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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/1.4
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus XZ-2 iHS

Light sensitivity
High ISO
12,800 ISO
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 
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differences

Advantages of the Olympus XZ-2 iHS

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Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 216 ISO vs 147 ISO
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The XZ-2 iHS has a slight edge (0.6 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The XZ-2 iHS's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
True resolution Higher true resolution 11.8 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 340 shots vs 330 shots
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Almost the same
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $299.00 vs $347.99
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The best price we've seen is $49 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-LX7

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Aperture Wider aperture f/1.4 vs f/1.8
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-LX7's lens captures much more light (0.7 f-stops)
Wide angle Better wide angle 24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.7 EV vs 11.3 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Image stabilization Better image stabilization Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies 120 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Color depth Better color depth 20.7 bits vs 20.4 bits
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Distinguishes 0.3 more bits of color
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 50.0 vs 49.0
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Almost the same
Weight Slightly lighter 298 g vs 346 g
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More than 10% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Aperture Very wide aperture Help
              XZ-2 iHS:f/1.8
              DMC-LX7:f/1.4
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              920k dots
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              XZ-2 iHS:20.4 bits
              DMC-LX7:20.7 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              XZ-2 iHS:216 ISO
              DMC-LX7:147 ISO
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              XZ-2 iHS:49.0
              DMC-LX7:50.0
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              XZ-2 iHS:4x
              DMC-LX7:3.8x

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              XZ-2 iHS:$299.00
              DMC-LX7:$347.99
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              XZ-2 iHS:11.8 MP
              DMC-LX7:10 MP
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              XZ-2 iHS:11.3 EV
              DMC-LX7:11.7 EV
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              1/1.8" 7.4x5.6mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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 slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $447 - $449

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

              Pro digicam

              $280 - $379

              Thickness Is thinner
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $499

              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Startup delay Has much less startup delay
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Pro digicam

              $500 - $599

              Sensor size Has a marginally larger sensor
              Autofocus Focuses automatically
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $228 - $249

              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Nikon Coolpix P340

              Nikon Coolpix P340

              Pro digicam

              $347

              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Pro digicam

              $161 - $399

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Smaller
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Olympus XZ-1

              Olympus XZ-1

              Pro digicam

              $500

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Sensor size Larger sensor
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Pentax MX-1

              Pentax MX-1

              Pro digicam

              $295

              Touch screen No touch screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Leica D-Lux 6

              Leica D-Lux 6

              Pro digicam

              $599 - $999

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Pro digicam

              $798

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $599

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Sensor size Larger sensor
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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