Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 vs Leica X1

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

71

Leica X1

49

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/1.4
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Great macro
Macro focus
1.0 cm
 

Reasons to buy the Leica X1

Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
External flash
External flash
Better lighting

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differences

Advantages of the Leica X1

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Sensor size
Significantly larger sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs 1/1.8" 7.44x5.58mm
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Around 9x larger sensor
Size
Slightly smaller
124×60×32 mm vs 111×68×46 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Thickness
Thinner
1.3" vs 1.8"
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More than 30% thinner
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
11 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-LX7

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Macro focus
Much better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 30.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 30x closer to the lens
Aperture
Much wider aperture
f/1.4 vs f/2.8
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-LX7's lens captures much more light (2 f-stops)
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 60fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
11 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 3.5x faster continuous shooting
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$327.99 vs $1,566.35
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The best price we've seen is $1,238 cheaper (4.8x less)
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The DMC-LX7's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
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
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
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              DMC-LX73.8x

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Boutique

              $724 - $798

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records very high quality movies
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Thickness Is thicker
              Leica D-Lux 6

              Leica D-Lux 6

              Pro digicam

              $782

              Startup delay Has much less startup delay
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $424 - $480

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $648 - $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos

              Leica X1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Leica X2

              Leica X2

              Boutique

              $1,600

              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Fujifilm FinePix X100

              Fujifilm FinePix X100

              Boutique

              $644

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Size Larger
              Leica X (Typ 113)

              Leica X (Typ 113)

              Boutique

              $2,020 - $2,295

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Thickness Significantly thicker
              Leica X Vario

              Leica X Vario

              Boutique

              $2,099

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Movie format Shoots movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Significantly larger
              Ricoh GR

              Ricoh GR

              Boutique

              $473 - $797

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Thickness Slightly thicker

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $349

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $252

              Zoom More zoom
              GPS Has a GPS
              Aperture Much narrower aperture
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $589

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture

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