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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

vs

Ricoh GR Digital III

Ricoh GR Digital III

     

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Really small
Size
Compact 109x60x27 mm
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Thin
Thickness
1.1"
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

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
 

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
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
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"
Help
Almost the same
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recommendations

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similarities

Compared to recent compacts

Common Strengths
Aperture Very wide aperture Help
DMC-LX3:f/2.0
GR Digital III:f/1.9
External flash Support external flash Help
Better lighting
Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
1 cm
Supports RAW RAW support Help
Better editing
Common Weaknesses
Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
CCD
Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
Weight Heavy Help
DMC-LX3:265 g
GR Digital III:208 g
Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
DMC-LX3:6,400 ISO
GR Digital III:None
HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Movie format Poor movies Help
DMC-LX3:720p @ 24fps
GR Digital III:480p @ 30fps
Zoom Poor zoom Help
DMC-LX3:2.5x
GR Digital III:1x

Compared to recent pro digicams

Common Strengths
Size Very small Help
DMC-LX3:109x60x27 mm
GR Digital III:109x59x26 mm
Thickness Very thin Help
DMC-LX3:1.1"
GR Digital III:1"
Weight Light weight Help
DMC-LX3:265 g
GR Digital III:208 g
Common Weaknesses
Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
Can only preview photos on the screen
Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
slower focusing
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
DMC-LX3:3,200 ISO
GR Digital III:1,600 ISO
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible
True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
10 MP
Touch screen No touchscreens Help
More buttons
High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
Not supported
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-LX5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Pro digicam

$599

Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly higher boost light sensitivity
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Thickness Is thicker
Canon PowerShot G11

Canon PowerShot G11

Pro digicam

$520

Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Thickness Is thicker
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
Fujifilm Finepix X10

Fujifilm Finepix X10

Pro digicam

$400 - $659

Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is much heavier
Canon PowerShot G10

Canon PowerShot G10

Pro digicam

$830

True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
Thickness Is thicker
Canon PowerShot S90

Canon PowerShot S90

Pro digicam

$146

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
Thickness Is thicker
Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110

Pro digicam

$179 - $249

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 much shorter battery life

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Pro digicam

$345 - $348

Dynamic range More dynamic range
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Size Much larger
Supports 24p No 24p support
Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100

Pro digicam

$244 - $400

Dynamic range More dynamic range
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Battery life Much shorter battery life
Sensor size Smaller sensor
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

Boutique

$898 - $899

Sensor size Much larger sensor
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Size Much larger
Thickness Much thicker
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Pro digicam

$498

Dynamic range More dynamic range
Sensor size Much larger sensor
Supports 24p No 24p support
Wide angle Worse wide angle
Leica D-LUX 4

Leica D-LUX 4

Pro digicam

$1,200

Size Slightly smaller
Weight Lighter
Sensor size Slightly smaller sensor
Lowest price Much more expensive

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
Ricoh GR

Ricoh GR

Boutique

$453 - $697

Sensor size Much larger sensor
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Macro focus Much worse macro capability
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
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10

Pro digicam

$998 - $1,100

Sensor size Much larger sensor
Image stabilization Image stabilization
Size Much larger
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Ricoh Caplio GX100

Ricoh Caplio GX100

Pro digicam

$996

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Wide angle Better wide angle
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
Aperture Narrower aperture

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

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