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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

50

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

46

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

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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
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Battery life
Great battery life
380 shots
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

differences

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
Smaller
109x60x27 mm vs 109x65x42 mm
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More than 40% smaller
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$304.50 vs $599.00
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The best price we've seen is $295 cheaper (around 50% 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
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
41.0 vs 39.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
6 fps vs 2.5 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
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
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
400 shots vs 380 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
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recommendations

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/2.0
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              DMC-LX3:380 shots
              DMC-LX5:400 shots
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              Common Weaknesses
              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-LX3:94 ISO
              DMC-LX5:132 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              2300 ms startup delay
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              DMC-LX3:770 ms
              DMC-LX5:310 ms
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              DMC-LX3:39.0
              DMC-LX5:41.0
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              DMC-LX3:720p @ 24fps
              DMC-LX5:720p @ 30fps
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              DMC-LX3:2.5x
              DMC-LX5:3.8x

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              DMC-LX3:6,400 ISO
              DMC-LX5:12,800 ISO
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              10 MP
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              460k dots
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              DMC-LX3:2.5 fps
              DMC-LX5:6 fps
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $340 - $348

              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
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498 - $578

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Olympus XZ-1

              Olympus XZ-1

              Pro digicam

              $500

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Boutique

              $898 - $899

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $245 - $400

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Pro digicam

              $372

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

              Pro digicam

              $228 - $379

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3.

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $459

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Leica D-LUX 5

              Leica D-LUX 5

              Pro digicam

              $883

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive

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