Updated (July, 2013): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
 
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GX1

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Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 259 ms vs 770 ms
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3x less delay when taking photos
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 55.0 vs 39.0
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More than 40% better image quality
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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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
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay 1400 ms vs 2300 ms
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Around 40% less delay when turning on
True resolution Higher true resolution 16 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 60% more detail in your photos
Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Sensor size Larger sensor Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm vs 1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm
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Around 4.5x larger sensor
Color depth Better color depth 20.8 bits vs 19.6 bits
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Distinguishes 1.2 more bits of color
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 703 ISO vs 94 ISO
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The DMC-GX1 has excellent image quality 2.9 f-stops higher ISO than the DMC-LX3
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The DMC-GX1's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 4.2 fps vs 2.5 fps
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Around 70% faster continuous shooting
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-LX3

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Image stabilization Image stabilization Lens vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Size Smaller 109x60x27 mm vs 116x68x39 mm
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More than 40% smaller
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 380 shots vs 310 shots
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More than 20% more shots per battery charge
Dynamic range More dynamic range 10.8 EV vs 10.6 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Thickness Thinner 1.1" vs 1.5"
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More than 30% thinner
Weight Slightly lighter 265 g vs 318 g
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Around 20% lighter
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $329.00 vs $488.19
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The best price we've seen is $159 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              DMC-GX1:LIVEMOS
              DMC-LX3:CCD
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              DMC-GX1:10.6 EV
              DMC-LX3:10.8 EV
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              DMC-GX1:20.8 bits
              DMC-LX3:19.6 bits
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              DMC-GX1:55.0
              DMC-LX3:39.0
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              460k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $598 - $639 body only

              $698 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $300 - $398

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Startup delay Has much more startup delay
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $584 body only

              $614 with 14-45mm lens

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously while recording movies
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $438 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 Competitors

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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $461 body only

              $545 - $748 with 12-32mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              External flash No external flash support
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $390 body only

              $428 - $518 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              External flash No external flash support

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 Competitors

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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $599

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Boutique

              $898 - $899

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Leica D-LUX 3

              Leica D-Lux 3

              Pro digicam

              $1,289

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Leica D-LUX 4

              Leica D-LUX 4

              Pro digicam

              $1,200

              Lowest price Significantly more expensive
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $255 - $400

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Macro focus Worse macro capability

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