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Panasonic LX10 vs Panasonic SZ5

Portability
88
Imaging
53
Features
72
Overall
60
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5 front
Portability
95
Imaging
38
Features
34
Overall
36

Panasonic LX10 vs Panasonic SZ5 Key Specs

Panasonic LX10
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 125 - 12800 (Push 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
  • Additionally referred to as Lumix DMC-LX15
  • Replaced the Panasonic LX7
Panasonic SZ5
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600 (Boost to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-250mm (F3.1-5.9) lens
  • 136g - 104 x 58 x 21mm
  • Released July 2012
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Panasonic LX10 vs Panasonic SZ5 Overview

Here is a in-depth review of the Panasonic LX10 and Panasonic SZ5, one being a Large Sensor Compact and the latter is a Small Sensor Compact and both are manufactured by Panasonic. There is a sizeable difference among the sensor resolutions of the LX10 (20MP) and SZ5 (14MP) and the LX10 (1") and SZ5 (1/2.3") feature totally different sensor size.

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The LX10 was revealed 4 years later than the SZ5 and that is a fairly large gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Both of the cameras come with different body type with the Panasonic LX10 being a Large Sensor Compact camera and the Panasonic SZ5 being a Compact camera.

Before we go in to a step-by-step comparison, below is a brief view of how the LX10 matches up against the SZ5 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic LX10 over the Panasonic SZ5

 LX10 SZ5 
ReleasedSeptember 2016July 2012Fresher by 51 months
Focus manually Very accurate focus
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution1040k230kCrisper screen (+810k dot)
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Panasonic SZ5 over the Panasonic LX10

 SZ5 LX10 

Common features in the Panasonic LX10 and Panasonic SZ5

 LX10 SZ5 
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen size
Selfie screen Neither contains selfie screen

Panasonic LX10 vs Panasonic SZ5 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is looking to carry your camera frequently, you have to think about its weight and volume. The Panasonic LX10 has got external dimensions of 106mm x 60mm x 42mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.7") accompanied by a weight of 310 grams (0.68 lbs) whilst the Panasonic SZ5 has sizing of 104mm x 58mm x 21mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 0.8") along with a weight of 136 grams (0.30 lbs).

See the Panasonic LX10 and Panasonic SZ5 in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change dependant on the lens you select during that time. Underneath is the front view scale comparison of the LX10 compared to the SZ5.

Panasonic LX10 vs Panasonic SZ5 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability score of the LX10 and SZ5 is 88 and 95 respectively.

Panasonic LX10 vs Panasonic SZ5 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic LX10 vs Panasonic SZ5 Sensor Comparison

Generally, its difficult to see the gap in sensor sizing purely by checking out a spec sheet. The photograph below may give you a clearer sense of the sensor sizes in the LX10 and SZ5.

As you can see, both cameras have got different resolutions and different sensor sizing. The LX10 with its bigger sensor will make achieving shallow DOF easier and the Panasonic LX10 will show extra detail because of its extra 6MP. Higher resolution can also allow you to crop shots much more aggressively. The fresher LX10 is going to have a benefit when it comes to sensor technology.

Panasonic LX10 vs Panasonic SZ5 sensor size comparison

Panasonic LX10 vs Panasonic SZ5 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic LX10 vs Panasonic SZ5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic LX10 as a Portrait photography camera
Panasonic SZ5 as a Portrait photography camera
65
has manual focus
decent sensor resolution (20MP)
sensor size is decent (1")
comes with face detection autofocus
saves RAW files
no external flash support
34
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
offers face detect autofocus
lack of manual focus
no manual control
cannot use external flash
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
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Street Comparison

Panasonic LX10 as a Street photography camera
Panasonic SZ5 as a Street photography camera
85
screen tilts up and down
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
sensor size is decent (1")
saves RAW files
supports touch to focus
lighter than others in class (310g)
63
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors in class (136g)
fixed screen
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Panasonic LX10
Sports photography with Panasonic SZ5
62
silent shutter (1/16,000s)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent sensor resolution (20MP)
sensor size is decent (1")
comes with tracking autofocus
bad battery (260 CIPA)
does not have phase detect autofocus
40
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
offers tracking focus
painfully slow continuous shooting (2.0 fps)
no shutter priority
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic LX10 as a Travel photography camera
Panasonic SZ5 as a Travel photography camera
75
lighter than others in class (310g)
supports touch to focus
decent sensor resolution (20MP)
has built in flash
reasonably wide (24mm)
great max aperture (f1.4)
bad battery (260 shots)
screen isn't selfie friendly
70
lighter than competitors in class (136 grams)
good megapixels (14MP)
has built in flash
relatively wide (25mm)
long zoom (250mm)
missing Time Lapse function
display isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Panasonic LX10
Landscape photography with Panasonic SZ5
70
has manual focus
reasonably wide (24mm)
great max aperture (f1.4)
screen is a decent size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent sensor resolution (20MP)
sensor size is decent (1")
saves RAW files
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
bad battery (260 CIPA)
42
relatively wide (25mm)
screen is a good size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.1)
no manual control
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
missing Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic LX10 Vlogging highlights
Panasonic SZ5 Vlogging highlights
38
reasonably wide (24mm)
great max aperture (f1.4)
touchscreen functionality
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
comes with face detection autofocus
high res video (3840 x 2160 pxls)
lighter than others in class (310 grams)
screen isn't selfie friendly
no external microphone support
32
relatively wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detect autofocus
lighter than competitors in class (136 grams)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.1)
display isn't selfie friendly
video resolution low (1280 x 720 resolution)
missing mic socket
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Panasonic LX10 vs Panasonic SZ5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic LX10 and Panasonic SZ5
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5
General Information
Make Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10 Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5
Also Known as Lumix DMC-LX15 -
Class Large Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2016-09-19 2012-07-18
Physical type Large Sensor Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 13.2 x 8.8mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 116.2mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 20MP 14MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 5472 x 3648 4320 x 3240
Highest native ISO 12800 1600
Highest boosted ISO 25600 6400
Min native ISO 125 100
RAW files
Min boosted ISO 80 -
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points 49 23
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 24-72mm (3.0x) 25-250mm (10.0x)
Max aperture f/1.4-2.8 f/3.1-5.9
Macro focus range 3cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 2.7 5.9
Screen
Display type Tilting Fixed Type
Display size 3 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 1,040k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Display technology - TFT Screen LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60 secs 8 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/1600 secs
Highest quiet shutter speed 1/16000 secs -
Continuous shooting rate 10.0fps 2.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 12.10 m (at Auto ISO) 5.60 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
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC 1280 x 720p ( 30,25 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps)
Highest video resolution 3840x2160 1280x720
Video data format MP4, H.264, AAC MPEG-4
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 310 gr (0.68 lbs) 136 gr (0.30 lbs)
Dimensions 106 x 60 x 42mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.7") 104 x 58 x 21mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 0.8")
DXO scores
DXO All around 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 shots 250 shots
Battery type Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, 10 sec (3 shots)) Yes (2 or 10 secs)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots One One
Retail cost $700 $195