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

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
310 ms shutter lag
Battery life
Great battery life
400 shots
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
Light sensitivity (boost)
High ISO (boost)
12,800 ISO
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P300

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
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
 
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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
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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)
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay 1500 ms vs 2300 ms
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More than 30% less delay when turning on
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 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
Lowest price Cheaper $278.00 vs $355.00
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The best price we've seen is $77 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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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
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
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 310 ms vs 430 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
True resolution Slightly higher true resolution 10 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Almost the same
Longest exposure Significantly longer exposures 60s vs 8s
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7.5x longer exposures
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similarities

Compared to recent digicams

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Aperture Very wide aperture Help
P300:f/1.8
DMC-LX5:f/2.0
Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
P300:430 ms
DMC-LX5:310 ms
3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
No 3d support
Zoom Poor zoom Help
P300:4.2x
DMC-LX5:3.8x

Compared to recent pro digicams

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Wide angle Good wide angle Help
24 mm
Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
Can only preview photos on the screen
Waterproof Not waterproof Help
Stay on land
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
GPS No built-in GPS Help
Missing geo-tagging
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible
Touch screen No touchscreens Help
More buttons
External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
Limited to the in-camera mic

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competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Olympus XZ-1

Olympus XZ-1

Pro digicam

$230 - $300

Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
Screen type Has an OLED screen
Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Pro digicam

$548

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

Canon PowerShot S95

Pro digicam

$348

Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110

Pro digicam

$235 - $250

Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
Color depth Has slightly more color depth
Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100

Pro digicam

$280 - $350

Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
Color depth Has slightly more color depth
Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
Nikon 1 J1

Nikon 1 J1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$198 with 10-30mm lens

Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
Fujifilm XF1

Fujifilm XF1

Pro digicam

$200

Sensor size Has a marginally larger sensor
Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing

Nikon Coolpix P300 Competitors

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Disadvantages

Nikon Coolpix P330

Nikon Coolpix P330

Pro digicam

$250

Supports RAW Shoots RAW
Sensor size Larger sensor
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Nikon Coolpix P310

Nikon Coolpix P310

Pro digicam

$268

3D Takes 3D photos
Macro focus Better macro capability
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
Nikon Coolpix P340

Nikon Coolpix P340

Pro digicam

$377

Supports RAW Shoots RAW
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
Nikon Coolpix S9300

Nikon Coolpix S9300

Travel zoom

$224

3D Takes 3D photos
GPS Has a GPS
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Pro digicam

$398

Aperture Wider aperture
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Sensor size Smaller sensor
Startup delay Much more startup delay
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Pro digicam

$284

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Size Smaller
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
Canon PowerShot G12

Canon PowerShot G12

Pro digicam

$629

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Sensor size Smaller sensor

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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?