• APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 18.0 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • 1/1.7 inch 43.3mm2
  • 10.1 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 90.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon T3i advantages over Panasonic LX7

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 1/1.7 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
    ~ 4.30 vs 1.92 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Fast startup
    ~1.50 vs 3.7 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Higher effective ISO
    793 vs 147 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 440 vs 330 shots
    Capture more photos
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • More pixels
    18.0 vs 10.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Panasonic LX7 advantages over Canon T3i

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Integrated ND filter
    Yes vs No
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Thinner
    45 mm vs 79 mm
    Thinner
  • Longer exposure
    250 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    11.1 fps vs 3.6 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    11.1 fps vs 3.6 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    12 vs 5 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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 an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • 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
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Excellent image quality; Good grip; Full HD video recording; Swiveling LCD; Very fast autofocus; HDMI output.

  • Slow frame rate for sports shooting; Tendency to overexpose in bright sunlight; Live View AF is slow; No microfocus adjustment.

  • Fast lens; Sharp lens; Rock-solid image stabilization; Fast autofocus and shutter lag; Level gauge.

  • Sluggish startup; Battery life lower; Switches can change accidentally; Slow buffer clearing.

The Competition

Compared to Nikon D7000

Canon T3i
Nikon D7000
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
Panasonic LX7
Nikon D7000
  • $297
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Integrated ND filter
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Pentax K-5

Canon T3i
Pentax K-5
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $774
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Panasonic LX7
Pentax K-5
  • $297
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Integrated ND filter
  • $774
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Canon T4i

Canon T3i
Canon T4i
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • $644
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Fast startup
Panasonic LX7
Canon T4i
  • $297
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $644
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Samsung EX2F

Canon T3i
Samsung EX2F
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Larger sensor
  • $479
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Panasonic LX7
Samsung EX2F
  • $297
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • More dots on screen
  • $479
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Leica D-LUX 6

Canon T3i
Leica D-LUX 6
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Larger sensor
  • $1132
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Integrated ND filter
Panasonic LX7
Leica D-LUX 6
  • $297
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • $1132
  • 1/1.7 inch
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