Updated (July 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot S95 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 vs Canon PowerShot S95

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

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Canon PowerShot S95

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/1.4
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
120 fps
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
11 fps
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot S95

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look

Items often bought with the Panasonic DMC-LX7 or Canon S95

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Advantages of the Canon S95

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Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Startup delay
Much less startup delay
2200 ms vs 3700 ms
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More than 40% less delay when turning on
Size
Smaller
100×58×30 mm vs 111×68×46 mm
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2x smaller
Weight
Lighter
193 g vs 298 g
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Around 40% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
1.2" vs 1.8"
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Around 40% thinner
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-LX7

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Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
241 ms vs 610 ms
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2.5x less delay when taking photos
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/1.4 vs f/2
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-LX7's lens captures much more light (1 f-stops)
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
120 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 461k dots
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Around 2x higher resolution screen
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
11 fps vs 1.9 fps
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Around 6x faster continuous shooting
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Macro focus
Much better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
330 shots vs 200 shots
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Around 70% more shots per battery charge
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.7 EV vs 11.3 EV
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0.8 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
50.0 vs 47.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The DMC-LX7's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Color depth
Better color depth
20.7 bits vs 20.4 bits
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Distinguishes 0.3 more bits of color
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/1600s
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2.5x faster max shutter speed
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$327.99 vs $400.00
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The best price we've seen is $72 cheaper (around 20% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Aperture Very wide aperture Help
              S95f/2
              DMC-LX7f/1.4
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              S95153 ISO
              DMC-LX7147 ISO
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              S9520.4 bits
              DMC-LX720.7 bits
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              S952200 ms
              DMC-LX73700 ms
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              S9547.0
              DMC-LX750.0
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              3.8x

              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) Poor boost ISO Help
              12,800 ISO
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              10 MP
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              S953,200 ISO
              DMC-LX76,400 ISO
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              S9511.3 EV
              DMC-LX711.7 EV
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              S951/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
              DMC-LX71/1.8" 7.44x5.58mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $349

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Focus points Has significantly fewer focus points
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $484 - $649

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $257

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $589

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              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
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              Canon PowerShot S95 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $260

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $260

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 350 HS (IXUS 275 HS)

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 350 HS (IXUS 275 HS)

              Travel zoom

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              GPS Has a GPS
              Aperture Much narrower aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon PowerShot S90

              Canon PowerShot S90

              Pro digicam

              $299

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Boutique

              $669 - $798

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Leica D-Lux 6

              Leica D-Lux 6

              Pro digicam

              $782

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower
              Lowest price More expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

              Pro digicam

              $419

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Size Smaller
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

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