Updated (March 2013): Compare the Nikon Coolpix P330 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 vs Nikon Coolpix P310

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
Nikon Coolpix P310

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 P310

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix P310.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5.

differences

Advantages of the Nikon P310

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Focus points
Many more focus points
99 vs 23
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
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
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/1.8 vs f/2
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At its widest zoom, the P310's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Size
Slightly smaller
103×58×32 mm vs 110×66×43 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Weight
Lighter
194 g vs 277 g
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Around 30% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
1.3" vs 1.7"
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Around 30% thinner
Lowest price
Cheaper
$403.89 vs $589.00
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The best price we've seen is $185 cheaper (more than 30% 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" 6.17x4.55mm
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More than 80% larger sensor
Battery life
Much longer battery life
400 shots vs 230 shots
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More than 70% more shots per battery charge
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Macro focus
Better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 2.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 2x closer to the lens
Longest exposure
Significantly longer exposures
60s vs 4s
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15x longer exposures
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
10 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Almost the same
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recommendations

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similarities

Compared to recent digicams

Common Strengths
Aperture Very wide aperture Help
P310f/1.8
DMC-LX5f/2
Common Weaknesses
Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
Can only preview photos on the screen
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
Zoom Poor zoom Help
P3104.2x
DMC-LX53.8x

Compared to recent pro digicams

Common Strengths
Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
P3102.0 cm
DMC-LX51.0 cm
Common Weaknesses
Waterproof Not waterproof Help
Stay on land
True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
P3109.7 MP
DMC-LX510 MP
GPS No built-in GPS Help
Missing geo-tagging
Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
slower focusing
High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
Not supported
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
6 fps
Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
Missing that film look

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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
Nikon Coolpix P300

Nikon Coolpix P300

Pro digicam

$349

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Startup delay Has much less startup delay
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
Canon PowerShot S95

Canon PowerShot S95

Pro digicam

$399

Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
Dynamic range Has significantly wider dynamic range
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

$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 S100

Canon Powershot S100

Pro digicam

$330

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
Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120

Pro digicam

$314 - $349

Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Focus points Has slightly fewer focus points
Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110

Pro digicam

$261

Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
Color depth Has slightly more color depth
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag

Nikon Coolpix P310 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Nikon Coolpix P330

Nikon Coolpix P330

Pro digicam

$283

Supports RAW Shoots RAW
Sensor size Larger sensor
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Battery life Shorter battery life
Nikon Coolpix P340

Nikon Coolpix P340

Pro digicam

$381

Supports RAW Shoots RAW
Sensor size Larger sensor
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Canon PowerShot S90

Canon PowerShot S90

Pro digicam

Supports RAW Shoots RAW
Sensor size Larger sensor
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Movie format Lower resolution movies
Nikon Coolpix S7000

Nikon Coolpix S7000

Travel zoom

$177 - $197

Zoom More zoom
Continuous shooting Shoots faster
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Pro digicam

$333

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

Canon PowerShot G12

Pro digicam

$985

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Overall image quality Better image quality
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Wide angle Worse wide angle
Fujifilm Finepix X10

Fujifilm Finepix X10

Pro digicam

$449

Overall image quality Better image quality
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Wide angle Worse wide angle
Screen size Smaller screen
Olympus XZ-1

Olympus XZ-1

Pro digicam

$206

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

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Nikon Coolpix P310 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
Nikon Coolpix P310 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

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