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
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 Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 60fps
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 
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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" 6.2x4.6mm
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More than 80% larger sensor
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
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
Battery life Longer battery life 400 shots vs 300 shots
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More than 30% more shots per battery charge
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $355.00 vs $599.95
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The best price we've seen is $245 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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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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
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

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              DMC-LX5:$355.00
              DSC-HX9v:$599.95
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus XZ-1

              Olympus XZ-1

              Pro digicam

              $230 - $500

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $235 - $359

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $548 - $550

              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 ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $319 - $499

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a much narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix P330

              Nikon Coolpix P330

              Pro digicam

              $245

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $229 - $399

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a much narrower aperture

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $398

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              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
              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
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $343

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

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $379 - $389

              Zoom More zoom
              Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Slightly larger
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7v

              Travel zoom

              $160

              Lowest price Much cheaper
              Size Slightly smaller
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Travel zoom

              $340

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Significantly cheaper
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Travel zoom

              $338

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90

              Travel zoom

              $145

              Lowest price Much cheaper
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

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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.