• APS-C 337.5mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 16,000
  • 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 20.1 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 72.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon 7D Mark II advantages over Panasonic LX10

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 1 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.11 vs 2.41 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Fast startup
    ~0.50 vs 3.2 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 670 vs 260 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    26 vs 14 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Panasonic LX10 advantages over Canon 7D Mark II

  • Less expensive
    $548* vs $1799
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Thinner
    42 mm vs 78 mm
    Thinner
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/4000 vs 1/250 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Newer
    2 years vs 4 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Less shutter lag
    0.12 vs 0.25 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/8000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • 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.
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter

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Review Excerpt

  • Excellent image quality; High ISO performance improved over predecessor; Excellent burst speeds (up to 10fps); Significantly improved buffer depths; 65-pt AF system; Dual Pixel CMOS AF; Can focus down to f/8 (great for teleconverters); 1080/60p video; Headphone and mic jacks; Rugged build quality.

  • Autofocus speed (AF shutter lag) slower than 7D and 70D; Mediocre battery life for a pro DSLR; Dynamic range at low to moderate ISOs not as good as competitors; Phase-detect AF did not perform as well as expected in our low-light AF tests; No built-in Wi-Fi; No autofocus for 1080/60p video.

  • Very good image quality for its class; Compact, sleek camera body; Excellent touchscreen and user interface; Fast built-in lens; 4K UHD recording and 4K Photo.

  • Continuous autofocus performance is spotty; Shallow RAW buffer depth; No built-in electronic viewfinder; No hot shoe; Slow start-up time.

The Competition

Compared to Canon 7D

Canon 7D Mark II
Canon 7D
  • $1216
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Built-in GPS
  • $1399
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Less shutter lag
Panasonic LX10
Canon 7D
  • $548
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
  • $1399
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Canon 6D

Canon 7D Mark II
Canon 6D
  • $1216
  • APS-C
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $999
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Panasonic LX10
Canon 6D
  • $548
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
  • $999
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Samsung EX2F

Canon 7D Mark II
Samsung EX2F
  • $1216
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $479
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • In-camera panoramas
Panasonic LX10
Samsung EX2F
  • $548
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $479
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Fast startup

Compared to Leica D-LUX 6

Canon 7D Mark II
Leica D-LUX 6
  • $1216
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $699
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Panasonic LX10
Leica D-LUX 6
  • $548
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $699
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Canon 70D

Canon 7D Mark II
Canon 70D
  • $1216
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $912
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Panasonic LX10
Canon 70D
  • $548
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
  • $912
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Larger sensor
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