Updated (July, 2012): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 vs Sony NEX C3

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
310 ms shutter lag
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-3

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1000 ms startup delay
Color depth
Great color depth
22.1 bits
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.4x15.6mm
 
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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
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 310 ms vs 670 ms
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2.2x less delay when taking photos
Built-in flash Built-in flash Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 400 shots vs 330 shots
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More than 20% 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
Longest exposure Longer exposures 60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-3

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Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 68.0 vs 41.0
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Around 70% better image quality
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 460k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Color depth Better color depth 22.1 bits vs 19.6 bits
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Distinguishes 2.5 more bits of color
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12 EV vs 10.8 EV
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1.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay 1000 ms vs 2300 ms
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2.3x less delay when turning on
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 830 ISO vs 132 ISO
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The NEX-3 has excellent image quality 2.7 f-stops higher ISO than the DMC-LX5
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The NEX-3's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Size Slightly smaller 117x62x33 mm vs 109x65x42 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Thickness Thinner 1.3" vs 1.7"
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More than 20% thinner
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 7 fps vs 6 fps
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Around 20% faster continuous shooting
Lowest price Cheaper $361.21 vs $599.00
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The best price we've seen is $238 cheaper (around 40% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              DMC-LX5:310 ms
              NEX-3:670 ms
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $348 - $370

              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

              $329

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Smaller
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $324

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $509

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Pro digicam

              $399 - $574

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Screen size Smaller screen

              Sony Alpha NEX-3 Competitors

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              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $498 with 16-50mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $400 with 16-50mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $430 body only

              $749 - $890 with 16-50mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony NEX C3

              Sony NEX C3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $766 - $921 with 18-55mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $350 body only

              $315 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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