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
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

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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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 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
Lowest price Cheaper $299.00 vs $599.00
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The best price we've seen is $300 cheaper (2x less)
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 Common Weaknesses
Aperture Very wide aperture Help
P300:f/1.8
DMC-LX5:f/2.0
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 Common Weaknesses

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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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Pro digicam

$308 - $398

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 - $580

Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
Startup delay Has much more startup delay
Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100

Pro digicam

$255 - $800

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
Canon PowerShot S95

Canon PowerShot S95

Pro digicam

$330

Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
Nikon Coolpix P330

Nikon Coolpix P330

Pro digicam

$240 - $380

Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
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 much less noisy at high ISO
Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
Weight Is slightly heavier
Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110

Pro digicam

$249

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

Nikon Coolpix P300 Competitors

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Disadvantages

Nikon Coolpix P310

Nikon Coolpix P310

Pro digicam

$311

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

$347 - $694

Supports RAW Shoots RAW
Sensor size Larger sensor
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100

Entry-level DSLR

$815 - $947 body only

$1,247 with 18-140mm lens

Sensor size Much larger sensor
Autofocus Faster autofocus
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Size Much larger

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Pro digicam

$300

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Size Smaller
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
Olympus XZ-1

Olympus XZ-1

Pro digicam

$280 - $1,000

Screen type Has an OLED screen
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Wide angle Worse wide angle
Overall image quality Worse image quality
Fujifilm Finepix X10

Fujifilm Finepix X10

Pro digicam

$339 - $568

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Wide angle Worse wide angle
Screen size Smaller screen

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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?