Updated (July 2012): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

43

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

35

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
310 ms shutter lag
Great battery life
Battery life
400 shots
Great macro
Macro focus
1.0 cm
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

Screen size
Large screen
3.5"
Size
Really small
Super compact (99×56×20 mm)
Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama

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differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FX78

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Screen size
Much larger screen
3.5" vs 3"
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Around 20% larger screen
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
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Size
Smaller
99×56×20 mm vs 110×66×43 mm
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2.7x smaller
Thickness
Thinner
0.8" vs 1.7"
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2.1x thinner
Weight
Lighter
142 g vs 277 g
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Around 50% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$299.99 vs $588.95
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The best price we've seen is $289 cheaper (around 50% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-LX5

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Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2 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
Much better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 5.0 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" 6.13x4.6mm
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More than 80% larger sensor
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
6 fps vs 3.7 fps
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More than 60% faster continuous shooting
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 2 f-stops 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 2 f-stops better
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/1300s
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3.1x faster max shutter speed
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Aperture Wide aperture Help
              DMC-FX78f/2.5
              DMC-LX5f/2
              Longest exposure Very long exposure times Help
              60 seconds
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              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

              Sony Alpha A5100

              Sony Alpha A5100

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $598 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Super zoom

              $597

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Super zoom

              $230

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90

              Compact

              $300

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $239

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Samsung L210

              Samsung L210

              Ultra compact

              Fastest shutter speed Faster max shutter speed
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75

              Compact

              $149

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

              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-LX100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Boutique

              $669 - $798

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Pro digicam

              $322

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Slightly smaller
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Placeholder

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (DMC-TZ70)

              Travel zoom

              $485

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Aperture Much narrower aperture
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

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

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