Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

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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
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/4000 of a second
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Macro focus
Great macro
1.0 cm

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differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-LX7

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Aperture
Much wider aperture
f/1.4 vs f/3.2
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-LX7's lens captures much more light (2.4 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
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
23 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Wide angle
Slightly better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Sensor size
Larger sensor
1/1.8" 7.44x5.58mm vs 1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
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Around 50% larger sensor
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
11 fps vs 10 fps
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10% faster continuous shooting
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/1600s
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2.5x faster max shutter speed
Longest exposure
Significantly longer exposures
60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
330 shots vs 320 shots
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$327.99 vs $399.00
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The best price we've seen is $71 cheaper (around 20% less)
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX20V

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Startup delay
Much less startup delay
1900 ms vs 3700 ms
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Around 50% less delay when turning on
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The DSC-HX20V's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Zoom
More zoom
20x vs 3.8x
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Around 28.5x more zoom
Size
Slightly smaller
107×62×35 mm vs 111×68×46 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Thickness
Thinner
1.4" vs 1.8"
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More than 20% thinner
Weight
Slightly lighter
254 g vs 298 g
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More than 10% lighter
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digicams, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              DMC-LX7920k dots
              DSC-HX20V921k dots
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1.0 cm
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              DMC-LX711 fps
              DSC-HX20V10 fps
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              DMC-LX760s
              DSC-HX20V30s
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $349

              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $484 - $649

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Travel zoom

              $428

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Aperture Has a much narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $257

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Travel zoom

              $249 - $297

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $220 - $228

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Boutique

              $669 - $798

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              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
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

              Pro digicam

              $419

              Size Smaller
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $314

              Zoom More zoom
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV

              Pro digicam

              $948

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Zoom Less zoom
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $213 - $298

              Size Slightly smaller
              Weight Lighter
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500

              Travel zoom

              $328

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

              Travel zoom

              $1,027

              Lowest price Significantly more expensive

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