Updated (August, 2012): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 vs Sony NEX-5R

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

69

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Sony NEX-5N

51

Sony NEX-5N

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/1.4
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5N

Overall image quality
Great image quality
77.0
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Color depth
Great color depth
23.6 bits
 

differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-LX7

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
Help
A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
120 fps vs None
Help
Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
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 NEX-5N

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Overall image quality
Much better image quality
77.0 vs 50.0
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More than 50% better image quality
Startup delay
Much less startup delay
1900 ms vs 3700 ms
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Around 50% less delay when turning on
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
Help
Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
Help
Get that real film feel
Color depth
Better color depth
23.6 bits vs 20.7 bits
Help
Distinguishes 2.9 more bits of color
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
Help
Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Sensor size
Significantly larger sensor
APS-C 23.4x15.6mm vs 1/1.8" 7.4x5.6mm
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Around 9x larger sensor
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 60% more detail in your photos
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.7 EV vs 11.7 EV
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1 f-stop more dynamic range
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,079 ISO vs 147 ISO
Help
The NEX-5N has excellent image quality 2.9 f-stops higher ISO than the DMC-LX7
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
Help
Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The NEX-5N's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Battery life
Longer battery life
460 shots vs 330 shots
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Around 40% more shots per battery charge
Size
Slightly smaller
111x59x38 mm vs 111x68x46 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.5" vs 1.8"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight
Slightly lighter
269 g vs 298 g
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Around 10% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              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
              920k dots
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              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
              NEX-5N:1900 ms

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498 - $578

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $298 - $350 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Leica D-Lux 6

              Leica D-Lux 6

              Pro digicam

              $680 - $849

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Lowest price More expensive
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $391 - $399

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

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Pro digicam

              $372

              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

              $228 - $379

              Size Smaller
              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $449

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              Sony NEX-5N Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $299 body only

              $630 - $640 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Significantly more focus points
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sony NEX-5R

              Sony NEX-5R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $396 body only

              Focus points Significantly more focus points
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $444 - $448 body only

              $598 - $600 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Focus points Many more focus points
              Touch screen No touch screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $473 body only

              $398 - $527 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $286 body only

              $373 - $420 with 16-50mm lens

              Built-in flash Built-in flash
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

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