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
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
11 fps
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

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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Explore our gallery of 37 sample photos taken by the Olympus XZ-2 iHS.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7.

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 2 f-stops 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)
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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0.8 f-stops more dynamic range
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
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  1. 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 iHSf/1.8
              DMC-LX7f/1.4
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              920k dots
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1.0 cm
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Longest exposure Very long exposure times Help
              60 seconds
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              XZ-2 iHS20.4 bits
              DMC-LX720.7 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              XZ-2 iHS216 ISO
              DMC-LX7147 ISO
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              XZ-2 iHS49.0
              DMC-LX750.0
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              XZ-2 iHS4x
              DMC-LX73.8x

              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
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              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 iHS11.8 MP
              DMC-LX710 MP
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              XZ-2 iHS11.3 EV
              DMC-LX711.7 EV
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              1/1.8" 7.44x5.58mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $350 - $448

              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
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Boutique

              $723 - $798

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $349

              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 Significantly shorter exposures
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Startup delay Has much less startup delay
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $546 - $649

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Pro digicam

              $57

              Sensor size Has a marginally larger sensor
              Autofocus Focuses automatically
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Nikon Coolpix P340

              Nikon Coolpix P340

              Pro digicam

              $333

              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash

              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
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Olympus Stylus 1

              Olympus Stylus 1

              Pro digicam

              $405 - $626

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Pro digicam

              $164

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Leica D-Lux 6

              Leica D-Lux 6

              Pro digicam

              $782

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
              Lowest price Much more expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

              Pro digicam

              $410

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $589

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

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