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

Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
310 ms shutter lag
Battery life
Great battery life
400 shots
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
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 Significantly 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
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $249.99 vs $599.00
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The best price we've seen is $349 cheaper (2.4x less)
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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)
Macro focus Significantly better macro capability 1 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Sensor size Larger sensor 1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm vs 1/2.3" 6.1x4.6mm
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More than 80% larger sensor
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
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digicams, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              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
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              DMC-FX78:5x
              DMC-LX5:3.8x

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              Shared Competitors

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              No significant shared competitors found.

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Samsung WB35F

              Samsung WB35F

              Travel zoom

              $88 - $99

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Travel zoom

              $78 - $119

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS22

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS22

              Compact

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3

              Ultra compact

              $102

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix FH10

              Panasonic Lumix FH10

              Ultra compact

              $118

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $300 - $398

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Pro digicam

              $329

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Smaller
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $255 - $400

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $445

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Wide angle Worse wide angle

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