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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/1.4
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 cm
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

Light sensitivity
High ISO
12,800 ISO
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 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
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
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
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
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 11 fps vs 10 fps
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10% faster continuous shooting
True resolution Slightly higher true resolution 10 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Almost the same
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 330 shots vs 320 shots
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Almost the same
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 Slightly cheaper $299.99 vs $347.99
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The best price we've seen is $48 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              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-LX7:920k dots
              DSC-HX20V:921k dots
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
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              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $228 - $249

              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $269 - $319

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Leica D-Lux 6

              Leica D-Lux 6

              Pro digicam

              $599 - $999

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

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $447 - $449

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Pro digicam

              $299

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

              Pro digicam

              $280 - $379

              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Size Smaller
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Pro digicam

              $798

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $368 - $450

              Zoom More zoom
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $278

              Size Slightly smaller
              Weight Lighter
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $300 - $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-HX10V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Travel zoom

              $350

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

              Travel zoom

              $549

              Lowest price Significantly more expensive

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