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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Wide angle
Wide angle lens
24 mm
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
2300 ms startup delay
Battery life
Great battery life
380 shots
 

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
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 
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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
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
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 7 fps vs 2.5 fps
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Around 3x faster continuous shooting
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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 Significantly 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
Size Smaller 109x60x27 mm vs 110x64x42 mm
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More than 40% smaller
Battery life Longer battery life 380 shots vs 320 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Color depth Better color depth 19.6 bits vs 18.8 bits
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Distinguishes 0.8 more bits of color
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
Thickness Thinner 1.1" vs 1.7"
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Around 40% thinner
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $190.99 vs $227.95
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The best price we've seen is $37 cheaper (around 20% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Aperture Very wide aperture Help
              XZ-1:f/1.8
              DMC-LX3:f/2.0
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              XZ-1:10.4 EV
              DMC-LX3:10.8 EV
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              XZ-1:None
              DMC-LX3:6,400 ISO
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              XZ-1:117 ISO
              DMC-LX3:94 ISO
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              XZ-1:18.8 bits
              DMC-LX3:19.6 bits
              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
              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 Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              XZ-1:$227.95
              DMC-LX3:$190.99
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              10 MP
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              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
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              XZ-1:614k dots
              DMC-LX3:460k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Pro digicam

              $599

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $345 - $348

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $500

              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly higher boost light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $479 - $498

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $220 - $249

              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
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $327 - $400

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Pro digicam

              $499 - $598

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive

              Olympus XZ-1 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Pro digicam

              $186 - $200

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Sensor size Significantly smaller sensor
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Pro digicam

              $323 - $425

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Screen size Smaller screen

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Leica D-LUX 4

              Leica D-LUX 4

              Pro digicam

              $799

              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              Lowest price Much more expensive
              Leica D-LUX 3

              Leica D-Lux 3

              Pro digicam

              $1,289

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $285 - $400 with 14-42mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Supports 24p No 24p support

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