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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 vs Leica X2

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

57

Leica X2

47

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
310 ms shutter lag
Great macro
Macro focus
1.0 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 3.9 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 vs f/2.8
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-LX5's lens captures slightly more light (1 f-stops)
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3" 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
110×66×43 mm vs 124×69×52 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
Cheaper
$589.00 vs $1,578.09
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The best price we've seen is $989 cheaper (2.7x less)
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
23 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Thickness
Thinner
1.7" vs 2"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight
Lighter
277 g vs 345 g
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Around 20% lighter
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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
              X2230k dots
              DMC-LX5460k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $328

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Leica D-Lux 6

              Leica D-Lux 6

              Pro digicam

              $782

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Leica D-Lux (Typ 109)

              Leica D-Lux (Typ 109)

              Boutique

              $947 - $1,052

              Movie format Records very high quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Ricoh GR

              Ricoh GR

              Boutique

              $469 - $599

              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448 - $498

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Boutique

              $730 - $798

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Movie format Records very high quality movies
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Leica X2 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Leica X Vario

              Leica X Vario

              Boutique

              $1,899 - $2,099

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

              Fujifilm FinePix X100s

              Boutique

              $848 - $1,168

              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

              $1,480

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Leica X (Typ 113)

              Leica X (Typ 113)

              Boutique

              $1,699 - $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

              $333

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Slightly smaller
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $976

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

              Pro digicam

              $369

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Macro focus Worse macro capability

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