Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 vs Olympus XZ-1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5


Olympus XZ-1



Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
Great battery life
Battery life
400 shots
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/4000 of a second
External flash
External flash
Better lighting

Reasons to buy the Olympus XZ-1

Screen type
OLED Screen
Bright and vivid
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds


Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Olympus XZ-1.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5.


Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Competitors

Canon PowerShot G12

Canon PowerShot G12

Pro digicam


Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
Aperture Narrower aperture
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Pro digicam


Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Battery life Shorter battery life
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Pro digicam


Sensor size Significantly larger sensor
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Wide angle Worse wide angle

Olympus XZ-1 Competitors

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$402 body only

$397 with 18-55mm lens

Battery life Much longer battery life
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
Fujifilm Finepix X10

Fujifilm Finepix X10

Pro digicam


Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
Image stabilization Better image stabilization
Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100

Pro digicam


Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
Wide angle Better wide angle
Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen


Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
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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?