Updated (July, 2012): Compare the Leica X2 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 vs Leica X2

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

55

Leica X2

45

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
310 ms shutter lag
Great macro
Macro focus
1 cm
 

Reasons to buy the Leica X2

Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm

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Advantages of the Leica X2

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Sensor size
Significantly larger sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs 1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm
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More than 7x larger sensor
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16.1 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 60% more detail in your photos
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,500 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The X2's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
450 shots vs 400 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-LX5

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Aperture
Significantly wider aperture
f/2.0 vs f/2.8
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-LX5's lens captures slightly more light (1 f-stop)
Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Size
Smaller
109x65x42 mm vs 124x69x52 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
6 fps vs 3 fps
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2x faster continuous shooting
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$599.00 vs $1,549.00
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The best price we've seen is $950 cheaper (2.6x less)
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
23 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Weight
Lighter
277 g vs 345 g
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Around 20% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
1.7" vs 2"
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Around 20% thinner
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
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lenses only Help
              One lens only
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              X2:230k dots
              DMC-LX5:460k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $345 - $398

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498 - $798

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Leica D-Lux 6

              Leica D-Lux 6

              Pro digicam

              $643

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen

              Leica X2 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Leica X1

              Leica X1

              Boutique

              $1,480

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Leica X Vario

              Leica X Vario

              Boutique

              $2,046 - $2,099

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Fujifilm FinePix X100s

              Fujifilm FinePix X100s

              Boutique

              $887

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Ricoh GR

              Ricoh GR

              Boutique

              $358 - $597

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Leica X (Typ 113)

              Leica X (Typ 113)

              Boutique

              $2,295

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Pro digicam

              $300

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Smaller
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Boutique

              $770 - $898

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Size Slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $249

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $995

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $179

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Battery life Shorter battery life

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