Updated (July, 2012): Compare the Leica D-LUX 5 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
310 ms shutter lag
Battery life
Great battery life
400 shots
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 

Reasons to buy the Leica D-LUX 5

External flash
External flash
Better lighting
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 
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differences

Advantages of the Leica D-LUX 5

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Size Smaller 110x65x25 mm vs 109x65x42 mm
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More than 40% smaller
Thickness Thinner 1" vs 1.7"
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More than 40% thinner
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-LX5

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Lowest price Much cheaper $355.00 vs $923.00
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The best price we've seen is $568 cheaper (2.6x less)
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 6 fps vs 2.5 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
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similarities

Compared to recent digicams

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Aperture Very wide aperture Help
f/2.0
Sensor size Very large sensors Help
1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm
Supports RAW RAW support Help
Better editing
Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
1 cm
External flash Support external flash Help
Better lighting
Longest exposure Long exposures Help
60 seconds
Lowest price Very expensive Help
D-LUX 5:$923.00
DMC-LX5:$355.00
Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
CCD
HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
No 3d support
Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
720p @ 30fps
High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
Not supported
Zoom Poor zoom Help
3.8x

Compared to recent pro digicams

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Wide angle Good wide angle Help
24 mm
Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
Can only preview photos on the screen
Waterproof Not waterproof Help
Stay on land
Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
12,800 ISO
True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
10 MP
GPS No built-in GPS Help
Missing geo-tagging
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible
Touch screen No touchscreens Help
More buttons
Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
460k dots
External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
Limited to the in-camera mic
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
D-LUX 5:2.5 fps
DMC-LX5:6 fps

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competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Pro digicam

$398

Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
Thickness Is thicker
Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
Olympus XZ-1

Olympus XZ-1

Pro digicam

$230 - $500

Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
Thickness Is thicker
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Pro digicam

$548 - $550

Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Fujifilm Finepix X10

Fujifilm Finepix X10

Pro digicam

$324 - $567

Sensor size Has a marginally larger sensor
Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
Thickness Is thicker
Fujifilm FinePix x20

Fujifilm FinePix x20

Pro digicam

$499

Sensor size Has a marginally larger sensor
Movie format Records higher quality movies
Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Fujifilm FinePix X100

Fujifilm FinePix X100

Boutique

$780

Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
Lowest price Is much more expensive
Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II

Pro digicam

$698

Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
Lowest price Is significantly more expensive

Leica D-LUX 5 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Leica D-Lux 6

Leica D-Lux 6

Pro digicam

$700

Aperture Wider aperture
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Sensor size Smaller sensor
Size Larger
Leica V-Lux 40

Leica V-Lux 40

Travel zoom

$769 - $782

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Supports RAW No RAW support
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Leica D-LUX 4

Leica D-LUX 4

Pro digicam

$1,197

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Weight Slightly lighter
Sensor size Smaller sensor
Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO
Leica V-Lux 4

Leica V-Lux 4

Super zoom

$871

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Sensor size Significantly smaller sensor
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Leica D-LUX 3

Leica D-Lux 3

Pro digicam

$1,900

Weight Slightly lighter
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Sensor size Smaller sensor

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Pro digicam

$284

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Size Smaller
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
Canon PowerShot G12

Canon PowerShot G12

Pro digicam

$629

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Sensor size Smaller sensor
Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100

Pro digicam

$280 - $400

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Sensor size Smaller sensor
Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110

Pro digicam

$235 - $359

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Sensor size Smaller sensor
Battery life Significantly shorter battery life

appearance

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discussion

Leica D-LUX 5
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Fernando Kurt (8:34 PM, July 09, 2012)
In resume, Panasonic LX5 and  Leica D-lux 5 are the same cameras, with the only one difference:
THE MONEY...    ONE Leica = THREE Panasonic.
 
Info (2:44 PM, March 03, 2011)
I have got one Panasonic. And it is very very good. I have purchase from B&H to South Africa. Do not read to much. Get a Panasonic if you have mucho dinero get the Laica. Best
 
rico rico (5:47 AM, January 12, 2011)
The Leica is thinner by 0.7 inch only because Panasonic has a built in hand grip that Leica sells as an accessory for a handsome price

new owner of a LX5