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Panasonic LX5 vs Sony A7R III

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 and the Sony Alpha A7R III are two digital cameras that were announced, respectively, in July 2010 and October 2017. The LX5 is a fixed lens compact, while the A7R III is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. The cameras are based on a 1/1.7-inch (LX5) and a full frame (A7R III) sensor. The Panasonic has a resolution of 10 megapixels, whereas the Sony provides 42.2 MP.

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

Headline Specifications
Panasonic LX5
versus
Sony A7R III
Panasonic LX5   Sony A7R III
Fixed lens compact camera Mirrorless system camera
24-90mm f/2.0-3.3 Sony E mount lenses
10 MP, 1/1.7" Sensor 42.2 MP, Full Frame Sensor
720/60p Video 4K/30p Video
ISO 80-3,200 (80 - 12,800) ISO 100-32,000 (50 - 102,400)
Viewfinder optional Electronic viewfinder (3686k dots)
3.0 LCD, 460k dots 3.0 LCD, 1440k dots
Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive) Tilting touchscreen
2.5 shutter flaps per second 10 shutter flaps per second
Lens-based stabilizationIn-body stabilization
not weather sealedWeathersealed body
400 shots per battery charge650 shots per battery charge
110 x 65 x 43 mm, 271 g 127 x 96 x 74 mm, 650 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 and the Sony Alpha A7R III? 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

An illustration of the physical size and weight of the Panasonic LX5 and the Sony A7R III 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.

The LX5 can be obtained in two different colors (black, white), while the A7R III is only available in black.

Size Panasonic LX5 vs Sony A7R III
Compare LX5 versus A7R III top
Comparison LX5 or A7R III rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Sony A7R III is considerably larger (71 percent) than the Panasonic LX5. It is noteworthy in this context that the A7R III is splash and dust-proof, while the LX5 does not feature any corresponding weather-sealing.

The above size and weight comparisons are to some extent incomplete and possibly misleading, as the LX5 has a lens built in, whereas the A7R III is an interchangeable lens camera that requires a separate lens. Attaching the latter will add extra weight and bulk to the setup. You can compare the optics available for the A7R III and their specifications in the Sony FE Lens Catalog.

Concerning battery life, the LX5 gets 400 shots out of its DMW-BCJ13 battery, while the A7R III can take 650 images on a single charge of its NP-FZ100 power pack. The power pack in the A7R III can be charged via the USB port, 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 want to switch the focus of the display and review another camera pair, you can move across to the CAM-parator tool and choose from the broad selection of possible camera comparisons there.

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Body Specifications
    Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
Weather
Sealing
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Panasonic LX5 110 mm 65 mm 43 mm 271 g 400 n Jul 2010 499 i
2.
 
Sony A7R III 127 mm 96 mm 74 mm 650 g 650 Y Oct 2017 3,199 i
3.
 
Canon G12 112 mm 76 mm 48 mm 401 g 370 n Sep 2010 499 i
4.
 
Fujifilm X10 117 mm 70 mm 57 mm 350 g 270 n Sep 2011 599 i
5.
 
Leica D-LUX 5 110 mm 65 mm 43 mm 271 g 400 n Sep 2010 699 i
6.
 
Nikon Z7 134 mm 101 mm 67 mm 675 g 330 Y Aug 2018 3,399 i
7.
 
Olympus XZ-1 111 mm 65 mm 42 mm 275 g 320 n Jan 2011 499 i
8.
 
Panasonic ZS70 112 mm 67 mm 41 mm 322 g 380 n Apr 2017 449 i
9.
 
Panasonic FZ200 125 mm 87 mm 110 mm 588 g 540 n Jul 2012 599 i
10.
 
Panasonic LX7 111 mm 68 mm 46 mm 298 g 330 n Jul 2012 499 i
11.
 
Panasonic FZ150 124 mm 82 mm 92 mm 528 g 410 n Aug 2011 499 i
12.
 
Panasonic GF3 108 mm 67 mm 32 mm 264 g 300 n Jun 2011 549 i
13.
 
Panasonic GF2 113 mm 68 mm 33 mm 310 g 300 n Nov 2010 549 i
14.
 
Sony A9 127 mm 96 mm 63 mm 673 g 650 Y Apr 2017 4,499 i
15.
 
Sony A99 II 143 mm 104 mm 76 mm 849 g 490 Y Sep 2016 3,199 i
16.
 
Sony A7R II 127 mm 96 mm 60 mm 625 g 290 Y Jun 2015 3,199 i
17.
 
Sony A7S II 127 mm 96 mm 60 mm 627 g 370 Y Sep 2015 2,999 i
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

The price is, of course, an important factor in any camera decision. The listed launch prices provide an indication of the market segment that the manufacturer of the cameras have been targeting. The LX5 was launched at a lower price than the A7R III, despite having a lens built in. Normally, street prices remain initially close to the MSRP, but after a couple of months, the first discounts appear. 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 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. Moreover, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more control over depth-of-field in the image and, thus, the ability to better isolate a subject from the 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 LX5 features a 1/1.7-inch sensor and the Sony A7R III a full frame sensor. The sensor area in the A7R III is 1774 percent bigger. As a result of these sensor size differences, the cameras have a format factor of, respectively, 4.4 and 1.0. The sensor in the LX5 has a native 4:3 aspect ratio, while the one in the A7R III offers a 3:2 aspect. The LX5 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 LX5 and Sony A7R III sensor measures

With 42.2MP, the A7R III offers a higher resolution than the LX5 (10MP), but the A7R III nevertheless has larger individual pixels (pixel pitch of 4.52μm versus 2.14μm for the LX5) due to its larger sensor. Moreover, the A7R III is a much more recent model (by 7 years and 3 months) than the LX5, and its sensor will have benefitted from technological advances during this time that further enhance the light gathering capacity of its pixel-units. Coming back to sensor resolution, it should be mentioned that the A7R III has no anti-alias filter installed, so that it can capture all the detail its sensor resolves.

The resolution advantage of the Sony A7R III implies greater flexibility for cropping images or the possibility to print larger pictures. The maximum print size of the A7R III for good quality output (200 dots per inch) amounts to 39.8 x 26.5 inches or 101 x 67.4 cm, for very good quality (250 dpi) 31.8 x 21.2 inches or 80.8 x 53.9 cm, and for excellent quality (300 dpi) 26.5 x 17.7 inches or 67.3 x 44.9 cm. The corresponding values for the Panasonic LX5 are 18.2 x 13.7 inches or 46.3 x 34.7 cm for good quality, 14.6 x 10.9 inches or 37.1 x 27.8 cm for very good quality, and 12.2 x 9.1 inches or 30.9 x 23.2 cm for excellent quality prints.

The A7R III has on-sensor phase detect pixels, which results in fast and reliable autofocus acquisition even during live view operation.

Unlike the LX5, the A7R III has the capacity to capture high quality composite images by combining multiple shots after shifting its sensor by miniscule distances. This multi-shot, pixel-shift mode is most suitable for photography of stationary objects (landscapes, studio scenes).

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 Sony Alpha A7R III are ISO 100 to ISO 32000, with the possibility to increase the ISO range to 50-102400.

LX5 versus A7R III 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 A7R III offers substantially better image quality than the LX5 (overall score 59 points higher). The advantage is based on 6.4 bits higher color depth, 3.9 EV in additional dynamic range, and 4.7 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.

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Sensor Characteristics
    Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
1.
 
Panasonic LX5 1/1.7 10.0 3648 2736720/60p19.610.8132 41
2.
 
Sony A7R III Full Frame 42.2 7952 53044K/30p26.014.73523 100
3.
 
Canon G12 1/1.7 10.0 3648 2736720/24p20.411.2161 47
4.
 
Fujifilm X10 2/3 12.0 4000 30001080/30p20.511.3245 50
5.
 
Leica D-LUX 5 1/1.7 10.0 3648 2736720/60p...... ..
6.
 
Nikon Z7 Full Frame 45.4 8256 55044K/30p26.314.62668 99
7.
 
Olympus XZ-1 1/1.7 10.1 3664 2752720/30p18.810.4117 34
8.
 
Panasonic ZS70 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38884K/30p19.110.6106 36
9.
 
Panasonic FZ200 1/2.3 12.0 4000 30001080/60p19.110.8114 37
10.
 
Panasonic LX7 1/1.7 10.0 3648 27361080/60p20.711.7147 50
11.
 
Panasonic FZ150 1/2.3 12.0 4000 30001080/60p19.410.9132 40
12.
 
Panasonic GF3 Four Thirds 12.0 4000 30001080/60i20.610.0458 49
13.
 
Panasonic GF2 Four Thirds 12.0 4000 30001080/60i21.210.3506 54
14.
 
Sony A9 Full Frame 24.0 6000 40004K/30p24.913.33517 92
15.
 
Sony A99 II Full Frame 42.2 7952 53044K/30p25.413.42317 92
16.
 
Sony A7R II Full Frame 42.2 7952 53044K/30p26.013.93434 98
17.
 
Sony A7S II Full Frame 12.0 4240 28324K/30p23.613.32993 85

Many modern cameras cannot only take still pictures, but also record videos. Both cameras under consideration are equipped with sensors that have a sufficiently high read-out speed for moving images, but the A7R III provides a better video resolution than the LX5. It can shoot movie footage at 4K/30p, while the Panasonic is limited to 720/60p.

Feature comparison

Beyond body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. For example, the A7R III has an electronic viewfinder (3686k dots), which can be very helpful when shooting in bright sunlight. In contrast, the LX5 relies on live view and the rear LCD for framing. That said, the LX5 can be equipped with an optional viewfinder – the DMW-LVF1. The adjacent table lists some of the other core features of the Panasonic LX5 and Sony A7R III along with similar information for a selection of comparators.

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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
1.
 
Panasonic LX5optional n 3.0 460 fixed n 1/4000s 2.5 Y Y
2.
 
Sony A7R III3686 n 3.0 1440 tilting Y 1/8000s 10.0 n Y
3.
 
Canon G12optical n 2.8 461 swivel n 1/4000s 1.1 Y Y
4.
 
Fujifilm X10optical n 2.8 460 fixed n 1/4000s 10.0 Y Y
5.
 
Leica D-LUX 5optional n 3.0 460 fixed n 1/4000s 2.5 Y Y
6.
 
Nikon Z73690 Y 3.2 2100 tilting Y 1/8000s 9.0 n Y
7.
 
Olympus XZ-1optional n 3.0 614 fixed n 1/2000s 2.0 Y Y
8.
 
Panasonic ZS701166 n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
9.
 
Panasonic FZ2001312 n 3.0 460 swivel n 1/4000s 12.0 Y Y
10.
 
Panasonic LX7optional n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/4000s 11.0 Y Y
11.
 
Panasonic FZ150202 n 3.0 460 swivel n 1/2000s 12.0 Y Y
12.
 
Panasonic GF3none n 3.0 460 fixed Y 1/4000s 3.2 Y n
13.
 
Panasonic GF2optional n 3.0 460 fixed Y 1/4000s 2.6 Y n
14.
 
Sony A93686 n 3.0 1440 tilting Y 1/8000s 20.0 n Y
15.
 
Sony A99 II2400 Y 3.0 1229 full-flex n 1/8000s 12.0 n Y
16.
 
Sony A7R II2400 n 3.0 1229 tilting n 1/8000s 5.0 n Y
17.
 
Sony A7S II2400 n 3.0 1229 tilting n 1/8000s 5.0 n Y

One difference between the cameras concerns the presence of an on-board flash. The LX5 has one, while the A7R III does not. While the built-in flash of the LX5 is not very powerful, it can at times be useful as a fill-in light.

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 A7R III 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 Sony A7R III 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.

The LX5 writes its imaging data to SDXC cards, while the A7R III uses SDXC or Memory Stick PRO Duo cards. The A7R III features dual card slots, which can be very useful in case a memory card fails. In contrast, the LX5 only has one slot. The A7R III supports UHS-II cards on its first slot and UHS-I on its second one, while the LX5 cannot take advantage of Ultra High Speed SD cards.

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 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 and Sony Alpha A7R III and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

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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
1.
 
Panasonic LX5Ymonomono--mini2.0---
2.
 
Sony A7R IIIYstereomonoYYmicro3.1YYY
3.
 
Canon G12Ystereomono--mini2.0---
4.
 
Fujifilm X10Ystereomono--mini2.0---
5.
 
Leica D-LUX 5Ymonomono--mini2.0---
6.
 
Nikon Z7YstereomonoYYmicro3.1Y-Y
7.
 
Olympus XZ-1Ymono---mini2.0---
8.
 
Panasonic ZS70-stereomono--micro2.0Y--
9.
 
Panasonic FZ200YstereomonoY-mini2.0---
10.
 
Panasonic LX7Ystereomono--mini2.0---
11.
 
Panasonic FZ150Ystereo---mini2.0---
12.
 
Panasonic GF3-stereomono--mini2.0---
13.
 
Panasonic GF2Ystereomono--mini2.0---
14.
 
Sony A9YstereomonoYYmicro2.0YYY
15.
 
Sony A99 IIYstereomonoYYmicro2.0YYY
16.
 
Sony A7R IIYstereomonoYYmicro2.0YY-
17.
 
Sony A7S IIYstereomonoYYmicro2.0YY-

It is notable that the A7R III offers wifi support, which can be a very convenient means to transfer image data to an off-camera location. In contrast, the LX5 does not provide wifi capability.

Studio photographers will appreciate that the Sony A7R III (unlike the LX5) features a PC Sync socket, so that professional strobe lights can be controlled by the camera.

Both the LX5 and the A7R III have been discontinued, but can regularly be found used on eBay. The LX5 was replaced by the Panasonic LX7, while the A7R III was followed by the Sony A7R IV. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Panasonic and Sony websites.

Review summary

So how do things add up? Is there a clear favorite between the Panasonic LX5 and the Sony A7R III? Which camera is better? Below is a summary of the relative strengths of each of the two contestants.

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Advantages of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5:

  • Better moiré control: Has an anti-alias filter to avoid artificial patterns to appear in images.
  • Flexible image proportions: Has a multi-aspect sensor that allows for alternative image shapes.
  • Ready to shoot: Has a lens built-in, whereas the A7R III requires a separate lens.
  • More compact: Is smaller (110x65mm vs 127x96mm) and thus needs less room in the bag.
  • Less heavy: Is lighter even though it comes with a built-in lens (unlike the A7R III).
  • Easier fill-in: Is equipped with a small onboard flash to brighten deep shadow areas.
  • More affordable: Was introduced at a lower price, despite coming with a built-in lens.
  • More heavily discounted: Has been available for much longer (launched in July 2010).

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Arguments in favor of the Sony Alpha A7R III:

  • More detail: Has more megapixels (42.2 vs 10MP), which boosts linear resolution by 110%.
  • Maximized detail: Lacks an anti-alias filter to exploit the sensor's full resolution potential.
  • High quality composites: Can combine several shots after pixel-shifting its sensor.
  • Better image quality: Scores substantially higher (59 points) in the DXO overall evaluation.
  • Richer colors: Generates noticeably more natural colors (6.4 bits more color depth).
  • More dynamic range: Captures a broader range of light and dark details (3.9 EV of extra DR).
  • Better low-light sensitivity: Can shoot in dim conditions (4.7 stops ISO advantage).
  • Better video: Provides higher definition movie capture (4K/30p vs 720/60p).
  • Better live-view autofocus: Features on-sensor phase-detection for more confident autofocus.
  • Better sound: Can connect to an external microphone for higher quality sound recording.
  • Better sound control: Has a headphone port that enables audio monitoring while recording.
  • Easier framing: Has an electronic viewfinder for image composition and settings control.
  • More detailed LCD: Has a higher resolution rear screen (1440k vs 460k dots).
  • More flexible LCD: Has a tilting screen for odd-angle shots in landscape orientation.
  • Fewer buttons to press: Has a touchscreen to facilitate handling and shooting adjustments.
  • Faster shutter: Has higher mechanical shutter speed (1/8000s vs 1/4000s) to freeze action.
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (10 vs 2.5 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • Less disturbing: Has an electronic shutter option for completely silent shooting.
  • Easier time-lapse photography: Has an intervalometer built-in for low frequency shooting.
  • More flexible: Takes interchangeable lenses and can thus be used with specialty optics.
  • Longer lasting: Gets more shots (650 versus 400) out of a single battery charge.
  • Easier travel charging: Can be conveniently charged via its USB port.
  • Better sealing: Is splash and dust sealed for shooting in inclement weather conditions.
  • Faster data transfer: Supports a more advanced USB protocol (3.1 vs 2.0).
  • Easier file upload: Has wifi built in for automatic backup or image transfer to the web.
  • Easier device pairing: Supports NFC for fast wireless image transfer over short distances.
  • Easier wireless transfer: Supports Bluetooth for image sharing without cables.
  • Better studio light control: Has a PC Sync socket to connect to professional strobe lights.
  • Greater peace of mind: Features a second card slot as a backup in case of memory card failure.
  • Faster buffer clearing: Supports Ultra High Speed (UHS-II and UHS-I) SDXC cards.
  • More modern: Reflects 7 years and 3 months of technical progress since the LX5 launch.

If the number of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the A7R III is the clear winner of the contest (31 : 8 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 08:31 A7R III

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Panasonic LX5 and the Sony A7R III place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best Travel-Zoom Camera and Best Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera listings 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 says little about, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance of the LX5 and the A7R III in practical situations. 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

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 (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]). 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.

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Expert Camera Reviews
     Camera 
 Model 
 AP 
 score 
 CL 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Panasonic LX54/5+73/1004.5/54.5/5 Jul 2010 499 i
2.
 
Sony A7R III..+ +90/1004.5/55/5 Oct 2017 3,199 i
3.
 
Canon G124/5+73/1004.5/54.5/5 Sep 2010 499 i
4.
 
Fujifilm X10....76/1004/54.5/5 Sep 2011 599 i
5.
 
Leica D-LUX 5......4.5/54/5 Sep 2010 699 i
6.
 
Nikon Z75/5+89/1004.5/55/5 Aug 2018 3,399 i
7.
 
Olympus XZ-14/5..74/1004.5/54.5/5 Jan 2011 499 i
8.
 
Panasonic ZS70..+ +..4/54/5 Apr 2017 449 i
9.
 
Panasonic FZ2003/5+ +80/1004.5/54.5/5 Jul 2012 599 i
10.
 
Panasonic LX73/5+ +75/1004/54.5/5 Jul 2012 499 i
11.
 
Panasonic FZ1503/5+ +76/1004/54.5/5 Aug 2011 499 i
12.
 
Panasonic GF33/582/10071/1004.5/54/5 Jun 2011 549 i
13.
 
Panasonic GF23/582/10070/1004.5/54.5/5 Nov 2010 549 i
14.
 
Sony A95/5+ +89/1005/55/5 Apr 2017 4,499 i
15.
 
Sony A99 II....85/1004.5/54.5/5 Sep 2016 3,199 i
16.
 
Sony A7R II5/5+ +90/1005/55/5 Jun 2015 3,199 i
17.
 
Sony A7S II5/5+..4.5/55/5 Sep 2015 2,999 i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

The review scores listed above should be treated with care, though. The ratings are only valid when referring to cameras in the same category and of the same age. 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 Sony A7R III

    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 Sony A7R III
    Camera Type Fixed lens compact camera Mirrorless system camera
    Camera Lens 24-90mm f/2.0-3.3 Sony E mount lenses
    Launch Date July 2010 October 2017
    Launch Price USD 499 USD 3,199
    Sensor Specs Panasonic LX5 Sony A7R III
    Sensor Technology CCD BSI-CMOS
    Sensor Format 1/1.7" Sensor Full Frame Sensor
    Sensor Size 7.85 x 5.89 mm 35.9 x 24.0 mm
    Sensor Area 46.2365 mm2 861.6 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 9.8 mm 43.2 mm
    Crop Factor 4.4x 1.0x
    Sensor Resolution 10 Megapixels 42.2 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 3648 x 2736 pixels 7952 x 5304 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 2.14 μm 4.52 μm
    Pixel Density 21.59 MP/cm2 4.90 MP/cm2
    Moiré control Anti-Alias filter no AA filter
    Movie Capability 720/60p Video 4K/30p Video
    ISO Setting 80 - 3,200 ISO 100 - 32,000 ISO
    ISO Boost 80 - 12,800 ISO 50 - 102,400 ISO
    Image Processor Venus FHD BIONZ X
    DXO Sensor Quality (score) 41 100
    DXO Color Depth (bits) 19.6 26.0
    DXO Dynamic Range (EV) 10.8 14.7
    DXO Low Light (ISO) 132 3523
    Screen Specs Panasonic LX5 Sony A7R III
    Viewfinder Type Viewfinder optional Electronic viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.78x
    Viewfinder Resolution 3686k dots
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.0inch 3.0inch
    LCD Resolution 460k dots 1440k dots
    LCD Attachment Fixed screen Tilting screen
    Touch Input no Touchscreen Touchscreen
    Shooting Specs Panasonic LX5 Sony A7R III
    Focus System Contrast-detect AF On-Sensor Phase-detect
    Manual Focusing Aidno Peaking FeatureFocus Peaking
    Max Shutter Speed (mechanical) 1/4000s 1/8000s
    Continuous Shooting 2.5 shutter flaps/s 10 shutter flaps/s
    Electronic Shutterno E-ShutterYES
    Time-Lapse Photographyno IntervalometerIntervalometer built-in
    Image StabilizationLens-based stabilizationIn-body stabilization
    Fill Flash Built-in Flash no On-Board Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards MS or SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Dual card slots
    UHS card support no Single UHS-II
    Connectivity Specs Panasonic LX5 Sony A7R III
    External Flash Hotshoe Hotshoe
    Studio Flash no PC Sync PC Sync socket
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 3.1
    HDMI Port mini HDMI micro HDMI
    Microphone Port no MIC socket External MIC port
    Headphone Socket no Headphone port Headphone port
    Wifi Support no Wifi Wifi built-in
    Near-Field Communication no NFC NFC built-in
    Bluetooth Support no Bluetooth Bluetooth built-in
    Body Specs Panasonic LX5 Sony A7R III
    Environmental Sealingnot weather sealedWeathersealed body
    Battery Type DMW-BCJ13 NP-FZ100
    Battery Life (CIPA)400 shots per charge650 shots per charge
    In-Camera Charging no USB charging USB charging
    Body Dimensions 110 x 65 x 43 mm
    (4.3 x 2.6 x 1.7 in)
    127 x 96 x 74 mm
    (5.0 x 3.8 x 2.9 in)
    Camera Weight 271 g (9.6 oz) 650 g (22.9 oz)

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