Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 vs Olympus XZ-1

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Wide angle lens
Wide angle
24 mm
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
2300 ms startup delay
Great battery life
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
7 fps vs 2.5 fps
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Around 3x faster continuous shooting
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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$199.99 vs $304.50
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The best price we've seen is $105 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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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
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Overall image quality
Better image quality
39.0 vs 34.0
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More than 10% better image quality
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
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Aperture Very wide aperture Help
              XZ-1f/1.8
              DMC-LX3f/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
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              XZ-110.4 EV
              DMC-LX310.8 EV
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              XZ-118.8 bits
              DMC-LX319.6 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              XZ-1117 ISO
              DMC-LX394 ISO
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              XZ-1None
              DMC-LX36,400 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              XZ-134.0
              DMC-LX339.0
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              XZ-1720p @ 30fps
              DMC-LX3720p @ 24fps
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              XZ-14x
              DMC-LX32.5x

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              XZ-1$199.99
              DMC-LX3$304.50
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              10 MP
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              XZ-16,400 ISO
              DMC-LX33,200 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              XZ-17 fps
              DMC-LX32.5 fps
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              XZ-1614k dots
              DMC-LX3460k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $589

              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly higher boost light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              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
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              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
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Pro digicam

              $398

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $218

              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
              Samsung TL500

              Samsung TL500

              Pro digicam

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $459

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures

              Olympus XZ-1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Pro digicam

              $343

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Pro digicam

              $166

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Leica D-LUX 3

              Leica D-Lux 3

              Pro digicam

              $1,499

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Boutique

              $770 - $798

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Size Larger
              Leica D-LUX 4

              Leica D-LUX 4

              Pro digicam

              $2,299

              Lowest price Much more expensive
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2

              Pro digicam

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support

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