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

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
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
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 
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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
Weight Lighter 177 g vs 277 g
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Around 40% lighter
Thickness Thinner 1" vs 1.7"
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More than 40% thinner
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-LX5

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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
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
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
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 310 ms vs 540 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
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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        Compared to recent digicams

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Aperture Very wide aperture Help
        DMC-FX700:f/2.2
        DMC-LX5:f/2.0
        Longest exposure Long exposures Help
        60 seconds
        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
        3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
        No 3d support
        High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
        Not supported
        Zoom Poor zoom Help
        DMC-FX700:5x
        DMC-LX5:3.8x

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

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        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
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Canon PowerShot G12

        Canon PowerShot G12

        Pro digicam

        $629

        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Canon Powershot S100

        Canon Powershot S100

        Pro digicam

        $280 - $350

        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
        Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
        Canon PowerShot S110

        Canon PowerShot S110

        Pro digicam

        $235 - $250

        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        Fujifilm Finepix X10

        Fujifilm Finepix X10

        Pro digicam

        $324 - $425

        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
        Thickness Is thicker
        Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II

        Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II

        Pro digicam

        $698

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

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700 Competitors

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        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
        Nikon Coolpix L820

        Nikon Coolpix L820

        Super zoom

        $180 - $279

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Zoom More zoom
        Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX580

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX580

        Compact

        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

        Compact

        Screen size Much larger screen
        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Nikon Coolpix P310

        Nikon Coolpix P310

        Pro digicam

        $268

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Aperture Wider aperture
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Continuous shooting Shoots slower

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

        Pro digicam

        $284

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Size Smaller
        Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
        Overall image quality Worse image quality
        Olympus XZ-1

        Olympus XZ-1

        Pro digicam

        $230 - $300

        Screen type Has an OLED screen
        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Overall image quality Worse image quality
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Pro digicam

        $548

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

        Canon PowerShot S95

        Pro digicam

        $348

        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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