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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

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Nikon Coolpix P300

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
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
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$215.00 vs $599.00
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The best price we've seen is $384 cheaper (2.8x less)
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
8 fps vs 6 fps
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More than 30% faster continuous shooting
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
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
Longest exposure
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
P300:f/1.8
DMC-LX5:f/2.0
Common Weaknesses
Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
Can only preview photos on the screen
Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
P300:430 ms
DMC-LX5:310 ms
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible
Zoom Poor zoom Help
P300:4.2x
DMC-LX5:3.8x

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) One has boost ISO Help
P300:None
DMC-LX5:12,800 ISO
True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
P300:9.7 MP
DMC-LX5:10 MP
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
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
Sensor size Very small sensors Help
P300:1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
DMC-LX5:1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm

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competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Pro digicam

$498 - $578

Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
Canon PowerShot S95

Canon PowerShot S95

Pro digicam

$459

Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
Olympus XZ-1

Olympus XZ-1

Pro digicam

$500

Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
Screen type Has an OLED screen
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100

Pro digicam

$245 - $400

Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
Color depth Has slightly more color depth
Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

Pro digicam

$228 - $379

Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
Fujifilm XF1

Fujifilm XF1

Pro digicam

$168 - $293

Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing

Nikon Coolpix P300 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Nikon Coolpix P340

Nikon Coolpix P340

Pro digicam

$347

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

$300

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

$671

3D Takes 3D photos
Macro focus Better macro capability
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Lowest price Significantly more expensive
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

Travel zoom

$348 - $368

3D Takes 3D photos
Zoom More zoom
Aperture Much narrower aperture
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Pro digicam

$340 - $348

3D Takes 3D photos
Aperture Wider aperture
Startup delay Much more startup delay
Sensor size Smaller sensor
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Pro digicam

$305

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Size Smaller
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
Leica D-LUX 5

Leica D-LUX 5

Pro digicam

$883

Size Smaller
Thickness Thinner
Continuous shooting Shoots slower
Lowest price Significantly more expensive
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

Boutique

$898 - $899

Sensor size Much larger sensor
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Battery life Shorter battery life
Size Slightly larger

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

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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?