than 3x faster continuous shooting
Weight Lighter 277 g vs 492 g
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More than 40% lighter
Thickness Thinner 1.7" vs 2.6"
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More than 30% thinner
Lowest price Cheaper $355.00 vs $549.00
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The best price we've seen is $194 cheaper (around 40% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              10.8 EV
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lenses only Help
              One lens only
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              G1X:1900 ms
              DMC-LX5:2300 ms
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              G1X:4x
              DMC-LX5:3.8x
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              G1X:60.0
              DMC-LX5:41.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $548 - $550

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II

              Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II

              Pro digicam

              $698

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $400 - $499

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $398

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Startup delay Has much more startup delay
              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Pro digicam

              $499

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $629

              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Pro digicam

              $331 - $567

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen

              Canon PowerShot G1X Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $499

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Boutique

              $799

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              True resolution Slightly lower true resolution
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Pro digicam

              $468 - $547

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Pro digicam

              $284

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Smaller
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Olympus XZ-1

              Olympus XZ-1

              Pro digicam

              $230 - $500

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $348

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $280 - $400

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Macro focus Worse macro capability

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