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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

45

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

35

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-FX700

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Wide angle
Wide angle lens
24 mm

differences

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
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 6 fps
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Around 70% faster continuous shooting
Size
Smaller
103x55x24 mm vs 109x65x42 mm
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2.2x smaller
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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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
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
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
10 MP vs 9.8 MP
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Aperture Very wide aperture Help
              DMC-FX700f/2.2
              DMC-LX5f/2.0
              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
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              DMC-FX700540 ms
              DMC-LX5310 ms
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              DMC-FX7001,600 ISO
              DMC-LX53,200 ISO
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              DMC-FX7005x
              DMC-LX53.8x

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $348 - $398

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Boutique

              $770 - $898

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

              Pro digicam

              $426

              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-FX700 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $428 - $473

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Much larger
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX07

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX07

              Compact

              $185

              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Casio Exilim TRYX

              Casio Exilim TRYX

              Compact

              $850

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Fujifilm FinePix F550 EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix F550 EXR

              Travel zoom

              $160

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Aperture Much narrower aperture
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX580

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX580

              Compact

              $500

              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Pro digicam

              $305

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Slightly smaller
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498 - $798

              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Olympus XZ-1

              Olympus XZ-1

              Pro digicam

              $200

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $962

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $214

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Macro focus Worse macro capability

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