Which One Should I Get?: Canon S95 vs Panasonic LX-5K


Both the Canon S95and the Panasonic LX-5are available for purchase now at Amazon and readers may perhaps be confused as to which one to get. Though we do not have image quality comparisons to show (and we’ve only handled the S95 and the Leica D-LUX 4 which compares to the LX-3) we can compare and contrast specs.

Editor’s Note: Reviews of both cameras have been fully completed.


– F2.0-3.3 Leica Summicron lens

– 3.8x Optical Zoom

– 10.1 MP CCD sensor 1/1.63-inch

– Venus Engine FHD is new for better performance

– Intelligent Resolution technology is present in this camera. For more on that, go here.

– 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 setting more quickly

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

– The 3.0-inch large 460,000-dot high resolution Intelligent LCD also redesigned by adopting High CRI (Color Rendering Index) backlight LED to greatly increase the color reproduction, making it more visible both in shooting and playing back images in any conditions from at dark night to under bright sunlight.

– Battery life is extended to shoot 400 photos (CIPA) per a single charge.

– A wide-variety of accessories, including a Live View Finder (DMW-LVF1), External Optical View Finder (DMW-VF1),  Wide Conversion Lens (DMW-LWA52), Conversion Lens Adaptor (DMW-LA6), MC Protector (DMW-MC52), ND Filter (DMW-LND52), PL Filter: DMW-LPL52, External Flashes, Leather Case (DMW-CLX5) and a Battery Pack (DMW-BCJ13).


– 10 MP CCD sensor (1/1.7-inch) with a 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

Conclusions (from the respective websites)

– If you take a look at the chart above, the LX-5 will have a slightly larger sensor than the S95.

– The Panasonic shoots at 30p vs the Canon’s 24p

– The Pansonic has a much brighter lens through the aperture range

– The S95 has a processor that is in its DSLRs like the 5D Mk II, 60D and T2i

– Same ISO range

– Ergonomically, I’ve always favored the LX-5, which is close to the LX-3. The addition of the more pronounced grip is very welcome.

– Both shoot RAW files.

– The S95 has a better screen.

– S95 is approximately $100 cheaper than the LX-5, but the LX-5 also has the brighter Leica lens and an ever so slightly larger sensor.

– The LX-5 can accept off-camera flashes.

– The S95 has that awesome ring on the lens.

– S95 weight is Approx. 6.00 oz. / 170g (camera body only) and LX-5 weight is Approx. .61lb with Battery and SD Memory Card

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

– The S95’s dimensions are 3.93 x 2.30 x 1.16 in. (99.8 x 58.4 x 29.5mm) while the Lx-5’s are 4.32 x 2.58 x 1.69 in / excl. protrusions: 1.00 in. The Lx-5 is a bit larger.

So which one do we choose: at the moment the Panasonic LX-5 for overall potential. But the S95 for price.

The Panasonic LX-5is $499.00 at Amazon while the Canon S95is $399.99.

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Chris Gampat

Chris Gampat is the Editor in Chief, Founder, and Publisher of the Phoblographer. He also likes pizza.