Updated (July, 2012): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
310 ms shutter lag
Battery life
Great battery life
400 shots
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
 
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FX700

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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
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Size Smaller 103x55x24 mm vs 109x65x42 mm
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2.2x smaller
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 6 fps
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Around 70% faster continuous shooting
Thickness Thinner 1" vs 1.7"
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More than 40% thinner
Weight Lighter 177 g vs 277 g
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Around 40% lighter
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-LX5

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Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 310 ms vs 540 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
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
Aperture Wider aperture f/2.0 vs f/2.2
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-LX5's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Lowest price Much cheaper $599.00 vs $1,492.01
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The best price we've seen is $893 cheaper (2.5x less)
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
              Aperture Wide aperture Help
              DMC-FX700:f/2.2
              DMC-LX5:f/2.0
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              DMC-FX700:$1,492.01
              DMC-LX5:$599.00
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              DMC-FX700:540 ms
              DMC-LX5:310 ms
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              DMC-FX700:5x
              DMC-LX5:3.8x

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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
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Pro digicam

              $329

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $320

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $200 - $400

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

              Pro digicam

              $280 - $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
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Travel zoom

              $300 - $335

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a much narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Dynamic range Has slightly narrower dynamic range

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S90

              Canon PowerShot S90

              Pro digicam

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Placeholder

              Konica Minolta DiMAGE 2330

              Digicam

              Sensor size Larger sensor
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Sony Cybershot DSC-WX10

              Sony Cybershot WX10

              Compact

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX580

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX580

              Compact

              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Casio Exilim EX-ZR1000

              Casio Exilim EX-ZR1000

              Travel zoom

              $233

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Touch screen No touch screen

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $509

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              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
              Leica D-LUX 5

              Leica D-LUX 5

              Pro digicam

              $769

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Lowest price More expensive
              Leica D-Lux 6

              Leica D-Lux 6

              Pro digicam

              $599 - $999

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower

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