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

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Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sensor size
Large sensor
Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
390 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
66.0
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,229k dots
 

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
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
241 ms shutter lag
 
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differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-LX7

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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)
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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
Lowest price Cheaper $398.00 vs $535.79
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The best price we've seen is $138 cheaper (around 30% less)
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-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
Overall image quality Much 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
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
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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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 Common Weaknesses
              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
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              DMC-LX7:1/1.8" 7.4x5.6mm
              DSC-RX100:Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
              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-RX100:$535.79
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              DMC-LX7:3700 ms
              DSC-RX100:2800 ms
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              DMC-LX7:3.8x
              DSC-RX100:3.6x

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II

              Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II

              Pro digicam

              $698 - $746

              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
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $449 - $450

              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
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $379 - $389

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Light sensitivity Slightly lower maximum light sensitivity
              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Pro digicam

              $499 - $598

              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $549 - $610

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $235 - $250

              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $499

              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              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 DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $355

              Sensor size Larger sensor
              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100.

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