Olympus XZ-2, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 or Sony RX100?

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Jerra
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Olympus XZ-2, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 or Sony RX100?
Dec 19, 2012

Just read this review and I'm still not sure which camera to purchase:
http://www.dpreview.com/news/2012/12/18/enthusiast-zoom-compact-roundup

Just tell me if you had the chance to compare these cameras yourself or what you (dis-)liked in general, e.g. which type of user should choose what camera.

Tahnks

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Chris R-UK
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In reply to Jerra, Dec 19, 2012

The Conclusions page of the review pretty well sums it up.

I suggest that you decide which of the three groups you fall into (small size/zoom range/general purpose) and them go into a camera store and try them out for yourself.

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"Much as we like the Panasonic LX7, the longer lens, excellent JPEGs and engaging user interface make the XZ-2 stand out for us. The XZ-2 is one of the nicest cameras in this group to use, featuring extensive customization inherited from Olympus's PEN-series interchangeable lens cameras. This is a serious enthusiast camera and easily one of the best of its type that we've encountered. Really the Olympus's strongest competition comes from the Sony RX100 - which at least matches it for image quality but doesn't quite offer the sense of engagement that we appreciate in the XZ-2's operational ergonomics."

I would like a RX100-sensor with XZ-2 ergonomics

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Jerra
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In reply to Jerra, Dec 19, 2012

May anyone just please contribute anything else to the topic?

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In reply to Jerra, Dec 19, 2012

The LX7 and XZ-2 are both very nice, but I enjoyed using the XZ-2 more and the JPEG engine is rather better at producing pleasingly coloured images, for my tastes.

The LX7 is cheaper, but the XZ-2 is worth it if you can stretch (we have to assume it'll drop in price).

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In reply to Jerra, Dec 20, 2012

i have an rx100 and it's really a marvel in its own way. but i wouldn't mind trying the xz-2 - i believe it has a slightly longer reach and a brighter lens, but the rx100 has the advantage of a larger sensor. it might depend on your usage as to which is better for you.

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Jim Marshall4057
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In reply to earful, Dec 20, 2012

I'm in a similar position-mulling over either the XZ2 or the RX100. The alleged superior Sony sensor is an attraction but from the DPR studio results, there is not a lot in it.

My 2p: If you routinely do giant prints or are a dedicated pixel peeper then the Sony may swing it ( but bear in mind the possible soft corners with the Sony lens)

If you need a pocket cam, then the Sony is streets ahead.

If you need the best all rounder, and value the flip up screen, hotshoe and add on EVF, the Oly wins.

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In reply to Jerra, Dec 20, 2012

Take a look at some pictures they produce

http://www.flickr.com/groups/rx100/pool/

http://www.flickr.com/groups/1564797@N25/pool/

http://www.flickr.com/groups/1915414@N21/pool/

People have been able to buy the LX7 for alot cheaper than the other two.

It may sound counter-intuitive but the RX100 is alot smaller and lighter than the other two.

The Olympus E-PM2's body (excluding lens) is smaller and and lighter than the LX7 and XZ-2. So it may be worth considering if you're not specifically after something pocketable.

http://www.flickr.com/groups/2075497@N25/pool/

The RX100 has a 3:2 aspect ratio sensor while other cameras discussed are 4:3. That may be an influence on you if you like to do prints.

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Jerra
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In reply to Jerra, Dec 21, 2012

I think I'm droping the RX100 and will decide between the XZ-2 and LX7.

XZ-2:
+Tilting touch-screen
+Better user-interface
+Longer lens

LX7:
+Brighter lens
+Wider lens
+Maximum shutter speed

I just can't decide.

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Cy Cheze
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In reply to Jerra, Dec 21, 2012

One could look forever at the cameras and, from the sole vantage of specifications, remain undecided.  Might pricing be a factor to consider?

All three cameras (and the S110) are good cameras.  The RX100 is pocketable, but the price eats a hole in that pocket.  Have any German retailers offered discount prices?  In the US, the LX7 has been cut to $299, intermittently.  That is an inducement sufficient to offset the other competing distinctions.  For less than half the price of an RX100, one gets a very good coat pocket camera, capable of some tricks the others lack: time lapse and 720 120p video.

In some markets, the 1" Nikon and certain m4/3 devices are also offered at rather low prices.

Sometimes low prices are a warning, rather than an attraction.  Not in this case.

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In reply to Cy Cheze, Dec 21, 2012

Sadly there is no discounted offer available in Germany, but apart from that I just want to know which advantages of each camera are more likely to be usefull.

Cy Cheze wrote:

One could look forever at the cameras and, from the sole vantage of specifications, remain undecided. Might pricing be a factor to consider?

All three cameras (and the S110) are good cameras. The RX100 is pocketable, but the price eats a hole in that pocket. Have any German retailers offered discount prices? In the US, the LX7 has been cut to $299, intermittently. That is an inducement sufficient to offset the other competing distinctions. For less than half the price of an RX100, one gets a very good coat pocket camera, capable of some tricks the others lack: time lapse and 720 120p video.

In some markets, the 1" Nikon and certain m4/3 devices are also offered at rather low prices.

Sometimes low prices are a warning, rather than an attraction. Not in this case.

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In reply to Jerra, Dec 21, 2012

Jerra wrote:

Just read this review and I'm still not sure which camera to purchase:
http://www.dpreview.com/news/2012/12/18/enthusiast-zoom-compact-roundup

Just tell me if you had the chance to compare these cameras yourself or what you (dis-)liked in general, e.g. which type of user should choose what camera.

Tahnks

The review has pretty much summed up everything nicely.

I guess the choice will be dependent on the user's preferences and criteria which will vary with individuals. Since you've asked, if it was me I would have probably gone with the RX100 for its larger sensor, better low light performance. Olympux XZ-2 would be my 2nd choice(I do not like the looks of the LX7, which is something personal). In the end, all are good capable cameras.

Good luck.

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Jerra
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In reply to ryder78, Dec 21, 2012

Question is if someone needs these features:

XZ-2:
+Tilting touch-screen
+Better user-interface
+Longer lens

LX7:
+Brighter lens
+Wider lens
+Maximum shutter speed

Is the user-interface worth it or the brighter lens? etcpp

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Jerra wrote:

Just read this review and I'm still not sure which camera to purchase:
http://www.dpreview.com/news/2012/12/18/enthusiast-zoom-compact-roundup

Just tell me if you had the chance to compare these cameras yourself or what you (dis-)liked in general, e.g. which type of user should choose what camera.

Tahnks

The review has pretty much summed up everything nicely.

I guess the choice will be dependent on the user's preferences and criteria which will vary with individuals. Since you've asked, if it was me I would have probably gone with the RX100 for its larger sensor, better low light performance. Olympux XZ-2 would be my 2nd choice(I do not like the looks of the LX7, which is something personal). In the end, all are good capable cameras.

Good luck.

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