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

46

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
Great macro
Macro focus
1.0 cm
 

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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differences

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
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
10.8 EV vs 10 EV
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1.6 f-stops more dynamic range
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
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
720p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
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Shoots high resolution HD (720p) video
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
6 fps vs 0.7 fps
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More than 8.5x faster continuous shooting
Overall image quality
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
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
Size
Slightly smaller
110×66×43 mm vs 109×78×46 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Color depth
Better color depth
19.6 bits vs 19 bits
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Distinguishes 0.6 more bits of color
Weight
Lighter
277 g vs 390 g
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Around 30% lighter
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$589.00 vs $849.00
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The best price we've seen is $260 cheaper (more than 30% less)
Longest exposure
Significantly longer exposures
60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
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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
              Aperture Wide aperture Help
              G10f/2.8
              DMC-LX5f/2
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              G101000 shots
              DMC-LX5400 shots
              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$849.00
              DMC-LX5$589.00
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              G102000 ms
              DMC-LX52300 ms
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              G1010 EV
              DMC-LX510.8 EV
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              G1019 bits
              DMC-LX519.6 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              G10156 ISO
              DMC-LX5132 ISO
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              G10569 ms
              DMC-LX5310 ms
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              G1037.0
              DMC-LX541.0
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              G101,600 ISO
              DMC-LX53,200 ISO
              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
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              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
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              G100.7 fps
              DMC-LX56 fps
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $328 - $398

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Startup delay Has much more startup delay
              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $986

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Pro digicam

              $333

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $350 - $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 G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $421

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $319

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has much better image quality

              Canon PowerShot G10 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Canon PowerShot G11

              Canon PowerShot G11

              Pro digicam

              $638

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Canon PowerShot G9

              Canon PowerShot G9

              Pro digicam

              $790

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $781

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $546 - $649

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Boutique

              $723 - $798

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              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
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $470

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

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