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

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Wide angle
Wide angle lens
24 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
310 ms shutter lag
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
 

Reasons to buy the Leica X2

Wide angle
Wide angle lens
24 mm
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
Lowest price Cheaper $204.75 vs $599.00
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The best price we've seen is $394 cheaper (2.9x less)
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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 Significantly 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
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 Common Weaknesses
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              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

              $308 - $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

              $448 - $528

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

              Leica D-Lux 6

              Pro digicam

              $599 - $698

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Pro digicam

              $798

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $349 body only

              $570 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization

              Leica X2 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix X100s

              Fujifilm FinePix X100s

              Boutique

              $983 - $1,299

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Leica X1

              Leica X1

              Boutique

              $1,800

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Lowest price Much more expensive
              Leica X Vario

              Leica X Vario

              Boutique

              $2,099

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Fujifilm FinePix X100T

              Fujifilm FinePix X100T

              Boutique

              $1,299 - $2,598

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

              Ricoh GR

              Boutique

              $499 - $697

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Battery life Shorter battery life

              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
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $255 - $800

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $799

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Olympus XZ-1

              Olympus XZ-1

              Pro digicam

              $280 - $1,000

              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

              $330

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

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