Updated (July, 2012): Compare the Nikon Coolpix P310 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 vs Nikon Coolpix P300

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
Nikon Coolpix P300

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
Great macro
Macro focus
1 cm
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P300

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1500 ms startup delay
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures

differences

Advantages of the Nikon P300

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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
Startup delay
Significantly less startup delay
1500 ms vs 2300 ms
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More than 30% less delay when turning on
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/1.8 vs f/2.0
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At its widest zoom, the P300's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
120 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Size
Slightly smaller
103x58x32 mm vs 109x65x42 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
8 fps vs 6 fps
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More than 30% faster continuous shooting
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$349.00 vs $589.00
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The best price we've seen is $240 cheaper (more than 40% less)
Weight
Lighter
189 g vs 277 g
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More than 30% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
1.3" vs 1.7"
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Around 30% thinner
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-LX5

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Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Sensor size
Significantly larger sensor
1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
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More than 80% larger sensor
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
400 shots vs 240 shots
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Around 70% more shots per battery charge
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
310 ms vs 430 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
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
Macro focus
Better macro capability
1 cm vs 3 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Longest exposure
Significantly longer exposures
60s vs 8s
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7.5x longer exposures
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
10 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Almost the same
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recommendations

Snapsort can't make a recommendation (yet) because it doesn't have enough data yet about the Nikon P300.

similarities

Compared to recent digicams

Common Strengths
Aperture Very wide aperture Help
P300f/1.8
DMC-LX5f/2.0
Common Weaknesses
Lowest price Very expensive Help
P300$349.00
DMC-LX5$589.00
Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
Can only preview photos on the screen
Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
P300430 ms
DMC-LX5310 ms
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
Zoom Poor zoom Help
P3004.2x
DMC-LX53.8x

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) One has boost ISO Help
P300None
DMC-LX512,800 ISO
True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
P3009.7 MP
DMC-LX510 MP
Touch screen No touchscreens Help
More buttons
Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
Missing that film look
Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
slower focusing
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
P3008 fps
DMC-LX56 fps

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competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Pro digicam

$305

Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Pro digicam

$498 - $798

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
Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
Canon PowerShot S95

Canon PowerShot S95

Pro digicam

$449

Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100

Pro digicam

$214

Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
Color depth Has slightly more color depth
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Focus points Has slightly fewer focus points
Olympus XZ-1

Olympus XZ-1

Pro digicam

$200

Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
Screen type Has an OLED screen
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Travel zoom

$260

Zoom Has slightly more zoom
Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110

Pro digicam

$199 - $210

Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag

Nikon Coolpix P300 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Nikon Coolpix P340

Nikon Coolpix P340

Pro digicam

$318

Supports RAW Shoots RAW
Sensor size Larger sensor
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
Nikon Coolpix P330

Nikon Coolpix P330

Pro digicam

$499

Supports RAW Shoots RAW
3D Takes 3D photos
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Nikon Coolpix P310

Nikon Coolpix P310

Pro digicam

$397

3D Takes 3D photos
Macro focus Better macro capability
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Continuous shooting Shoots slower
Nikon Coolpix L830

Nikon Coolpix L830

Super zoom

$185 - $237

Zoom More zoom
Battery life Significantly longer battery life
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Size Significantly larger

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Pro digicam

$348 - $398

Dynamic range More dynamic range
3D Takes 3D photos
Startup delay Much more startup delay
Sensor size Smaller sensor
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

Boutique

$770 - $898

Sensor size Much larger sensor
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Built-in flash No built-in flash
Battery life Shorter battery life
Canon PowerShot G12

Canon PowerShot G12

Pro digicam

$967

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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Nikon Coolpix P300 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
Nikon Coolpix P300 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

discussion

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TheGreat (1:30 PM, April 16, 2011)
The P300 is 'box' type, remind me of a ThinkPad. The dedicated record button reminds me of the thinkpad trackpoint. The LX5 looks rounded and thicker and rugged. Personally I will get the P300 due to its full HD capability and easy dial controls.
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (1:43 PM, February 22, 2011)
The Coolpix P300 is $329 and the Lumix DMC-LX5 is $380.00
 
sha (5:32 PM, February 20, 2011)
HOw much would Nikon Coolpix P300 cost compared to Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX?