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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

50

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

39

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

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

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
 

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
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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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
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
Sensor size
Larger sensor
1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm vs 1/2.3" 6.1x4.6mm
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More than 80% larger sensor
Macro focus
Better macro capability
1 cm vs 3 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
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)
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
              Aperture Wide aperture Help
              DMC-FX700:f/2.2
              DMC-LX5:f/2.0
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              DMC-FX700:5x
              DMC-LX5:3.8x

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $244 - $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 much shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

              Pro digicam

              $228 - $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-FX700 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix FH10

              Panasonic Lumix FH10

              Ultra compact

              $116

              Lowest price Much cheaper
              Size Slightly smaller
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sony NEX C3

              Sony NEX C3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $316 body only

              $571 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot S90

              Canon PowerShot S90

              Pro digicam

              $146

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,099 - $3,399 body only

              $3,699 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX580

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX580

              Compact

              $500

              Lowest price Much cheaper
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $345 - $348

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Pro digicam

              $305

              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 S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $179 - $249

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Olympus XZ-1

              Olympus XZ-1

              Pro digicam

              $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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