• 1/1.7 inch 43.3mm2
  • 10.1 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 90.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/1.7 inch 43.3mm2
  • 12.0 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 112.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Panasonic LX7 advantages over Olympus XZ-2

  • Larger lens aperture
    f/1.4 vs f/1.8
    Take photos in low-light or isolate your subject
  • 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
  • Longer exposure
    250 vs 60 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    11.1 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    12 vs 4 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    11.1 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    12 vs 3 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Olympus XZ-2 advantages over Panasonic LX7

  • Less expensive
    $199 vs $297
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • 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
  • Fast startup
    ~1.80 vs 3.7 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • More telephoto lens reach
    112 mm vs 90 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Higher effective ISO
    216 vs 147 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Less shutter lag
    0.12 vs 0.24 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More pixels
    12.0 vs 10.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

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.
  • Integrated ND filter
    Both provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • 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
  • 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
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • 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.

  • Good image quality for its class; Fast, bright f/1.8-2.5 i.ZUIKO 4x zoom lens; Dual-purpose front Control Ring lets you select aperture or focus manually; three-inch articulating LCD touch-screen monitor.

  • Pricier than many enthusiast compacts; Image detail starts dropping off at ISO 800 and noise becomes problematic at ISO 3200; Lens cover pops off as zoom lens extends, when you turn the camera on.

The Competition

Compared to Samsung EX2F

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
Olympus XZ-2
Samsung EX2F
  • $324
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $479
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger lens aperture
  • Built-in Wi-Fi

Compared to Canon G15

Panasonic LX7
Canon G15
  • $297
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Larger lens aperture
  • $449
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Fast startup
Olympus XZ-2
Canon G15
  • $324
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $449
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Leica D-LUX 6

Panasonic LX7
Leica D-LUX 6
  • $297
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • $699
  • 1/1.7 inch
Olympus XZ-2
Leica D-LUX 6
  • $324
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $699
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger lens aperture
  • Shoots 60p video

Compared to Pentax MX-1

Panasonic LX7
Pentax MX-1
  • $297
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger lens aperture
  • Lighter weight
  • $400
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen
Olympus XZ-2
Pentax MX-1
  • $324
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Hot shoe
  • $400
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Shoots 60p video
  • Bigger JPEG buffer

Compared to Panasonic LX10

Panasonic LX7
Panasonic LX10
  • $297
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $498
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Olympus XZ-2
Panasonic LX10
  • $324
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $498
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
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