• 1/1.72 inch 41.5mm2
  • 14.5 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 101.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/1.63 inch 46.2mm2
  • 10.1 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 90.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Nikon S710 advantages over Panasonic LX5

  • Less expensive
    $380 vs $500 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Thinner
    24 mm vs 43 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    155g vs 271g
    Lighter weight
  • More pixels
    14.5 vs 10.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos

Panasonic LX5 advantages over Nikon S710

  • Larger sensor
    1/1.63 inch vs 1/1.72 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.98 vs 1.71 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Larger lens aperture
    f/2.0 vs f/2.8
    Take photos in low-light or isolate your subject
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 400 vs 250 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • More dots on screen
    460k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Wider angle lens
    24 mm vs 28 mm
    Capture more of the scene

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • 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
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • 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
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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The Competition

Compared to Samsung TL34HD

Nikon S710
Samsung TL34HD
  • $380
  • 1/1.72 inch
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $330
  • 1/1.72 inch
  • Less expensive
  • HDMI out
Panasonic LX5
Samsung TL34HD
  • $550
  • 1/1.63 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $330
  • 1/1.72 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner

Compared to Panasonic DMC-FX150

Nikon S710
Panasonic DMC-FX150
  • $380
  • 1/1.72 inch
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $400
  • 1/1.72 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Shoots 24p video
Panasonic LX5
Panasonic DMC-FX150
  • $550
  • 1/1.63 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $400
  • 1/1.72 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner

Compared to Panasonic DMC-LX3

Nikon S710
Panasonic DMC-LX3
  • $380
  • 1/1.72 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $450
  • 1/1.63 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Panasonic LX5
Panasonic DMC-LX3
  • $550
  • 1/1.63 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $450
  • 1/1.63 inch
  • Thinner
  • Shoots 24p video

Compared to Canon SD990 IS

Nikon S710
Canon SD990 IS
  • $380
  • 1/1.72 inch
  • Wider angle lens
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $400
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • More telephoto lens reach
Panasonic LX5
Canon SD990 IS
  • $550
  • 1/1.63 inch
  • Larger lens aperture
  • RAW file ability
  • $400
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Leica D-LUX 5

Nikon S710
Leica D-LUX 5
  • $380
  • 1/1.72 inch
  • Thinner
  • Lighter weight
  • $700
  • 1/1.63 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Panasonic LX5
Leica D-LUX 5
  • $550
  • 1/1.63 inch
  • $700
  • 1/1.63 inch
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