Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Fujifilm FinePix x20 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

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Reasons to buy the Fujifilm Finepix X10

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
200 fps
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Focus points
Many focus points
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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Wide angle
Wide angle lens
24 mm
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
2300 ms startup delay
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
310 ms shutter lag
Battery life
Great battery life
400 shots
 
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Advantages of the Fujifilm X10

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Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 245 ISO vs 132 ISO
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The X10 has a slight edge (0.9 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Overall image quality Better image quality 50.0 vs 41.0
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More than 20% better image quality
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.3 EV vs 10.8 EV
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0.5 f-stops more dynamic range
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies 200 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Sensor size Larger sensor 2/3" 8.8x6.6mm vs 1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
True resolution Higher true resolution 12 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Color depth Better color depth 20.5 bits vs 19.6 bits
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Distinguishes 0.9 more bits of color
Focus points More focus points 49 vs 23
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 6 fps
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Around 70% faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Tunnel vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Lowest price Cheaper $335.39 vs $599.00
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The best price we've seen is $264 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-LX5

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Wide angle Better wide angle 24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Screen size Larger screen 3.0" vs 2.8"
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Around 10% larger screen
Battery life Longer battery life 400 shots vs 300 shots
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More than 30% more shots per battery charge
Size Smaller 109x65x42 mm vs 117x70x57 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Thickness Thinner 1.7" vs 2.2"
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More than 20% thinner
Weight Lighter 277 g vs 350 g
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More than 20% lighter
Longest exposure Longer exposures 60s vs 30s
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2x 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 Common Weaknesses
              Aperture Very wide aperture Help
              f/2.0
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              X10:2/3" 8.8x6.6mm
              DMC-LX5:1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              X10:11.3 EV
              DMC-LX5:10.8 EV
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              X10:20.5 bits
              DMC-LX5:19.6 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              X10:245 ISO
              DMC-LX5:132 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              X10:50.0
              DMC-LX5:41.0
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              X10:4x
              DMC-LX5:3.8x

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              12,800 ISO
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              460k dots
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              X10:12 MP
              DMC-LX5:10 MP
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $300 - $398

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Startup delay Has much more startup delay
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Fujifilm XF1

              Fujifilm XF1

              Pro digicam

              $239 - $294

              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Fujifilm FinePix X100

              Fujifilm FinePix X100

              Boutique

              $655

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $449

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $829

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Pro digicam

              $299

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens

              Fujifilm Finepix X10 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Pro digicam

              $599 - $620

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $449

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Pro digicam

              $329

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Smaller
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $255 - $400

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $445

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

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              Fujifilm Finepix X10
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              EGH (2:08 AM, November 05, 2011)
              The LX5 is an incredible camera especially for the price. My experience with low light images has been excellent. I packs and trevels well and is easy to use. I looks classy and even a bit retro. Image quality is about 87-89% of my much bigger and more expensive DSLR the Nikon D-300. You really can't lose with this camera especially for the price.
               
              steve (4:29 AM, September 13, 2011)
              With Firmware v2.0 this well-proven LX5 design beats the X10, hands down!