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

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/1.4
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
241 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5N

Overall image quality
Great image quality
77.0
True resolution
High true resolution
16 MP
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
 
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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
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
Built-in flash Built-in flash Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
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 Significantly 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
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Color depth Better color depth 23.6 bits vs 20.7 bits
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Distinguishes 2.9 more bits of color
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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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 Significantly higher true resolution 16 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 60% more detail in your photos
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,079 ISO vs 147 ISO
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The NEX-5N has excellent image quality 2.9 f-stops higher ISO than the DMC-LX7
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.7 EV vs 11.7 EV
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1 f-stop more dynamic range
Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses Yes vs No
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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 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
        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
        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

        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 Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

        Pro digicam

        $798 - $799

        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Lowest price Is slightly 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

        $683 - $999

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

        Canon PowerShot S120

        Pro digicam

        $447 - $449

        Startup delay Much less startup delay
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

        Pro digicam

        $599

        Startup delay Much less startup delay
        Battery life Slightly longer battery life
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

        Pro digicam

        $270 - $379

        Size Smaller
        True resolution Higher true resolution
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        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

        Sony NEX-5N Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony NEX-5T

        Sony NEX-5T

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $348 body only

        $499 - $998 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

        $995 - $1,071 with 16-50mm lens

        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 NEX-5

        Sony Alpha NEX-5

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $498 with 16-50mm lens

        Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
        Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Sony Alpha NEX-6

        Sony Alpha NEX-6

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $399 - $529 body only

        $500 - $779 with 16-50mm lens

        Focus points Significantly more focus points
        Built-in flash Built-in flash
        Touch screen No touch screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Sony Alpha A6000

        Sony Alpha A6000

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $598 body only

        $748 - $810 with 16-50mm lens

        Focus points Many more focus points
        True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
        Touch screen No touch screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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