Updated (June, 2013): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Winner
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

100

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

63

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,229k dots
Great color depth
Color depth
22.6 bits
High true resolution
True resolution
20 MP
 

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
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

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
Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
1 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
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
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
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$345.00 vs $399.95
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The best price we've seen is $55 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-RX100

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Sensor size
Much larger sensor
Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/1.8" 7.4x5.6mm
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Around 3x larger sensor
Low light performance
Significantly lower noise at high ISO
390 ISO vs 147 ISO
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The DSC-RX100 has excellent image quality 1.4 f-stops higher ISO than the DMC-LX7
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
66.0 vs 50.0
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More than 30% better image quality
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
20 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture 2x more detail in your photos
Color depth
Better color depth
22.6 bits vs 20.7 bits
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Distinguishes 1.9 more bits of color
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.4 EV vs 11.7 EV
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0.7 f-stops more dynamic range
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,229k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
Startup delay
Significantly less startup delay
2800 ms vs 3700 ms
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More than 20% less delay when turning on
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The DSC-RX100's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Size
Smaller
101x58x35 mm vs 111x68x46 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Weight
Lighter
213 g vs 298 g
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Around 30% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
1.4" vs 1.8"
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More than 20% thinner
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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-LX7:f/1.4
              DSC-RX100:f/1.8
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              DMC-LX7:920k dots
              DSC-RX100:1,229k dots
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              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-LX7:3700 ms
              DSC-RX100:2800 ms
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              DMC-LX7:3.8x
              DSC-RX100:3.6x

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $391 - $399

              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
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              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

              Pro digicam

              $619 - $648

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $449 - $507

              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Pro digicam

              $798

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $348 - $368

              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 DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $260

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $575 - $600 with 16-50mm lens

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Leica D-Lux 6

              Leica D-Lux 6

              Pro digicam

              $680 - $687

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

              Pro digicam

              $228 - $379

              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

              $599

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

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $298 - $400 with 16-50mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

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