Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Fujifilm FinePix X100s vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/1.4
Wide angle
Wide angle lens
24 mm
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Fujifilm FinePix X100

Overall image quality
Great image quality
73.0
Color depth
Great color depth
22.9 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.4 EV
Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,001 ISO
 
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Advantages of the Fujifilm X100

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Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 73.0 vs 50.0
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Around 50% better image quality
Color depth Better color depth 22.9 bits vs 20.7 bits
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Distinguishes 2.2 more bits of color
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs 1/1.8" 7.4x5.6mm
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Around 9x larger sensor
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,001 ISO vs 147 ISO
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The X100 has excellent image quality 2.8 f-stops higher ISO than the DMC-LX7
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.4 EV vs 11.7 EV
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0.7 f-stops more dynamic range
Startup delay Less startup delay 3200 ms vs 3700 ms
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More than 10% less delay when turning on
Focus points More focus points 49 vs 23
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Set focus accurately within the frame
True resolution Higher true resolution 12.2 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Optical 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-LX7

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Wide angle Much better wide angle 24 mm vs 35 mm
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More than 30% better wide angle
Aperture Wider aperture f/1.4 vs f/2.0
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-LX7's lens captures much more light (1 f-stop)
Image stabilization Image stabilization Lens vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Macro focus Much better macro capability 1 cm vs 10 cm
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Focus on subjects 10x closer to the lens
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 460k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Screen size Larger screen 3.0" vs 2.8"
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Around 10% larger screen
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 241 ms vs 403 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 11 fps vs 5 fps
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More than 2x faster continuous shooting
Size Smaller 111x68x46 mm vs 127x75x54 mm
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More than 30% smaller
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
Thickness Slightly thinner 1.8" vs 2.1"
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More than 10% thinner
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 330 shots vs 300 shots
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10% more shots per battery charge
Lowest price Cheaper $347.99 vs $684.22
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The best price we've seen is $336 cheaper (around 50% less)
Longest exposure Longer exposures 60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Aperture Very wide aperture Help
              X100:f/2.0
              DMC-LX7:f/1.4
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              X100:3200 ms
              DMC-LX7:3700 ms
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lenses only Help
              One lens only
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              X100:1x
              DMC-LX7:3.8x

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Pro digicam

              $565

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Autofocus Focuses automatically
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Pro digicam

              $798

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $499

              Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Dynamic range Has slightly narrower dynamic range
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $549

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Boutique

              $799

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Fujifilm FinePix X100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix X100s

              Fujifilm FinePix X100s

              Boutique

              $1,099 - $1,100

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Lowest price More expensive
              Fujifilm X-E1

              Fujifilm X-E1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $599 body only

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
              Leica M9

              Leica M9

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $6,880 body only

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Ricoh GR

              Ricoh GR

              Boutique

              $654 - $697

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Leica D-Lux 6

              Leica D-Lux 6

              Pro digicam

              $599 - $635

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Lowest price More expensive
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $447 - $449

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

              Pro digicam

              $280 - $362

              Size Smaller
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Pro digicam

              $299

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $599

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

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