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Fujifilm S1 vs Panasonic LZ30

Portability
60
Imaging
40
Features
67
Overall
50
Fujifilm FinePix S1 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 front
Portability
66
Imaging
40
Features
32
Overall
36

Fujifilm S1 vs Panasonic LZ30 Key Specs

Fujifilm S1
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-1200mm (F2.8-5.6) lens
  • 680g - 133 x 91 x 110mm
  • Released January 2014
Panasonic LZ30
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-875mm (F3.0-5.9) lens
  • 552g - 124 x 84 x 92mm
  • Announced January 2013
  • Previous Model is Panasonic LZ20
  • Successor is Panasonic LZ40
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Fujifilm S1 vs Panasonic LZ30 Overview

On this page, we are reviewing the Fujifilm S1 and Panasonic LZ30, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras by companies FujiFilm and Panasonic. The image resolution of the Fujifilm S1 (16MP) and the LZ30 (16MP) is fairly close and both cameras boast the same sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The Fujifilm S1 was revealed 13 months after the LZ30 making them a generation away from each other. Each of these cameras have the same body design (SLR-like (bridge)).

Before delving into a in-depth comparison, here is a quick synopsis of how the Fujifilm S1 grades versus the LZ30 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Fujifilm S1 over the Panasonic LZ30

 Fujifilm S1 LZ30 
AnnouncedJanuary 2014January 2013Newer by 13 months
Manual focus More precise focus
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display resolution920k460kClearer display (+460k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies

Reasons to pick Panasonic LZ30 over the Fujifilm S1

 LZ30 Fujifilm S1 

Common features in the Fujifilm S1 and Panasonic LZ30

 Fujifilm S1 LZ30 
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display sizing
Touch display No Touch display

Fujifilm S1 vs Panasonic LZ30 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is intending to travel with your camera, you will have to factor in its weight and size. The Fujifilm S1 has outer dimensions of 133mm x 91mm x 110mm (5.2" x 3.6" x 4.3") accompanied by a weight of 680 grams (1.50 lbs) while the Panasonic LZ30 has specifications of 124mm x 84mm x 92mm (4.9" x 3.3" x 3.6") along with a weight of 552 grams (1.22 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you are employing during that time. Here is a front view measurements comparison of the Fujifilm S1 vs the LZ30.

Fujifilm S1 vs Panasonic LZ30 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability grade of the Fujifilm S1 and LZ30 is 60 and 66 respectively.

Fujifilm S1 vs Panasonic LZ30 top view buttons comparison

Fujifilm S1 vs Panasonic LZ30 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, its hard to picture the difference in sensor dimensions just by looking through specifications. The picture underneath will offer you a far better sense of the sensor dimensions in the Fujifilm S1 and LZ30.

To sum up, the two cameras have the same sensor dimensions and the same exact megapixels therefore you should expect comparable quality of pictures although you might want to factor the release date of the cameras into account. The more modern Fujifilm S1 provides an advantage when it comes to sensor tech.

Fujifilm S1 vs Panasonic LZ30 sensor size comparison

Fujifilm S1 vs Panasonic LZ30 Screen and ViewFinder

Fujifilm S1 vs Panasonic LZ30 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Fujifilm S1 Portrait photography highlights
Panasonic LZ30 Portrait photography highlights
56
focusing manually
megapixel count decent (16MP)
offers face detect focusing
supports RAW files
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
32
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
no manual focus
cannot use external flash
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Fujifilm S1 Street photography factors
Panasonic LZ30 Street photography factors
58
screen articulates fully
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports RAW files
weather proofing
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
heavier than competition in class (680 grams)
43
has image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
more heavy than average (552g)
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Sports Comparison

Fujifilm S1 Sports photography factors
Panasonic LZ30 Sports photography factors
57
amazing zoom range (24-1200mm 50.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
offers tracking focus
weather proofing
good battery pack (350 shots)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
47
incredible zoom range (25-875mm 35.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
offers tracking autofocus
better than average battery pack (380 shots)
low fps (1.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Fujifilm S1
Travel photography with Panasonic LZ30
63
good battery pack (350 per charge)
weather proofing
megapixel count decent (16MP)
built-in flash
selfie friendly screen
really wide (24mm)
very long zoom (1200mm)
heavier than competition in class (680g)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
56
better than average battery pack (380 per charge)
MP count decent (16MP)
has built in flash
pretty wide (25mm)
very long reach (875mm)
no Timelapse recording
more heavy than average (552 grams)
screen is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
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Landscape Comparison

Fujifilm S1 Landscape photography factors
Panasonic LZ30 Landscape photography factors
58
focusing manually
really wide (24mm)
pretty good screen size (3")
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
supports RAW files
weather proofing
good battery pack (350 shots)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
45
pretty wide (25mm)
pretty good screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16MP)
better than average battery pack (380 shots)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
no Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Fujifilm S1
Vlogging with Panasonic LZ30
57
really wide (24mm)
selfie friendly screen
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
offers face detect focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
doesn't have mic port
heavier than competition in class (680 grams)
22
pretty wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
screen is not selfie friendly
low res video (1280 x 720 pixels)
no external microphone jack
more heavy than average (552 grams)
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Fujifilm S1 vs Panasonic LZ30 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Fujifilm S1 and Panasonic LZ30
 Fujifilm FinePix S1Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30
General Information
Company FujiFilm Panasonic
Model type Fujifilm FinePix S1 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2014-01-06 2013-01-07
Body design SLR-like (bridge) SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 -
Max resolution 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 12800 6400
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 24-1200mm (50.0x) 25-875mm (35.0x)
Largest aperture f/2.8-5.6 f/3.0-5.9
Macro focusing range 1cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Range of screen Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen size 3" 3"
Resolution of screen 920k dot 460k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Screen tech TFT LCD TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 920k dot -
Viewfinder coverage 97 percent -
Features
Min shutter speed 30s 15s
Max shutter speed 1/2000s 1/2000s
Continuous shutter speed 10.0 frames per second 1.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 8.00 m 4.40 m
Flash options Auto, forced flash, suppressed flash, slow sync Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p), 1280 x 720 (60p), 640 x 480 (30p) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video file format H.264 Motion JPEG
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Optional None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 680g (1.50 lb) 552g (1.22 lb)
Physical dimensions 133 x 91 x 110mm (5.2" x 3.6" x 4.3") 124 x 84 x 92mm (4.9" x 3.3" x 3.6")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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 350 photos 380 photos
Style of battery Battery Pack AA
Battery ID NP-85 4 x AA
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 0r 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SC/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots Single Single
Launch cost $400 $230