Which One: Nikon P7000 vs Panasonic LX-5 vs Canon S95

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With today's announcement of the Nikon P7000, amateurs and enthusiasts have a wide range of premium point and shoots potentially to choose from. The P7000 has its own strengths while the Panasonic LX-5 and the Canon S95 cater to a similar but different audience. So which one is for you?

Nikon P7000

- 10.1MP 1/1.7 inch CCD sensor

- 3" LCD with 920k-dot resolution screen

- 7.1x optical zoom, f/2.8-8 throughout with neutral density filters built into the lens. There is also one ED element in there and Vibration Reduction.

- 720 HD video at 24p (MOV files)

- Full manual control

- New Expeed C2 processor

- 1.1 fps shooting in RAW

- Stereo mic input with mono microphone built in

- Zoom memory function that remembers where the user loves to zoom to and immediately switches the lens to that point, therefore letting users shoot as if the camera had a prime lens.

- Optical viewfinder

- Tone-level information

- Multifunctional dial

- Wireless flash control

- Low noise night mode with In-camera noise reduction. ISO range 100-6400 and up to 12,800 in low-noise Night Mode.

- Subject-racking AF

- $499.95\

Panasonic LX-5

- F2.0-3.3 Leica Summicron lens with a 3.8x Optical Zoom

- 10.1MP CCD sensor 1/1.63-inch

- Venus Engine FHD processor

- HD videos in AVCHD Lite 720p 30p

- Thicker grip than before

- ISO 3200 but expandable to 12,800

- Newly incorporated turn-and-push jog dial achieves various selection and settings more quickly

- The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX5 will be available in late August, 2010, for a suggested retail price of $499.95, and will be available in black and white models.

- The 3.0" 460,000-dot, high-resolution Intelligent LCD

- The LX-5 can accept a Live View Finder or an External Optical View Finder via the hot shoe.

- $499.00

Canon S95

- 10MP CCD sensor 1/1.7-inch

- 3.8x Optical zoom and an F/2.0-4.9 aperture

- 720p HD video at 24p

- ISO 3200 in manual; 12,800 in auto mode

- Scene modes: HDR, Smart Shutter, Vivid, Poster Effect, Fish-Eye Effect, Miniature Effect (which also works in movie mode)

- Hybrid IS like that found in the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM

- 3-inch LCD with 461,000 pixels

- Ring around the lens is still there. This was perhaps one of the most popular features of the camera.

- DIGIC IV Processor

- $399.99

Which One?

- Nikon has the highest native high ISO capabilities for night owls.

- Canon S95 has cool art filters for those that want a high-end toy camera of some sort.

- The Nikon P7000 has wireless flash capabilities for DSLR users that have SB-600 and SB-900 flashes.

- The S95 is the most compact of the cameras. However, it does not have a hot shoe. Because of this, it is potentially the best for street photography.

- The LX-5 can use an electronic viewfinder.

- The Panasonic shoots the most useful video at 30p. Users can immediately post these videos to the Internet without choppiness in frame rates.

- The LX-5 also has the brightest lens, with the S95 taking a close second and the P7000 coming in third.

- The S95 is the most affordable model.

- The P7000 has a microphone port.

- The LX-5 has the largest sensor, by a very tiny bit.

- The P7000 has the best LCD screen.

- The P7000's ergonomics are most similar to that of the Canon G11. We have yet to see a successor to that camera.

-Go for the Nikon P7000 if you want a more professional-grade camera, the S95 for compact power and the LX-5 for a blend of both.

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Lumix LX5.  How can you beat a Leica lens? 

Seems odd the Canon G12 would be left out.  It is the current version of the camera the P7000 was modeled after.

They left out that the LX5 has the best wide angle.  The P7000 is best compared with other cameras.  This review is slanted.  We all have our opinions, but if you want wide angle ability, you cannot beat the LX5, I recently bought it and have been very satisfied so far.  Nikon people will want their Nikon and Canon people will want their Canon.  If you have an open mind and look at this, who wouldnt want a Leica? (yes the firmware is not Leica but the lens is).

I forgot to say, I highly doubt the Nikon is better in low light/high ISO than the LX5 (2.8 versus 2.0- come on!).  I have found the LX5 to be leagues ahead of my Olympus (granted known for bad high ISO) E30 and E-510 it is not funny how I wont even be trying to use those anymore in low light. I was testing the low light performance last night on the LX5 and could not believe how strongly it performed.  I only wish the reach was further, that is my only complaint about this camera.  They did go from 60mm in the LX3 to 90mm in the LX5, but they should have tried for 120mm.  I guess they couldnt.  Wide angle and low light was important to me so I chose this and thrilled so far.

And no, I dont work for Panasonic, I am a Clinical Psychologist. (No shrink jokes please)

yes, i agree with you, absolutely! before i bought my panasonic lx5 (white) i spent like more than an hour comparing nikon and the lx5! the agent would always tell me to go for the nikon coz its name is guaranteed as the most popular nowadays! but i doubt! i wasnt looking for the most popular one. i compared and tested almost all their programs and other apllications. and shoot here and their and all the angles.. etc.. blablabla like what a wise buyer does! lol..and my comparison brought me to the conclusion that panasonic lx5 is the best! i dont know! well... im a woman, im not really into photography but i got really more impressed with the lx5!

One more and last though......this reviewer didn't even shoot these cameras.  he just compared specs. 

Hi Anonymous (with three comments),

This posting wasn't meant to be a review, hence there were no images. Full reviews will be done in the future as well as a full comparison when sufficient time has been spent with all three cameras.

Expect this around holiday season in another round-up of sorts.

FYI: 24p video is actually the format preferred by many/most serious filmmakers.  Video-capable DSLRs became much more useful for a lot of serious work when the manufacturers added 24p capability.

The lack of a hotshoe on the S95 makes it the worst for street shooting, because it can't take a brightline finder.

These cameras do seem intended for different audiences -- apples and oranges when compared against each other.  I too can't imagine why they were not comparing the P7000 with the Canon G11 or G12.  I just started with a G11 a few months ago and am highly pleased with its versatility, still learning all its features.  I bought it because I really wanted an optical view finder (which Nikon now has) but am really enamored by the tilt/swivel LCD, so much so, I rarely use the optical view finder.  It's good too that the surface of the LCD is protected facing the camera when not in use. I gather that the G-12 has big improvements for HD movies, but they are not my primary interest.

Don't you guys at B&H think it a little insulting to your customer base when you compare the Nikon P7000 to a Canon S95? A truer and more interesting comparison would be between the Nikon P7000 and the new Canon G12 (or at least the current G11). Personally, I am in the process of deciding between the above 2 cameras, and your P7000 and S95 comparison is so irrelevant that I am seriously thinking of shopping elsewhere. If you are going to continue as a pro-level supplier, someone at B&H ***** to wake up.

C. Kaplan wrote:

Don't you guys at B&H think it a little insulting to your customer base when you compare the Nikon P7000 to a Canon S95? A truer and more interesting comparison would be between the Nikon P7000 and the new Canon G12 (or at least the current G11). Personally, I am in the process of deciding between the above 2 cameras, and your P7000 and S95 comparison is so irrelevant that I am seriously thinking of shopping elsewhere. If you are going to continue as a pro-level supplier, someone at B&H ***** to wake up.

he's got a valid point... ;)

C. Kaplan wrote:

Don't you guys at B&H think it a little insulting to your customer base when you compare the Nikon P7000 to a Canon S95? A truer and more interesting comparison would be between the Nikon P7000 and the new Canon G12 (or at least the current G11). Personally, I am in the process of deciding between the above 2 cameras, and your P7000 and S95 comparison is so irrelevant that I am seriously thinking of shopping elsewhere. If you are going to continue as a pro-level supplier, someone at B&H ***** to wake up.

Hi C Kaplan,

The reason why the two were compared was because of the fact that the G12 was still under NDA when the P7000 was announced. I apologize if you feel offended but in truth, the G12 and S95 take very similar images. Comparing the P7000 the the G11 would have been very pointless at the time. The G11 is +/- a year old and when you know about a camera beforehand but can't say anything about it, you're in a bit of a bind.

A comparison of the G12 and P7000 is being worked on and as I've previously stated before, more comparisons are being worked on with the majority of them being targeted towards the holiday season.

-Chris Gampat

I think S95 is the clear winner considering the size.

Anything bigger just go for a GF1 or NEX. And if you are that hung up on Leica then get an X1.

If you're gonna list the specs for comparison purposes, you should put the lens range (35equiv) in!

The Samsungs TL350 and TL500 are now on par with the Canon S90/95 and the LX3 in features and image quality and are offering a few unique adavantages of their own  (e.g. highspeed shooting and image pre-capture for the TL350) - and of course at a lower price.  For me, the TL350 is the compact camera of the year.

Samsung TL500 (a.k.a. EX1) should be in the comparo.

Widest, brightest lens.  Built like a tank.

Great OOC JPEGs.  Beautiful AMOLED screen.

(But no HD video, if that is important for you.)

I belive you've incorrectly mentioned that the P7000 has an f/2.8 aperture thoughout the zoom range.  Not so, it's 2.8-5.6!  Big difference as it would be an absolute monster if it were built to a constant aperture. 

 Lots of talk about the Leica lens, as their should be.  But that is only 1/2 of the equation.  In the old days the lens (and maybe the metering system) was all that mattered.  In the digital age, the sensor is every bit as important, if not more important, than the lens.

Just a few more facts to note:

5 years ago the Konica Minolta A1 had a f/2.8 to f/3.5 28-200mm lens.  It was bigger than the G12 but smaller and lighter than today's SLR's. With today's sensors and battery life, it would be something to consider.

The s95 and LX5 have serious distortion corrected fairly successfully in camera or in raw procssing.  The G-series and probably the P7000 do not so I believe it is fair to say they have a better lens.

I believe the G-12 will take a remote flash firing device.

The P-7000 and G-12 use their manufacturors flashes.  If you already have a Nikon or Canon DSLR, keep it in mind.

The G-12 has a 58mm filter adapter.  I believe earlier models had something like a 72mm adapter.

 B&H

Trying to decide whether to buy the G12 or the LX5.

The faster lens and wider angle are making me (a Canon shooter) lean to the LX5.

Is there any reason that the G12 might be a better camera for a seasoned photographer who expects high quality images?

Can you email me back today as I need to buy for a trip.

Why would you prefer the G12 over the LX5 if you do?

Any other advanced P&S better camera in your view?

Peace,

Quigg+

 How is the review slanted? Did I miss some thing, all I see is specs and different models listed. I own the S95, and it is slightly larger pocket camera, I would think that the P7000 would be compared to the G11/G12 and LX3/LX5 etc.. More mid-sized cameras. So far I have tried out the LX5 and for sheer speed of the lens it sure is nice, but then again the Nikon P7000 long range zoom capabilities makes it a very good contender.  I think the S95 was thrown into the mix because it uses the same sensor as the G12, but size wise it should be the G12 that should be compared, makes more sense to me. All in all you can't go wrong with any of these, try them out and see which one fits the best for your *****.

 The s95 is basically a compact g12 in terms of specs.