Updated (September, 2011): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 vs Ricoh GR Digital III

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3
Ricoh GR Digital III

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Wide angle lens
Wide angle
24 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Long exposures
Longest exposure
60 seconds
 

Reasons to buy the Ricoh GR Digital III

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Size
Really small
Compact 109x59x26 mm
Thickness
Thin
1"
Weight
Light-weight
208 g

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differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-LX3

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Wide angle
Much better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
720p @ 24fps vs 480p @ 30fps
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Shoots high resolution HD (720p) video but at a lower frame rate
Sensor size
Larger sensor
1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm vs 1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
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Around 20% larger sensor
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The DMC-LX3's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 1s
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60x longer exposures
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
6,400 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
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Advantages of the Ricoh GR Digital III

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Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 460k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Aperture
Slightly wider aperture
f/1.9 vs f/2.0
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At its widest zoom, the GR Digital III's lens captures marginally more light (0.1 f-stops)
Weight
Lighter
208 g vs 265 g
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More than 20% lighter
Size
Slightly smaller
109x59x26 mm vs 109x60x27 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1" vs 1.1"
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Almost the same
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similarities

Compared to recent compacts

Common Strengths
Aperture Very wide aperture Help
DMC-LX3f/2.0
GR Digital IIIf/1.9
External flash Support external flash Help
Better lighting
Supports RAW RAW support Help
Better editing
Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
1 cm
Sensor size Large sensors Help
DMC-LX31/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm
GR Digital III1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
Common Weaknesses
Waterproof Not waterproof Help
Stay on land
Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
CCD
Weight Heavy Help
DMC-LX3265 g
GR Digital III208 g
HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Movie format Poor movies Help
DMC-LX3720p @ 24fps
GR Digital III480p @ 30fps
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
DMC-LX33,200 ISO
GR Digital III1,600 ISO
Zoom Poor zoom Help
DMC-LX32.5x
GR Digital III1x

Compared to recent pro digicams

Common Strengths
Size Very small Help
DMC-LX3109x60x27 mm
GR Digital III109x59x26 mm
Thickness Very thin Help
DMC-LX31.1"
GR Digital III1"
Common Weaknesses
Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
1/2000 of a second
Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
DMC-LX36,400 ISO
GR Digital IIINone
Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
Can only preview photos on the screen
High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
Not supported
Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
slower focusing
True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
10 MP
Touch screen No touchscreens Help
More buttons
External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
Limited to the in-camera mic

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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 significantly better image quality
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is significantly heavier
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Pro digicam

$589

Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
Lowest price Is much more expensive
Thickness Is thicker
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Pro digicam

$398 - $498

Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
External flash Doesn't support an external flash
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Travel zoom

$260

Zoom Has way more more zoom
Movie format Records higher quality movies
External flash Doesn't support an external flash
Thickness Is thicker
Canon PowerShot S95

Canon PowerShot S95

Pro digicam

$429

Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
Dynamic range Has much wider dynamic range
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$342 body only

$614 with 14-45mm lens

Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is much heavier

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

Boutique

$781 - $798

Sensor size Much larger sensor
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Built-in flash No built-in flash
Size Much larger
Leica D-LUX 3

Leica D-Lux 3

Pro digicam

$1,499

Size Smaller
Weight Lighter
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Wide angle Much worse wide angle
Canon PowerShot G10

Canon PowerShot G10

Pro digicam

$864

Battery life Much longer battery life
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Size Much larger
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100

Pro digicam

$229

Dynamic range More dynamic range
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Battery life Much shorter battery life
Sensor size Smaller sensor

Ricoh GR Digital III Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Ricoh GR Digital IV

Ricoh GR Digital IV

Pro digicam

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Size Larger
Thickness Thicker
Canon PowerShot G16

Canon PowerShot G16

Pro digicam

$399

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Size Much larger
Weight Much heavier
Ricoh GR Digital II

Ricoh GR Digital II

Pro digicam

Longest exposure Much longer exposures
Size Slightly smaller
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
Aperture Narrower aperture
Ricoh GR

Ricoh GR

Boutique

$499 - $597

Sensor size Much larger sensor
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Size Significantly larger
Olympus XZ-1

Olympus XZ-1

Pro digicam

$200

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Screen type Has an OLED screen
Size Much larger
Screen resolution Lower resolution screen

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 Ricoh GR Digital III
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 Ricoh GR Digital III

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