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Panasonic LX5 vs LX7

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 are two digital cameras that were revealed to the public, respectively, in July 2010 and July 2012. Both the LX5 and the LX7 are fixed lens compact cameras that are equipped with a 1/1.7-inch sensor. Both cameras offer a resolution of 10 megapixels.

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

Headline Specifications
Panasonic LX5   Panasonic LX7
Panasonic LX5 Panasonic LX7
Fixed lens compact camera Fixed lens compact camera
24-90mm f/2.0-3.3 24-90mm f/1.4-2.3
10 MP, 1/1.7" Sensor 10 MP, 1/1.7" Sensor
720/60p Video 1080/60p Video
ISO 80-3200 (80-12800) ISO 80-6400 (80-12800)
Viewfinder optional Viewfinder optional
3.0" LCD, 460k dots 3.0" LCD, 920k dots
Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive) Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive)
2.5 shutter flaps per second 11 shutter flaps per second
400 shots per battery charge330 shots per battery charge
110 x 65 x 43 mm, 271 g 111 x 68 x 46 mm, 298 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7? 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: Panasonic LX5 vs LX7

An illustration of the physical size and weight of the Panasonic LX5 and the Panasonic LX7 is provided in the side-by-side display below. 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.

Both cameras are available in two different colors (black, white).

Size Panasonic LX5 vs Panasonic LX7
Compare LX5 versus LX7 top
Comparison LX5 or LX7 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Panasonic LX7 is notably larger (6 percent) than the Panasonic LX5. Moreover, the LX7 is markedly heavier (10 percent) than the LX5. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the LX5 nor the LX7 are weather-sealed.

The table below summarizes the key physical specs of the two cameras alongside a broader set of comparators. 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)
Used
Price
(USD)
Camera
Model
 
Panasonic LX5» 110 mm 65 mm 43 mm 271 g 400 n Jul 2010 499- i Panasonic LX5
 
Panasonic LX7« 111 mm 68 mm 46 mm 298 g 330 n Jul 2012 499- i Panasonic LX7
 
Canon G16« » 109 mm 76 mm 40 mm 356 g 360 n Aug 2013 549 i i Canon G16
 
Canon G12« » 112 mm 76 mm 48 mm 401 g 370 n Sep 2010 499- i Canon G12
 
Fujifilm X10« » 117 mm 70 mm 57 mm 350 g 270 n Sep 2011 599- i Fujifilm X10
 
Leica D-LUX 5« » 110 mm 65 mm 43 mm 271 g 400 n Sep 2010 699- i Leica D-LUX 5
 
Olympus XZ-1« » 111 mm 65 mm 42 mm 275 g 320 n Jan 2011 499- i Olympus XZ-1
 
Panasonic ZS70« » 112 mm 67 mm 41 mm 322 g 380 n Apr 2017 449- i Panasonic ZS70
 
Panasonic FZ200« » 125 mm 87 mm 110 mm 588 g 540 n Jul 2012 599- i Panasonic FZ200
 
Panasonic GF5« » 108 mm 67 mm 37 mm 267 g 360 n Apr 2012 499- i Panasonic GF5
 
Panasonic FZ150« » 124 mm 82 mm 92 mm 528 g 410 n Aug 2011 499- i Panasonic FZ150
 
Panasonic GF3« » 108 mm 67 mm 32 mm 264 g 300 n Jun 2011 549- i Panasonic GF3
 
Panasonic GF2« » 113 mm 68 mm 33 mm 310 g 300 n Nov 2010 549- i Panasonic GF2
Note: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

Any camera decision will obviously take relative prices into account. The retail prices at the time of the camera’s release place the model in the market relative to other models in the producer’s line-up and the competition. 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: Panasonic LX5 vs LX7

The size of the imaging sensor is a crucial determinant 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 a 1/1.7-inch sensor, but their sensors differ slightly in size. The sensor area in the LX7 is 9 percent smaller. As a result of these sensor size differences, the cameras have format factors, respectively, of 4.4 (LX5) and 4.65. Both cameras feature a native aspect ratio (sensor width to sensor height) of 4:3. Both cameras have 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 LX5 and Panasonic LX7 sensor measures

Even though the LX5 has a larger sensor, both cameras offer the same resolution of 10 megapixels. This implies that the LX5 has a lower pixel density and larger individual pixels (with a pixel pitch of 2.14μm versus 2.05μm for the LX7), which gives it a potential advantage in terms of light gathering capacity. It should, however, be noted that the LX7 is a somewhat more recent model (by 1 year and 11 months) than the LX5, and its sensor might have benefitted from technological advances during this time that at least partly compensate for the smaller pixel size.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 has a native sensitivity range from ISO 80 to ISO 3200, which can be extended to ISO 80-12800. The corresponding ISO settings for the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 are ISO 80 to ISO 6400, with the possibility to increase the ISO range to 80-12800.

LX5 versus LX7 MP

For many cameras, data on sensor performance has been reported by DXO Mark. This service is based on lab testing and assigns an overall score to each camera sensor, as well as ratings for dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), color depth ("DXO Portrait"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports"). Of the two cameras under consideration, the LX7 has a markedly higher DXO score than the LX5 (overall score 9 points higher), which will translate into better image quality. The advantage is based on 1.1 bits higher color depth, 0.9 EV in additional dynamic range, and 0.2 stops in additional low light sensitivity. The table below summarizes the physical sensor characteristics and sensor quality findings and compares them across a set of similar 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
 
Panasonic LX5» 1/1.7 10.0 3648 2736720/60p19.610.813241Panasonic LX5
 
Panasonic LX7« 1/1.7 10.0 3648 27361080/60p20.711.714750Panasonic LX7
 
Canon G16« » 1/1.7 12.0 4000 30001080/60p21.011.723054Canon G16
 
Canon G12« » 1/1.7 10.0 3648 2736720/24p20.411.216147Canon G12
 
Fujifilm X10« » 2/3 12.0 4000 30001080/30p20.511.324550Fujifilm X10
 
Leica D-LUX 5« » 1/1.7 10.0 3648 2736720/60p----Leica D-LUX 5
 
Olympus XZ-1« » 1/1.7 10.1 3664 2752720/30p18.810.411734Olympus XZ-1
 
Panasonic ZS70« » 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38884K/30p19.110.610636Panasonic ZS70
 
Panasonic FZ200« » 1/2.3 12.0 4000 30001080/60p19.110.811437Panasonic FZ200
 
Panasonic GF5« » Four Thirds 12.0 4000 30001080/60i21.411.661861Panasonic GF5
 
Panasonic FZ150« » 1/2.3 12.0 4000 30001080/60p19.410.913240Panasonic FZ150
 
Panasonic GF3« » Four Thirds 12.0 4000 30001080/60i20.610.045849Panasonic GF3
 
Panasonic GF2« » Four Thirds 12.0 4000 30001080/60i21.210.350654Panasonic GF2

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but can also record movies. Both cameras under consideration have a sensor with sufficiently fast read-out times for moving pictures, but the LX7 provides a better video resolution than the LX5. It can shoot movie footage at 1080/60p, while the LX5 is limited to 720/60p.

 

Feature comparison: Panasonic LX5 vs LX7

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. The LX5 and the LX7 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. However, optional viewfinders – the DMW-LVF1 for the LX5 and the DMW-LVF2 for the LX7 – are available as accessories. The table below summarizes some of the other core capabilities of the Panasonic LX5 and Panasonic LX7 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)
Mech
Shutter
Speed
Shutter
Flaps
(1/sec)
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
Camera
Model
 
Panasonic LX5»- n 3.0 460 fixed n 1/4000s 2.5 Y Y Panasonic LX5
 
Panasonic LX7«- n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/4000s 11.0 Y Y Panasonic LX7
 
Canon G16« »optical n 3.0 922 fixed n 1/4000s 2.2 Y Y Canon G16
 
Canon G12« »optical n 2.8 461 swivel n 1/4000s 1.1 Y Y Canon G12
 
Fujifilm X10« »optical n 2.8 460 fixed n 1/4000s 10.0 Y Y Fujifilm X10
 
Leica D-LUX 5« »- n 3.0 460 fixed n 1/4000s 2.5 Y Y Leica D-LUX 5
 
Olympus XZ-1« »- n 3.0 614 fixed n 1/2000s 2.0 Y Y Olympus XZ-1
 
Panasonic ZS70« »1166 n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y Panasonic ZS70
 
Panasonic FZ200« »1312 n 3.0 460 swivel n 1/4000s 12.0 Y Y Panasonic FZ200
 
Panasonic GF5« »- n 3.0 920 fixed Y 1/4000s 4.0 Y n Panasonic GF5
 
Panasonic FZ150« »202 n 3.0 460 swivel n 1/2000s 12.0 Y Y Panasonic FZ150
 
Panasonic GF3« »- n 3.0 460 fixed Y 1/4000s 3.2 Y n Panasonic GF3
 
Panasonic GF2« »- n 3.0 460 fixed Y 1/4000s 2.6 Y n Panasonic GF2

The Panasonic LX7 has 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 LX5 and the LX7 have zoom lenses built in. The LX5 has a 24-90mm f/2.0-3.3 optic and the LX7 offers a 24-90mm f/1.4-2.3 (focal lengths in full frame equivalent terms). The LX7 offers the faster maximum aperture.

Concerning the storage of imaging data, both the LX5 and the LX7 write their files to SDXC cards.

 

Connectivity comparison: Panasonic LX5 vs LX7

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-LX5 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 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 LX5»Ymonomono--mini2.0---Panasonic LX5
 
Panasonic LX7«Ystereomono--mini2.0---Panasonic LX7
 
Canon G16« »Ystereomono--mini2.0Y--Canon G16
 
Canon G12« »Ystereomono--mini2.0---Canon G12
 
Fujifilm X10« »Ystereomono--mini2.0---Fujifilm X10
 
Leica D-LUX 5« »Ymonomono--mini2.0---Leica D-LUX 5
 
Olympus XZ-1« »Ymono---mini2.0---Olympus XZ-1
 
Panasonic ZS70« »-stereomono--micro2.0Y--Panasonic ZS70
 
Panasonic FZ200« »YstereomonoY-mini2.0---Panasonic FZ200
 
Panasonic GF5« »-stereomono--mini2.0---Panasonic GF5
 
Panasonic FZ150« »Ystereo---mini2.0---Panasonic FZ150
 
Panasonic GF3« »-stereomono--mini2.0---Panasonic GF3
 
Panasonic GF2« »Ystereomono--mini2.0---Panasonic GF2

Both the LX5 and the LX7 have been discontinued, but can regularly be found used on eBay. The LX5 was replaced by the Panasonic LX7, while the LX7 was followed by the Panasonic LX10. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Panasonic website.


Review summary: Panasonic LX5 vs LX7

So what is the bottom line? Is there a clear favorite between the Panasonic LX5 and the Panasonic LX7? Which camera is better? Below is a summary of the relative strengths of each of the two contestants.


Reasons to prefer the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5:

  • Longer lasting: Can take more shots (400 versus 330) on a single battery charge.
  • More heavily discounted: Has been on the market for longer (launched in July 2010).


Advantages of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7:

  • Better image quality: Scores markedly higher (9 points) in the DXO overall evaluation.
  • Richer colors: Generates noticeably more natural colors (1.1 bits more color depth).
  • More dynamic range: Captures a broader range of light and dark details (0.9 EV of extra DR).
  • Better video: Provides higher definition movie capture (1080/60p vs 720/60p).
  • More detailed LCD: Has a higher resolution rear screen (920k vs 460k dots).
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (11 vs 2.5 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • Easier time-lapse photography: Has an intervalometer built-in for low frequency shooting.
  • Better light gathering: Has a lens with a wider maximum aperture (f/1.4 vs f/2.0).
  • More modern: Was introduced somewhat (1 year and 11 months) more recently.

If the count of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a measure, the LX7 is the clear winner of the contest (9 : 2 points). However, the relevance of individual strengths will vary across photographers, so that you might want to apply your own weighing scheme to the summary points when reflecting and deciding on a new camera. A professional wildlife photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a family photog, and a person interested in architecture has distinct needs from a sports shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

LX5 02:09 LX7

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Panasonic LX5 and the Panasonic LX7 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 comparison of the spec-sheets of cameras can offer a general idea of their imaging potential, it says little about, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance of the LX5 and the LX7 in practical situations. 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: Panasonic LX5 vs LX7

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
cameralabs dpreview ephotozine imaging-resource photographyblog Camera
Launch
(announced)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(USD)
Used
Price
(USD)
Camera
Model
 
Panasonic LX5»+73/1004.5/55/54.5/5 Jul 2010 499- i Panasonic LX5
 
Panasonic LX7«+ +75/1004/55/54.5/5 Jul 2012 499- i Panasonic LX7
 
Canon G16« »+-4.5/54.5/54.5/5 Aug 2013 549 i i Canon G16
 
Canon G12« »+73/1004.5/54.5/54.5/5 Sep 2010 499- i Canon G12
 
Fujifilm X10« »-76/1004/53.5/54.5/5 Sep 2011 599- i Fujifilm X10
 
Leica D-LUX 5« »--4.5/5-4/5 Sep 2010 699- i Leica D-LUX 5
 
Olympus XZ-1« »-74/1004.5/54.5/54.5/5 Jan 2011 499- i Olympus XZ-1
 
Panasonic ZS70« »+ +-4/5-4/5 Apr 2017 449- i Panasonic ZS70
 
Panasonic FZ200« »+ +80/1004.5/54.5/54.5/5 Jul 2012 599- i Panasonic FZ200
 
Panasonic GF5« »--4.5/54/54.5/5 Apr 2012 499- i Panasonic GF5
 
Panasonic FZ150« »+ +76/1004/55/54.5/5 Aug 2011 499- i Panasonic FZ150
 
Panasonic GF3« »82/10071/1004.5/54.5/54/5 Jun 2011 549- i Panasonic GF3
 
Panasonic GF2« »82/10070/1004.5/54.5/54.5/5 Nov 2010 549- i Panasonic GF2
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. Thus, a score needs to be put into the context of the launch date and the launch price of the camera, and rating-comparisons among cameras that span long time periods or concern very differently equipped models make little sense. 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: Panasonic LX5 vs Panasonic LX7

    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 Panasonic LX5 Panasonic LX7
    Camera Type Fixed lens compact camera Fixed lens compact camera
    Camera Lens 24-90mm f/2.0-3.3 24-90mm f/1.4-2.3
    Launch Date July 2010 July 2012
    Launch Price USD 499 USD 499
    Sensor Specs Panasonic LX5 Panasonic LX7
    Sensor Technology CCD CMOS
    Sensor Format 1/1.7" Sensor 1/1.7" Sensor
    Sensor Size 7.85 x 5.89 mm 7.44 x 5.58 mm
    Sensor Area 46.2365 mm2 41.5152 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 9.8 mm 9.3 mm
    Crop Factor 4.4x 4.65x
    Sensor Resolution 10 Megapixels 10 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 3648 x 2736 pixels 3648 x 2736 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 2.14 μm 2.05 μm
    Pixel Density 21.59 MP/cm2 24.04 MP/cm2
    Moiré control Anti-Alias filter Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability 720/60p Video 1080/60p Video
    ISO Setting 80-3200 ISO 80-6400 ISO
    ISO Boost 80-12800 ISO 80-12800 ISO
    Image Processor Venus FHD Venus
    DXO Sensor Quality (score) 41 50
    DXO Color Depth (bits) 19.6 20.7
    DXO Dynamic Range (EV) 10.8 11.7
    DXO Low Light (ISO) 132 147
    Screen Specs Panasonic LX5 Panasonic LX7
    Viewfinder Type Viewfinder optional Viewfinder optional
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.0 inch 3.0 inch
    LCD Resolution 460k dots 920k dots
    LCD Attachment Fixed screen Fixed screen
    Shooting Specs Panasonic LX5 Panasonic LX7
    Autofocus System Contrast-detect AF Contrast-detect AF
    Continuous Shooting 2.5 shutter flaps/s 11 shutter flaps/s
    Time-Lapse Photographyno IntervalometerIntervalometer built-in
    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 no no
    Connectivity Specs Panasonic LX5 Panasonic LX7
    External Flash Hotshoe Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port mini HDMI mini HDMI
    Wifi Support no Wifi no Wifi
    Body Specs Panasonic LX5 Panasonic LX7
    Battery Type DMW-BCJ13 power pack DMW-BCJ13 power pack
    Battery Life (CIPA)400 shots per charge330 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 110 x 65 x 43 mm
    (4.3 x 2.6 x 1.7 in)
    111 x 68 x 46 mm
    (4.4 x 2.7 x 1.8 in)
    Camera Weight 271 g (9.6 oz) 298 g (10.5 oz)

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