Updated (July, 2012): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

47

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

43

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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
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/4000 of a second
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
2300 ms startup delay
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
2300 ms startup delay
Battery life
Great battery life
380 shots
External flash
External flash
Better lighting

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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-LX3

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Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Size
Slightly smaller
109×60×27 mm vs 110×66×43 mm
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More than 40% smaller
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$332.59 vs $589.00
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The best price we've seen is $256 cheaper (more than 40% less)
Thickness
Thinner
1.1" vs 1.7"
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Around 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 770 ms
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2.5x less delay when taking photos
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
132 ISO vs 94 ISO
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The DMC-LX5 has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
6 fps vs 2.5 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
41.0 vs 39.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The DMC-LX5's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
400 shots vs 380 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent pro digicams, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Aperture Very wide aperture Help
              f/2
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              DMC-LX3380 shots
              DMC-LX5400 shots
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1.0 cm
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Longest exposure Very long exposure times Help
              60 seconds
              Common Weaknesses
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              2300 ms startup delay
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              10.8 EV
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              19.6 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              DMC-LX394 ISO
              DMC-LX5132 ISO
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              DMC-LX3770 ms
              DMC-LX5310 ms
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              DMC-LX339.0
              DMC-LX541.0
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              DMC-LX3720p @ 24fps
              DMC-LX5720p @ 30fps
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              DMC-LX32.5x
              DMC-LX53.8x

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              DMC-LX36,400 ISO
              DMC-LX512,800 ISO
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              10 MP
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              DMC-LX32.5 fps
              DMC-LX56 fps
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              460k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $328 - $398

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Boutique

              $723 - $798

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $350 - $448

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $987

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Pro digicam

              $398

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $250

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $470

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Leica D-LUX 3

              Leica D-Lux 3

              Pro digicam

              $1,221

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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
              Leica D-LUX 5

              Leica D-LUX 5

              Pro digicam

              $1,790

              Size Slightly smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              Lowest price Much more expensive
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower

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              100percentmug (1:43 PM, June 29, 2011)
              Does the LX5 have the Summicron Lens?