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

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
310 ms shutter lag
Battery life
Great battery life
400 shots
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 

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
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 
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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 Smaller 109x60x27 mm vs 109x65x42 mm
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More than 40% smaller
Thickness Thinner 1.1" vs 1.7"
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Around 40% thinner
Lowest price Cheaper $283.69 vs $355.00
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The best price we've seen is $71 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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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 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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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 Common Weaknesses
              Aperture Very wide aperture Help
              f/2.0
              Sensor size Very large sensors Help
              1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              DMC-LX3:380 shots
              DMC-LX5:400 shots
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              2300 ms startup delay
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              10.8 EV
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              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
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              DMC-LX3:39.0
              DMC-LX5:41.0
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              DMC-LX3:770 ms
              DMC-LX5:310 ms
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              DMC-LX3:720p @ 24fps
              DMC-LX5:720p @ 30fps
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              DMC-LX3:2.5x
              DMC-LX5:3.8x

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Wide angle Good wide angle Help
              24 mm
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              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
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              460k dots
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              DMC-LX3:2.5 fps
              DMC-LX5:6 fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $398

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Olympus XZ-1

              Olympus XZ-1

              Pro digicam

              $230 - $500

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $235 - $359

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $548 - $550

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $280 - $400

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Pro digicam

              $331 - $567

              Sensor size Has a marginally larger sensor
              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker
              Fujifilm FinePix X100

              Fujifilm FinePix X100

              Boutique

              $780

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Lowest price Is much more expensive

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Leica D-LUX 4

              Leica D-LUX 4

              Pro digicam

              $1,197

              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              Lowest price Much more expensive
              Leica D-LUX 3

              Leica D-Lux 3

              Pro digicam

              $1,900

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon PowerShot S90

              Canon PowerShot S90

              Pro digicam

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Sensor size Smaller sensor

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $629

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $348

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              Wide angle Worse wide angle

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