Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 vs Olympus XZ-1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5


Olympus XZ-1



Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
2300 ms startup delay
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
310 ms shutter lag
Great battery life
Battery life
400 shots
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/4000 of a second

Reasons to buy the Olympus XZ-1

Screen type
OLED Screen
Bright and vivid
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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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5.


Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Competitors

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Pro digicam


3D Takes 3D photos
Aperture Wider aperture
Startup delay Much more startup delay
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100


$629 - $698

Sensor size Much larger sensor
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Built-in flash No built-in flash
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Pro digicam


Supports 24p Supports 24p
Size Slightly smaller
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag

Olympus XZ-1 Competitors

Olympus XZ-2 iHS

Olympus XZ-2 iHS

Pro digicam

External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Overall image quality Better image quality
Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
Olympus Stylus XZ-10

Olympus Stylus XZ-10

Pro digicam


Touch screen Has a touch screen
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Pro digicam


Sensor size Much larger sensor
Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen


Advantages of the Olympus XZ-1

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Screen type
Has an OLED screen
OLED screens are often brighter and more vibrant than typical LCD screens
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Wider aperture
f/1.8 vs f/2
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
More than 30% higher resolution screen
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
The XZ-1's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
7 fps vs 6 fps
Around 20% faster continuous shooting
Lowest price
$206.00 vs $588.93
The best price we've seen is $383 cheaper (2.9x less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-LX5

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Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
More than 10% better wide angle
Overall image quality
Better image quality
41.0 vs 34.0
More than 20% better image quality
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
  1. Sensor shift
Less risk of blur
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs None
Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
10.8 EV vs 10.4 EV
0.8 f-stops more dynamic range
Battery life
Longer battery life
400 shots vs 320 shots
Around 30% more shots per battery charge
Color depth
Better color depth
19.6 bits vs 18.8 bits
Distinguishes 0.8 more bits of color
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
2x faster max shutter speed
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the Panasonic DMC-LX5


Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent pro digicams, and ignoring price

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              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Aperture Very wide aperture Help
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1.0 cm
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Longest exposure Very long exposure times Help
              60 seconds
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              XZ-110.4 EV
              DMC-LX510.8 EV
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              XZ-1117 ISO
              DMC-LX5132 ISO
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              XZ-118.8 bits
              DMC-LX519.6 bits
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps
              Zoom Poor zoom Help

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              DMC-LX512,800 ISO
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              10 MP
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              XZ-16,400 ISO
              DMC-LX53,200 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              XZ-17 fps
              DMC-LX56 fps
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              XZ-1614k dots
              DMC-LX5460k dots
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm




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              Arxin (2:56 PM, September 20, 2011)
              Maybe xz-1 is more cheaper.
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (1:12 PM, July 04, 2011)
              Hi Rostislav, thanks for the feedback!  You have some good points.
              Snapsort uses image quality benchmarks from DxOMark, and these benchmarks are based on RAW image quality only, so perhaps that might account for the difference?   Good point also about the aperture at the telephoto end, you can compare these on the specs page.  I think we wanted to include this in our comparisons, but had not yet come up with a good way to compare them given huge the difference in telephoto focal lengths you'd often see.
              Avatar for Rostislav Alexandrovich Rostislav Alexandrovich (8:27 AM, July 04, 2011)
              Dear Snapsort,
              I am puzzeld why you belive the LX-5 have better IQ then xz-1,
              every review i've read puts it ahead of LX5, infact, pro photographers reviwers such steve huff and luminous landscape rate the XZ-1 as the best IQ in a compact, especiall if you consider the DOF ability.

              Also you failed to mention the biggest asset of XZ-1 vs every other compact ever made,
              its aperture advantage is at the long end f2.5, compared to lx5's 3.3, thats almost a stop faster&fastest there is today,
              combine the longer reach of 112mm and the f2.5 aperture - you get same kind of bokeh (dof) as a mft or aps-c camera with a 18-55 f3.5/5.6 zoom kit!
              as mentioned at page 8 dpreview xz-1 review.

              Hope i've helped to make this site better.
              Leo (3:22 AM, April 26, 2011)
              I have both cameras, LX5 first and XZ1 later. Both lenses are excellent, but different. Regarding the specs list hereabove for you the LX5 is the winner. But for me, now after a month use of both, the Xz1 is a much better camera because of its faser lens, its more convenient zoom range, better focusing in macro mode, better screen and easier use.
              I don't buy a camera like this for videos, so I only consider photographic application.
              I did not use the 24mm wide angle with the lx5 as it deforms the persons too much, or it flattens the mountains, so you have to zoom in most cases loosing speed of the lens. If I need a wide angle panorama, I use the panorama option assembling 3 pictures of the xz1, which works perfectly.
              I was desappointed by the LX5 colours especially in artificial light conditions: with usual white balance settings the pictures were too yellow. I had to test many adjustments before finding acceptable colours, so I missed a lot of shots. The xz1 colours are generally better.
              The buttons of the LX5 on the lens ring are easy to unset without you remark it.
              The xz1 was delivered with a separate charger, so you don't need a pc to charge the batterie. T charge the panasonic, you must take the battery out of the camera, I don't like that.
              In conclusion I would say the LX5 has an intellectual approach, the Olympus XZ1 has an intelligent approach. In practice I have far the best pictures with the XZ1.
              Leo (2:09 PM, April 12, 2011)
              I have both now, LX5 and XZ1. The use of XZ1 is much easier. Its fast lens is excellent, the zoom range is very convenient, I did not use the 24mm angle of the LX5 so often, for me 28mm is wide enough. It is much easier to obtain sharp macro pictures with the XZ1. And the XZ1 colours especially with artificial light are better. Even if the LX5 has more dedicated buttons as for iso setting, their use is less friendly. It seems the image quality is better with LX5, but is it less easy to obtain nice pictures than with the XZ1.
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (3:40 PM, April 05, 2011)
              The ZS7 generally takes great shots. Where you would see a difference I think is if you increase the ISO, which you'd need to do to shoot in lower light without a flash, then the image quality on the XZ-1 or LX5 would be much better than the ZS7.

              For advanced users, the LX5 and XZ-1 also give you RAW capabilities to give you more editing control over your photo, wider apertures which get you more light and shallower depth of field, and more manual controls making it easier to get the photo you want.
              Hello2me (8:06 AM, April 05, 2011)
              I'm thinking about buying a new point and shoot soon but I wanted to know if I primarily take outdoor photos and just sometime indoor... will the photos really look different between these high end compact and say something like the zs7? I mean like when I take the same photos with the 2 different cameras in your opinion is there a difference enough to warrant the extra money?
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (1:17 PM, March 24, 2011)
              Snapsort recommends the LX5, because is has better image quality, a wider angle lens, higher ISO, better image stabilizations and is $100 cheaper.
              Grapekar (4:12 AM, March 24, 2011)
              please give me some idea for this two camera.. which one better?
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (3:32 PM, March 23, 2011)
              The DXOMark scores are fairly close. DXOMark also only tests the RAW capability of the camera, and their tests are designed to benchmark the sensor exclusively, but other components of the camera can influence image quality.

              DXOMark is a good starting point, but if reviewers are rating the XZ1 as having better image quality than the LX5 they are probably right.
              whatsup (5:42 AM, March 23, 2011)
              So how come many test report says that xz1 picture quality is better than LX5, but according to the info on DXOMark the scores says 20% better image quality for the LX5? The scores and what people say are different... how come?