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Canon Powershot S95, Nikon Coolpix P7000, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Specifications:

At the heart of all three of these cameras is a CCD sensor with a maximum effective resolution of 10 million pixels, but they are not all the same. The sensors in the Canon S95 and Nikon P7000 are likely to be very closely related (if not identical), but the Panasonic LX5 features a multi-aspect ratio sensor with a total resolution of 11.3 megapixels. This can output 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 images at 10Mp, 9.5Mp, and 8.9Mp respectively, all with the same diagonal angle of view (there's also a 7.5Mp 1:1 mode which is essentially a crop of the 4:3 frame).

The main benefit of the multi-aspect design is that the LX5's effective resolution does not drop enormously in its various aspect ratio capture modes. Compare the image sizes of the S95 and P7000 in 16:9 shooting mode with the LX5 - the Panasonic offers an approximately 25% greater pixel count. The LX5's 3:2 and 16:9 modes also give increasingly larger horizontal angles of view relative to 4:3.

Resolution aside, these cameras have a lot in common, but as you can see from this specification table, there are significant differences between them too. Perhaps the most obvious distinction is their lenses, which cover very different ranges. The Panasonic LX5 offers the widest angle view with its 24-90mm range, while the P7000's 28-200mm lens almost puts it into superzoom territory. The Canon S95 sits in between the two, offering a useful 28-105mm (equivalent) zoom range. The P7000's lens might have the widest zoom range, but it also has the slowest maximum aperture, from f/2.8-5.6, compared to f/2-4.9 in the case of the S95, and an impressive f/2-3.3 from the Panasonic.

  Canon Powershot S95 Nikon Coolpix P7000 Panasonic DMC-LX5
Price • $399
• €355
• £399
• $499
• €465
• £399
• $499
• €444
• £329
Sensor • 1/1.7" Type CCD
• 10.4 million pixels total
• Primary Color Filter
• 10 million effective pixels
• 1/1.7" Type CCD
• 10.4 million pixels total
• 10.1 million effective pixels
• Primary Color Filter
• 1/1.63" Type CCD
• 11.3 million pixels total
• 10.1 million effective pixels
• Primary Color Filter
Image sizes 4:3
• 3648 x 2736 (10M)
• 2816 x 2112
• 1600 x 1200
• 640 x 480
• 320 x 240

3:2
• 3648 x 2432 (8.8M)
• 2816 x 1880
• 1600 x 1064
• 640 x 424

16:9
• 3648 x 2048 (7.4M)
• 2816 x 1584
• 1920 x 1080
• 640 x 360

1:1
• 2736 x 2736 (7.5M)
• 2112 x 2112
• 1200 x 1200
• 480 x 480

4:5
• 2192 x 2736 (6M)
• 1696 x 2112
• 960 x 1200
• 384 x 480
4:3
• 3648 x 2736 (10M)
• 3264 x 2448
• 2592 x 1944
• 2048 x 1536
• 1600 x 1200
• 1280 x 960
• 1024 x 768
• 640 x 480
• 1024 x 768

3:2
• 3648 x 2432 (8.8M)

16:9
• 3584 x 2016 (7.2M)

1:1
• 2736 x 2736 (7.5M)
4:3
• 3648 x 2736 (10M)
• 3072 x 2304
• 2560 x 1920
• 2048 x 1536
• 1600 x 1200
• 640 x 480

3:2
• 3776 x 2520 (9.5M)
• 3168 x 2112
• 2656 x 1768
• 2112 x 1408
• 2048 x 1360
• 640 x 424

16:9
• 3968 x 2232 (9M)
• 3328 x 1872
• 2784 x 1568
• 2208 x 1248
• 1920 x 1080
• 640 x 360

1:1
• 2736 x 2736 (7.5M)
• 2304 x 2304
• 1920 x 1920
• 1536 x 1536
• 480 x 480

Movie clips • 1280 x 720 @ 24 fps
• 640 x 480 @ 30fps
• 320 x 240 @ 30fps
• Miniature Effect (HD, L) 6fps, 3fps, 1.5 fps
• 1280 x 720 @ 24fps
• 640 x 480 @ 30fps
• 320 x 240 @ 30fps
• AVCHD Lite: 1280 x 720 @ SH: 17 Mbps/ H: 13 Mbps/ L: 9Mbps)
• Motion JPEG: 1280 x 720 @ 30fps
• 4:3: 640 x 480 / 320 x 240 @ 30 fps
• 16:9: 848 x 480 @ 30 fps
File formats • Still: JPEG (Exif v2.3), RAW
• Movie: MOV [H.264 + Linear PCM (stereo)]
• Still: Raw+JPEG (Exif v2.2)
• Movie: MOV [H.264 + Linear PCM (monaural)]
• Still Image: Raw + JPEG(DCF/Exif2.21)
• Motion picture: AVCHD, AVCHD Lite, QuickTime Motion JPEG
Lens • 28-105mm (35mm equiv)
• f = 6.0 - 22.5 mm
• 3.8x optical zoom
• F2.0-4.9
• Construction: 7 elements in 6 groups (2 double-sided aspherical elements including 1 UA element)
• 7x optical zoom
• 28-200mm (35mm equiv)
• f = 6.0 - 42.6 mm
• F2.8-5.6
• Construction: 11 elements in 9 groups (including 2 ED elements and 4 aspherical elements)
• 3.8x optical zoom
• 24-90mm (35mm equiv.)
• f=5.1-19.2mm
• F2.0-3.3
• Construction: 10 elements in 9 groups (3 aspherical Lenses / 5 aspherical surfaces)
Image stabilization Image stabilization lens-shift. Vibration Reduction lens-shift stabilization Power O.I.S lens-shift stabilization
Digital zoom Yes, up to 4x up to 4x Yes, up to 4.5x
Focus • Single
• Continuous
• Servo AF/AE
• Tracking
• Autofocus (single or full-time)
• Macro focus
• Infinitiy focus
• Manual focus
• Normal
• Macro
• Quick AF On/Off (On in Intelligent Auto)
• Continuous AF On/Off
• AF Tracking
• AF Area select
• Manual
• Focus (Jog dial)
AF area modes • Auto focus :TTL
- 9-point AiAF/ Face Detection
- 1-point AF (center)
• Manual focus
• Auto focus :TTL
- 99-point Auto/Manual selection AF
- 1-point AF (center spot, normal, wide)
• Subject tracking
• Face detection
• Face / AF tracking
• 23-point
• 1-point
• Spot (flexible/ scalable)
AF assist lamp Yes Yes Yes
Focus distance • Normal: 50cm - infinity
• Macro: Wide 5 cm from front of lens
• Normal: 50cm - infinity (wideangle), 80cm - Infinity (ele)
• Macro: 2 cm - infinity (wideangle)
• Normal: 50cm - infinity
• Macro / Intelligent AUTO/ Clipboard: Wide 1 cm / Tele 30cm - infinity
Metering • Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame)
• Center-weighted average
• Spot (center)
• Matrix
• Center-weighted average
• Spot (center)
• Spot AF area
• Intelligent Multiple
• Center Weighted
• Spot
ISO sensitivity • Auto
• ISO 80
• ISO 100
• ISO 125
• ISO 160
• ISO 200
• ISO 250
• ISO 320
• ISO 400
• ISO 500
• ISO 640
• ISO 800
• ISO 1000
• ISO 1250
• ISO 1600
• ISO 2000
• ISO 2500
• ISO 3200
• Auto
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800
• ISO 1600
• ISO 3200
• ISO 6400
• Auto
• 80
• 100
• 200
• 400
• 800
• 1600
• 3200
• High Sensitivity Mode : Auto (6400 - 12800)
Exposure compensation +/- 2EV in 1/3 stop increments +/- 3EV, 1/3EV steps +/- 3EV, 1/3EV steps
Exposure bracketing +/- 1/2 EV ~ 2EV step, 3 frames +/- 1/3 EV ~ 3EV step, 3 frames +/- 1/3 EV ~ 3EV step, 3 frames
Shutter speed • Auto (1 - 1/1600 sec)
• 15-1/1600 sec
• Auto (1 - 2/2000 sec)
• 60-1/2000 sec
• 60-1/4000 sec
• Movie mode: 1/30 - 1/20,000 sec (1/8 - 1/20,000 sec on MF operation on Creative Movie mode)
• Starry Sky Mode : 15, 30, 60sec
Aperture • Multistage Iris Diaphragm
• F2.0 - 4.9
• F2.0 - 8 (W) / F3.3 - 8 (T)
• Multistage Iris Diaphragm
• F28 - 4.9
•F2.8 - 8 (W) / F4 - 8 (T)
• Multistage Iris Diaphragm
• F2.0 - 3.3
• F2.0 - 8 (W) / F3.3 - 8 (T)
Modes • Auto
• Program AE
• Shutter Priority AE
• Aperture Priority AE
• Manual
• Custom
• Scene
• Low Light
• Movie
• Auto
• Program AE
• Shutter Priority AE
• Aperture Priority AE
• Manual
• Custom U1/U2/U3
• Low Light Noise mode
• SCENE
• Movie
• Intelligent AUTO
• P(Program) mode
• A(Aperture Priority) mode
• S(Shutter Priority) mode
• M(Manual) mode
• Creative Movie mode
• My Color mode
• Scene mode
• Custom 1,2
Scene modes • Portrait
• Landscape
• Kids & Pets
• Smart Shutter(Smile, Wink Self-Timer, FaceSelf-Timer)
• Super Vivid
• Poster Effect
• Foliage
• Snow
• Beach
• Fireworks
• Underwater
• Color Accent
• Color Swap
• High Dynamic Range
• Fish-eye Effect
• Miniature Effect
• Nostalgic
• Stitch Assist
• Auto
• Portrait
• Landscape
• Sports
• Night portrait
• Party/indoor
• Beach
• Snow
• Sunset
• Dusk/dawn
• Night landscape
• Close-up
• Food
• Museum
• Fireworks show
• Copy
• Backlighting
• Panorama assist
• Portrait
• Soft Skin
• Self-Portrait
• Scenery
• Panorama Assist
• Sports
• Night Portrait
• Night Scenery
• High Sensitivity
• Food, Party
• Candle Light
• Baby1
• Baby2
• Pet
• Sunset
• Hi-Speed Burst
• Flash Burst
• Starry Sky
• Fireworks
• Beach
• Snow
• Aerial photo
White balance • Auto (including Face Detection WB)
• Daylight
• Cloudy
• Tungsten
• Fluorescent
• Fluorescent H
• Flash
• Custom
• Underwater
• White Balance Correction
• Auto
• Daylight
• Incandescent
• Fluorescent FL1
• Fluorescent FL2
• Fluorescent FL3
• Cloudy
• Flash
• Manual (Kelvin adjustment)
• Custom 1/2/3
• Auto
• Daylight
• Cloudy
• Shade
• Halogen
• White Set 1,2
• Color Temprature
Self timer • 2, 10 sec
• Interval timer
• 2/10 seconds
• Smile Self Timer
2, 10 sec
Continuous shooting • Approx. 1.9 shots/sec.
• AF: Approx. 0.7 shots/sec.
• LV: Approx. 0.8 shots/sec. (until memory card becomes full)
• Approx. 0.7 shots/sec.
• AF: Approx. 0.7 shots/sec.
• Full resolution:
2.5 frames/sec Max. 5 images (Standard mode), Max 3 images (Fine Mode)
• High-speed Burst Mode:
Approx. 6.0 frames/sec (image priority)
Approx. 10 frames/sec (speed priority)
(recorded in 3M for 4:3, 2.5M for 3:2, 2M for 16:9)
Image parameters • My Colors: My Colors Off / Vivid / Neutral / Sepia / Black & White /Positive Film / Lighter Skin Tone / Darker Skin Tone / Vivid Blue / Vivid Green / Vivid Red / Custom Color • Picture Control: Standard / Neutral / Vivid / Monochrome / Custom 1 / Custom 2 • Film Mode: Standard / Dynamic / Nature / Smooth / Vibrant / Nostalgic / Standard B&W / Dynamic B&W / Smooth B&W / My Film 1, 2 / Multi Film

• My Color Mode: Expressive /Retro / Pure / Elegant / Monochrome / High Dynamic / Dynamic Art / Dynamic B&W / Silhouette / Pinhole / Film Grain / Custom Happy (only in iA mode)
Flash • Auto, Flash On, Flash Off, Slow Sync, Red-eye reduction
• Slow Sync Speed : Fastest speed 1/1600 sec
• +/- 2EV in 1/3 stop increments
• Face Detection FE compensation
• Safety FE
• Flash exposure lock
• Manual Power Adjustment
• Second Curtain Sync
• Range (Auto ISO):50cm - 6.5m (wide) / 2.5m (tele)
• Auto, Auto with red-eye reduction, Fill flash, Manual (1/64 - full power), Slow sync, Rear curtain sync
• Flash exposure compensation +/- 2EV in 1/3 stop increments
• Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
• 0.8 - 7.2m (Wide/ISO Auto), 0.3 - 4.4m (Tele/ISO Auto)
External Flash Yes, High Power Flash HF-DC1 (slave). Yes, via hot-shoe Yes, via hot-shoe
Viewfinder No Yes, optical, built-in Yes, External (optional)
LCD monitor • 3.0 inch PureColor LCD II (TFT)
• 461,000 pixels
• 100% coverage
• Adjustable
• 3.0 inch LCD
• 921,000 dots
• 100% coverage in playback mode (97% in live view)
• 3.0" TFT LCD Display
• 460K dots
• Field of View : approx. 100%
• AUTO Power LCD mode, Power LCD mode ,High CRI (Color Rendering Index) LED backlight
Connectivity • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
• HDMI mini connector
• AV out (PAL / NTSC switchable)
• USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
• HDMI mini connector
• AV out (PAL / NTSC switchable)
• USB2.0 High speed
• AV Output (NTSC/PAL)
• miniHDMI
• DC Input
Storage SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, MMCplus, HC MMCplus SD, SDHC, SDXC • SD/SDHC/SDXC
Power • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-6L
• Charger included
• Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL14
• Charger included
• Li-ion battery DMW-BCJ13E
• Charger included
• AC adaptor (optional)
Weight (inc batt) 193 g 310 g 233 g
Dimensions 100 x 58 x 30 mm
(4 x 2.3 x 1.2 in)
114 x 77.0 x 45 mm
(4.5 x 3 x 1.7 in)
110 x 66 x 43 mm
(4.1 x 2.2 x 1.7 in)
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