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
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Takes 3D photos
3D
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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differences

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)
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.7 EV vs 10.8 EV
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0.9 f-stops more 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
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
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
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
11 fps vs 6 fps
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More than 80% faster continuous shooting
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 1 f-stop better
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
241 ms vs 310 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$327.99 vs $589.00
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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" 7.4x5.6mm
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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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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Aperture Very wide aperture Help
              DMC-LX7f/1.4
              DMC-LX5f/2.0
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              DMC-LX71/1.8" 7.4x5.6mm
              DMC-LX51/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm
              Longest exposure Very long exposure times Help
              60 seconds
              Fastest shutter speed Very fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              DMC-LX7$327.99
              DMC-LX5$589.00
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              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
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              12,800 ISO
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              10 MP
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              DMC-LX7241 ms
              DMC-LX5310 ms
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              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

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $370 - $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 Slightly shorter exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Boutique

              $739 - $798

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Leica D-Lux 6

              Leica D-Lux 6

              Pro digicam

              $640

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

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $349

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $281

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

              Pro digicam

              $410

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Pro digicam

              $398

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $975

              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

              $237

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Olympus XZ-1

              Olympus XZ-1

              Pro digicam

              $200

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

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