Updated (July, 2012): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.0
Sensor size
Large sensor
1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm
Battery life
Great battery life
400 shots
Light sensitivity (boost)
High ISO (boost)
12,800 ISO
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
220 fps
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
 
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differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-ZS10

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Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies 220 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Zoom Slightly more zoom 16x vs 3.8x
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More than 18x more zoom
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 6 fps
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Around 70% faster continuous shooting
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 200 ms vs 310 ms
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Around 40% less delay when taking photos
Size Slightly smaller 105x58x33 mm vs 109x65x42 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Lowest price Cheaper $183.99 vs $355.00
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The best price we've seen is $171 cheaper (around 50% less)
Weight Lighter 219 g vs 277 g
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More than 20% lighter
Thickness Slightly thinner 1.3" vs 1.7"
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More than 20% thinner
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-LX5

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Aperture Much wider aperture f/2.0 vs f/3.3
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-LX5's lens captures much more light (1.4 f-stops)
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor 1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm vs 1/2.3" 6.1x4.6mm
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More than 80% larger sensor
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Macro focus Better macro capability 1 cm vs 3 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The DMC-LX5's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The DMC-LX5's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
True resolution Slightly higher true resolution 10 MP vs 9.8 MP
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Almost the same
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digicams, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $398

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Pro digicam

              $284

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $229 - $399

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $319 - $499

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Travel zoom

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Touch screen No touch screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18

              Super zoom

              $1,000

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Travel zoom

              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Travel zoom

              $224

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15

              Panasonic Lumix ZS15

              Travel zoom

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Touch screen No touch screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $629

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Olympus XZ-1

              Olympus XZ-1

              Pro digicam

              $230 - $500

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $280 - $400

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $235 - $359

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $343

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life

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