Updated (July 2012): Compare the Nikon Coolpix P300 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
1.0 cm
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P300

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
120 fps
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

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differences

Advantages of the Nikon P300

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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
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
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
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At its widest zoom, the P300's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
8 fps vs 6 fps
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More than 30% faster continuous shooting
Size
Slightly smaller
103×58×32 mm vs 110×66×43 mm
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Around 40% smaller
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
$349.00 vs $588.95
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The best price we've seen is $240 cheaper (more than 40% 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
Larger sensor
1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm vs 1/2.3" 6.18x4.55mm
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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
Macro focus
Better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 3.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
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
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 8s
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7.5x longer exposures
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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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
Common Weaknesses
Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
Can only preview photos on the screen
Waterproof Not waterproof Help
Stay on land
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
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
Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
slower focusing
GPS No built-in GPS Help
Missing geo-tagging
Sensor size Very small sensors Help
P3001/2.3" 6.18x4.55mm
DMC-LX51/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm

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competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Pro digicam

$328

Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
Weight Is slightly heavier
Startup delay Has much more startup delay
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Pro digicam

$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
Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
Canon PowerShot S95

Canon PowerShot S95

Pro digicam

$400

Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

Pro digicam

$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
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Olympus XZ-1

Olympus XZ-1

Pro digicam

$206

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
Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120

Pro digicam

$349

Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Focus points Has significantly fewer focus points
Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100

Pro digicam

$260

Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Focus points Has significantly fewer focus points

Nikon Coolpix P300 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Nikon Coolpix P340

Nikon Coolpix P340

Pro digicam

$350

Supports RAW Shoots RAW
High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

Canon ELPH 320 HS

Compact

$223

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
Nikon Coolpix P330

Nikon Coolpix P330

Pro digicam

$328

Supports RAW Shoots RAW
3D Takes 3D photos
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Nikon Coolpix S9900

Nikon Coolpix S9900

Travel zoom

$249 - $297

Zoom More zoom
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Aperture Much narrower aperture
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Nikon Coolpix P7000

Nikon Coolpix P7000

Pro digicam

$375

Supports RAW Shoots RAW
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

Boutique

$669 - $798

Sensor size Much larger sensor
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Built-in flash No built-in flash
Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Pro digicam

$322

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Size Slightly smaller
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
Continuous shooting Shoots slower
Canon PowerShot G16

Canon PowerShot G16

Pro digicam

$399

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Overall image quality Better image quality
Wide angle Worse wide angle
Sensor size Smaller sensor
Placeholder

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (DMC-TZ70)

Travel zoom

$484

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Sensor size Smaller sensor
Leica D-LUX 5

Leica D-LUX 5

Pro digicam

$1,100

Size Slightly smaller
Thickness Thinner
Continuous shooting Shoots slower
Lowest price Significantly more expensive

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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?