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Canon S95 Vs Panasonic Lx5 --Which One Is The Best Choice?
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If you have been looking for a new camera, you already know that the Canon S95 and Lumix LX5 are the big dogs of the compact digital camera arena. Both of them have been top 20 sellers of all cameras for many moons because of their amazing image capture and variety of features. You already know that either camera will serve you well, but the differences between the two can be deal breakers once you know them.

Consumer feedback is an excellent source for the things salesmen don't want to tell you about the Canon s95 vs Panasonic lx5 camera war. It seems that the LX5 is pulling ahead in several important categories. How do we know their important? Because owners are actually commenting on them, and consumers are the best way to get honest and useful information about products already on the market.

Most of consumers are reporting that the LX5 is more comfortable and natural to use in the field. They cite the controls placement as one particular advantage of the LX5. Apparently, it is easier to use the menu and make necessary adjustments faster. Also, the jog dial on the Canon is a neat idea--in the development stage--but the camera is so small that you accidentally change the dial just moving your fingers around. I'm sure that is annoying.

One particular function that is better on the LX5 is the direct video button. You don't have to mess with any dial settings to capture video. You just hit the button and wham-o instant HD video recording. As we all know, capturing the perfect video boils down to a matter of seconds sometimes. Nice feature that the Canon doesn't have. The LX5 also has zoom capability in video mode, whereas the Canon does not.

The next advantage in the Canon s95 vs Panasonic lx5 comparison is in the lenses. The S95 has a 28mm lens while the Lumix sports a 24mm wide-angle lens. What this means is the Lumix can capture a wider view and more light for more vivid images. It also is a reason that the LX5 has a minimum macro range of 1mm. This is a truer macro than the 5mm range of the S95.

Ergonomics is a huge factor for every camera purchase and I wouldn't dare skip such a topic. The Panasonic is larger than the Canon and this is a plus for most consumers if you consider their comments. However, if you want a camera that can fit in your jeans pocket easily the Canon would clearly be a safer choice.

The next most popular topic in the Canon s95 vs Panasonic lx5 comparison is the speed of the cameras. By all reports, the LX5 has an edge here too. It has a faster telephoto mode by a full stop over the Canon. What this means is you can take pictures at faster shutter speed when the lens is zoomed. When it comes to compact cameras, most of your pictures are zoomed technically.

Image stabilization is much improved in the LX5 over the S95 which is especially important for point and shoot cameras because we rarely use them with a bi-pod or tripod setup. The LX5 gives you the best chance of capturing your photos with no blur. It also creates less noise.

Battery capacity is a huge buying point with point and shoots because we tend to just grab them and go. The Canon has a capacity of 200 or less per charge compared to 400 per charge on the LX5.

Of course, the most important issue for most buyers is the image quality. Well, consumers report the Lumix wins by a large margin. The color saturation and clarity is just so much better on the Lx5 that you use this factor alone to declare the Lumix the winner in the Canon s95 vs Panasonic lx5 debate.

These are just the most common talking points from owners of these two cameras. The Canon s95 vs Panasonic lx5 argument doesn't look like much of an argument at all. It should just be the new marketing campaign Panasonic uses to crush the competition.

Canon s95 vs Panasonic lx5 verdict: Lumix LX5 wins across every point except maybe size if you want an extremely compact camera. Until recently, the main advantage the Canon had over the Lumix was price. However, the Lumix sells for the same price as the Canon now. Now there really is no reason to choose against it.

Do a quick search for Lumix LX5 reviews to find out how impressive and powerful Panasonic's Lumix line has become. It doesn't take long and it will save you from making a costly mistake.


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