Updated (July, 2012): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
2300 ms startup delay
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
310 ms shutter lag
Battery life
Great battery life
400 shots
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Screen size
Large screen
3.5"
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FX78

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Screen size Much larger screen 3.5" vs 3.0"
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Around 20% larger screen
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Size Smaller 99x55x20 mm vs 109x65x42 mm
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2.7x smaller
Weight Lighter 142 g vs 277 g
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Around 50% lighter
Thickness Thinner 0.8" vs 1.7"
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2.1x thinner
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-LX5

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Aperture Wider aperture f/2.0 vs f/2.5
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-LX5's lens captures slightly more light (0.6 f-stops)
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor 1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm vs 1/2.3" 6.1x4.6mm
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More than 80% larger sensor
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Macro focus Significantly better macro capability 1 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The DMC-LX5's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The DMC-LX5's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 6 fps vs 3.7 fps
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More than 60% faster continuous shooting
True resolution Slightly higher true resolution 10 MP vs 9.8 MP
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Almost the same
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recommendations

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

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        Compared to recent digicams

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Aperture Wide aperture Help
        DMC-FX78:f/2.5
        DMC-LX5:f/2.0
        Longest exposure Long exposures Help
        60 seconds
        Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
        CCD
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
        No 3d support
        High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
        Not supported
        Zoom Poor zoom Help
        DMC-FX78:5x
        DMC-LX5:3.8x

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon Powershot S100

        Canon Powershot S100

        Pro digicam

        $280 - $350

        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
        Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
        Canon PowerShot S110

        Canon PowerShot S110

        Pro digicam

        $235 - $250

        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        Panasonic Lumix ZS30

        Panasonic Lumix ZS30

        Travel zoom

        $329 - $399

        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
        Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

        Panasonic Lumix ZS20

        Travel zoom

        $229 - $399

        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
        Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
        Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

        Travel zoom

        $174 - $300

        3D Takes 3D photos
        Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
        Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70

        Ultra compact

        $130 - $170

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
        Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

        Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

        Ultra compact

        $79

        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
        Panasonic Lumix FZ70

        Panasonic Lumix FZ70

        Super zoom

        $398

        Zoom Much more zoom
        3D Takes 3D photos
        Size Much larger
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Sony CyberShot DSC-W730

        Sony CyberShot DSC-W730

        Travel zoom

        $92

        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Weight Slightly lighter
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Aperture Significantly narrower aperture

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

        Pro digicam

        $398

        Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
        Aperture Wider aperture
        Startup delay Much more startup delay
        Sensor size Smaller sensor
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

        Pro digicam

        $284

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Size Smaller
        Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
        Overall image quality Worse image quality
        Olympus XZ-1

        Olympus XZ-1

        Pro digicam

        $230 - $300

        Screen type Has an OLED screen
        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Overall image quality Worse image quality
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Pro digicam

        $548

        Overall image quality Much better image quality
        True resolution Much higher true resolution
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
        Canon PowerShot G12

        Canon PowerShot G12

        Pro digicam

        $629

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
        Wide angle Worse wide angle

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