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Panasonic LX100 vs Panasonic SZ10

Portability
83
Imaging
51
Features
73
Overall
59
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10 front
Portability
93
Imaging
41
Features
34
Overall
38

Panasonic LX100 vs Panasonic SZ10 Key Specs

Panasonic LX100
(Full Review)
  • 13MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-75mm (F1.7-2.8) lens
  • 393g - 115 x 66 x 55mm
  • Revealed September 2014
  • Renewed by Panasonic LX100 II
Panasonic SZ10
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600 (Boost to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-288mm (F3.1-6.3) lens
  • 177g - 99 x 60 x 30mm
  • Introduced January 2015
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Panasonic LX100 vs Panasonic SZ10 Overview

Below, we are analyzing the Panasonic LX100 versus Panasonic SZ10, former being a Large Sensor Compact while the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom and both of them are manufactured by Panasonic. The sensor resolution of the LX100 (13MP) and the SZ10 (16MP) is very well matched but the LX100 (Four Thirds) and SZ10 (1/2.3") feature different sensor sizes.

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The LX100 was manufactured 3 months before the SZ10 which means that they are both of a similar age. Both of these cameras come with different body type with the Panasonic LX100 being a Large Sensor Compact camera and the Panasonic SZ10 being a Compact camera.

Before delving straight into a in-depth comparison, below is a concise introduction of how the LX100 scores versus the SZ10 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic LX100 over the Panasonic SZ10

 LX100 SZ10 
Manually focus More precise focusing
Display resolution921k460kSharper display (+461k dot)

Reasons to pick Panasonic SZ10 over the Panasonic LX100

 SZ10 LX100 
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display

Common features in the Panasonic LX100 and Panasonic SZ10

 LX100 SZ10 
IntroducedSeptember 2014January 2015Similar age
Display dimension3"3"Identical display dimensions
Selfie screen No selfie screen
Touch display No Touch display

Panasonic LX100 vs Panasonic SZ10 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is planning to lug around your camera, you will have to factor its weight and volume. The Panasonic LX100 comes with exterior dimensions of 115mm x 66mm x 55mm (4.5" x 2.6" x 2.2") and a weight of 393 grams (0.87 lbs) and the Panasonic SZ10 has sizing of 99mm x 60mm x 30mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 1.2") and a weight of 177 grams (0.39 lbs).

Analyze the Panasonic LX100 versus Panasonic SZ10 in our completely new Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you have attached at the time. Underneath is the front view size comparison of the LX100 against the SZ10.

Panasonic LX100 vs Panasonic SZ10 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability score of the LX100 and SZ10 is 83 and 93 respectively.

Panasonic LX100 vs Panasonic SZ10 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic LX100 vs Panasonic SZ10 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it can be tough to picture the difference between sensor measurements purely by reading through specifications. The photograph here will give you a far better sense of the sensor sizes in the LX100 and SZ10.

Plainly, each of these cameras posses different resolutions and different sensor measurements. The LX100 due to its larger sensor is going to make shooting bokeh easier and the Panasonic SZ10 will give extra detail due to its extra 3 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also help you crop images somewhat more aggressively.

Panasonic LX100 vs Panasonic SZ10 sensor size comparison

Panasonic LX100 vs Panasonic SZ10 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic LX100 vs Panasonic SZ10 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic LX100 as a Portrait photography camera
Panasonic SZ10 as a Portrait photography camera
70
has manual focus
good MP (13MP)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
has face detection autofocus
supports RAW files
36
resolution is good (16MP)
supports face detect focusing
no manual focus
manual mode not available
cannot use external flash
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Panasonic LX100
Street photography with Panasonic SZ10
76
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
features touch focus
good ISO range (25,600)
screen does not articulate
70
screen tilts
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (177g)
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic LX100 Sports photography highlights
Panasonic SZ10 Sports photography highlights
67
quiet shooting (1/16,000s)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (13MP)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
has tracking autofocus
lack of phase detect autofocus
34
built in image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
very slow continuous shooting (1.4 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
small sensor (1/2.3")
bad battery life (200 CIPA)
has no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic LX100 Travel photography factors
Panasonic SZ10 Travel photography factors
75
features touch focus
good MP (13MP)
relatively wide (24mm)
good max aperture (f1.7)
does not have selfie friendly display
67
lighter than competition (177 grams)
resolution is good (16MP)
built-in flash
relatively wide (24mm)
great reach (288mm)
does not have Time Lapse recording
bad battery life (200 CIPA)
does not have a selfie friendly display
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic LX100 Landscape photography factors
Panasonic SZ10 Landscape photography factors
73
has manual focus
relatively wide (24mm)
good max aperture (f1.7)
nice screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (13 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
good ISO range (25,600)
supports RAW files
cannot change lens (fixed lens mount)
42
relatively wide (24mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
no manual focus
can't switch lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)
manual mode not available
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
bad battery life (200 shots)
does not have Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic LX100 as a Vlogging camera
Panasonic SZ10 as a Vlogging camera
35
relatively wide (24mm)
good max aperture (f1.7)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection autofocus
high res video (3840 x 2160 pxls)
does not have selfie friendly display
doesn't have external microphone jack
32
relatively wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect focusing
lighter than competition (177g)
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)
does not have a selfie friendly display
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pxls)
does not have mic socket
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Panasonic LX100 vs Panasonic SZ10 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic LX100 and Panasonic SZ10
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10
General Information
Brand Name Panasonic Panasonic
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10
Class Large Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2014-09-15 2015-01-06
Physical type Large Sensor Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Venus Engine -
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 17.3 x 13mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 224.9mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 13 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4112 x 3088 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 25600 1600
Highest enhanced ISO - 6400
Lowest native ISO 200 100
RAW format
Lowest enhanced ISO 100 -
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points 49 9
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 24-75mm (3.1x) 24-288mm (12.0x)
Highest aperture f/1.7-2.8 f/3.1-6.3
Macro focusing range 3cm -
Crop factor 2.1 5.9
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Tilting
Display size 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 921k dots 460k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 2,764k dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.7x -
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60s 8s
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/2000s
Fastest quiet shutter speed 1/16000s -
Continuous shutter rate 11.0fps 1.4fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 7.00 m (with included external flash at ISO 100) 5.20 m
Flash modes Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, on, on w/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reduction, off Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, on, slow sync w/redeye, off
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 3840 x 2160 (30p, 24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p), 320 x 240 (30p)
Highest video resolution 3840x2160 1280x720
Video file format MPEG-4, AVCHD Motion JPEG
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
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 393g (0.87 lb) 177g (0.39 lb)
Dimensions 115 x 66 x 55mm (4.5" x 2.6" x 2.2") 99 x 60 x 30mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 1.2")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 67 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 22.3 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 12.5 not tested
DXO Low light rating 553 not tested
Other
Battery life 300 photographs 200 photographs
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I) SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Pricing at release $800 $200