Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/1.4
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
120 fps
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
11 fps
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Battery life
Great battery life
400 shots
Macro focus
Great macro
1.0 cm
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/4000 of a second

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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-LX7

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/1.4 vs f/2
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-LX7's lens captures much more light (1 f-stops)
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
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.7 EV vs 10.8 EV
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1.8 f-stops more dynamic range
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 460k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Overall image quality
Better image quality
50.0 vs 41.0
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More than 20% better image quality
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
11 fps vs 6 fps
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More than 80% faster continuous shooting
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
241 ms vs 310 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
Color depth
Better color depth
20.7 bits vs 19.6 bits
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Distinguishes 1.1 more bits of color
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 2 f-stops better
Lowest price
Cheaper
$327.99 vs $588.95
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The best price we've seen is $261 cheaper (more than 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" 7.44x5.58mm
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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
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Aperture Very wide aperture Help
              DMC-LX7f/1.4
              DMC-LX5f/2
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1.0 cm
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Focus points Many focus points Help
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              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Longest exposure Very long exposure times Help
              60 seconds
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              DMC-LX7147 ISO
              DMC-LX5132 ISO
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              DMC-LX73700 ms
              DMC-LX52300 ms
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              DMC-LX720.7 bits
              DMC-LX519.6 bits
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              DMC-LX750.0
              DMC-LX541.0
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              3.8x

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              12,800 ISO
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              10 MP
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              DMC-LX76,400 ISO
              DMC-LX53,200 ISO
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              DMC-LX711.7 EV
              DMC-LX510.8 EV
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              DMC-LX71/1.8" 7.44x5.58mm
              DMC-LX51/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Boutique

              $669 - $798

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $349

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Focus points Has significantly fewer focus points
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $484 - $649

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Placeholder

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (DMC-TZ70)

              Travel zoom

              $485

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Pro digicam

              $798

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Leica D-Lux 6

              Leica D-Lux 6

              Pro digicam

              $782

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower
              Lowest price More expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

              Pro digicam

              $419

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Size Smaller
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Leica D-LUX 5

              Leica D-LUX 5

              Pro digicam

              $1,100

              Size Slightly smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive

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