Canon ELPH 180 vs Panasonic FP5

Portability
96
Imaging
48
Features
24
Overall
38
Canon PowerShot ELPH 180 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP5 front
Portability
95
Imaging
39
Features
33
Overall
36

Canon ELPH 180 vs Panasonic FP5 Key Specs

Canon ELPH 180
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-224mm (F3.2-6.9) lens
  • 126g - 95 x 54 x 22mm
  • Released January 2016
Panasonic FP5
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 35-140mm (F3.5-5.9) lens
  • 141g - 101 x 59 x 18mm
  • Launched January 2011
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Canon ELPH 180 vs Panasonic FP5 Overview

Here is a comprehensive overview of the Canon ELPH 180 and Panasonic FP5, both Ultracompact cameras by competitors Canon and Panasonic. There is a noticeable difference among the resolutions of the ELPH 180 (20MP) and FP5 (14MP) but both cameras posses the identical sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The ELPH 180 was brought out 5 years later than the FP5 and that is a fairly sizable difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Both of these cameras feature the same body design (Ultracompact).

Before getting straight to a step-by-step comparison, here is a brief overview of how the ELPH 180 scores versus the FP5 for portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Canon ELPH 180 over the Panasonic FP5

 ELPH 180 FP5 
LaunchedJanuary 2016January 2011Fresher by 61 months

Reasons to pick Panasonic FP5 over the Canon ELPH 180

 FP5 ELPH 180 
Screen size3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Canon ELPH 180 and Panasonic FP5

 ELPH 180 FP5 
Manually focus Lack of manual focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen resolution230k230kExact same screen resolution
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen

Canon ELPH 180 vs Panasonic FP5 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is going to carry your camera, you're going to have to factor in its weight and dimensions. The Canon ELPH 180 enjoys exterior measurements of 95mm x 54mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.9") with a weight of 126 grams (0.28 lbs) whilst the Panasonic FP5 has dimensions of 101mm x 59mm x 18mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 0.7") and a weight of 141 grams (0.31 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you are working with at that moment. Underneath is a front view sizing comparison of the ELPH 180 compared to the FP5.

Canon ELPH 180 vs Panasonic FP5 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability score of the ELPH 180 and FP5 is 96 and 95 respectively.

Canon ELPH 180 vs Panasonic FP5 top view buttons comparison

Canon ELPH 180 vs Panasonic FP5 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it can be difficult to imagine the gap in sensor sizing only by viewing specs. The visual below will provide you a more clear sense of the sensor measurements in the ELPH 180 and FP5.

As you can plainly see, both of these cameras come with the identical sensor size albeit different megapixels. You can count on the Canon ELPH 180 to provide you with extra detail having its extra 6 Megapixels. Higher resolution will make it easier to crop shots a good deal more aggressively. The newer ELPH 180 provides an advantage in sensor technology.

Canon ELPH 180 vs Panasonic FP5 sensor size comparison

Canon ELPH 180 vs Panasonic FP5 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon ELPH 180 vs Panasonic FP5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon ELPH 180 Portrait photography info
Panasonic FP5 Portrait photography info
40
megapixel count decent (20MP)
supports face detection focus
manual focus not available
manual mode not available
cannot use external flash
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
34
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
has face detect focusing
no manual focus
manual exposure not available
external flash not possible
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
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Street Comparison

Canon ELPH 180 as a Street photography camera
Panasonic FP5 as a Street photography camera
60
image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
63
built in image stabilization (Optical)
features focus via touch
screen is fixed
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Canon ELPH 180 as a Sports photography camera
Panasonic FP5 as a Sports photography camera
40
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (20 megapixels)
continuous shooting slow (0.8 frames per second)
no shutter priority
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus
44
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (14 megapixels)
has tracking focus
better than average battery (260 CIPA)
max frames per second low (6.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Canon ELPH 180 Travel photography info
Panasonic FP5 Travel photography info
68
megapixel count decent (20 megapixels)
built-in flash
pretty wide (28mm)
lack of Timelapse mode
screen isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.2)
65
better than average battery (260 CIPA)
features focus via touch
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
has built in flash
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
wide angle not good (35mm)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon ELPH 180 Landscape photography highlights
Panasonic FP5 Landscape photography highlights
42
pretty wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (20MP)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.2)
screen is small (2.7 inches)
manual mode not available
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
lack of Timelapse mode
41
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (14 megapixels)
better than average battery (260 CIPA)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (35mm)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
manual exposure not available
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon ELPH 180 as a Vlogging camera
Panasonic FP5 as a Vlogging camera
32
pretty wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detection focus
sluggish max aperture (f3.2)
screen isn't selfie friendly
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pxls)
lack of external microphone jack
30
built-in touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect focusing
wide angle not good (35mm)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pxls)
doesn't have mic socket
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Canon ELPH 180 vs Panasonic FP5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon ELPH 180 and Panasonic FP5
 Canon PowerShot ELPH 180Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP5
General Information
Manufacturer Canon Panasonic
Model Canon PowerShot ELPH 180 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP5
Category Ultracompact Ultracompact
Released 2016-01-05 2011-01-05
Physical type Ultracompact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip DIGIC 4+ Venus Engine IV
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixel 14 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 5152 x 3864 4320 x 3240
Highest native ISO 1600 6400
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points - 11
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-224mm (8.0x) 35-140mm (4.0x)
Largest aperture f/3.2-6.9 f/3.5-5.9
Macro focus distance 1cm 10cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.9
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 2.7 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 230 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Screen technology - TFT Touch Screen LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 15 secs 60 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/1600 secs
Continuous shooting rate 0.8 frames/s 6.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 3.00 m (at Auto ISO) 4.90 m
Flash settings Auto, on, slow synchro, off Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (25p), 640 x 480 (30p) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 Motion JPEG
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 126 gr (0.28 pounds) 141 gr (0.31 pounds)
Physical dimensions 95 x 54 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.9") 101 x 59 x 18mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 0.7")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 220 pictures 260 pictures
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NB-11LH -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots Single Single
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