Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

67

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Olympus XZ-1

45

Olympus XZ-1

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/1.4
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
241 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus XZ-1

Screen type
OLED Screen
Bright and vivid
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

differences

Advantages of the Olympus XZ-1

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Screen type
Has an OLED screen
OLED vs LCD
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OLED screens are often brighter and more vibrant than typical LCD screens
Sensor size
Larger sensor
1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm vs 1/1.8" 7.4x5.6mm
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More than 20% larger sensor
Size
Slightly smaller
110x64x42 mm vs 111x68x46 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Weight
Slightly lighter
275 g vs 298 g
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Around 10% lighter
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.7" vs 1.8"
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Around 10% thinner
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-LX7

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Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
50.0 vs 34.0
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Around 50% better image quality
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.7 EV vs 10.4 EV
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1.3 f-stops more dynamic range
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/1.4 vs f/1.8
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-LX7's lens captures much more light (0.7 f-stops)
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 614k dots
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Around 50% higher resolution screen
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
20.7 bits vs 18.8 bits
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Distinguishes 1.9 more bits of color
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
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
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
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
147 ISO vs 117 ISO
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The DMC-LX7 has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
11 fps vs 7 fps
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Around 60% faster continuous shooting
Lowest price
Cheaper
$345.00 vs $499.99
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The best price we've seen is $155 cheaper (more than 30% less)
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
330 shots vs 320 shots
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Aperture Very wide aperture Help
              XZ-1:f/1.8
              DMC-LX7:f/1.4
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              XZ-1:117 ISO
              DMC-LX7:147 ISO
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              XZ-1:18.8 bits
              DMC-LX7:20.7 bits
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              XZ-1:34.0
              DMC-LX7:50.0
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              XZ-1:4x
              DMC-LX7:3.8x

              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
              XZ-1:None
              DMC-LX7:12,800 ISO
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              10 MP
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              XZ-1:10.4 EV
              DMC-LX7:11.7 EV
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              XZ-1:1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm
              DMC-LX7:1/1.8" 7.4x5.6mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Pro digicam

              $372

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $391 - $399

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $449

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $599

              Startup delay Has much less startup delay
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

              Pro digicam

              $228 - $379

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $179 - $249

              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash

              Olympus XZ-1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Pro digicam

              $148

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $244 - $400

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Leica D-Lux 6

              Leica D-Lux 6

              Pro digicam

              $680 - $687

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $260

              Zoom More zoom
              GPS Has a GPS
              Aperture Much narrower aperture
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Boutique

              $898 - $899

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

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