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

Wide angle lens
Wide angle
24 mm
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Long exposures
Longest exposure
60 seconds
Really small
Size
Compact 109x60x27 mm
 

Reasons to buy the Ricoh GR Digital III

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/1.9
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Size
Really small
Compact 109x59x26 mm
Thickness
Thin
1"
 

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
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
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
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
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
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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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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
Supports RAW RAW support Help
Better editing
Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
1 cm
Common Weaknesses
Waterproof Not waterproof Help
Stay on land
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
HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible
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
Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
1/2000 of a second
Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
DMC-LX3:6,400 ISO
GR Digital III:None
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
DMC-LX3:3,200 ISO
GR Digital III:1,600 ISO
True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
10 MP
Touch screen No touchscreens Help
More buttons
Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
slower focusing
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

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Pro digicam

$498

Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
External flash Doesn't support an external flash
Thickness Is thicker
Canon PowerShot S90

Canon PowerShot S90

Pro digicam

Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
External flash Doesn't support an external flash
Olympus XZ-1

Olympus XZ-1

Pro digicam

$197 - $500

Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is significantly heavier

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Pro digicam

$599

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
Size Much larger
Supports 24p No 24p support
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Pro digicam

$345 - $398

Dynamic range More dynamic range
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Size Much larger
Supports 24p No 24p support
Canon PowerShot G10

Canon PowerShot G10

Pro digicam

$830

Battery life Much longer battery life
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
Size Much larger
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

Boutique

$898

Sensor size Much larger sensor
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Built-in flash No built-in flash
Size Much larger
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

Super zoom

$544

Zoom Significantly more zoom
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
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
Ricoh GR

Ricoh GR

Boutique

$383 - $697

Sensor size Much larger sensor
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Macro focus Much worse macro capability
Canon PowerShot S95

Canon PowerShot S95

Pro digicam

$270

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$450 body only

External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Size Much larger
Thickness Much thicker

appearance

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