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

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

60

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

38

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/1.4
Shoots RAW
Supports RAW
Better editing
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

Light sensitivity
High ISO
12,800 ISO
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1900 ms startup delay
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V.

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)
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
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
More focus points
23 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/1600s
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2.5x faster max shutter speed
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
11 fps vs 10 fps
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10% faster continuous shooting
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
330 shots vs 320 shots
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Almost the same
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
10 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Almost the same
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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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recommendations

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
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1.0 cm
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              DMC-LX711 fps
              DSC-HX20V10 fps
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              DMC-LX73700 ms
              DSC-HX20V1900 ms
              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 significantly 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
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $293 - $298

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              Light sensitivity Slightly lower maximum light sensitivity
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $247

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $259

              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Boutique

              $730 - $798

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Leica D-Lux 6

              Leica D-Lux 6

              Pro digicam

              $782

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $314 - $349

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $589

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Battery life Longer battery life
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Travel zoom

              $428

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

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

              Travel zoom

              $1,027

              Lowest price Significantly more expensive
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Travel zoom

              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $362

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Digicam

              $180

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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