Updated (September 2011): Compare the Canon Powershot S100 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Canon Powershot S100 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Canon Powershot S100


Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5



Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot S100

Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
11.6 EV
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Battery life
Great battery life
400 shots
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/4000 of a second
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds


Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Canon Powershot S100.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5.


Canon Powershot S100 Competitors

Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110

Pro digicam


Touch screen Has a touch screen
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
GPS No built-in GPS
Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

Super zoom

$340 - $449

Zoom Much more zoom
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Canon PowerShot S95

Canon PowerShot S95

Pro digicam


Lowest price Slightly cheaper
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Competitors

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Pro digicam


Supports 24p Supports 24p
Size Slightly smaller
Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$413 body only

$464 with 14-42mm lens

Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Pro digicam


High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
Sensor size Slightly smaller sensor


Canon Powershot S100
Powershot S100

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
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Avatar for Tirah Misu Tirah Misu (8:38 AM, June 21, 2012)
i think even though S100 is more popular as it's a Canon and has those "advantages" listed here, the LX5 still ultimately has better IQ in terms of detail, sharpness, macro
Writemsg (10:00 AM, April 09, 2012)
Great site, You still need to add subjective comparison (and reference review) as life is not all about specs. Image quality is a major "numberless" spec.....
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (3:33 PM, March 07, 2012)
My mistake, it looks like commenting is working fine.  You're the first to comment on this comparison, congrats.
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (3:28 PM, March 07, 2012)
Hi Daniel, we're placing voting with a new feature in the next few days.  Hmm, comments seem to be broken, thanks for pointing that out, we'll get that fixed asap.