Though it has a smaller sensor than the Sony, the LX7 (the successor to the Lumix LX5) won us over with its sharp and accurate 10.1MP images, RAW shooting and reassuringly hefty build. It's a beautiful, but chunky, construction.
Autofocus is faster than ever and though the 920k dot LCD screen is great outdoors, you can also add an optical viewfinder via the hotshoe. There's also a neat pop-up flash.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 review – image quality and autofocus
From macro and shallow depth of field shots to playing around with the art filters and 1080p video, there’s nothing the LX7 doesn’t do well. Tons of manual controls and fantastic image quality make this a trusty second camera.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 review – verdict
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 review
A powerful and reliable back-up camera for DSLR owners or first time compact users