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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

49

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

38

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
2300 ms startup delay
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
310 ms shutter lag
Great battery life
Battery life
400 shots
Great macro
Macro focus
1 cm
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
220 fps
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-ZS10

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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
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
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
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
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
200 ms vs 310 ms
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Around 40% less delay when taking photos
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
Size
Slightly smaller
105x58x33 mm vs 109x65x42 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$299.99 vs $599.00
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The best price we've seen is $299 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)
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Sensor size
Larger sensor
1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm vs 1/2.3" 6.1x4.6mm
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More than 80% larger sensor
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
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $300 - $399

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

              Pro digicam

              $228 - $379

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $391 - $399

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Travel zoom

              $685

              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Travel zoom

              $193 - $209

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Touch screen No touch screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $260

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Touch screen No touch screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

              Travel zoom

              $250 - $274

              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15

              Panasonic Lumix ZS15

              Travel zoom

              $436

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Touch screen No touch screen
              GPS No built-in GPS

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $345 - $348

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Pro digicam

              $305

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Smaller
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $459

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Olympus XZ-1

              Olympus XZ-1

              Pro digicam

              $500

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

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