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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/1.4
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
241 ms shutter lag
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
 

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
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Macro focus
Great macro
1 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)
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Sensor size Larger sensor 1/1.8" 7.4x5.6mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
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Around 50% larger sensor
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
Wide angle Slightly better wide angle 24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Focus points More focus points 23 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
True resolution Slightly higher true resolution 10 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Almost the same
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 11 fps vs 10 fps
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10% faster continuous shooting
Longest exposure Longer exposures 60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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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
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 1 f-stop better
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Zoom More zoom 20x vs 3.8x
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Around 28.5x more zoom
Size Slightly smaller 107x62x35 mm vs 111x68x46 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
Lowest price Cheaper $338.00 vs $398.00
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The best price we've seen is $60 cheaper (around 20% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              DMC-LX7:920k dots
              DSC-HX20V:921k dots
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 60fps
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              DMC-LX7:$398.00
              DSC-HX20V:$338.00
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              DMC-LX7:3700 ms
              DSC-HX20V:1900 ms

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $548

              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $345 - $398

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Light sensitivity Slightly lower maximum light sensitivity
              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $329 - $399

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a much narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $235 - $250

              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II

              Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II

              Pro digicam

              $698

              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Leica D-Lux 6

              Leica D-Lux 6

              Pro digicam

              $700

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

              Panasonic Lumix LF1

              Pro digicam

              $250 - $400

              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $449 - $450

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Pro digicam

              $401 - $598

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Wide angle Worse wide angle

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $229 - $399

              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
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

              Travel zoom

              $230 - $328

              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Size Slightly smaller
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

              Travel zoom

              $1,027

              Lowest price Much more expensive
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Travel zoom

              $340

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture

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