camera showdown lx3 vs s95 vs lx5 vs gf1

Panasonic Lumix LX5 vs Canon Powershot S95 - your questions answered

The Lumix LX3 LX5 and Canon s95 cameras all differ in size:
LX3: 109 x 60 x 27 mm (4.3 x 2.4 x 1.1 in)
LX5: 110 x 65 x 25 mm (4.3 x 2.6 x 1 in)
S95: 99.8 x 58.4 x 29.5 mm
The LX5 is slightly larger overall, but appears to be – crucially for wedging it into pockets! – a little bit slimmer (25mm compared to the LX3?s 27mm) Smallest was Canon s95.

Lens speed disadvantage in canon

In my research, I found a downside to the Canon s95 that the lumix lx5’s lens was slightly faster.

The Lumix offers a faster lens to the Canon (f2.0-f.3.3 compared to a slower f2 – f4.9), and we’d always sacrifice a little telephoto in exchange for a more expansive wideangle, so the LX5?s 24mm-90mm beats the S95?s 28mm-100m for us.

Pocketability a big advantage in canon

What may prove a deciding issue for some is size: the S95 is far more pocketable at 100 x 58 x 30 mm compared to the 110 x 65 x 25 mm of the Lumix, and it’s lighter too (195g compared to the LX5?s 271 g).

LX5 has better battery life

Battery life of the S95 is approximately 200 shots to the Lx-5?s 400 shots.

The LX5 also shoots a wider angle
24mm= LX3, LX5
28mm=S95

http://www.juzaphoto.com/shared_files/articles/24-70_2-8/lenses-24mm_vs_28mm.jpg


Reasons to consider the Canon S95

Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO 153 ISO vs 94 ISO
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The S95 has a slight edge (0,7 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Overall image quality Better image quality 47.0 vs 39.0
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More than 20% better image quality
Color depth Significantly better color depth 20,4 bits vs 19,6 bits
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Distinguishes more than 70% more colors
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11,3 EV vs 10,8 EV
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0,8 f-stops more dynamic range
Weight Much lighter 193 g vs 265 g
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Around 40% lighter
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The S95’s boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Zoom Slightly more zoom 3.8x vs 2.5x
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Around 2.5x more zoom
Size Slightly smaller 99x58x29 mm vs 109x60x27 mm
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Almost the same
Lowest price Slightly cheaper 3 746 kr vs 3 990 kr
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The best price we’ve seen is 244 kr cheaper (around 10% less)

Reasons to consider the Panasonic DMC-LX3

Sensor size Much larger sensor 1/1.7″ 8x6mm vs 1/1.7″ 7x5mm
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Around 20% larger sensor
Wide-angle Better wide-angle 24 mm vs 28 mm
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Around 20% better wide-angle
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Macro focus Significantly better macro capability 1 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
Thickness Thinner 1,1″ vs 1,2″
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Around 10% thinner
Longest exposure Much longer exposures 60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 2.5 fps vs 1.9 fps
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More than 30% faster continuous shooting
True resolution Slightly higher resolution 10.1 MP vs 10 MP
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Almost the same
Fastest shutter speed Faster max shutter speed 1/2000s vs 1/1600s
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Around 30% faster max shutter speed

Reasons to consider the Panasonic DMC-LX5

Sensor size Significantly larger sensor 1/1.7″ 8x6mm vs 1/1.7″ 7x5mm
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Around 20% larger sensor
Wide-angle Better wide-angle 24 mm vs 28 mm
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Around 20% better wide-angle
Macro focus Better macro capability 1 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 6 fps vs 1.9 fps
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More than 3x faster continuous shooting
Longest exposure Much longer exposures 60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
True resolution Slightly higher resolution 10.1 MP vs 10 MP
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Almost the same
Fastest shutter speed Faster max shutter speed 1/4000s vs 1/1600s
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2.5x faster max shutter speed

ISO TEST AND LOW LIGHT TEST from pubarticles.com

ISO Test

With both cameras boasting great image quality, we were eager to test out how they fare in an ISO shootout in low light situations. All shots were taken with Aperture Priority at f/5.6 at approximately the same focal length with centre spot focusing and evaluative exposure.

The performance for both are quite similar under normal lighting conditions although the noise handling of the Canon PowerShot S95 seems to trump the Panasonic Lumix LX5 a bit. Reflecting on this, we felt that perhaps taking a few shots under darker conditions may be more informative so we got Kai to grab a few quick snaps while he was out doing the video. The images are again shot at the same settings.

Verdicts by websites:

wirefresh.com votes for the Lumix LX5 (versus s95), on account of its better handling, faster lens and, crucially, wider zoom lens.

Looking at the night shots at ISO 1600 and ISO 3200, I was quite surprised that I found the S95 samples better exposed and with crisper details. Sure, the Canon PowerShot S95 was marketed as a low light specialist but the idea that it can better the pedigree of the Panasonic LX-series in image quality is certainly a real affirmation for the HS system of the S95. This makes taking the S95 with you to dinner parties or just a night out a really good option. I would only recommend the LX5 to those who really need to shoot at very high shutter speeds such as 1/2000 to 1/4000 seconds which is something the S95 cannot do. Of course, if you prefer to shoot with an optical or electronic viewfinder, the LX5 is again the only valid option of the two. These are of course big factors for choosing the LX5 but as I am looking at them in terms of high image quality compacts, I will have to say that the Canon PowerShot is the winner for me. –pubarticles.com

Pricing:

Parallel imports and internet auction sites in the Philippines can get you the S95 for 17,000 to 18,000 (bare, without sd card) while buying the same camera from Hidalgo Quiapo be it Henry’s or Mayers may set you back 21,000 to 23,000 (with sd card)

sources:
wirefresh.com, snapsort.com, pubarticles.com, digitalrev.com,

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COMPARING LUMIX LX3 TO LUMIX GF1

There’s actually a substantial difference in size between the two – here’s two rather hastily taken comparison photos of our Lumix GF-1 and LX3 cameras, showing the GF-1 dwarfing the LX3 (note that we’ve added the excellent Ricoh ‘exploding’ lens cap to our LX3, which adds a few mm).

Panasonic Lumix LX5 vs Canon Powershot S95 - your questions answered

Panasonic Lumix LX5 vs Canon Powershot S95 - your questions answered

Are the Canon S95 and Panasonic LX5 much better than their predecessors?

Well looking at the specs below, I would have to say… No. Not particularly. However, the longer focal range of LX5 over the LX3 and the inclusion of HD movie in the S95, do make both newer cameras a more attractive choice to the older models.

Canon S90 Canon S95 Panasonic LX3 Panasonic LX5
Sensor Resolution 10 megapixels CCD 10 megapixels CCD 10 megapixels CCD 10 megapixels CCD
Sensor Size 1/1.7-inch 1/1.7-inch 1/1.63-inch 1/1.63-inch
Sensitivity range ISO 80 – ISO 3,200 ISO 80 – ISO 3,200 ISO 80 – ISO 3,200 ISO 80 – ISO 3,200
35mm Equiv. Focal Length 28-105mm 28-105mm 24-60mm 24-90mm
Maximum Aperture f2-4.9 f2-4.9 f2-2.88 f2-3.3
Zoom Factor 3.8x 3.8x 2.5x 3.8x
Closest focus (mm) 5cm 5cm 1cm 1cm
Continuous shooting 0.9fps 1.9fps 2.4fps 2.5 fps
Maximum Burst JPEG until Card Full JPEG until Card Full 4 JPEG/3 raw JPEG/n/a raw
Viewfinder None None Optional OVF Optional OVF or EVF
Autofocus 9-point Contrast AF 9-point Contrast AF Contrast AF 23-area Contrast AF
Shutter 15-1/1600 sec 15-1/1600 sec 60-1/2000 sec 60-1/4000 sec
Flash Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hot shoe No No Yes Yes
LCD Size 3-inch fixed 3-inch fixed 3-inch fixed 3-inch fixed
LCD Resolution 461,000 dots 461,000 dots 460,000 dots 460,000 dots
Image stabilization Optical Optical (Hybrid IS) Optical (MEGA O.I.S.) Optical (POWER O.I.S.)
Video (best quality) 30fps VGA 720/24 720/30p 720/30p
Video Format H.264 QuickTime MOV H.264 QuickTime MOV + Linear PCM (Stereo) MJPEG QuickTime AVCHD Lite
Battery life (CIPA rating) 220 shots 200 shots 380 shots 400 shots
Dimensions (WHD, mm) 100.0×58.4×30.9 99.8×58.4×29.5 108.7×59.5×27.1 109.7×65.5×43.0
Weight (g) 198g 193g 265g 271g

However, looking at the specs only tells you so much so to get a feel for how these new cameras really are, we’ll need to take some photos.

Comments

  1. howdy , i comment your blog , be a nice blog and useful. Good for me. a lot of and content. i going to plan to read and review your website.

  2. Wonderful review! Very helpful indeed. I am thinking of getting a new point and shoot camera and I can’t decide what to get between Canon PowerShot S95 and Panasonic Lumix LX5. Will definitely consider your review and I hope I won’t regret my purchase! Thanks! 😉

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