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Panasonic LS5 vs Panasonic LX7

Portability
94
Imaging
37
Features
25
Overall
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS5 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 front
Portability
86
Imaging
35
Features
61
Overall
45

Panasonic LS5 vs Panasonic LX7 Key Specs

Panasonic LS5
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 26-130mm (F2.8-6.5) lens
  • 126g - 97 x 62 x 27mm
  • Announced July 2011
Panasonic LX7
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 6400 (Push to 12800)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-90mm (F1.4-2.3) lens
  • 298g - 111 x 68 x 46mm
  • Introduced October 2012
  • Old Model is Panasonic LX5
  • Refreshed by Panasonic LX10
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Panasonic LS5 vs Panasonic LX7 Overview

In this article, we are comparing the Panasonic LS5 and Panasonic LX7, both Small Sensor Compact cameras and both of them are offered by Panasonic. There is a large difference among the image resolutions of the LS5 (14MP) and LX7 (10MP) and the LS5 (1/2.3") and LX7 (1/1.7") come with different sensor size.

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The LS5 was brought out 15 months before the LX7 making the cameras a generation away from each other. Both of the cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before diving through a complete comparison, below is a simple summary of how the LS5 matches up versus the LX7 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic LS5 over the Panasonic LX7

 LS5 LX7 

Reasons to pick Panasonic LX7 over the Panasonic LS5

 LX7 LS5 
IntroducedOctober 2012July 2011More modern by 15 months
Manual focus Dial accurate focusing
Display sizing3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution920k230kClearer display (+690k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic LS5 and Panasonic LX7

 LS5 LX7 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen
Touch display Neither features Touch display

Panasonic LS5 vs Panasonic LX7 Physical Comparison

If you're aiming to carry around your camera often, you have to consider its weight and measurements. The Panasonic LS5 enjoys outside measurements of 97mm x 62mm x 27mm (3.8" x 2.4" x 1.1") accompanied by a weight of 126 grams (0.28 lbs) while the Panasonic LX7 has proportions of 111mm x 68mm x 46mm (4.4" x 2.7" x 1.8") accompanied by a weight of 298 grams (0.66 lbs).

Compare the Panasonic LS5 and Panasonic LX7 in our completely new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you are using during that time. The following is the front view dimension comparison of the LS5 vs the LX7.

Panasonic LS5 vs Panasonic LX7 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability rating of the LS5 and LX7 is 94 and 86 respectively.

Panasonic LS5 vs Panasonic LX7 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic LS5 vs Panasonic LX7 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it is very tough to imagine the difference in sensor sizes merely by viewing specifications. The pic below might provide you a much better sense of the sensor sizing in the LS5 and LX7.

Plainly, both the cameras offer different megapixels and different sensor sizes. The LS5 featuring a smaller sensor is going to make shooting shallower depth of field more challenging and the Panasonic LS5 will provide you with extra detail having its extra 4MP. Greater resolution will enable you to crop pics a little more aggressively. The more aged LS5 will be disadvantaged in sensor innovation.

Panasonic LS5 vs Panasonic LX7 sensor size comparison

Panasonic LS5 vs Panasonic LX7 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic LS5 vs Panasonic LX7 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Panasonic LS5
Portrait photography with Panasonic LX7
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decent sensor resolution (14 megapixels)
offers face detect focusing
focusing manually not possible
lack of manual mode
cannot use external flash
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
45
you can focus manually
offers face detect autofocus
supports RAW files
sensor resolution not great (10 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/1.7")
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Street Comparison

Panasonic LS5 Street photography features
Panasonic LX7 Street photography features
62
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors (126 grams)
no moving screen
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
58
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW files
screen does not articulate
sensor is tiny (1/1.7")
more heavy than competition (298g)
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic LS5 Sports photography advice
Panasonic LX7 Sports photography advice
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built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
slow frames per second (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
bad battery pack (160 shots)
has no phase detect AF
42
built in image stabilization (Optical)
offers tracking focus
great battery pack (330 per charge)
sensor resolution not great (10 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/1.7")
does not have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic LS5 Travel photography features
Panasonic LX7 Travel photography features
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lighter than competitors (126 grams)
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
has built in flash
pretty wide (26mm)
doesn't have Timelapse mode
bad battery pack (160 per charge)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
64
great battery pack (330 per charge)
has built in flash
pretty wide (24mm)
fast max aperture (f1.4)
more heavy than competition (298g)
sensor resolution not great (10MP)
screen isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic LS5 Landscape photography info
Panasonic LX7 Landscape photography info
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pretty wide (26mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (14 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
can't switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
screen is small (2.7 inches)
lack of manual mode
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
bad battery pack (160 shots)
doesn't have Timelapse mode
57
you can focus manually
pretty wide (24mm)
fast max aperture (f1.4)
screen size is good (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW files
great battery pack (330 per charge)
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
sensor resolution not great (10 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/1.7")
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic LS5 Vlogging info
Panasonic LX7 Vlogging info
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pretty wide (26mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detect focusing
lighter than competitors (126 grams)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
low quality video (1280 x 720 pixels)
doesn't have microphone jack
33
pretty wide (24mm)
fast max aperture (f1.4)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detect autofocus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
screen isn't selfie friendly
doesn't have microphone socket
more heavy than competition (298 grams)
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Panasonic LS5 vs Panasonic LX7 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic LS5 and Panasonic LX7
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS5Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7
General Information
Brand Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS5 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7
Category Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2011-07-21 2012-10-15
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor - Venus Engine
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/1.7"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 7.44 x 5.58mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 41.5mm²
Sensor resolution 14MP 10MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4320 x 3240 3648 x 2736
Maximum native ISO 6400 6400
Maximum enhanced ISO - 12800
Minimum native ISO 100 80
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points 9 23
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 26-130mm (5.0x) 24-90mm (3.8x)
Highest aperture f/2.8-6.5 f/1.4-2.3
Macro focus range - 1cm
Crop factor 5.9 4.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 2.7 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 230 thousand dots 920 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen tech TFT Color LCD TFT Color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic (optional)
Features
Min shutter speed 8s 60s
Max shutter speed 1/2000s 1/4000s
Continuous shutter rate 1.0 frames/s 11.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 4.60 m 8.50 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 1280 x 720p (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone port
Headphone port
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 126 grams (0.28 lb) 298 grams (0.66 lb)
Dimensions 97 x 62 x 27mm (3.8" x 2.4" x 1.1") 111 x 68 x 46mm (4.4" x 2.7" x 1.8")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested 50
DXO Color Depth score not tested 20.7
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 11.7
DXO Low light score not tested 147
Other
Battery life 160 photos 330 photos
Battery type AA Battery Pack
Battery model 2 x AA -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 images))
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots One One
Cost at release $294 $400