Updated (July 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot G10 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 vs Canon PowerShot G10

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

45

Canon PowerShot G10

38

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Wide angle lens
Wide angle
24 mm
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
310 ms shutter lag
High ISO (boost)
Light sensitivity (boost)
12,800 ISO
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G10

True resolution
High true resolution
14.6 MP
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
2000 ms startup delay
Battery life
Great battery life
1000 shots
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Tunnel

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Advantages of the Canon G10

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Battery life
Much longer battery life
1000 shots vs 400 shots
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2.5x more shots per battery charge
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
14.6 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Startup delay
Significantly less startup delay
2000 ms vs 2300 ms
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More than 10% less delay when turning on
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
156 ISO vs 132 ISO
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The G10 has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
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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Aperture
Significantly wider aperture
f/2 vs f/2.8
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-LX5's lens captures slightly more light (1 f-stops)
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
310 ms vs 569 ms
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Around 50% 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
Sensor size
Larger sensor
1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm vs 1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
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Around 20% larger sensor
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
10.8 EV vs 10 EV
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1.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
6 fps vs 0.7 fps
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More than 8.5x faster continuous shooting
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
720p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
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Shoots high resolution HD (720p) video
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
41.0 vs 37.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Size
Slightly smaller
110×66×43 mm vs 109×78×46 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The DMC-LX5's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Weight
Lighter
277 g vs 390 g
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Around 30% lighter
Color depth
Better color depth
19.6 bits vs 19 bits
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Distinguishes 0.6 more bits of color
Longest exposure
Significantly longer exposures
60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
Lowest price
Cheaper
$588.95 vs $799.00
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The best price we've seen is $210 cheaper (around 30% less)
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent pro digicams, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              G101000 shots
              DMC-LX5400 shots
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1.0 cm
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              G10$799.00
              DMC-LX5$588.95
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              G102000 ms
              DMC-LX52300 ms
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              G1010 EV
              DMC-LX510.8 EV
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              G10156 ISO
              DMC-LX5132 ISO
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              G1019 bits
              DMC-LX519.6 bits
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              G10569 ms
              DMC-LX5310 ms
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              G101,600 ISO
              DMC-LX53,200 ISO
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              G1037.0
              DMC-LX541.0
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              G10480p @ 30fps
              DMC-LX5720p @ 30fps
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              G105x
              DMC-LX53.8x

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              G10None
              DMC-LX512,800 ISO
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              G100.7 fps
              DMC-LX56 fps
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              G10461k dots
              DMC-LX5460k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Focus points Has slightly fewer focus points
              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $971

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Canon PowerShot G9

              Canon PowerShot G9

              Pro digicam

              $499

              Startup delay Has much less startup delay
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Nikon Coolpix P7000

              Nikon Coolpix P7000

              Pro digicam

              $375

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $314 - $349

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash

              Canon PowerShot G10 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G11

              Canon PowerShot G11

              Pro digicam

              $299

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $779

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Canon PowerShot G7

              Canon PowerShot G7

              Digicam

              $789

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              Battery life Much shorter battery life

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $328

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Pro digicam

              $333

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Slightly smaller
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Leica D-LUX 5

              Leica D-LUX 5

              Pro digicam

              $1,711

              Size Slightly smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Lowest price Much more expensive

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