Updated (July, 2012): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 vs Samsung NX5

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
2300 ms startup delay
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
310 ms shutter lag
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 

Reasons to buy the Samsung NX5

Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.4x15.6mm
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-LX5

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Image stabilization Image stabilization Lens vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Size Slightly smaller 109x65x42 mm vs 123x87x39 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Weight Lighter 277 g vs 491 g
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More than 40% lighter
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 6 fps vs 3 fps
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2x faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO 12,800 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Longest exposure Longer exposures 60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Samsung NX5

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Sensor size Significantly larger sensor APS-C 23.4x15.6mm vs 1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm
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More than 7x larger sensor
Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
True resolution Higher true resolution 14 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 40% more detail in your photos
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Thickness Slightly thinner 1.6" vs 1.7"
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Around 10% thinner
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similarities

Compared to recent digital cameras

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
Better editing
External flash Each supports an external flash Help
Better lighting
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
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible
3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
No 3d support
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
Missing that film look
Touch screen No touchscreens Help
More buttons
Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
720p @ 30fps
Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
DMC-LX5:460k dots
NX5:230k dots

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Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Pro digicam

$498

Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
Movie format Records higher quality movies
External flash Doesn't support an external flash
Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
Fujifilm FinePix x20

Fujifilm FinePix x20

Pro digicam

$601

Movie format Records higher quality movies
Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
Thickness Is thicker
Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$498 with 16-50mm lens

Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
Movie format Records higher quality movies
Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
Nikon 1 J1

Nikon 1 J1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$239 - $597 with 10-30mm lens

Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
Movie format Records higher quality movies
External flash Doesn't support an external flash
Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Pro digicam

$331 - $398

Aperture Wider aperture
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Startup delay Much more startup delay
Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Pro digicam

$225

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Size Smaller
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
Continuous shooting Shoots slower
Leica D-LUX 5

Leica D-LUX 5

Pro digicam

$784

Size Smaller
Thickness Thinner
Continuous shooting Shoots slower
Lowest price More expensive
Olympus XZ-1

Olympus XZ-1

Pro digicam

$229 - $500

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 G12

Canon PowerShot G12

Pro digicam

$671

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

Samsung NX5 Competitors

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Disadvantages

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$430 with 14-42mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Image stabilization Image stabilization
Size Larger
Sensor size Smaller sensor
Samsung NX1000

Samsung NX1000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$299 with 20-50mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Live view Has live view
Built-in flash No built-in flash
Viewfinder No viewfinder
Samsung NX10

Samsung NX10

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$1,089 with 18-55mm lens

Screen type Has an OLED screen
Live view Has live view
Samsung NX20

Samsung NX20

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$977 with 18-55mm lens

Screen type Has an OLED screen
Live view Has live view
Samsung NX2000

Samsung NX2000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$250 - $309 with 20-50mm lens

Screen size Much larger screen
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Built-in flash No built-in flash
Viewfinder No viewfinder

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