Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 vs Leica D-LUX 5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
Leica D-LUX 5

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
310 ms shutter lag
Great battery life
Battery life
400 shots
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/4000 of a second
 

Reasons to buy the Leica D-LUX 5

External flash
External flash
Better lighting
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/4000 of a second
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds

Items often bought with the Panasonic DMC-LX5 or Leica D-LUX 5

galleries

Explore our gallery of 17 sample photos taken by the Leica D-LUX 5.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5.

differences

Advantages of the Leica D-LUX 5

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Size
Slightly smaller
110×65×25 mm vs 110×66×43 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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Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
6 fps vs 2.5 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$588.95 vs $1,478.17
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The best price we've seen is $889 cheaper (2.5x less)
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similarities

Compared to recent digicams

Common Strengths
Aperture Very wide aperture Help
f/2
Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
1.0 cm
Supports RAW RAW support Help
Better editing
External flash Support external flash Help
Better lighting
Longest exposure Very long exposure times Help
60 seconds
Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
1/4000 of a second
Common Weaknesses
Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
Can only preview photos on the screen
Lowest price Very expensive Help
D-LUX 5$1,478.17
DMC-LX5$588.95
Waterproof Not waterproof Help
Stay on land
Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
CCD
HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
720p @ 30fps
Zoom Poor zoom Help
3.8x

Compared to recent pro digicams

Common Strengths

Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

Common Weaknesses
Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
12,800 ISO
True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
10 MP
Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
slower focusing
GPS No built-in GPS Help
Missing geo-tagging
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
D-LUX 52.5 fps
DMC-LX56 fps
High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
Not supported
Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
460k dots
Sensor size Very small sensors Help
1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm

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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
Thickness Is thicker
Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Pro digicam

$448

Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

Boutique

$649 - $698

Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is slightly heavier
Fujifilm Finepix X10

Fujifilm Finepix X10

Pro digicam

$449

Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
Thickness Is thicker
Canon PowerShot G16

Canon PowerShot G16

Pro digicam

$399

Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
Focus points Has significantly fewer focus points
Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
Fujifilm FinePix x20

Fujifilm FinePix x20

Pro digicam

$518

Movie format Records higher quality movies
True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
Thickness Is thicker

Leica D-LUX 5 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Leica D-Lux 6

Leica D-Lux 6

Pro digicam

$782

3D Takes 3D photos
Aperture Wider aperture
Sensor size Smaller sensor
Size Larger
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$1,196 - $1,198 body only

$1,215 with 15mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Screen type Has an OLED screen
Built-in flash No built-in flash
Size Larger
Leica D-LUX 4

Leica D-LUX 4

Pro digicam

$900

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Lowest price Significantly cheaper
Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO
Sensor size Slightly smaller sensor
Leica D-LUX 3

Leica D-Lux 3

Pro digicam

$1,499

Weight Slightly lighter
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Wide angle Worse wide angle

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Pro digicam

$322

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Size Slightly smaller
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
Continuous shooting Shoots slower
Canon PowerShot S95

Canon PowerShot S95

Pro digicam

$400

Supports 24p Supports 24p
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
Battery life Much shorter battery life
Placeholder

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (DMC-TZ70)

Travel zoom

$479

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Sensor size Smaller sensor
Canon PowerShot G12

Canon PowerShot G12

Pro digicam

$449

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

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discussion

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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