Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 vs Pentax MX-1

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

61

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
1.0 cm

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7.
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differences

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)
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
11 fps vs 1 fps
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11x faster continuous shooting
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.7 EV vs 11.3 EV
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0.8 f-stops more dynamic range
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
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  1. 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
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$327.99 vs $389.00
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The best price we've seen is $61 cheaper (around 20% less)
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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
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
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 2 f-stops better
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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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent pro digicams, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Aperture Very wide aperture Help
              DMC-LX7f/1.4
              MX-1f/1.8
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              920k dots
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1.0 cm
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              DMC-LX71/4000s
              MX-11/8000s
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              DMC-LX720.7 bits
              MX-120.4 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              DMC-LX7147 ISO
              MX-1208 ISO
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              DMC-LX750.0
              MX-149.0
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              DMC-LX73.8x
              MX-14x

              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
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              DMC-LX711.7 EV
              MX-111.3 EV
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              1/1.8" 7.44x5.58mm

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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 slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Boutique

              $722 - $798

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $349

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Pro digicam

              $57

              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
              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Pro digicam

              $334

              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
              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $407

              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures

              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
              Leica D-Lux 6

              Leica D-Lux 6

              Pro digicam

              $782

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

              Pro digicam

              $410

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $589

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Sensor size Larger sensor
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture

              Pentax MX-1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Stylus 1

              Olympus Stylus 1

              Pro digicam

              $405 - $626

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Ricoh GR

              Ricoh GR

              Boutique

              $473 - $797

              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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