• 1/1.65 inch 45.1mm2
  • 10.2 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 112.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/1.63 inch 46.2mm2
  • 10.1 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 60.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Panasonic DMC-LX2 advantages over Panasonic DMC-LX3

  • Fast startup
    ~1.70 vs 2.3 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • More telephoto lens reach
    112 mm vs 60 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    2.3 fps vs 1.9 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)

Panasonic DMC-LX3 advantages over Panasonic DMC-LX2

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • 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 380 vs 300 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • More dots on screen
    460k vs 207k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • 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

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • 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

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • 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
  • HDMI out
    Neither provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review 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 Canon S90

Panasonic DMC-LX2
Canon S90
  • $500
  • 1/1.65 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Manual focus
  • $430
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
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

Compared to Samsung TL500

Panasonic DMC-LX2
Samsung TL500
  • $500
  • 1/1.65 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Lighter weight
  • $450
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Larger lens aperture
Panasonic DMC-LX3
Samsung TL500
  • $450
  • 1/1.63 inch
  • Shoots 24p video
  • Longer exposure
  • $450
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Panasonic LX5

Panasonic DMC-LX2
Panasonic LX5
  • $500
  • 1/1.65 inch
  • Fast startup
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $550
  • 1/1.63 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Larger lens aperture
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

Compared to Canon S95

Panasonic DMC-LX2
Canon S95
  • $500
  • 1/1.65 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Manual focus
  • $428
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
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

Compared to Leica D-LUX 5

Panasonic DMC-LX2
Leica D-LUX 5
  • $500
  • 1/1.65 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Thinner
  • $700
  • 1/1.63 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Larger lens aperture
Panasonic DMC-LX3
Leica D-LUX 5
  • $450
  • 1/1.63 inch
  • Thinner
  • Shoots 24p video
  • $700
  • 1/1.63 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • HDMI out
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