• 1/1.63 inch 46.2mm2
  • 10.1 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 60.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 100.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Panasonic DMC-LX3 advantages over Sony RX100

  • Thinner
    27 mm vs 35 mm
    Thinner
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Wider angle lens
    24 mm vs 28 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

Sony RX100 advantages over Panasonic DMC-LX3

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    1 inch vs 1/1.63 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 2.41 vs 1.98 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • More telephoto lens reach
    100 mm vs 60 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Better color depth
    22.6 vs 19.6 bits
    Capture richer, more accurate colors
  • Higher effective ISO
    390 vs 94 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    12.4 vs 10.8 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Newer
    5 years vs 9 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • More dots on screen
    1229k vs 460k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Less shutter lag
    0.15 vs 0.77 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More pixels
    20.2 vs 10.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.0 fps vs 1.9 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    13 vs 4 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Excellent high-ISO performance for such a compact model; Smart controls; Small body; Bright lens; 10fps full-res burst mode; Very fast shutter response; Excellent LCD.

  • Lens flare at night; Poor rendering of yellows; Slow flash recycling; Soft corners wide open; Continuous AF mode slow to lock.

The Competition

Compared to Sony RX100 II

Panasonic DMC-LX3
Sony RX100 II
  • $450
  • 1/1.63 inch
  • Thinner
  • Wider angle lens
  • $629
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Sony RX100
Sony RX100 II
  • $448
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Faster RAW shooting
  • $629
  • 1 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi

Compared to Sony RX100 III

Panasonic DMC-LX3
Sony RX100 III
  • $450
  • 1/1.63 inch
  • Thinner
  • Hot shoe
  • $698
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Sony RX100
Sony RX100 III
  • $448
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $698
  • 1 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Canon S90

Panasonic DMC-LX3
Canon S90
  • $450
  • 1/1.63 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Manual focus
  • $430
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
Sony RX100
Canon S90
  • $448
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $430
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Fast startup
  • Lighter weight

Compared to Panasonic LX5

Panasonic DMC-LX3
Panasonic LX5
  • $450
  • 1/1.63 inch
  • Thinner
  • Shoots 24p video
  • $550
  • 1/1.63 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Higher effective ISO
Sony RX100
Panasonic LX5
  • $448
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $550
  • 1/1.63 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Hot shoe

Compared to Canon S95

Panasonic DMC-LX3
Canon S95
  • $450
  • 1/1.63 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Manual focus
  • $428
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
Sony RX100
Canon S95
  • $448
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $428
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Shoots 24p video
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
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