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Canon SX270 HS vs Panasonic LX5

Portability
91
Imaging
36
Features
43
Overall
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Canon PowerShot SX270 HS front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 front
Portability
88
Imaging
35
Features
44
Overall
38

Canon SX270 HS vs Panasonic LX5 Key Specs

Canon SX270 HS
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-500mm (F3.5-6.8) lens
  • 233g - 106 x 63 x 33mm
  • Released March 2013
  • Succeeded the Canon SX260 HS
  • Successor is Canon SX280 HS
Panasonic LX5
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/1.63" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-90mm (F2.0-3.3) lens
  • 271g - 110 x 65 x 43mm
  • Introduced December 2011
  • Superseded the Panasonic LX3
  • Replacement is Panasonic LX7
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Canon SX270 HS vs Panasonic LX5 Overview

The following is a in depth comparison of the Canon SX270 HS and Panasonic LX5, former is a Small Sensor Superzoom while the other is a Small Sensor Compact by rivals Canon and Panasonic. The image resolution of the SX270 HS (12MP) and the LX5 (10MP) is very comparable but the SX270 HS (1/2.3") and LX5 (1/1.63") provide totally different sensor sizes.

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The SX270 HS was announced 16 months after the LX5 making them a generation away from one another. Each of these cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before getting straight to a in-depth comparison, here is a brief summation of how the SX270 HS matches up versus the LX5 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Canon SX270 HS over the Panasonic LX5

 SX270 HS LX5 
IntroducedMarch 2013December 2011Newer by 16 months
Display resolution461k460kClearer display (+1k dot)

Reasons to pick Panasonic LX5 over the Canon SX270 HS

 LX5 SX270 HS 

Common features in the Canon SX270 HS and Panasonic LX5

 SX270 HS LX5 
Focus manually Very exact focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display dimensions
Selfie screen Neither contains selfie screen
Touch friendly display Neither contains Touch friendly display

Canon SX270 HS vs Panasonic LX5 Physical Comparison

If you're planning to travel with your camera, you have to think about its weight and volume. The Canon SX270 HS has got external dimensions of 106mm x 63mm x 33mm (4.2" x 2.5" x 1.3") along with a weight of 233 grams (0.51 lbs) whilst the Panasonic LX5 has sizing of 110mm x 65mm x 43mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.7") along with a weight of 271 grams (0.60 lbs).

See the Canon SX270 HS and Panasonic LX5 in our brand new Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you are employing during that time. Below is a front view measurements comparison of the SX270 HS vs the LX5.

Canon SX270 HS vs Panasonic LX5 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability score of the SX270 HS and LX5 is 91 and 88 respectively.

Canon SX270 HS vs Panasonic LX5 top view buttons comparison

Canon SX270 HS vs Panasonic LX5 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it's difficult to see the contrast in sensor dimensions just by seeing specs. The picture underneath will offer you a much better sense of the sensor sizes in the SX270 HS and LX5.

All in all, the two cameras provide different megapixel count and different sensor dimensions. The SX270 HS with its smaller sensor will make achieving shallower DOF tougher and the Canon SX270 HS will show extra detail with its extra 2MP. Greater resolution will also allow you to crop photos more aggressively. The newer SX270 HS will have an edge with regard to sensor tech.

Canon SX270 HS vs Panasonic LX5 sensor size comparison

Canon SX270 HS vs Panasonic LX5 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon SX270 HS vs Panasonic LX5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon SX270 HS Portrait photography details
Panasonic LX5 Portrait photography details
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has manual focus
includes face detect focusing
external flash not possible
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
41
you can focus manually
exports RAW files
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/1.63")
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Street Comparison

Canon SX270 HS Street photography details
Panasonic LX5 Street photography details
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image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than others in class (233 grams)
screen is fixed
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
59
image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW files
screen is fixed
sensor is tiny (1/1.63")
more heavy than average (271 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Canon SX270 HS
Sports photography with Panasonic LX5
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long zoom range (25-500mm 20.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
includes tracking focus
max frames per second low (4.0 fps)
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
bad battery pack (210 per charge)
lacks phase detect AF
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image stabilization (Optical)
painfully slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames per second)
megapixel count low (10MP)
sensor is tiny (1/1.63")
does not have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Canon SX270 HS as a Travel photography camera
Panasonic LX5 as a Travel photography camera
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lighter than others in class (233g)
flash built-in
rather wide (25mm)
great reach (500mm)
no Timelapse recording
bad battery pack (210 per charge)
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
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flash built-in
quite wide (24mm)
great max aperture (f2.0)
does not have Timelapse mode
more heavy than average (271 grams)
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Canon SX270 HS
Landscape photography with Panasonic LX5
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has manual focus
rather wide (25mm)
screen is a decent size (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
bad battery pack (210 shots)
no Timelapse recording
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you can focus manually
quite wide (24mm)
great max aperture (f2.0)
screen size is good (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW files
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
megapixel count low (10MP)
sensor is tiny (1/1.63")
does not have Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon SX270 HS as a Vlogging camera
Panasonic LX5 as a Vlogging camera
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rather wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detect focusing
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than others in class (233g)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
no microphone port
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quite wide (24mm)
great max aperture (f2.0)
image stabilization (Optical)
display isn't selfie friendly
low quality video (1280 x 720 pxls)
does not have microphone support
more heavy than average (271g)
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Canon SX270 HS vs Panasonic LX5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon SX270 HS and Panasonic LX5
 Canon PowerShot SX270 HSPanasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
General Information
Brand Canon Panasonic
Model Canon PowerShot SX270 HS Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Compact
Released 2013-03-21 2011-12-15
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Digic 6 Venus Engine FHD
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/1.63"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 8.07 x 5.56mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 44.9mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 10MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4000 x 3000 3648 x 2736
Highest native ISO 6400 12800
Lowest native ISO 100 80
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points - 23
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-500mm (20.0x) 24-90mm (3.8x)
Highest aperture f/3.5-6.8 f/2.0-3.3
Macro focus range 5cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.8 4.5
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3" 3"
Resolution of display 461k dots 460k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic (optional)
Features
Lowest shutter speed 15 secs 60 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/3200 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting rate 4.0fps 3.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 3.50 m 7.20 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30, 120 fps), 320 x 240 (240 fps) 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 AVCHD Lite
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 233 gr (0.51 lbs) 271 gr (0.60 lbs)
Physical dimensions 106 x 63 x 33mm (4.2" x 2.5" x 1.3") 110 x 65 x 43mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.7")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested 41
DXO Color Depth score not tested 19.6
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 10.8
DXO Low light score not tested 132
Other
Battery life 210 pictures -
Battery style Battery Pack -
Battery model NB-6L -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots 1 1
Retail pricing $284 $294