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

Canon PowerShot G1X vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Winner
Canon PowerShot G1X

72

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

55

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G1X

24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
1900 ms startup delay
Great color depth
Color depth
21.7 bits
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Wide angle
Wide angle lens
24 mm
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
310 ms shutter lag
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm

galleries

Explore our gallery of 8 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot G1X. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5.

differences

Advantages of the Canon G1X

Report a correction
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
60.0 vs 41.0
Help
Around 50% better image quality
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 460k dots
Help
2x higher resolution screen
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
Help
Get that real film feel
Color depth
Better color depth
21.7 bits vs 19.6 bits
Help
Distinguishes 2.1 more bits of color
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 30fps
Help
Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video but at a lower frame rate
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
Help
Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
Help
Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Sensor size
Larger sensor
Four thirds 18.7x14.0mm vs 1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm
Help
More than 5x larger sensor
True resolution
Higher true resolution
14.2 MP vs 10 MP
Help
Capture more than 40% more detail in your photos
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
Help
CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
644 ISO vs 132 ISO
Help
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
Help
Around 20% less delay when turning on
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Tunnel vs None
Help
A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
Help
The G1X's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$399.00 vs $589.00
Help
The best price we've seen is $190 cheaper (more than 30% less)
Canon PowerShot G1X Learn more about
the Canon G1X

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-LX5

Report a correction
Macro focus
Much better macro capability
1 cm vs 20 cm
Help
Focus on subjects 20x closer to the lens
Aperture
Significantly wider aperture
f/2.0 vs f/2.8
Help
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
Help
2.2x less delay when taking photos
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
Help
More than 10% better wide angle
Size
Smaller
109x65x42 mm vs 117x81x65 mm
Help
Around 50% smaller
Battery life
Longer battery life
400 shots vs 250 shots
Help
60% more shots per battery charge
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
6 fps vs 1.9 fps
Help
More than 3x faster continuous shooting
Weight
Lighter
277 g vs 492 g
Help
More than 40% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
1.7" vs 2.6"
Help
More than 30% thinner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Learn more about
the Panasonic DMC-LX5
vs

recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digital cameras, and ignoring price

Snapsort Recommends
Canon PowerShot G1X Canon PowerShot G1X 72
Retailer
    Style
      Color
        You save
        vs
        55 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
        Retailer
          Style
            Color
              You save

              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              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
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              G1X21.7 bits
              DMC-LX519.6 bits
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              G1X1900 ms
              DMC-LX52300 ms
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              G1X697 ms
              DMC-LX5310 ms
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              G1X644 ISO
              DMC-LX5132 ISO
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              G1X60.0
              DMC-LX541.0
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              G1X4x
              DMC-LX53.8x

              dxomark

              DXOMark

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $370 - $448

              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
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $775

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $328 - $398

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Startup delay Has much more startup delay
              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $975

              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Pro digicam

              $398

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $349

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Boutique

              $739 - $798

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records very high quality movies
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon PowerShot G1X Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

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

              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Boutique

              $749

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $649

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Pro digicam

              $499 - $547

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Pro digicam

              $290

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Slightly smaller
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $237

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Olympus XZ-1

              Olympus XZ-1

              Pro digicam

              $200

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

              appearance

              Canon PowerShot G1X Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
              Canon PowerShot G1X Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
              Canon PowerShot G1X Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              discussion

              Canon PowerShot G1X
              PowerShot G1X
              Canon

              Report a correction
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
              Lumix DMC-LX5
              Panasonic

              Report a correction

              Showing 0 comments