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Reasons to buy the Olympus XZ-1

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

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Battery life
Great battery life
380 shots
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
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/1.8 vs f/2.0
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At its widest zoom, the XZ-1's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
614k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The XZ-1's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
7 fps vs 2.5 fps
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Around 3x faster continuous shooting
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
117 ISO vs 94 ISO
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The XZ-1 has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-LX3

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Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Overall image quality
Better image quality
39.0 vs 34.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
10.8 EV vs 10.4 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Battery life
Longer battery life
380 shots vs 320 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Size
Slightly smaller
109x60x27 mm vs 110x64x42 mm
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More than 40% smaller
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
6,400 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Color depth
Better color depth
19.6 bits vs 18.8 bits
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Distinguishes 0.8 more bits of color
Thickness
Thinner
1.1" vs 1.7"
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Around 40% thinner
Lowest price
Cheaper
$304.50 vs $499.99
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The best price we've seen is $195 cheaper (around 40% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Aperture Very wide aperture Help
              XZ-1:f/1.8
              DMC-LX3:f/2.0
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              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
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              XZ-1:10.4 EV
              DMC-LX3:10.8 EV
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              XZ-1:18.8 bits
              DMC-LX3:19.6 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              XZ-1:117 ISO
              DMC-LX3:94 ISO
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              XZ-1:None
              DMC-LX3:6,400 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              XZ-1:34.0
              DMC-LX3:39.0
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              XZ-1:720p @ 30fps
              DMC-LX3:720p @ 24fps
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              XZ-1:4x
              DMC-LX3:2.5x

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              10 MP
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              XZ-1:6,400 ISO
              DMC-LX3:3,200 ISO
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              XZ-1:614k dots
              DMC-LX3:460k dots
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              XZ-1:7 fps
              DMC-LX3:2.5 fps
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Pro digicam

              $372

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $599

              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly higher boost light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $340 - $348

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Startup delay Has much more startup delay
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $245 - $400

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498 - $578

              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
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

              Pro digicam

              $228 - $379

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $229 with 10-30mm lens

              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-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 S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $391 - $399

              Overall image quality Much 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-LX3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Boutique

              $898 - $899

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Larger
              Battery life Shorter battery life

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