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

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

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
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
$599.00 vs $1,569.28
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The best price we've seen is $970 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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recommendations

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similarities

Compared to recent digicams

Common Strengths
Aperture Very wide aperture Help
f/2
Supports RAW RAW support Help
Better editing
Sensor size Large sensors Help
1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm
External flash Support external flash Help
Better lighting
Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
1.0 cm
Longest exposure Very long exposure times Help
60 seconds
Fastest shutter speed Very fast max shutter speeds Help
1/4000 of a second
Common Weaknesses
Lowest price Very expensive Help
D-LUX 5$1,569.28
DMC-LX5$599.00
Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
Can only preview photos on the screen
Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
CCD
Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
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
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
Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
slower focusing
Touch screen No touchscreens Help
More buttons
High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
Not supported
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
D-LUX 52.5 fps
DMC-LX56 fps
Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
Missing that film look
Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
460k dots

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competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Pro digicam

$328 - $398

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
Leica D-Lux 6

Leica D-Lux 6

Pro digicam

$640

Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
Thickness Is thicker
Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Pro digicam

$350 - $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 Slightly shorter exposures
Leica D-LUX 4

Leica D-LUX 4

Pro digicam

$775

Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
Fujifilm Finepix X10

Fujifilm Finepix X10

Pro digicam

$398

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

Leica D-LUX 5 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Leica V-Lux 4

Leica V-Lux 4

Super zoom

$802

3D Takes 3D photos
External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Sensor size Significantly smaller sensor
Leica D-LUX 3

Leica D-Lux 3

Pro digicam

Weight Slightly lighter
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Wide angle Worse wide angle
Leica V-Lux 40

Leica V-Lux 40

Travel zoom

$578

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Supports RAW No RAW support
Aperture Much narrower aperture

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Pro digicam

$293

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Size Slightly smaller
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

Boutique

$739 - $798

Sensor size Much larger sensor
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Built-in flash No built-in flash
Battery life Shorter battery life
Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100

Pro digicam

$237

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Sensor size Smaller sensor
Battery life Much shorter battery life
Olympus XZ-1

Olympus XZ-1

Pro digicam

$200

Screen type Has an OLED screen
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Wide angle Worse wide angle
Overall image quality Worse image quality

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discussion

Leica D-LUX 5
D-LUX 5
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Showing 3 comments

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