Updated (July, 2012): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 vs Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

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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 Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
 
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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)
Macro focus Significantly better macro capability 1 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
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" 6.2x4.6mm
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More than 80% larger sensor
Battery life Longer battery life 400 shots vs 300 shots
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More than 30% more shots per battery charge
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
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Longest exposure Longer exposures 60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX9v

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3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Zoom Slightly more zoom 16x vs 3.8x
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More than 18x more zoom
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 6 fps
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Around 70% faster continuous shooting
Size Slightly smaller 105x59x34 mm vs 109x65x42 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Thickness Slightly thinner 1.3" vs 1.7"
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More than 20% thinner
Weight Slightly lighter 245 g vs 277 g
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More than 10% lighter
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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

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        Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
        Can only preview photos on the screen
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Pro digicam

        $448 - $580

        Overall image quality Has much better image quality
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
        Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
        Canon PowerShot S95

        Canon PowerShot S95

        Pro digicam

        $330

        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
        Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
        Canon Powershot S100

        Canon Powershot S100

        Pro digicam

        $255 - $800

        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

        Pro digicam

        $798

        Overall image quality Has much better image quality
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

        Pro digicam

        $308 - $398

        3D Takes 3D photos
        Aperture Wider aperture
        Startup delay Much more startup delay
        Battery life Shorter battery life
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

        Pro digicam

        $300

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Size Smaller
        Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
        Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
        Olympus XZ-1

        Olympus XZ-1

        Pro digicam

        $280 - $1,000

        Screen type Has an OLED screen
        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Overall image quality Worse image quality
        Fujifilm Finepix X10

        Fujifilm Finepix X10

        Pro digicam

        $339 - $568

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

        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Travel zoom

        $368

        Zoom More zoom
        Battery life Longer battery life
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Size Slightly larger
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

        Travel zoom

        $350

        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Battery life Slightly longer battery life
        Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

        Travel zoom

        $330

        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
        Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7v

        Travel zoom

        $275

        Size Slightly smaller
        Weight Slightly lighter
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

        Travel zoom

        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
        Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle

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        John (3:48 PM, September 29, 2011)
        The Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v has an 16.2mp sensor not an 9.7mp as is show.