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Panasonic LX10 vs Panasonic LZ20

Portability
88
Imaging
54
Features
72
Overall
61
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20 front
Portability
71
Imaging
40
Features
34
Overall
37

Panasonic LX10 vs Panasonic LZ20 Key Specs

Panasonic LX10
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 125 - 12800 (Bump to 25600)
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-72mm (F1.4-2.8) lens
  • 310g - 106 x 60 x 42mm
  • Announced September 2016
  • Also referred to as Lumix DMC-LX15
  • Old Model is Panasonic LX7
Panasonic LZ20
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600 (Push to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-525mm (F3.1-5.8) lens
  • 499g - 120 x 76 x 80mm
  • Revealed July 2012
  • Refreshed by Panasonic LZ30
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Panasonic LX10 vs Panasonic LZ20 Overview

Let's examine more in depth at the Panasonic LX10 versus Panasonic LZ20, former is a Large Sensor Compact while the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom and they are both sold by Panasonic. There is a large difference among the sensor resolutions of the LX10 (20MP) and LZ20 (16MP) and the LX10 (1") and LZ20 (1/2.3") enjoy totally different sensor sizing.

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The LX10 was announced 4 years after the LZ20 which is a fairly serious difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Both the cameras offer different body type with the Panasonic LX10 being a Large Sensor Compact camera and the Panasonic LZ20 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera.

Before going straight into a thorough comparison, below is a quick summation of how the LX10 scores against the LZ20 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic LX10 over the Panasonic LZ20

 LX10 LZ20 
RevealedSeptember 2016July 2012Newer by 51 months
Manual focus Dial accurate focus
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display resolution1040k460kCrisper display (+580k dot)
Touch display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Panasonic LZ20 over the Panasonic LX10

 LZ20 LX10 

Common features in the Panasonic LX10 and Panasonic LZ20

 LX10 LZ20 
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display measurement
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen

Panasonic LX10 vs Panasonic LZ20 Physical Comparison

If you are looking to travel with your camera regularly, you will need to consider its weight and size. The Panasonic LX10 comes with exterior measurements of 106mm x 60mm x 42mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.7") and a weight of 310 grams (0.68 lbs) and the Panasonic LZ20 has specifications of 120mm x 76mm x 80mm (4.7" x 3.0" x 3.1") and a weight of 499 grams (1.10 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you have attached at that moment. Here is the front view size comparison of the LX10 and the LZ20.

Panasonic LX10 vs Panasonic LZ20 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability score of the LX10 and LZ20 is 88 and 71 respectively.

Panasonic LX10 vs Panasonic LZ20 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic LX10 vs Panasonic LZ20 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it is very tough to visualise the gap in sensor dimensions merely by checking out technical specs. The image below might offer you a much better sense of the sensor measurements in the LX10 and LZ20.

As you can tell, both of the cameras offer different megapixels and different sensor dimensions. The LX10 with its larger sensor will make shooting shallow depth of field easier and the Panasonic LX10 will show extra detail with its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will make it easier to crop photos a little more aggressively. The more modern LX10 will have an advantage with regard to sensor technology.

Panasonic LX10 vs Panasonic LZ20 sensor size comparison

Panasonic LX10 vs Panasonic LZ20 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic LX10 vs Panasonic LZ20 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic LX10 as a Portrait photography camera
Panasonic LZ20 as a Portrait photography camera
65
manual focus
good MP (20 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (1")
has face detection autofocus
supports RAW files
external flash not possible
37
decent MP (16 megapixels)
offers face detect autofocus
focusing manually not possible
cannot use external flash
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Panasonic LX10
Street photography with Panasonic LZ20
85
screen tilts
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
sensor size is decent (1")
supports RAW files
features focus via touch
lighter than average in class (310 grams)
45
image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
more heavy than competition (499 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic LX10 as a Sports photography camera
Panasonic LZ20 as a Sports photography camera
62
quiet shooting (1/16,000s)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good MP (20MP)
sensor size is decent (1")
has tracking autofocus
bad battery pack (260 per charge)
lacks phase detect autofocus
47
amazing zoom range (25-525mm 21.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
offers tracking focus
better than average battery pack (380 shots)
slow fps (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic LX10
Travel photography with Panasonic LZ20
76
lighter than average in class (310 grams)
features focus via touch
good MP (20MP)
has built in flash
decently wide (24mm)
fast max aperture (f1.4)
bad battery pack (260 CIPA)
display isn't selfie friendly
58
better than average battery pack (380 CIPA)
decent MP (16MP)
flash built-in
really wide (25mm)
very long zoom (525mm)
missing Timelapse recording
more heavy than competition (499 grams)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic LX10 as a Landscape photography camera
Panasonic LZ20 as a Landscape photography camera
70
manual focus
decently wide (24mm)
fast max aperture (f1.4)
screen size is good (3")
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good MP (20MP)
sensor size is decent (1")
supports RAW files
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
bad battery pack (260 per charge)
45
really wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16MP)
better than average battery pack (380 per charge)
focusing manually not possible
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
missing Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic LX10 Vlogging info
Panasonic LZ20 Vlogging info
38
decently wide (24mm)
fast max aperture (f1.4)
touch screen
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
has face detection autofocus
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 resolution)
lighter than average in class (310 grams)
display isn't selfie friendly
does not have external mic socket
25
really wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detect autofocus
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pxls)
missing microphone port
more heavy than competition (499g)
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Panasonic LX10 vs Panasonic LZ20 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic LX10 and Panasonic LZ20
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20
Also referred to as Lumix DMC-LX15 -
Class Large Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced 2016-09-19 2012-07-18
Body design Large Sensor Compact SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 13.2 x 8.8mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 116.2mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 5472 x 3648 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 12800 1600
Maximum enhanced ISO 25600 6400
Lowest native ISO 125 100
RAW format
Lowest enhanced ISO 80 -
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points 49 9
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 24-72mm (3.0x) 25-525mm (21.0x)
Largest aperture f/1.4-2.8 f/3.1-5.8
Macro focus distance 3cm 2cm
Crop factor 2.7 5.9
Screen
Screen type Tilting Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3" 3"
Resolution of screen 1,040k dot 460k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Screen tech - TFT Screen LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Min shutter speed 60 seconds 15 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Max silent shutter speed 1/16000 seconds -
Continuous shutter speed 10.0 frames per second 1.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 12.10 m (at Auto ISO) 6.80 m
Flash modes Auto, Auto w/ red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On w/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync w/Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC 1280 x 720p ( 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 3840x2160 1280x720
Video file format MP4, H.264, AAC Motion JPEG
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 310 grams (0.68 pounds) 499 grams (1.10 pounds)
Dimensions 106 x 60 x 42mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.7") 120 x 76 x 80mm (4.7" x 3.0" x 3.1")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 20 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 22.8 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 12.5 not tested
DXO Low light score 581 not tested
Other
Battery life 260 images 380 images
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, 10 sec (3 shots)) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots 1 1
Cost at release $700 $250