Updated (July, 2012): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2.0
Really small
Size
Mid size 109x65x42 mm
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
2300 ms startup delay
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
310 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
220 fps
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
12 fps
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light

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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ150

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
220 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Zoom
More zoom
24x vs 3.8x
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Around 41x more zoom
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
12 fps vs 6 fps
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2x faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$314.20 vs $589.00
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The best price we've seen is $275 cheaper (around 50% less)
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
10.9 EV vs 10.8 EV
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0.1 f-stops more dynamic range
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
410 shots vs 400 shots
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-LX5

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Aperture
Significantly wider aperture
f/2.0 vs f/2.8
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-LX5's lens captures slightly more light (1 f-stop)
Size
Significantly smaller
109x65x42 mm vs 124x82x92 mm
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3x smaller
Sensor size
Significantly larger sensor
1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
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More than 80% larger sensor
Wide angle
Slightly better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.7" vs 3.6"
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2.1x thinner
Weight
Significantly lighter
277 g vs 528 g
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Around 50% lighter
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
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
41.0 vs 40.0
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Almost the same
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
10 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Almost the same
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Aperture Wide aperture Help
              DMC-FZ150f/2.8
              DMC-LX5f/2.0
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              DMC-FZ150410 shots
              DMC-LX5400 shots
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              Common Weaknesses
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              DMC-FZ15010.9 EV
              DMC-LX510.8 EV
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              DMC-FZ15019.4 bits
              DMC-LX519.6 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              132 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              DMC-FZ15040.0
              DMC-LX541.0
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $260

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $342 - $606

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Size Larger
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $344 - $399

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Zoom More zoom
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $298

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Size Significantly larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

              Super zoom

              $225

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Longest exposure Longer exposures
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Pro digicam

              $677 - $898

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Significantly larger

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $348 - $398

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              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

              $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 - $898

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498 - $798

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

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