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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

44

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

35

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
2300 ms startup delay
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
310 ms shutter lag
Great battery life
Battery life
400 shots
Great macro
Macro focus
1 cm
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

Screen size
Large screen
3.5"
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Thickness
Thin
0.8"

galleries

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differences

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
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$289.99 vs $589.00
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The best price we've seen is $299 cheaper (2x less)
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)
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
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
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
6 fps vs 3.7 fps
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More than 60% faster continuous shooting
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
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/1300s
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3.1x faster max shutter speed
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
10 MP vs 9.8 MP
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Aperture Wide aperture Help
              DMC-FX78f/2.5
              DMC-LX5f/2.0
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              DMC-FX781,600 ISO
              DMC-LX53,200 ISO
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              DMC-FX785x
              DMC-LX53.8x

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant shared competitors found.

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX30

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX30

              Compact

              Fastest shutter speed Significantly faster max shutter speed
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Leica C-LUX 3

              Leica C-LUX C-Lux 3

              Compact

              Fastest shutter speed Significantly faster max shutter speed
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Fujifilm FinePix S4500

              Fujifilm FinePix S4500

              Super zoom

              $179

              Zoom More zoom
              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Significantly larger
              Nikon Coolpix S6800

              Nikon Coolpix S6800

              Travel zoom

              $80 - $217

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Canon PowerShot A2600

              Canon PowerShot A2600

              Compact

              $102

              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Lowest price Significantly cheaper
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $328

              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

              $305

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Slightly smaller
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Boutique

              $770 - $798

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Olympus XZ-1

              Olympus XZ-1

              Pro digicam

              $200

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Pro digicam

              $398

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Screen size Smaller screen

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