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Panasonic LX15 vs Canon M10

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX15 (called Panasonic LX10 in some regions) and the Canon EOS M10 are two digital cameras that were officially introduced, respectively, in September 2016 and October 2015. The LX15 is a fixed lens compact, while the M10 is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. The cameras are based on an one-inch (LX15) and an APS-C (M10) sensor. The Panasonic has a resolution of 20 megapixels, whereas the Canon provides 17.9 MP. Read on to find out how these two cameras compare with respect to their body size, their sensors, their features, their input-output connections, and their reception by expert reviewers.

Headline Specifications
Panasonic LX15   Canon M10
Panasonic LX15 Canon M10
Fixed lens compact camera Mirrorless system camera
24-72mm f/1.4-2.8 Canon EF-M mount lenses
20 MP, 1" Sensor 17.9 MP, APS-C Sensor
4K/30p Video 1080/30p Video
ISO 125-12800 (80-25600) ISO 100-12800 (100-25600)
No viewfinder, LCD framing No viewfinder, LCD framing
3.0" LCD, 1040k dots 3.0" LCD, 1040k dots
Tilting touchscreen Tilting touchscreen
10 shutter flaps per second 4.6 shutter flaps per second
In-body stabilizationLens stabilization only
260 shots per battery charge255 shots per battery charge
106 x 60 x 42 mm, 310 g 108 x 67 x 35 mm, 301 g

Body comparison: Panasonic LX15 vs Canon M10

The side-by-side display below illustrates the physical size and weight of the Panasonic LX15 and the Canon M10. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three successive views from the front, the top, and the rear are shown. All size dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

The LX15 can be obtained in two different colors (black, silver), while the M10 is also available in two color-versions, but different ones (black, white).

Compare Panasonic LX15 and Canon M10
Compare LX15 versus M10 top
Compare LX15 or M10 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Canon M10 is notably larger (14 percent) than the Panasonic LX15. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the LX15 nor the M10 are weather-sealed.

The above size and weight comparisons are to some extent incomplete and possibly misleading, as the LX15 has a lens built in, whereas the M10 is an interchangeable lens camera that requires a separate lens. Attaching the latter will add extra weight and bulk to the setup.

Concerning battery life, the LX15 gets 260 shots out of its DMW-BLH7 battery, while the M10 can take 255 images on a single charge of its LP-E12 power pack. The power pack in the LX15 can be charged via the USB port, so that it is not always necessary to take the battery charger along when travelling.

The following table provides a synthesis of the main physical specifications of the two cameras and other similar ones. In case you want to display and compare another camera duo, just click on the right or left arrow next to the camera that you would like to inspect. Alternatively, you can also use the CAM-parator to select your camera combination among a larger number of options.

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)
Used
Price
(USD)
Camera
Model
 
Panasonic LX15» 4.2 in 2.4 in 1.7 in 10.9 oz 260 n Sep 2016 699 i i Panasonic LX15
 
Canon M10« 4.3 in 2.6 in 1.4 in 10.6 oz 255 n Oct 2015 499- i Canon M10
 
Canon M100« » 4.3 in 2.6 in 1.4 in 10.7 oz 295 n Aug 2017 499 i i Canon M100
 
Canon G7 X Mark II« » 4.2 in 2.4 in 1.7 in 11.3 oz 265 n Feb 2016 699 i i Canon G7 X Mark II
 
Canon T6« » 5.1 in 4.0 in 3.1 in 17.1 oz 500 n Mar 2016 449- i Canon T6
 
Canon G5 X« » 4.4 in 3.0 in 1.7 in 12.5 oz 210 n Oct 2015 799 i i Canon G5 X
 
Canon M3« » 4.4 in 2.7 in 1.7 in 12.9 oz 250 n Feb 2015 679- i Canon M3
 
Canon SL1« » 4.6 in 3.6 in 2.7 in 14.4 oz 380 n Mar 2013 549- i Canon SL1
 
Canon M« » 4.3 in 2.6 in 1.3 in 10.5 oz 230 n Jul 2012 599- i Canon M
 
Fujifilm X70« » 4.4 in 2.5 in 1.7 in 12.0 oz 330 n Jan 2016 799- i Fujifilm X70
 
Panasonic TZ200« » 4.4 in 2.6 in 1.8 in 12.0 oz 370 n Feb 2018 799 i i Panasonic TZ200
 
Panasonic TZ90« » 4.4 in 2.6 in 1.6 in 11.4 oz 380 n Apr 2017 449- i Panasonic TZ90
 
Panasonic FZ2000« » 5.4 in 4.0 in 5.3 in 32.3 oz 350 n Sep 2016 1,199 i i Panasonic FZ2000
 
Panasonic GX80« » 4.8 in 2.8 in 1.7 in 15.0 oz 290 n Apr 2016 799 i i Panasonic GX80
 
Panasonic TZ100« » 4.4 in 2.6 in 1.7 in 11.0 oz 300 n Jan 2016 699- i Panasonic TZ100
 
Panasonic LX7« » 4.4 in 2.7 in 1.8 in 10.5 oz 330 n Jul 2012 499- i Panasonic LX7
 
Sony RX100 V« » 4.0 in 2.3 in 1.6 in 10.5 oz 220 n Oct 2016 999 i i Sony RX100 V

The price is, of course, an important factor in any camera decision. The manufacturer’s suggested retail prices give an idea on the placement of the camera in the maker’s lineup and the broader market. 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: Panasonic LX15 vs Canon M10

The imaging sensor is at the core of digital cameras and its size is one of the main determining factors of image quality. All other things equal, a large sensor will have larger individual pixel-units that offer better low-light sensitivity, wider dynamic range, and richer color-depth than smaller pixels in a sensor of the same technological generation. Further, a large sensor camera will give the photographer additional creative options when using shallow depth-of-field to isolate a subject from its background. On the downside, larger sensors tend to be more expensive and lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.

Of the two cameras under consideration, the Panasonic LX15 features an one-inch sensor and the Canon M10 an APS-C sensor. The sensor area in the M10 is 186 percent bigger. As a result of these sensor size differences, the cameras have a format factor of, respectively, 2.7 and 1.6. 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.

Panasonic LX15 and Canon M10 sensor measures

Despite having a smaller sensor, the Panasonic LX15 offers a higher resolution of 20 megapixels, compared with 17.9 MP of the Canon M10. This megapixels advantage comes at the cost of a higher pixel density and a smaller size of the individual pixel (with a pixel pitch of 2.41μm versus 4.31μm for the M10). However, it should be noted that the LX15 is a somewhat more recent model (by 11 months) than the M10, and its sensor might have benefitted from technological advances during this time that partly offset its pixel-size disadvantage.

The M10 has on-sensor phase detect pixels, which results in fast and reliable autofocus acquisition even during video recording.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX15 has a native sensitivity range from ISO 125 to ISO 12800, which can be extended to ISO 80-25600. The corresponding ISO settings for the Canon EOS M10 are ISO 100 to ISO 12800, with the possibility to increase the ISO range to 100-25600..

LX15 versus M10 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 following table provides an overview of the physical sensor characteristics, as well as the sensor quality measurements for a selection of comparators.

Sensor Characteristics
  Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
Camera
Model
 
Panasonic LX15» 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p----Panasonic LX15
 
Canon M10« APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p22.211.475365Canon M10
 
Canon M100« » APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.512.9127278Canon M100
 
Canon G7 X Mark II« » 1-inch 20.0 5472 36481080/60p----Canon G7 X Mark II
 
Canon T6« » APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p----Canon T6
 
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 SL1« » APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.811.384363Canon SL1
 
Canon M« » APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p22.111.282765Canon M
 
Fujifilm X70« » APS-C 16.0 4896 32641080/60p----Fujifilm X70
 
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 FZ2000« » 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p----Panasonic FZ2000
 
Panasonic GX80« » Four Thirds 15.8 4592 34484K/30p22.912.666271Panasonic GX80
 
Panasonic TZ100« » 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p22.812.555970Panasonic TZ100
 
Panasonic LX7« » 1/1.7 10.0 3648 27361080/60p20.711.714750Panasonic LX7
 
Sony RX100 V« » 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p22.812.458670Sony RX100 V

Many modern cameras cannot only take still pictures, but also record videos. The two cameras under consideration both have sensors whose read-out speed is fast enough to capture moving pictures, but the LX15 provides a higher video resolution than the M10. It can shoot video footage at 4K/30p, while the Canon is limited to 1080/30p.

 

Feature comparison: Panasonic LX15 vs Canon M10

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. The LX15 and the M10 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 table below summarizes some of the other core capabilities of the Panasonic LX15 and Canon M10 in connection with corresponding information for a sample of similar 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)
Shutter
speed
(1/sec)
Shutter
flaps
(1/sec)
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
Camera
Model
 
Panasonic LX15»- n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 4000 10.0 Y Y Panasonic LX15
 
Canon M10«- n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 4000 4.6 Y n Canon M10
 
Canon M100« »- n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 4000 6.1 Y n Canon M100
 
Canon G7 X Mark II« »- n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 2000 8.0 Y Y Canon G7 X Mark II
 
Canon T6« »optical n 3.0 920 fixed n 4000 3.0 Y n Canon T6
 
Canon G5 X« »2360 n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 2000 5.9 Y Y Canon G5 X
 
Canon M3« »- n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 4000 4.2 Y n Canon M3
 
Canon SL1« »optical n 3.0 1040 fixed Y 4000 4.9 Y n Canon SL1
 
Canon M« »- n 3.0 1040 fixed Y 4000 4.3 n n Canon M
 
Fujifilm X70« »- n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 4000 8.0 Y n Fujifilm X70
 
Panasonic TZ200« »2330 n 3.0 1240 fixed Y 2000 10.0 Y Y Panasonic TZ200
 
Panasonic TZ90« »1166 n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 2000 10.0 Y Y Panasonic TZ90
 
Panasonic FZ2000« »2360 n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 4000 12.0 Y Y Panasonic FZ2000
 
Panasonic GX80« »2765 n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 4000 8.0 Y Y Panasonic GX80
 
Panasonic TZ100« »1166 n 3.0 1040 fixed Y 2000 10.0 Y Y Panasonic TZ100
 
Panasonic LX7« »- n 3.0 920 fixed n 4000 11.0 Y Y Panasonic LX7
 
Sony RX100 V« »2359 n 3.0 1229 tilting n 2000 24.0 Y Y Sony RX100 V
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 and shutter burst refer to the use of the mechanical shutter. In addition, the LX15 features an 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).

Concerning the storage of imaging data, both the LX15 and the M10 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: Panasonic LX15 vs Canon M10

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 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX15 and Canon EOS M10 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
Type
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
Camera
Model
 
Panasonic LX15»-stereomono--micro2.0Y--Panasonic LX15
 
Canon M10«-stereomono--mini2.0YY-Canon M10
 
Canon M100« »-stereomono--mini2.0YYYCanon M100
 
Canon G7 X Mark II« »-stereomono--micro2.0YY-Canon G7 X Mark II
 
Canon T6« »Ymonomono--mini2.0YY-Canon T6
 
Canon G5 X« »Ystereomono--mini2.0YY-Canon G5 X
 
Canon M3« »YstereomonoY-mini2.0YY-Canon M3
 
Canon SL1« »YmonomonoY-mini2.0---Canon SL1
 
Canon M« »YstereomonoY-mini2.0---Canon M
 
Fujifilm X70« »YstereomonoY-micro2.0Y--Fujifilm X70
 
Panasonic TZ200« »-stereomono--micro2.0Y--Panasonic TZ200
 
Panasonic TZ90« »-stereomono--micro2.0Y--Panasonic TZ90
 
Panasonic FZ2000« »YstereomonoYYmicro2.0Y--Panasonic FZ2000
 
Panasonic GX80« »Ystereomono--micro2.0Y--Panasonic GX80
 
Panasonic TZ100« »-stereomono--micro2.0Y--Panasonic TZ100
 
Panasonic LX7« »Ystereomono--mini2.0---Panasonic LX7
 
Sony RX100 V« »-stereomono--micro2.0YY-Sony RX100 V

The LX15 is a recent model that features in the current product line-up of Panasonic. In contrast, the M10 has been discontinued (but it can be found pre-owned on eBay). As a replacement in the same line of cameras, the M10 was succeeded by the Canon M100. Further information on the two cameras, as well as related accessories, can be found on the Panasonic and Canon websites.


Review summary: Panasonic LX15 vs Canon M10

So what conclusions can be drawn? Is the Panasonic LX15 better than the Canon M10 or vice versa? The listing below highlights the relative strengths of the two models.

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Advantages of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX15:

  • More detail: Offers more megapixels (20 vs 17.9MP) with a 6% higher linear resolution.
  • Flexible image proportions: Has a multi-aspect sensor that allows for alternative image shapes.
  • Better video: Provides higher definition movie capture (4K/30p vs 1080/30p).
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (10 vs 4.6 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • Less disturbing: Has an electronic shutter option for completely silent shooting.
  • Ready to shoot: Has a lens built-in, whereas the M10 requires a separate lens.
  • More compact: Is smaller (106x60mm vs 108x67mm) and thus needs less room in the bag.
  • Easier travel charging: Can be conveniently charged via its USB port.
  • Sharper images: Has hand-shake reducing image stabilization built-in.
  • More modern: Is somewhat more recent (announced 11 months after the M10).

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Reasons to prefer the Canon EOS M10:

  • Better image quality: Features bigger pixels on a larger sensor for higher quality imaging.
  • Richer colors: Larger pixels generate images with better, more accurate colors.
  • More dynamic range: Capable of capturing a wider spectrum of light and dark details.
  • Better low-light sensitivity: Can be used in poorly lit environments and still produce good images.
  • Better video autofocus: Features on-sensor phase-detection for more confident movie autofocus.
  • More flexible: Takes interchangeable lenses and can thus be used with specialty optics.
  • 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 October 2015).

If the number of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the LX15 comes out slightly ahead of the M10 (9 : 8 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.

LX15 09:08 M10

In any case, while the comparison of technical specifications can provide a useful overview of the capabilities of different cameras, it remains incomplete and does no justice, for example, to the way the LX15 or the M10 perform in practice. User reviews, such as those found at amazon, can sometimes inform about these issues, but such feedback is often incomplete, inconsistent, and biased.

Expert reviews: Panasonic LX15 vs Canon M10

This is why hands-on reviews by experts are important. The following table reports the overall rankings of the cameras as published by some of the major camera review sites (cameralabs, dpreview, ephotozine, imaging-resource, photographyblog).

Review Scores
  Camera
Model
cameralabs dpreview ephotozine imaging-resource photographyblog Camera
Launch
(announced)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(USD)
Used
Price
(USD)
Camera
Model
 
Panasonic LX15»++81/1004/54.5/54.5/5 Sep 2016 699 i i Panasonic LX15
 
Canon M10«---o4/5 Oct 2015 499- i Canon M10
 
Canon M100« »+-4/5-3.5/5 Aug 2017 499 i i Canon M100
 
Canon G7 X Mark II« »++81/1004.5/54/54.5/5 Feb 2016 699 i i Canon G7 X Mark II
 
Canon T6« »o73/1004/53.5/54/5 Mar 2016 449- i Canon T6
 
Canon G5 X« »++78/1004.5/54/54.5/5 Oct 2015 799 i i Canon G5 X
 
Canon M3« »o75/1004.5/54.5/54/5 Feb 2015 679- i Canon M3
 
Canon SL1« »+78/1004/54/54/5 Mar 2013 549- i Canon SL1
 
Canon M« »+-4/53.5/54/5 Jul 2012 599- i Canon M
 
Fujifilm X70« »-76/1004.5/54/54.5/5 Jan 2016 799- i Fujifilm X70
 
Panasonic TZ200« »++81/1004.5/5-4.5/5 Feb 2018 799 i i Panasonic TZ200
 
Panasonic TZ90« »++-4/5-4/5 Apr 2017 449- i Panasonic TZ90
 
Panasonic FZ2000« »+82/1004.5/54.5/55/5 Sep 2016 1,199 i i Panasonic FZ2000
 
Panasonic GX80« »++82/1005/54.5/55/5 Apr 2016 799 i i Panasonic GX80
 
Panasonic TZ100« »++82/1004.5/54/54.5/5 Jan 2016 699- i Panasonic TZ100
 
Panasonic LX7« »++75/1004/55/54.5/5 Jul 2012 499- i Panasonic LX7
 
Sony RX100 V« »++83/1004/55/54.5/5 Oct 2016 999 i i Sony RX100 V
Notes: ++) highly recommended; +) recommended; o) reviewed; -) not available.

The above review scores should be interpreted with care, though. The ratings are only valid when referring to cameras in the same category and of the same age. 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. It should also be noted that some of the review sites have over time altered the way they render their verdicts.

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    Specifications: Panasonic LX15 vs Canon M10

    Camera Specifications
    Camera Model Panasonic LX15 Canon M10
    Camera Type Fixed lens compact camera Mirrorless system camera
    Camera Lens 24-72mm f/1.4-2.8 Canon EF-M mount lenses
    Launch Date September 2016 October 2015
    Launch Price USD 699 USD 499
    Sensor Specs Panasonic LX15 Canon M10
    Sensor Technology BSI-CMOS CMOS
    Sensor Format 1" Sensor APS-C Sensor
    Sensor Size 13.2 x 8.8 mm 22.3 x 8.8 mm
    Sensor Area 116.16 mm2 332.27 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 15.9 mm 26.8 mm
    Crop Factor 2.7x 1.6x
    Sensor Resolution 20 Megapixels 17.9 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 5472 x 3648 pixels 5184 x 3456 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 2.41 μm 4.31 μm
    Pixel Density 17.18 MP/cm2 5.39 MP/cm2
    Moiré control Anti-Alias filter Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability 4K/30p Video 1080/30p Video
    ISO Setting 125-12800 ISO 100-12800 ISO
    ISO Boost 80-25600 ISO 100-25600 ISO
    Image Processor Venus DIGIC 6
    DXO Sensor Quality (score) .. 65
    DXO Color Depth (bits) .. 22.2
    DXO Dynamic Range (EV) .. 11.4
    DXO Low Light (ISO) .. 753
    Screen Specs Panasonic LX15 Canon M10
    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 Panasonic LX15 Canon M10
    Autofocus System Contrast-detect AF On-Sensor Phase-detect
    Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
    Continuous Shooting 10 shutter flaps/s 4.6 shutter flaps/s
    Silent ShootingElectronic Shutterno E-Shutter
    Image StabilizationIn-body stabilizationLens stabilization only
    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 Panasonic LX15 Canon M10
    External Flash no Hotshoe no Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port micro HDMI mini HDMI
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in Wifi built-in
    Near-Field Communication no NFC NFC built-in
    Body Specs Panasonic LX15 Canon M10
    Battery Type DMW-BLH7 power pack LP-E12 power pack
    Battery Life (CIPA)260 shots per charge255 shots per charge
    In-Camera Charging USB charging no USB charging
    Body Dimensions 106 x 60 x 42 mm
    (4.2 x 2.4 x 1.7 in)
    108 x 67 x 35 mm
    (4.3 x 2.6 x 1.4 in)
    Camera Weight 310 g (10.9 oz) 301 g (10.6 oz)

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