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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

44

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

31

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2
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
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
2500 ms startup delay
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
370 ms shutter lag
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds

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differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-LX5

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Aperture
Much wider aperture
f/2 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
Startup delay
Less startup delay
2300 ms vs 2500 ms
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Around 10% less delay when turning on
Macro focus
Better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 3.0 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
Sensor size
Larger sensor
1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm vs 1/2.3" 6.13x4.6mm
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More than 80% larger sensor
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
6 fps vs 2.3 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Wide angle
Slightly better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The DMC-LX5's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
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 2 f-stops better
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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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
103×60×33 mm vs 110×66×43 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
Slightly 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
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              DMC-LX52300 ms
              DMC-ZS72500 ms
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              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
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              DMC-LX5310 ms
              DMC-ZS7370 ms
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              DMC-LX53,200 ISO
              DMC-ZS71,600 ISO
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $328

              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-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $247

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

              Pro digicam

              $369

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448 - $498

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $314 - $349

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $259

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Pro digicam

              $333

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Slightly smaller
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $971

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Leica D-LUX 5

              Leica D-LUX 5

              Pro digicam

              $1,731

              Size Slightly smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Lowest price Much more expensive

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Travel zoom

              $389

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

              Travel zoom

              $285

              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              Fastest shutter speed Significantly faster max shutter speed
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (Lumix DMC-TZ70)

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (Lumix DMC-TZ70)

              Travel zoom

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter max exposures
              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Travel zoom

              $130 - $209

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter max exposures

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