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Fujifilm F900EXR vs Panasonic SZ5

Portability
90
Imaging
40
Features
55
Overall
46
Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5 front
Portability
95
Imaging
38
Features
34
Overall
36

Fujifilm F900EXR vs Panasonic SZ5 Key Specs

Fujifilm F900EXR
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Boost to 12800)
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-500mm (F3.5-5.3) lens
  • 232g - 105 x 61 x 36mm
  • Launched January 2013
  • Earlier Model is Fujifilm F800EXR
Panasonic SZ5
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600 (Expand to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-250mm (F3.1-5.9) lens
  • 136g - 104 x 58 x 21mm
  • Revealed July 2012
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Fujifilm F900EXR vs Panasonic SZ5 Overview

Here, we are looking at the Fujifilm F900EXR versus Panasonic SZ5, former being a Small Sensor Superzoom while the other is a Small Sensor Compact by rivals FujiFilm and Panasonic. The sensor resolution of the Fujifilm F900EXR (16MP) and the SZ5 (14MP) is very comparable but the Fujifilm F900EXR (1/2") and SZ5 (1/2.3") provide different sensor measurements.

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The Fujifilm F900EXR was announced 7 months later than the SZ5 and they are both of a similar age. Both the cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before going right into a full comparison, here is a simple introduction of how the Fujifilm F900EXR matches up vs the SZ5 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Fujifilm F900EXR over the Panasonic SZ5

 Fujifilm F900EXR SZ5 
RevealedJanuary 2013July 2012More recent by 7 months
Display resolution920k230kCrisper display (+690k dot)

Reasons to pick Panasonic SZ5 over the Fujifilm F900EXR

 SZ5 Fujifilm F900EXR 

Common features in the Fujifilm F900EXR and Panasonic SZ5

 Fujifilm F900EXR SZ5 
Manual focus No manual focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display size3"3"Same display measurements
Selfie screen Neither offers selfie screen
Touch display Neither offers Touch display

Fujifilm F900EXR vs Panasonic SZ5 Physical Comparison

If you are intending to lug around your camera regularly, you have to take into account its weight and proportions. The Fujifilm F900EXR offers external dimensions of 105mm x 61mm x 36mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.4") accompanied by a weight of 232 grams (0.51 lbs) and the Panasonic SZ5 has measurements of 104mm x 58mm x 21mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 0.8") with a weight of 136 grams (0.30 lbs).

Check out the Fujifilm F900EXR versus Panasonic SZ5 in our newest Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you are using at that moment. Underneath is a front view overall size comparison of the Fujifilm F900EXR compared to the SZ5.

Fujifilm F900EXR vs Panasonic SZ5 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the Fujifilm F900EXR and SZ5 is 90 and 95 respectively.

Fujifilm F900EXR vs Panasonic SZ5 top view buttons comparison

Fujifilm F900EXR vs Panasonic SZ5 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it can be tough to imagine the gap in sensor measurements just by going through specifications. The graphic here will offer you a greater sense of the sensor dimensions in the Fujifilm F900EXR and SZ5.

Plainly, both cameras feature different resolutions and different sensor measurements. The Fujifilm F900EXR with its larger sensor is going to make shooting shallow depth of field simpler and the Fujifilm F900EXR will produce more detail with its extra 2MP. Greater resolution will let you crop photos way more aggressively. The more modern Fujifilm F900EXR provides an edge in sensor technology.

Fujifilm F900EXR vs Panasonic SZ5 sensor size comparison

Fujifilm F900EXR vs Panasonic SZ5 Screen and ViewFinder

Fujifilm F900EXR vs Panasonic SZ5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Fujifilm F900EXR Portrait photography features
Panasonic SZ5 Portrait photography features
44
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
comes with face detect focusing
delivers RAW files
lack of manual focus
external flash not possible
sensor is tiny (1/2")
34
MP count decent (14 megapixels)
provides face detection focusing
focusing manually not possible
no manual control
can't use external flash
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Fujifilm F900EXR Street photography features
Panasonic SZ5 Street photography features
68
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
delivers RAW files
lighter than average (232g)
screen does not articulate
sensor is tiny (1/2")
63
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than others (136 grams)
screen is fixed
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Fujifilm F900EXR Sports photography factors
Panasonic SZ5 Sports photography factors
55
long zoom range (25-500mm 20.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
comes with tracking focus
sensor has phase detect AF
sensor is tiny (1/2")
terrible battery life (260 per charge)
40
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (14 megapixels)
provides tracking autofocus
painfully slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
small sensor (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Fujifilm F900EXR Travel photography highlights
Panasonic SZ5 Travel photography highlights
66
lighter than average (232 grams)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
flash built-in
really wide (25mm)
long zoom (500mm)
does not have Timelapse recording
terrible battery life (260 shots)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
slow max aperture (f3.5)
70
lighter than others (136 grams)
MP count decent (14 megapixels)
built-in flash
pretty wide (25mm)
very long reach (250mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
screen is not selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Fujifilm F900EXR Landscape photography features
Panasonic SZ5 Landscape photography features
47
really wide (25mm)
nice screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
delivers RAW files
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
sensor is tiny (1/2")
terrible battery life (260 CIPA)
does not have Timelapse recording
42
pretty wide (25mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (14MP)
focusing manually not possible
can't change lenses (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)
no manual control
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW format
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Fujifilm F900EXR Vlogging factors
Panasonic SZ5 Vlogging factors
34
really wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
comes with face detect focusing
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than average (232g)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
does not have microphone socket
32
pretty wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detection focusing
lighter than others (136g)
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)
screen is not selfie friendly
video res low (1280 x 720 pixels)
doesn't have external mic support
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Fujifilm F900EXR vs Panasonic SZ5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Fujifilm F900EXR and Panasonic SZ5
 Fujifilm FinePix F900EXRPanasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5
General Information
Make FujiFilm Panasonic
Model type Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Compact
Launched 2013-01-30 2012-07-18
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip EXR II -
Sensor type EXRCMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.4 x 4.8mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 30.7mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 14 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 4608 x 3456 4320 x 3240
Max native ISO 3200 1600
Max boosted ISO 12800 6400
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points - 23
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 25-500mm (20.0x) 25-250mm (10.0x)
Max aperture f/3.5-5.3 f/3.1-5.9
Macro focusing range 5cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.6 5.9
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3" 3"
Screen resolution 920 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Screen technology TFT color LCD monitor TFT Screen LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 8 secs 8 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/1600 secs
Continuous shooting rate 11.0 frames per sec 2.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 3.70 m (Wide: 15 cm–3.7 m / Tele: 90 cm–2.4m) 5.60 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1280 x 720p ( 30,25 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 232g (0.51 lb) 136g (0.30 lb)
Physical dimensions 105 x 61 x 36mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.4") 104 x 58 x 21mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 0.8")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 260 pictures 250 pictures
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID NP-50A -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Auto release, Auto shutter (Dog, Cat)) Yes (2 or 10 secs)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots One One
Launch pricing $380 $195