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Panasonic LX5 vs Panasonic SZ7

Portability
88
Imaging
36
Features
44
Overall
39
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 front
Portability
95
Imaging
38
Features
41
Overall
39

Panasonic LX5 vs Panasonic SZ7 Key Specs

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
  • Revealed December 2011
  • Older Model is Panasonic LX3
  • Replacement is Panasonic LX7
Panasonic SZ7
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-250mm (F3.1-5.9) lens
  • 133g - 99 x 59 x 21mm
  • Introduced January 2012
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Panasonic LX5 vs Panasonic SZ7 Overview

Here, we will be looking at the Panasonic LX5 and Panasonic SZ7, both Small Sensor Compact cameras and both are offered by Panasonic. There is a big difference among the image resolutions of the LX5 (10MP) and SZ7 (14MP) and the LX5 (1/1.63") and SZ7 (1/2.3") posses totally different sensor measurements.

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The LX5 was released within a month of the SZ7 which means that they are of a similar generation. Each of the cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before getting into a thorough comparison, here is a short highlight of how the LX5 matches up against the SZ7 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic LX5 over the Panasonic SZ7

 LX5 SZ7 
Manual focus Very exact focusing

Reasons to pick Panasonic SZ7 over the Panasonic LX5

 SZ7 LX5 

Common features in the Panasonic LX5 and Panasonic SZ7

 LX5 SZ7 
IntroducedDecember 2011January 2012Same generation
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen size3"3"Same screen measurements
Screen resolution460k460kIdentical screen resolution
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither comes with Touch friendly screen

Panasonic LX5 vs Panasonic SZ7 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is planning to travel with your camera frequently, you will want to take into account its weight and measurements. The Panasonic LX5 comes with external measurements of 110mm x 65mm x 43mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.7") and a weight of 271 grams (0.60 lbs) and the Panasonic SZ7 has proportions of 99mm x 59mm x 21mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.8") and a weight of 133 grams (0.29 lbs).

Check out the Panasonic LX5 and Panasonic SZ7 in the latest Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you have chosen during that time. Here is a front view size comparison of the LX5 compared to the SZ7.

Panasonic LX5 vs Panasonic SZ7 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability rating of the LX5 and SZ7 is 88 and 95 respectively.

Panasonic LX5 vs Panasonic SZ7 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic LX5 vs Panasonic SZ7 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it's tough to visualise the contrast in sensor dimensions merely by looking through a spec sheet. The picture below will help provide you a better sense of the sensor sizing in the LX5 and SZ7.

Clearly, both the cameras feature different resolutions and different sensor dimensions. The LX5 due to its bigger sensor will make achieving shallower DOF less difficult and the Panasonic SZ7 will result in extra detail as a result of its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also enable you to crop shots way more aggressively.

Panasonic LX5 vs Panasonic SZ7 sensor size comparison

Panasonic LX5 vs Panasonic SZ7 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic LX5 vs Panasonic SZ7 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic LX5 as a Portrait photography camera
Panasonic SZ7 as a Portrait photography camera
41
focusing manually
exports RAW files
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/1.63")
34
MP count good (14 megapixels)
features face detection autofocus
lack of manual focus
manual mode not available
external flash not possible
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Panasonic LX5 Street photography details
Panasonic SZ7 Street photography details
59
image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW files
no moving screen
sensor size is small (1/1.63")
more heavy than others in class (271 grams)
63
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (133 grams)
no articulating screen
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic LX5 Sports photography details
Panasonic SZ7 Sports photography details
28
image stabilization (Optical)
very slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames/s)
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/1.63")
does not have phase detect autofocus
44
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (14MP)
features tracking autofocus
no shutter priority mode
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic LX5 as a Travel photography camera
Panasonic SZ7 as a Travel photography camera
59
built-in flash
fairly wide (24mm)
good maximum aperture (f2.0)
lack of Timelapse function
more heavy than others in class (271 grams)
megapixel count low (10MP)
display isn't selfie friendly
70
lighter than competition in class (133g)
MP count good (14 megapixels)
has built in flash
fairly wide (25mm)
long reach (250mm)
doesn't have Timelapse function
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
slow max aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic LX5 Landscape photography info
Panasonic SZ7 Landscape photography info
53
focusing manually
fairly wide (24mm)
good maximum aperture (f2.0)
screen is a good size (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW files
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/1.63")
lack of Timelapse function
42
fairly wide (25mm)
nice screen size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (14MP)
lack of manual focus
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.1)
manual mode not available
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
doesn't have Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic LX5 Vlogging details
Panasonic SZ7 Vlogging details
29
fairly wide (24mm)
good maximum aperture (f2.0)
image stabilization (Optical)
display isn't selfie friendly
low quality video (1280 x 720 pixels)
lack of external microphone jack
more heavy than others in class (271g)
35
fairly wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
features face detection autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competition in class (133 grams)
slow max aperture (f3.1)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
doesn't have external microphone support
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Panasonic LX5 vs Panasonic SZ7 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic LX5 and Panasonic SZ7
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7
General Information
Brand Panasonic Panasonic
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Revealed 2011-12-15 2012-01-09
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Venus Engine FHD -
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/1.63" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 8.07 x 5.56mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 44.9mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixel 14 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 3648 x 2736 4320 x 3240
Highest native ISO 12800 6400
Lowest native ISO 80 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points 23 23
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 24-90mm (3.8x) 25-250mm (10.0x)
Max aperture f/2.0-3.3 f/3.1-5.9
Macro focusing range 1cm 4cm
Focal length multiplier 4.5 5.9
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 460 thousand dots 460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Display tech - TFT Color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic (optional) None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60 seconds 8 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/1600 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 3.0 frames per sec 10.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 7.20 m 5.60 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 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) 1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video data format AVCHD Lite MPEG-4, AVCHD
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
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 271 gr (0.60 lb) 133 gr (0.29 lb)
Physical dimensions 110 x 65 x 43mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.7") 99 x 59 x 21mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.8")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 41 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 19.6 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 10.8 not tested
DXO Low light rating 132 not tested
Other
Battery life - 220 pictures
Type of battery - Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots 1 1
Retail price $294 $199