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Hard to fully judge til we can process RAW's from both cameras but to my eyes the RX100 seems to deliver what I would consider the overall "better" files.
There is some resolution advantage, though not always huge, as I think overall the Panny has the better lens technically speaking, and at times I'm not sure how much of what we are seeing is edge softness vs limited DoF.
LX7 looks like it does pretty well in terms of DR and overall optics. Its darn lucky its got such a fast lens because it looks pretty noisy even at ISO400 and given its a typical Panny, I'm sure the detail smearing at high ISO isn't pretty.
All and all the LX7 looks pretty much like what I get from my LX5, in fact I don't really see too much to tell them apart in samples I've seen. LX7 is the better camera for sure, but its a question of do I want to sell the LX5 which I'm not even shooting these days and buy a new $500 version of it ? Probably not
End of the day the LX7 still looks like a point and shoot. A really nice one, with fantastic ergonomics and well implemented shooting modes such as an AEB mode thats useful in the real world unlike Sony's sad +/-.7EV crap. Build in ND filter etc is all icing on the cake.
RX100 files just seem to have a certain larger camera look them, and there really is a bit of Zeiss "pop" in there as well. Its not a perfect lens, as its got some soft corners, color shifts and could be faster on the long end, but darn if theres not some magic, especially on the wide end.
I just see some clarity and pop to its files I'm not seeing in the LX7 which looks a bit flat.
The shot of the dog (admittedly the first shot looks like it was done in overcast light vs sun for the RX100) or the shot of the field or the girl with her hands on the table. The LX7 just seems to look flat and muted with no real depth.
Technically I might find some LX7 shots better, but aesthetically I think the RX100 wins it for me in most every frame.
Thanks so much for taking the time to shoot this and then post all the images. I know that can be a bit of a chore