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Canon G7 X Mark II vs Panasonic LX15

The Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX15 (labelled Panasonic LX10 in some countries) are two digital cameras that were announced, respectively, in February 2016 and September 2016. Both the G7X Mark II and the LX15 are fixed lens compact cameras that are equipped with an one-inch sensor. Both cameras offer a resolution of 20 megapixels.

Below is an overview of the main specs of the two cameras as a starting point for the comparison.

Headline Specifications
Canon G7 X Mark II VS Panasonic LX15
Canon G7 X Mark II Panasonic LX15
Fixed lens compact camera Fixed lens compact camera
24-100mm f/1.8-2.8 24-72mm f/1.4-2.8
20 MP, 1" Sensor 20 MP, 1" Sensor
1080/60p Video 4K/30p Video
ISO 125-12800 (125-25600) ISO 125-12800 (80-25600)
No viewfinder, LCD framing No viewfinder, LCD framing
3.0" LCD, 1040k dots 3.0" LCD, 1040k dots
Tilting touchscreen Tilting touchscreen
8 shutter flaps per second 10 shutter flaps per second
Lens-based stabilizationIn-body stabilization
265 shots per battery charge260 shots per battery charge
106 x 61 x 42 mm, 319 g 106 x 60 x 42 mm, 310 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX15? Which one should you buy? Read on to find out how these two cameras compare with respect to their body size, their imaging sensors, their shooting features, their input-output connections, and their reception by expert reviewers.

Body comparison

The side-by-side display below illustrates the physical size and weight of the Canon G7 X Mark II and the Panasonic LX15. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three consecutive views from the front, the top, and the rear side are shown. All width, height and depth measures are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

The LX15 can be obtained in two different colors (black, silver), while the G7X Mark II is only available in black.

Size Canon G7 X Mark II vs Panasonic LX15
Compare G7X Mark II versus LX15 top
Comparison G7X Mark II or LX15 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Panasonic LX15 is somewhat smaller (2 percent) than the Canon G7 X Mark II. Moreover, the LX15 is slightly lighter (3 percent) than the G7X Mark II. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the G7X Mark II nor the LX15 are weather-sealed.

Concerning battery life, the G7X Mark II gets 265 shots out of its NB-13L battery, while the LX15 can take 260 images on a single charge of its DMW-BLH7 power pack. The battery packs of both cameras can be charged via USB, which can be very convenient when travelling.

The adjacent table lists the principal physical characteristics of the two cameras alongside a wider set of alternatives. If you would like to visualize and compare a different camera combination, just use the right or left arrows in the table to switch to the respective camera. Alternatively, you can also navigate to the CAM-parator app and make your selection from the full list of cameras there.

Camera Body Specifications
  Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
(CIPA)
Weather
Sealing
(yes/no)
Camera
Launch
(announced)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(USD)
Camera
Model
 
Canon G7 X Mark II» 106 mm 61 mm 42 mm 319 g 265 n Feb 2016 699iCanon G7 X Mark II
 
Panasonic LX15« 106 mm 60 mm 42 mm 310 g 260 n Sep 2016 699 iPanasonic LX15
 
Canon G7 X Mark III« » 105 mm 61 mm 41 mm 304 g 235 n Jul 2019 749 iCanon G7 X Mark III
 
Canon M100« » 108 mm 67 mm 35 mm 302 g 295 n Aug 2017 499iCanon M100
 
Canon SX730« » 110 mm 64 mm 40 mm 300 g 250 n Apr 2017 399iCanon SX730
 
Canon SX420« » 104 mm 69 mm 85 mm 325 g 195 n Jan 2016 299 iCanon SX420
 
Canon SX720« » 110 mm 64 mm 36 mm 270 g 250 n Feb 2016 379iCanon SX720
 
Canon G5 X« » 112 mm 76 mm 44 mm 353 g 210 n Oct 2015 799iCanon G5 X
 
Canon M3« » 111 mm 68 mm 44 mm 366 g 250 n Feb 2015 679iCanon M3
 
Canon SX410« » 104 mm 69 mm 85 mm 325 g 185 n Feb 2015 279iCanon SX410
 
Canon SX710« » 113 mm 66 mm 35 mm 269 g 230 n Jan 2015 349iCanon SX710
 
Canon G7 X« » 103 mm 60 mm 40 mm 304 g 210 n Sep 2014 699iCanon G7 X
 
Panasonic TZ200« » 111 mm 65 mm 45 mm 340 g 370 n Feb 2018 799 iPanasonic TZ200
 
Panasonic TZ90« » 112 mm 67 mm 41 mm 322 g 380 n Apr 2017 449iPanasonic TZ90
 
Panasonic TZ100« » 111 mm 65 mm 44 mm 312 g 300 n Jan 2016 699iPanasonic TZ100
Note: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

Any camera decision will naturally be influenced heavily by the price. The manufacturer’s suggested retail prices give an idea on the placement of the camera in the maker’s lineup and the broader market. The two cameras under review were launched at the same price and fall into the same market segment. Usually, retail prices stay at first close to the launch price, but after several months, discounts become available. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down.

 

Sensor comparison

The size of the sensor inside a digital camera is one of the key determinants of image quality. A large sensor will generally have larger individual pixels that offer better low-light sensitivity, provide wider dynamic range, and have richer color-depth than smaller pixels in a sensor of the same technological generation. Furthermore, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more possibilities to use shallow depth-of-field in order to isolate a subject from the background. On the downside, larger sensors tend to be associated with larger, more expensive camera bodies and lenses.

Both cameras under consideration feature an one-inch sensor and have a format factor (sometimes also referred to as "crop factor") of 2.7. Within the spectrum of camera sensors, this places the review cameras among the medium-sized sensor cameras that aim to strike a balance between image quality and portability. Both cameras have a native aspect ratio (sensor width to sensor height) of 3:2. The LX15 has the particularity of featuring a switch that allows to toggle between multiple aspect ratios, while maintaining the same field of view and full image resolution.

Canon G7 X Mark II and Panasonic LX15 sensor measures

The two cameras under review do not only share the same sensor size, but also offer an identical resolution of 20 megapixels. This similarity in sensor specs implies that both the G7X Mark II and the LX15 have the same pixel density, as well as the same pixel size. It should, however, be noted that the LX15 is a somewhat more recent model (by 7 months) than the G7X Mark II, and its sensor might have benefitted from technological advances during this time.

The Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II has a native sensitivity range from ISO 125 to ISO 12800, which can be extended to ISO 125-25600. The corresponding ISO settings for the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX15 are ISO 125 to ISO 12800, with the possibility to increase the ISO range to 80-25600.

G7X Mark II versus LX15 MP

For many cameras, data on sensor performance has been reported by DXO Mark. This service assesses and scores the color depth ("DXO Portrait"), dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports") of camera sensors, and also publishes an overall camera score. The adjacent table reports on the physical sensor characteristics and the outcomes of the DXO sensor quality tests for a sample of comparator-cameras.

Sensor Characteristics
  Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
Camera
Model
 
Canon G7 X Mark II 1-inch 20.0 5472 36481080/60p........Canon G7 X Mark II
 
Panasonic LX15 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p........Panasonic LX15
 
Canon G7 X Mark III 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p........Canon G7 X Mark III
 
Canon M100 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.512.9127278Canon M100
 
Canon SX730 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/60p........Canon SX730
 
Canon SX420 1/2.3 19.9 5152 3864720/25p........Canon SX420
 
Canon SX720 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/60p........Canon SX720
 
Canon G5 X 1-inch 20.0 5472 36481080/60p........Canon G5 X
 
Canon M3 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p22.811.8116972Canon M3
 
Canon SX410 1/2.3 19.9 5152 3864720/30p........Canon SX410
 
Canon SX710 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/60p........Canon SX710
 
Canon G7 X 1-inch 20.0 5472 36481080/60p23.012.755671Canon G7 X
 
Panasonic TZ200 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p........Panasonic TZ200
 
Panasonic TZ90 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38884K/30p19.110.610636Panasonic TZ90
 
Panasonic TZ100 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p22.812.555970Panasonic TZ100

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but also of capturing video footage. Both cameras under consideration are equipped with sensors that have a sufficiently high read-out speed for moving images, but the LX15 provides a better video resolution than the G7X Mark II. It can shoot movie footage at 4K/30p, while the Canon is limited to 1080/60p.

 

Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a variety of features. The G7X Mark II and the LX15 are similar in the sense that neither of the two has a viewfinder. The images are, thus, framed using live view on the rear LCD. The following table reports on some other key feature differences and similarities of the Canon G7 X Mark II, the Panasonic LX15, and comparable cameras.

Core Features
  Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
'000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Size
(inch)
LCD
Resolution
('000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Mech
Shutter
Speed
Shutter
Flaps
(1/sec)
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
Camera
Model
 
Canon G7 X Mark IInone n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/2000s 8.0 Y Y Canon G7 X Mark II
 
Panasonic LX15none n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 10.0 Y Y Panasonic LX15
 
Canon G7 X Mark IIInone n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/2000s 30 Y Y Canon G7 X Mark III
 
Canon M100none n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 6.1 Y n Canon M100
 
Canon SX730none n 3.0 922 tilting n 1/3200s 5.9 Y Y Canon SX730
 
Canon SX420none n 3.0 230 fixed n 1/4000s 0.5 Y Y Canon SX420
 
Canon SX720none n 3.0 922 fixed n 1/3200s 5.9 Y Y Canon SX720
 
Canon G5 X2360 n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/2000s 5.9 Y Y Canon G5 X
 
Canon M3optional n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 4.2 Y n Canon M3
 
Canon SX410none n 3.0 230 fixed n 1/4000s 0.5 Y Y Canon SX410
 
Canon SX710none n 3.0 922 fixed n 1/3200s 6.0 Y Y Canon SX710
 
Canon G7 Xnone n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/2000s 6.5 Y Y Canon G7 X
 
Panasonic TZ2002330 n 3.0 1240 fixed Y 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y Panasonic TZ200
 
Panasonic TZ901166 n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y Panasonic TZ90
 
Panasonic TZ1001166 n 3.0 1040 fixed Y 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y Panasonic TZ100
Both cameras have an articulated rear screen that can be turned to be front-facing. This feature will be particularly appreciated by vloggers and photographers who are interested in taking selfies.

The reported shutter speed information refers to the use of the mechanical shutter. Yet, some cameras only have an electronic shutter, while others have an electronic shutter in addition to a mechanical one. In fact, the LX15 is one of those camera that have an additional electronic shutter, which makes completely silent shooting possible. However, this mode is less suitable for photographing moving objects (risk of rolling shutter) or shooting under artificial light sources (risk of flickering).

The Canon G7 X Mark II and the Panasonic LX15 both have an intervalometer built-in. This enables the photographer to capture time lapse sequences, such as flower blooming, a sunset or moon rise, without purchasing an external camera trigger and related software.

Both the G7X Mark II and the LX15 have zoom lenses built in. The G7X Mark II has a 24-100mm f/1.8-2.8 optic and the LX15 offers a 24-72mm f/1.4-2.8 (focal lengths in full frame equivalent terms). Hence, the Canon and Panasonic provide the same view at the wide-angle end, but the Panasonic has less tele-photo reach at the long end. The LX15 offers the faster maximum aperture.

Concerning the storage of imaging data, both the G7X Mark II and the LX15 write their files to SDXC cards. Both cameras can use UHS-I cards, which provide for Ultra High Speed data transfer of up to 104 MB/s.

 

Connectivity comparison

For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II and Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX15 and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

Input-Output Connections
  Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Microphone
Internal
Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
Camera
Model
 
Canon G7 X Mark II-stereomono--micro2.0YY-Canon G7 X Mark II
 
Panasonic LX15-stereomono--micro2.0Y--Panasonic LX15
 
Canon G7 X Mark III-stereomonoY-micro3.1Y-YCanon G7 X Mark III
 
Canon M100-stereomono--mini2.0YYYCanon M100
 
Canon SX730-stereomono--micro2.0YYYCanon SX730
 
Canon SX420-monomono--none2.0YY-Canon SX420
 
Canon SX720-stereomono--micro2.0YY-Canon SX720
 
Canon G5 XYstereomono--mini2.0YY-Canon G5 X
 
Canon M3YstereomonoY-mini2.0YY-Canon M3
 
Canon SX410-stereomono--none2.0---Canon SX410
 
Canon SX710-stereomono--micro2.0YY-Canon SX710
 
Canon G7 X-stereomono--micro2.0YY-Canon G7 X
 
Panasonic TZ200-stereomono--micro2.0Y-YPanasonic TZ200
 
Panasonic TZ90-stereomono--micro2.0Y--Panasonic TZ90
 
Panasonic TZ100-stereomono--micro2.0Y--Panasonic TZ100

The LX15 is a recent model that features in the current product line-up of Panasonic. In contrast, the G7X Mark II has been discontinued (but it can be found pre-owned on eBay). As a replacement in the same line of cameras, the G7X Mark II was succeeded by the Canon G7 X Mark III. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Canon and Panasonic websites.

Review summary

So how do things add up? Is the Canon G7 X Mark II better than the Panasonic LX15 or vice versa? The listing below highlights the relative strengths of the two models.

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Reasons to prefer the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II:

  • More tele-reach: Has a longer tele-lens for perspective compression and subject magnification.
  • Easier device pairing: Supports NFC for fast wireless image transfer over short distances.
  • More heavily discounted: Has been on the market for longer (launched in February 2016).

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Arguments in favor of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX15:

  • Flexible image proportions: Has a multi-aspect sensor that allows for alternative image shapes.
  • Better video: Provides higher definition movie capture (4K/30p vs 1080/60p).
  • Faster shutter: Has higher mechanical shutter speed (1/4000s vs 1/2000s) to freeze action.
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (10 vs 8 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • Less disturbing: Has an electronic shutter option for completely silent shooting.
  • Better light gathering: Has a lens with a wider maximum aperture (f/1.4 vs f/1.8).
  • More modern: Was introduced somewhat (7 months) more recently.

If the count of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a measure, the LX15 is the clear winner of the contest (7 : 3 points). However, the relative importance of the various individual camera aspects will vary according to personal preferences and needs, so that you might like to apply corresponding weights to the particular features before making a decision on a new camera. A professional wedding photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a travel photog, and a person interested in cityscapes has distinct needs from a macro shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

G7X Mark II 03:07 LX15

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Canon G7 X Mark II and the Panasonic LX15 place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best Travel-Zoom Camera listing whether the two cameras rank among the cream of the crop.

In any case, while the specs-based evaluation of cameras can be instructive in revealing their potential as photographic tools, it remains incomplete and does no justice, for example, to the way the G7X Mark II or the LX15 perform in practice. User reviews that are available, for instance, at amazon can sometimes shed light on these issues, but such feedback is all too often partial, inconsistent, and inaccurate.

Expert reviews

This is why hands-on reviews by experts are important. The following table reports the overall ratings of the cameras as published by some of the major camera review sites (cameralabs, dpreview, ephotozine, imaging-resource, and photographyblog). As can be seen, the professional reviewers agree in many cases on the quality of different cameras, but sometimes their assessments diverge, reinforcing the earlier point that a camera decision is often a very personal choice.

Review Scores
  Camera
Model
cam
era
  labs  
dp
re
  view  
e
photo
  zine  
ima
ging
resource
photo
graphy
  blog  
Camera
Launch
(announced)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(USD)
Camera
Model
 
Canon G7 X Mark II+ +81/1004.5/54/54.5/5 Feb 2016 699iCanon G7 X Mark II
 
Panasonic LX15+ +81/1004/54.5/54.5/5 Sep 2016 699 iPanasonic LX15
 
Canon G7 X Mark III+ +81/1004/5.... Jul 2019 749 iCanon G7 X Mark III
 
Canon M100+..4/5..3.5/5 Aug 2017 499iCanon M100
 
Canon SX730+..4/5..4/5 Apr 2017 399iCanon SX730
 
Canon SX420........3/5 Jan 2016 299 iCanon SX420
 
Canon SX720+..4/5..4.5/5 Feb 2016 379iCanon SX720
 
Canon G5 X+ +78/1004.5/54/54.5/5 Oct 2015 799iCanon G5 X
 
Canon M3o75/1004.5/54.5/54/5 Feb 2015 679iCanon M3
 
Canon SX410o........ Feb 2015 279iCanon SX410
 
Canon SX710+..4/5..3.5/5 Jan 2015 349iCanon SX710
 
Canon G7 X+ +77/1004.5/53.5/54.5/5 Sep 2014 699iCanon G7 X
 
Panasonic TZ200+ +81/1004.5/5..4.5/5 Feb 2018 799 iPanasonic TZ200
 
Panasonic TZ90+ +..4/5..4/5 Apr 2017 449iPanasonic TZ90
 
Panasonic TZ100+ +82/1004.5/54/54.5/5 Jan 2016 699iPanasonic TZ100
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

Care should be taken when interpreting the review scores above, though. The ratings were established in reference to similarly priced cameras that were available in the market at the time of the review. A score, therefore, has to be seen in close connection to the price and market introduction time of the camera, and comparisons of ratings among very different cameras or across long time periods have little meaning. Also, kindly note that some of the listed sites have over time developped their review approaches and their reporting style.

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    Specifications: Canon G7 X Mark II vs Panasonic LX15

    Below is a side-by-side comparison of the specs of the two cameras to facilitate a quick review of their differences and common features.

    Camera Specifications
    Camera Model Canon G7 X Mark II Panasonic LX15
    Camera Type Fixed lens compact camera Fixed lens compact camera
    Camera Lens 24-100mm f/1.8-2.8 24-72mm f/1.4-2.8
    Launch Date February 2016 September 2016
    Launch Price USD 699 USD 699
    Sensor Specs Canon G7 X Mark II Panasonic LX15
    Sensor Technology BSI-CMOS BSI-CMOS
    Sensor Format 1" Sensor 1" Sensor
    Sensor Size 13.2 x 8.8 mm 13.2 x 8.8 mm
    Sensor Area 116.16 mm2 116.16 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 15.9 mm 15.9 mm
    Crop Factor 2.7x 2.7x
    Sensor Resolution 20 Megapixels 20 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 5472 x 3648 pixels 5472 x 3648 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 2.41 μm 2.41 μm
    Pixel Density 17.18 MP/cm2 17.18 MP/cm2
    Moiré control Anti-Alias filter Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability 1080/60p Video 4K/30p Video
    ISO Setting 125-12800 ISO 125-12800 ISO
    ISO Boost 125-25600 ISO 80-25600 ISO
    Image Processor DIGIC 7 Venus
    Screen Specs Canon G7 X Mark II Panasonic LX15
    Viewfinder Type No viewfinder No viewfinder
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.0 inch 3.0 inch
    LCD Resolution 1040k dots 1040k dots
    LCD Attachment Tilting screen Tilting screen
    Touch Input Touchscreen Touchscreen
    Shooting Specs Canon G7 X Mark II Panasonic LX15
    Focus System Contrast-detect AF Contrast-detect AF
    Manual Focusing AidFocus PeakingFocus Peaking
    Max Shutter Speed (mechanical) 1/2000/s 1/4000/s
    Continuous Shooting 8 shutter flaps/s 10 shutter flaps/s
    Electronic Shutterno E-Shutterup to 1/16000s
    Time-Lapse PhotographyIntervalometer built-inIntervalometer built-in
    Image StabilizationLens-based stabilizationIn-body stabilization
    Fill Flash Build-in Flash Build-in Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Single card slot
    UHS card support UHS-I UHS-I
    Connectivity Specs Canon G7 X Mark II Panasonic LX15
    External Flash no Hotshoe no Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port micro HDMI micro HDMI
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in Wifi built-in
    Near-Field Communication NFC built-in no NFC
    Body Specs Canon G7 X Mark II Panasonic LX15
    Battery Type NB-13L DMW-BLH7
    Battery Life (CIPA)265 shots per charge260 shots per charge
    In-Camera Charging USB charging USB charging
    Body Dimensions 106 x 61 x 42 mm
    (4.2 x 2.4 x 1.7 in)
    106 x 60 x 42 mm
    (4.2 x 2.4 x 1.7 in)
    Camera Weight 319 g (11.3 oz) 310 g (10.9 oz)

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