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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

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

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1400 ms startup delay
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions

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differences

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
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Overall image quality
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
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
Startup delay
Significantly less startup delay
1400 ms vs 2300 ms
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Around 40% less delay when turning on
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 60% more detail in your photos
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 4 f-stops better
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
4.2 fps vs 2.5 fps
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Around 70% faster continuous shooting
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-LX3

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. 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
Slightly smaller
109×60×27 mm vs 116×68×39 mm
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More than 40% smaller
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
10.8 EV vs 10.6 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
380 shots vs 310 shots
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More than 20% more shots per battery charge
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
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              Common Weaknesses
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              DMC-GX1LIVEMOS
              DMC-LX3CCD
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              DMC-GX110.6 EV
              DMC-LX310.8 EV
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              DMC-GX120.8 bits
              DMC-LX319.6 bits
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              DMC-GX1703 ISO
              DMC-LX394 ISO
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              DMC-GX155.0
              DMC-LX339.0
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              460k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $328

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Startup delay Has much more startup delay
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $217 body only

              $630 with 14-45mm lens

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously while recording movies
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $177 body only

              $265 with 14mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Boutique

              $730 - $798

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records very high quality movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448 - $498

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $160 body only

              $280 with 14-42mm lens

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $533 body only

              $623 - $648 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $373 body only

              $440 - $449 with 12-32mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              External flash No external flash support
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $328 body only

              $400 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              True resolution Lower true resolution

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $589

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Slightly larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2

              Pro digicam

              $434

              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $399

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Leica D-LUX 4

              Leica D-LUX 4

              Pro digicam

              $2,300

              Lowest price Much more expensive
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO

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