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

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Size
Really small
Compact 109x60x27 mm
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Battery life
Great battery life
380 shots
Thickness
Thin
1.1"
 

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
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
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
Longest exposure Much longer exposures 60s vs 1s
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60x longer exposures
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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 Common Weaknesses
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
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 Common Weaknesses
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
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
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Pro digicam

$448 - $580

Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
External flash Doesn't support an external flash
Thickness Is thicker
Fujifilm Finepix X10

Fujifilm Finepix X10

Pro digicam

$339 - $568

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 S95

Canon PowerShot S95

Pro digicam

$330

Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
Dynamic range Has much wider dynamic range
External flash Doesn't support an external flash
Battery life Has a much shorter battery life
Ricoh Caplio GX100

Ricoh Caplio GX100

Pro digicam

$996

Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
Longest exposure Much longer exposures
Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
Weight Is slightly heavier
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$584 body only

$699 with 20mm lens

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

Canon Powershot S100

Pro digicam

$255 - $800

Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
Movie format Records higher quality movies
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

$308 - $398

Dynamic range More dynamic range
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Size Much larger
Supports 24p No 24p support
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

Boutique

$898 - $1,796

Sensor size Much larger sensor
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Size Much larger
Thickness Much thicker
Leica D-LUX 4

Leica D-LUX 4

Pro digicam

$1,120

Size Slightly smaller
Weight Lighter
Sensor size Slightly smaller sensor
Lowest price Significantly more expensive
Leica D-LUX 3

Leica D-Lux 3

Pro digicam

$1,289

Size Smaller
Weight Lighter
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Supports 24p No 24p support
Canon PowerShot G11

Canon PowerShot G11

Pro digicam

$439

Battery life Much longer battery life
Overall image quality Better image quality
Size Much larger
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture

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 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

appearance

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