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

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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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
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
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 $335.00 vs $599.00
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The best price we've seen is $264 cheaper (more than 40% less)
Weight Lighter 219 g vs 277 g
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More than 20% lighter
Thickness 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
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $348 - $370

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $300

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $282

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $447 - $449

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $269 - $319

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Longest exposure Shorter max exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $484 - $501

              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-ZS7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Travel zoom

              $599

              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

              Travel zoom

              $240

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

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Travel zoom

              $190

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Pro digicam

              $329

              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 G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $549

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $329

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Olympus XZ-1

              Olympus XZ-1

              Pro digicam

              $444 - $564

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

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