Updated (July, 2013): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
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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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
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
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 Significantly 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
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
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
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
Color depth Better color depth 20.8 bits vs 19.6 bits
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Distinguishes 1.2 more bits of color
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 259 ms vs 310 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Thickness Slightly thinner 1.5" vs 1.7"
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Around 10% thinner
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $499.00 vs $599.00
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The best price we've seen is $100 cheaper (around 20% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-LX5

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Image stabilization Image stabilization 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
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 6 fps vs 4.2 fps
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More than 40% faster continuous shooting
Dynamic range More dynamic range 10.8 EV vs 10.6 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
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 Common Weaknesses
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              DMC-GX1:LIVEMOS
              DMC-LX5:CCD
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              DMC-GX1:10.6 EV
              DMC-LX5:10.8 EV
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              DMC-GX1:20.8 bits
              DMC-LX5:19.6 bits
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              DMC-GX1:55.0
              DMC-LX5:41.0
              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

              $331 - $398

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

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              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
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $528 - $549

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $279 with 14-42mm lens

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $249 - $400 with 14-42mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $498 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $509 body only

              $602 - $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-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $633 - $698 body only

              $1,098 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 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-GF5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $290 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-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $699 with 20mm lens

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Color depth Better color depth
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Touch screen No touch screen

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Pro digicam

              $225

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Smaller
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Leica D-LUX 5

              Leica D-LUX 5

              Pro digicam

              $784

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Lowest price More expensive
              Olympus XZ-1

              Olympus XZ-1

              Pro digicam

              $229 - $500

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $671

              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

              $305 - $429

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Macro focus Worse macro capability

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