Updated (July 2012): Compare the Nikon Coolpix P7100 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 vs Nikon Coolpix P7100

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

43

Nikon Coolpix P7100

40

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Wide angle lens
Wide angle
24 mm
Great battery life
Battery life
400 shots
Great macro
Macro focus
1.0 cm
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
310 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P7100

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1900 ms startup delay
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone

Items often bought with the Panasonic DMC-LX5 or Nikon P7100

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix P7100.
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon P7100

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External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
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
Startup delay
Less startup delay
1900 ms vs 2300 ms
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Around 20% less delay when turning on
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
165 ISO vs 132 ISO
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The P7100 has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Tunnel vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
281 ms vs 310 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
Lowest price
Cheaper
$395.00 vs $588.95
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The best price we've seen is $194 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-LX5

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Aperture
Significantly wider aperture
f/2 vs f/2.8
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-LX5's lens captures slightly more light (1 f-stops)
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Sensor size
Larger sensor
1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm vs 1/1.8" 7.49x5.52mm
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More than 20% larger sensor
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
6 fps vs 1.3 fps
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More than 4.5x faster continuous shooting
Battery life
Longer battery life
400 shots vs 350 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
Macro focus
Better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 2.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 2x closer to the lens
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The DMC-LX5's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Size
Slightly smaller
110×66×43 mm vs 114×77×45 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Weight
Lighter
277 g vs 395 g
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Around 30% lighter
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
10.8 EV vs 10.7 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              P7100350 shots
              DMC-LX5400 shots
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Longest exposure Very long exposure times Help
              60 seconds
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              P710010.7 EV
              DMC-LX510.8 EV
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              P7100165 ISO
              DMC-LX5132 ISO
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              P710019.4 bits
              DMC-LX519.6 bits
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              P7100281 ms
              DMC-LX5310 ms
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              41.0
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              P71007.1x
              DMC-LX53.8x

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              P71002.0 cm
              DMC-LX51.0 cm
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              P71006,400 ISO
              DMC-LX512,800 ISO
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              10 MP
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              P71001.3 fps
              DMC-LX56 fps
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              P71001/1.8" 7.49x5.52mm
              DMC-LX51/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $449

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Pro digicam

              $480 - $500

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              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
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Pro digicam

              $449

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

              Pro digicam

              $426

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $274 body only

              $448 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash

              Nikon Coolpix P7100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P7700

              Nikon Coolpix P7700

              Pro digicam

              $485

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Nikon Coolpix P7000

              Nikon Coolpix P7000

              Pro digicam

              $375

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Super zoom

              $218 - $227

              Zoom More zoom
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Size Significantly larger
              Fujifilm X30

              Fujifilm X30

              Pro digicam

              $392 - $600

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Size Slightly larger

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $328

              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

              $322

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Slightly smaller
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Boutique

              $649 - $698

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $400

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Placeholder

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (DMC-TZ70)

              Travel zoom

              $477

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

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