Updated (July 2012): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
310 ms shutter lag
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer 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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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GX1

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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 41.0
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More than 30% 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 @ 30fps
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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 132 ISO
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The DMC-GX1 has excellent image quality: 2.4 f-stops higher ISO than the DMC-LX5
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
259 ms vs 310 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
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
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.5" vs 1.7"
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Around 10% thinner
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$350.00 vs $588.95
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The best price we've seen is $239 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-LX5

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Battery life
Longer battery life
400 shots vs 310 shots
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Around 30% more shots per battery charge
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
10.8 EV vs 10.6 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
6 fps vs 4.2 fps
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More than 40% faster continuous shooting
Weight
Slightly lighter
277 g vs 318 g
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More than 10% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              DMC-GX1116×68×39 mm
              DMC-LX5110×66×43 mm
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              DMC-GX1LIVEMOS
              DMC-LX5CCD
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              DMC-GX110.6 EV
              DMC-LX510.8 EV
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              DMC-GX120.8 bits
              DMC-LX519.6 bits
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              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-LX5132 ISO
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              DMC-GX155.0
              DMC-LX541.0
              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
              Startup delay Has much more startup delay
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Boutique

              $669 - $798

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Thickness Is thicker
              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
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $348 body only

              $460 - $499 with 12-32mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Lens availability Slightly fewer lenses available
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $342 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-GF5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $328 body only

              $381 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Dynamic range Has slightly narrower dynamic range

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $539 - $549 body only

              $593 - $599 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,198 body only

              $1,215 with 15mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Size Larger
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $373 body only

              $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
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $490 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Built-in flash No built-in flash

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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

              $487

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Zoom More zoom
              Aperture Much narrower aperture
              External flash No external flash support
              Leica D-LUX 5

              Leica D-LUX 5

              Pro digicam

              $1,100

              Size Slightly smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Lowest price More expensive
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $400

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Wide angle Worse wide angle

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