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

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.0
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
2300 ms startup delay
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
310 ms shutter lag
Battery life
Great battery life
400 shots
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
370 ms shutter lag
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
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/2.0 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
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
Startup delay Less startup delay 2300 ms vs 2500 ms
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Around 10% less delay when turning on
Lowest price Cheaper $400.19 vs $599.00
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The best price we've seen is $199 cheaper (more than 30% 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 Thinner 1.3" vs 1.7"
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More than 20% thinner
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digicams, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              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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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $308 - $398

              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

              $300

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              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
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $445

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Pro digicam

              $798

              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $249

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Pro digicam

              $360 - $568

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $255 - $400

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $799

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $279

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter max exposures
              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $319

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Longest exposure Shorter max exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Travel zoom

              $300 - $310

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

              Travel zoom

              $250 - $280

              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              Lowest price Significantly cheaper
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

              Travel zoom

              $490

              Lowest price Cheaper
              GPS No built-in GPS

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