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

Wide angle
Wide angle lens
24 mm
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-FX700

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Wide angle
Wide angle lens
24 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
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
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
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)
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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        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
        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
        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

        Advantages

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        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

        Pro digicam

        $331 - $348

        Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Canon PowerShot S95

        Canon PowerShot S95

        Pro digicam

        $309 - $329

        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
        Panasonic Lumix ZS30

        Panasonic Lumix ZS30

        Travel zoom

        $429

        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
        Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

        Panasonic Lumix ZS20

        Travel zoom

        $330 - $399

        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
        Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
        Nikon Coolpix P330

        Nikon Coolpix P330

        Pro digicam

        $270

        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        Battery life Has a much shorter battery life
        Sony Alpha NEX-5

        Sony Alpha NEX-5

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $498 with 16-50mm lens

        Overall image quality Has much better image quality
        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
        Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500

        Compact

        $195

        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75

        Compact

        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
        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
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

        Super zoom

        $551

        Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

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

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

        Pro digicam

        $225

        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
        Leica D-LUX 5

        Leica D-LUX 5

        Pro digicam

        $784

        Size Smaller
        Thickness Thinner
        Continuous shooting Shoots slower
        Lowest price More expensive
        Canon PowerShot G12

        Canon PowerShot G12

        Pro digicam

        $671

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Olympus XZ-1

        Olympus XZ-1

        Pro digicam

        $229 - $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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