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
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
310 ms shutter lag
Battery life
Great battery life
400 shots
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 
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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)
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor 1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm vs 1/2.3" 6.1x4.6mm
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More than 80% larger sensor
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Macro focus Better macro capability 1 cm vs 3 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
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
Wide angle Slightly better wide angle 24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
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
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 310 ms vs 370 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
True resolution Slightly higher true resolution 10 MP vs 9.8 MP
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Almost the same
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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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        Compared to recent digicams

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Longest exposure Long exposures Help
        60 seconds
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
        DMC-LX5:2300 ms
        DMC-ZS7:2500 ms
        Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
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        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
        DMC-LX5:310 ms
        DMC-ZS7:370 ms
        3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
        No 3d support
        Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
        720p @ 30fps
        High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

        Pro digicam

        $398

        Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
        Startup delay Has much more startup delay
        Panasonic Lumix ZS30

        Panasonic Lumix ZS30

        Travel zoom

        $319 - $499

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
        Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
        Canon PowerShot S110

        Canon PowerShot S110

        Pro digicam

        $235 - $359

        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Pro digicam

        $548 - $550

        Overall image quality Has much better image quality
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Panasonic Lumix LF1

        Panasonic Lumix LF1

        Pro digicam

        $250 - $471

        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

        Pro digicam

        $284

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Size Smaller
        Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
        Overall image quality Worse image quality
        Canon PowerShot G12

        Canon PowerShot G12

        Pro digicam

        $629

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Olympus XZ-1

        Olympus XZ-1

        Pro digicam

        $230 - $500

        Screen type Has an OLED screen
        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Overall image quality Worse image quality
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Canon PowerShot S95

        Canon PowerShot S95

        Pro digicam

        $348

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Overall image quality Better image quality
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
        Canon Powershot S100

        Canon Powershot S100

        Pro digicam

        $280 - $400

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
        Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
        Sensor size Smaller sensor

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7 Competitors

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        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

        Travel zoom

        GPS No built-in GPS
        Panasonic Lumix ZS25

        Panasonic Lumix ZS25

        Travel zoom

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        3D Takes 3D photos
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Longest exposure Shorter max exposures
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

        Panasonic Lumix ZS20

        Travel zoom

        $229 - $399

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Longest exposure Significantly shorter max exposures
        True resolution Slightly lower true resolution
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

        Travel zoom

        $184 - $300

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

        Travel zoom

        $531 - $547

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Macro focus Worse macro capability
        Longest exposure Significantly shorter max exposures

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