Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 vs Pentax MX-1

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

63

Pentax MX-1

49

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/1.4
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
11 fps
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax MX-1

Light sensitivity
High ISO
12,800 ISO
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm

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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/1.8
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-LX7's lens captures much more light (0.7 f-stops)
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.7 EV vs 11.3 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
11 fps vs 1 fps
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11x faster continuous shooting
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
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
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Battery life
Longer battery life
330 shots vs 290 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
Color depth
Better color depth
20.7 bits vs 20.4 bits
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Distinguishes 0.3 more bits of color
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
50.0 vs 49.0
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Almost the same
Weight
Lighter
298 g vs 391 g
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More than 20% lighter
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.8" vs 2"
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Around 10% thinner
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Advantages of the Pentax MX-1

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Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The MX-1's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
208 ISO vs 147 ISO
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The MX-1 has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
True resolution
Higher true resolution
12 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Aperture Very wide aperture Help
              DMC-LX7:f/1.4
              MX-1:f/1.8
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              920k dots
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              DMC-LX7:1/4000s
              MX-1:1/8000s
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              DMC-LX7:20.7 bits
              MX-1:20.4 bits
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              DMC-LX7:11.7 EV
              MX-1:11.3 EV
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              DMC-LX7:147 ISO
              MX-1:208 ISO
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              DMC-LX7:50.0
              MX-1:49.0
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              DMC-LX7:3.8x
              MX-1:4x

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              DMC-LX7:$345.00
              MX-1:$333.23
              Common Weaknesses
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              DMC-LX7:10 MP
              MX-1:12 MP
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              1/1.8" 7.4x5.6mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498 - $798

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $449 - $450

              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Startup delay Has much less startup delay
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $260

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Pro digicam

              $337

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              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
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Pro digicam

              $650

              Sensor size Has a marginally larger sensor
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Leica D-Lux 6

              Leica D-Lux 6

              Pro digicam

              $699

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
              Lowest price Much more expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Boutique

              $798

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

              Pro digicam

              $426

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Wide angle Worse wide angle

              Pentax MX-1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm X-M1

              Fujifilm X-M1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $499 body only

              $599 - $600 with 16-50mm lens

              Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses
              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Ricoh GR

              Ricoh GR

              Boutique

              $401 - $597

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

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