Updated (July, 2012): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

50

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
2300 ms startup delay
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
310 ms shutter lag
Great battery life
Battery life
400 shots
Shoots RAW
Supports RAW
Better editing
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
 

differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-LX5

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Aperture
Much wider aperture
f/2.0 vs f/3.3
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-LX5's lens captures much more light (1.4 f-stops)
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Sensor size
Larger sensor
1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm vs 1/2.3" 6.1x4.6mm
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More than 80% larger sensor
Macro focus
Better macro capability
1 cm vs 3 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
310 ms vs 370 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Wide angle
Slightly better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
6 fps vs 2.3 fps
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More than 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
Startup delay
Less startup delay
2300 ms vs 2500 ms
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Around 10% less delay when turning on
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The DMC-LX5's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Lowest price
Cheaper
$599.00 vs $684.89
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The best price we've seen is $86 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-ZS7

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GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Size
Slightly smaller
103x60x33 mm vs 109x65x42 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
12x vs 3.8x
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More than 10x more zoom
Weight
Lighter
218 g vs 277 g
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More than 20% lighter
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.3" vs 1.7"
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More than 20% thinner
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              DMC-LX5:$599.00
              DMC-ZS7:$684.89
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              DMC-LX5:2300 ms
              DMC-ZS7:2500 ms
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              DMC-LX5:310 ms
              DMC-ZS7:370 ms
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              DMC-LX5:3.8x
              DMC-ZS7:12x

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $345 - $348

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Startup delay Has much more startup delay
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Pro digicam

              $305

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498 - $798

              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Pro digicam

              $400

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker
              Fujifilm XF1

              Fujifilm XF1

              Pro digicam

              $164

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus XZ-1

              Olympus XZ-1

              Pro digicam

              $298

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $179 - $199

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Boutique

              $898 - $899

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Size Slightly larger
              Leica D-LUX 5

              Leica D-LUX 5

              Pro digicam

              $883

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Lowest price More expensive

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Travel zoom

              $310

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $249

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Longest exposure Shorter max exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $260

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter max exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $300

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Longest exposure Shorter max exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

              Travel zoom

              GPS No built-in GPS

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