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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.0
Size
Really small
Mid size 109x65x42 mm
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
2300 ms startup delay
Sensor size
Large sensor
1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
220 fps
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 
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differences

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
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
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Zoom More zoom 24x vs 3.8x
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Around 41x more zoom
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
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
Dynamic range More dynamic range 10.9 EV vs 10.8 EV
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0.1 f-stops more dynamic range
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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
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
Wide angle Slightly better wide angle 24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 41.0 vs 40.0
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Almost the same
Lowest price Much cheaper $355.00 vs $703.74
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The best price we've seen is $349 cheaper (around 50% less)
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 Common Weaknesses
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              DMC-FZ150:410 shots
              DMC-LX5:400 shots
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              DMC-FZ150:$703.74
              DMC-LX5:$355.00
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              DMC-FZ150:10.9 EV
              DMC-LX5:10.8 EV
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              DMC-FZ150:19.4 bits
              DMC-LX5:19.6 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-FZ150:40.0
              DMC-LX5:41.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $398

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Startup delay Has much more startup delay
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $229 - $399

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Supports RAW Doesn't shoot RAW

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $405 - $598

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Size Larger
              Panasonic Lumix FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix FZ70

              Super zoom

              $398

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $319 - $390

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Zoom More zoom
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

              Super zoom

              $365

              Lowest price Much cheaper
              Longest exposure Longer exposures
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Pro digicam

              $284

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Smaller
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Olympus XZ-1

              Olympus XZ-1

              Pro digicam

              $230 - $300

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $548

              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $629

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $280 - $350

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Sensor size Smaller sensor

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