Are you looking for the best camera to suit your needs? Due to a wide range of options, making a wise and weighted decision can be rather challenging. Which specs to keep in mind? What are the key pros and cons of each model? This comparison should give some helpful hints!
In this review, we are going to make a detailed comparison of two cameras that fall into different categories. While the first model we are looking at, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 belongs to a Small Sensor Compact category, the other model, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 is a Large Sensor Compact camera. Both models feature different types of sensors. Thus, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 comes with CCD sensor that has a resolution of 10.0 MP resolution, while our second compared model Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III features a 20.0 MP BSI-CMOS sensor.
To get started, let’s take a look at some of the key features of Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III and, after this, we can go on to our detailed comparison of these models.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 Key Features:
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Key Features:
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 was substituted by Panasonic LX5.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 substituted Panasonic LX2.
|Flash Range||8.3 vs No||8.3 better flash range|
|External Flash||Yes vs No||Connect off-camera flash|
|Weight||265 g vs 290 g||25 g lighter|
|Wireless Connectivity||Built-In vs No||Better connectivity|
|NFC||Yes vs No||Easy wireless connectivity with compatible devices|
|Timelapse Recording||No vs No||Creative shooting|
|Sensor Resolution||20.0 MP vs 10.0 MP||50% more pixels|
|Sensor Area||116.16 mm2 vs 44.87 mm2||61.4% larger pixel area|
|Continuous Shooting||10 fps vs 3 fps||7 fps faster|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes vs No||Very handy for portraits|
|Screen Resolution||1,229k dots vs 460k dots||62.6% higher resolution screen|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080 vs 1280 x 720||Higher Resolution Video|
|Dxo Color Depth||22.4 vs 19.6||Better color depth|
|Dxo Dynamic Range||12.3 vs 10.8||Better dynamic range|
|Dxo Low Light Iso||495 vs 94||Better High ISO performance|
|Viewfinder Magnification||0.59 vs No||0.59 better magnification|
|Screen Size||3″ | 3″||Large display|
|Raw Support||Yes | Yes||Better image quality|
|Built-In Flash||Yes | Yes||External flash available|
|Image Stabilization||Yes | Yes||Built-in stabilization|
|Touch Screen||No | No||No touch screen|
|Sensor Resolution||10.0 MP | 20.0 MP||Small sensor resolution|
|Microphone Port||No | No||No microphone port|
|Headphone Port||No | No||No headphone port|
|Timelapse Recording||No | Yes||No timelapse recording|
|Environmental Sealing||No | No||No environmental sealing|
Before heading straight to the technical characteristics of each model, let’s start with comparing their physical specs. Let’s start with looking at the physical difference of the two products. Below are images that clearly show the sizes of Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
After looking at these images, you should get a clear idea of each model’s dimensions and how they are different from each other. However, we are not going to stop there. The next characteristic worth looking at is the weight. Of course, not every photographer is concerned about the weight, for example, it wouldn't be a decisive point for those who shoot in a studio. However, it is still an important factor because if you happen to go on a long photo session or just love having the camera with you wherever you go, you want to be sure that the chosen model isn't too heavy.
Speaking of weight, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 25g less than the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Sensor is, without a doubt, the most significant element of every digital camera. Its type, size, and resolution are the factors that define the quality of future shots. Thus, it is barely possible to pick a suitable camera without looking at these specs.
Are Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III any different in terms of sensor type?
In fact, that's exactly what makes these two models really different. Thus, it is a good point to consider if your are choosing between these two cameras. Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 features a 10.0 MP 1/1.63" sized CCD sensor . Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III, in its turn, comes with a 20.0 MP 1" sized BSI-CMOS sensor and Bionz X processor , which makes it significantly different from the first model.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III by the size of their sensors.
One more distinctive feature of compared models is the sensor size. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III is equipped with a sensor that is 0.4x larger than the one featured in Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3. Compared to the cameras with smaller sensor area, the ones with larger sensors ensure more control on the blurry background and depth of field if you shoot in the same aperture and focal length. Thus, the first model has a significant advantage here.
If you are interested in photography or has made a career in this field, you should know that different types of shooting actually require different camera characteristics. While one model can produce outstanding portraits, at the same time, it can be terrible for shooting landscapes, and so on. Thus, before you purchase a specific camera, it is vital to decide, which type of shooting you do most often and consider an option that suits it the most.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III in different fields of photography. Here we are going to look at the five main areas and evaluate how well each of the reviewed models performs in them. This will help you choose an option that suits your needs the most depending on your interest in one or several of these fields.
|Photography Type||Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3||Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III|
No Significant Advantages
Hopefully, our detailed overview of these models has helped you consider all the main specs, pros and cons of each cameras. Maybe, after reading this comparison, some of you have already decided which option to opt for depending on your needs and preferences. However, if you are still wondering which option is a better choice, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 or Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III, below you can see what scores each of them received in five different aspects. To wrap up, we have used our unique Decision Algorithm that assesses different camera models upon 63 different factors including their price, and, if possible, DxO Mark scores. This algorithm allows us to make our verdict more consistent and objective.
What is our final verdict? Based on our comparison and the final scores of Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III deserves a higher Total Score than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
For better understanding of each model’s technical characteristics, find the detailed comparison below:
|Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3||Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III|
|Model||Lumix DMC-LX3||Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III|
|Announced||Nov 04, 2008||May 15, 2014|
|Body Type||Compact||Large sensor compact|
|Sensor Dimensions||8.07 x 5.56 mm||13.2 x 8.8 mm|
|Sensor Area||44.87 mm2||116.16 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||10.0 MP||20.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||3648 x 2736||5472 x 3648|
|Max Native ISO||6,400||12,800|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||80||125|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||n/a||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||1||5|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||n/a||25|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a||n/a|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type||Tilting|
|Screen Resolution||460k dots||1,229k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots||1,440k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||60 s||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/2000 s||1/2000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||3.0 fps||10.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Red-Eye, Slow Sync|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Score||39||67|
|DxO Color Depth||19.6||22.4|
|DxO Dynamic Range||10.8||12.3|
|DxO Low Light ISO||94||495|
|Video Resolutions||1280 x 720 (HD 24 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30fps), 320 x 240 (10fps)||1920 x 1080 (60p/60i/24p), 1280 x 720 (60p/30p/24p/120p), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||1280 x 720||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||n/a||MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||265 g||290 g|
|Physical Dimensions||109 x 60 x 27 mm||102 x 58 x 41 mm|
|Battery Life||n/a||320 shots|
|Battery Type||n/a||Battery Pack|
|Storage Type||SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal||SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo|