The only significant changes to the LX5's design are the update to a stereo microphone and the addition of a manual aperture ring around the lens. I tend to shoot in shutter-priority mode so an aperture ring doesn't appeal much to me; I prefer the context-sensitive, mutifunction approach to a lens ring that Canon pioneered with the S95. Nevertheless, I think it will appeal to a lot of photographers who use cameras like this. Panasonic retains the aspect-ratio switch of the LX series. The LX7 doesn't have a multiaspect sensor, though, so changing the aspect ratio still merely crops in-camera.