Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

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Olympus XZ-2 iHS

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/1.4
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
241 ms shutter lag
 

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

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
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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)
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.7 EV vs 11.3 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
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
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
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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
              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
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              XZ-2 iHS:11.3 EV
              DMC-LX7:11.7 EV
              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
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              XZ-2 iHS:$336.02
              DMC-LX7:$345.00
              Common Weaknesses
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              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
              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 - $798

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

              Pro digicam

              $426

              Thickness Is thinner
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $599

              Sensor size Has a marginally larger sensor
              Startup delay Has much less startup delay
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $260

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $449 - $450

              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
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $179

              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus XZ-1

              Olympus XZ-1

              Pro digicam

              $200

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Sensor size Larger sensor
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Pro digicam

              $168

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

              Olympus Stylus 1

              Pro digicam

              $456 - $699

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Leica D-Lux 6

              Leica D-Lux 6

              Pro digicam

              $643

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Boutique

              $770 - $898

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Aperture Narrower aperture

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