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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/1.4
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Battery life
Great battery life
400 shots
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-LX7

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Aperture Wider aperture f/1.4 vs f/2.0
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-LX7's lens captures much more light (1 f-stop)
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.7 EV vs 10.8 EV
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0.9 f-stops more dynamic range
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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 50.0 vs 41.0
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More than 20% better image quality
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 460k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Color depth Better color depth 20.7 bits vs 19.6 bits
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Distinguishes 1.1 more bits of color
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 241 ms vs 310 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies 120 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The DMC-LX7's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 11 fps vs 6 fps
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More than 80% faster continuous shooting
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 147 ISO vs 132 ISO
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The DMC-LX7 has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $361.99 vs $599.00
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The best price we've seen is $237 cheaper (around 40% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-LX5

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Startup delay Much less startup delay 2300 ms vs 3700 ms
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Around 40% less delay when turning on
Sensor size Larger sensor 1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm vs 1/1.8" 7.4x5.6mm
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More than 20% larger sensor
Battery life Longer battery life 400 shots vs 330 shots
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More than 20% more shots per battery charge
Weight Slightly lighter 277 g vs 298 g
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Around 10% lighter
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              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Aperture Very wide aperture Help
              DMC-LX7:f/1.4
              DMC-LX5:f/2.0
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              DMC-LX7:$361.99
              DMC-LX5:$599.00
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              DMC-LX7:147 ISO
              DMC-LX5:132 ISO
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              DMC-LX7:3700 ms
              DMC-LX5:2300 ms
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              DMC-LX7:20.7 bits
              DMC-LX5:19.6 bits
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              DMC-LX7:50.0
              DMC-LX5:41.0
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
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              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Wide angle Good wide angle Help
              24 mm
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              12,800 ISO
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              10 MP
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              DMC-LX7:6,400 ISO
              DMC-LX5:3,200 ISO

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              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Leica D-Lux 6

              Leica D-Lux 6

              Pro digicam

              $683 - $999

              Startup delay Has much less startup delay
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $447 - $449

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

              Pro digicam

              $270 - $379

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Pro digicam

              $329

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $213 - $249

              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Pro digicam

              $335 - $591

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Pro digicam

              $620

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Sensor size Larger sensor
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Pro digicam

              $299

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Wide angle Worse wide angle

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus XZ-1

              Olympus XZ-1

              Pro digicam

              $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 S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $309 - $340

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $540

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

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