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
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
 

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
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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
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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        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
        Zoom Poor zoom Help
        DMC-FX78:5x
        DMC-LX5:3.8x

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

        Pro digicam

        $280 - $362

        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix FX80

        Panasonic Lumix FX80

        Compact

        3D Takes 3D photos
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Olympus VG-160

        Olympus VG-160

        Compact

        $112

        Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8

        Compact

        $240

        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Macro focus Better macro capability
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Nikon Coolpix S800c

        Nikon Coolpix S800c

        Travel zoom

        $150

        Screen type Has an OLED screen
        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Macro focus Much worse macro capability
        Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

        Travel zoom

        $179 - $204

        Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

        Pro digicam

        $348 - $370

        Aperture Wider aperture
        3D Takes 3D photos
        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

        $498

        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 G12

        Canon PowerShot G12

        Pro digicam

        $549

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Canon PowerShot S95

        Canon PowerShot S95

        Pro digicam

        $329

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Overall image quality Better image quality
        Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
        Wide angle Worse wide angle

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