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Fujifilm S1500 vs Panasonic FZ200

Portability
82
Imaging
33
Features
19
Overall
27
Fujifilm FinePix S1500 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 front
Portability
65
Imaging
36
Features
64
Overall
47

Fujifilm S1500 vs Panasonic FZ200 Key Specs

Fujifilm S1500
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 64 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 33-396mm (F2.8-5.0) lens
  • 345g - 103 x 73 x 68mm
  • Revealed February 2009
Panasonic FZ200
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Bump to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-600mm (F2.8) lens
  • 588g - 125 x 87 x 110mm
  • Released July 2012
  • Previous Model is Panasonic FZ100
  • Successor is Panasonic FZ300
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Fujifilm S1500 vs Panasonic FZ200 Overview

Here, we will be matching up the Fujifilm S1500 vs Panasonic FZ200, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras by manufacturers FujiFilm and Panasonic. The image resolution of the Fujifilm S1500 (10MP) and the FZ200 (12MP) is pretty well matched and both cameras boast the identical sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The Fujifilm S1500 was manufactured 4 years before the FZ200 which is quite a big difference as far as technology is concerned. Both cameras feature the same body design (SLR-like (bridge)).

Before delving straight to a detailed comparison, here is a concise introduction of how the Fujifilm S1500 grades against the FZ200 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Fujifilm S1500 over the Panasonic FZ200

 Fujifilm S1500 FZ200 

Reasons to pick Panasonic FZ200 over the Fujifilm S1500

 FZ200 Fujifilm S1500 
ReleasedJuly 2012February 2009Newer by 41 months
Manual focus Very accurate focusing
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen size3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution460k230kCrisper screen (+230k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies

Common features in the Fujifilm S1500 and Panasonic FZ200

 Fujifilm S1500 FZ200 
Touch friendly screen Neither has Touch friendly screen

Fujifilm S1500 vs Panasonic FZ200 Physical Comparison

If you're planning to travel with your camera frequently, you're going to have to factor in its weight and size. The Fujifilm S1500 has physical dimensions of 103mm x 73mm x 68mm (4.1" x 2.9" x 2.7") accompanied by a weight of 345 grams (0.76 lbs) while the Panasonic FZ200 has specifications of 125mm x 87mm x 110mm (4.9" x 3.4" x 4.3") with a weight of 588 grams (1.30 lbs).

Compare the Fujifilm S1500 vs Panasonic FZ200 in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you use during that time. Here is a front view physical size comparison of the Fujifilm S1500 vs the FZ200.

Fujifilm S1500 vs Panasonic FZ200 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability score of the Fujifilm S1500 and FZ200 is 82 and 65 respectively.

Fujifilm S1500 vs Panasonic FZ200 top view buttons comparison

Fujifilm S1500 vs Panasonic FZ200 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, its hard to picture the contrast between sensor dimensions simply by checking a spec sheet. The image here might give you a greater sense of the sensor dimensions in the Fujifilm S1500 and FZ200.

As you can see, both cameras come with the identical sensor size albeit different resolution. You can expect the Panasonic FZ200 to give greater detail due to its extra 2 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also make it easier to crop pictures a good deal more aggressively. The more aged Fujifilm S1500 is going to be behind in sensor tech.

Fujifilm S1500 vs Panasonic FZ200 sensor size comparison

Fujifilm S1500 vs Panasonic FZ200 Screen and ViewFinder

Fujifilm S1500 vs Panasonic FZ200 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Fujifilm S1500 as a Portrait photography camera
Panasonic FZ200 as a Portrait photography camera
19
focusing manually not possible
cannot use external flash
sensor resolution low (10MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
48
manual focus
above average flash sync (1/4,000 seconds)
comes with face detection focus
supports RAW formats
low MP (12MP)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Fujifilm S1500 Street photography information
Panasonic FZ200 Street photography information
51
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
fixed screen
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
57
fully articulated screen
image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW formats
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
more heavy than competition in class (588g)
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Sports Comparison

Fujifilm S1500 as a Sports photography camera
Panasonic FZ200 as a Sports photography camera
26
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
very slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames per second)
sensor resolution low (10MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus
46
amazing zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
comes with tracking autofocus
good battery pack (540 CIPA)
low MP (12MP)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Fujifilm S1500 Travel photography features
Panasonic FZ200 Travel photography features
50
built-in flash
long reach (396mm)
lack of Timelapse recording
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
wide angle not fantastic (33mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
55
good battery pack (540 shots)
built-in flash
selfie friendly display
pretty wide (25mm)
very long reach (600mm)
no Timelapse recording
more heavy than competition in class (588 grams)
low MP (12 megapixels)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Fujifilm S1500
Landscape photography with Panasonic FZ200
26
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not fantastic (33mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
tiny screen (2.7")
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
lack of Timelapse recording
48
manual focus
pretty wide (25mm)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW formats
good battery pack (540 shots)
can't change lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
low MP (12MP)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Fujifilm S1500 as a Vlogging camera
Panasonic FZ200 as a Vlogging camera
23
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
wide angle not fantastic (33mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
screen is not selfie friendly
low quality video (640 x 480 pixels)
lack of microphone support
63
pretty wide (25mm)
selfie friendly display
image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection focus
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
comes with external microphone jack
slow max aperture (f2.8)
more heavy than competition in class (588 grams)
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Fujifilm S1500 vs Panasonic FZ200 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Fujifilm S1500 and Panasonic FZ200
 Fujifilm FinePix S1500Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
General Information
Make FujiFilm Panasonic
Model type Fujifilm FinePix S1500 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2009-02-17 2012-07-18
Body design SLR-like (bridge) SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Powered by - Venus Engine VII FHD
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 3:2 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 3648 x 2736 4000 x 3000
Highest native ISO 6400 3200
Highest enhanced ISO - 6400
Lowest native ISO 64 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
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 33-396mm (12.0x) 25-600mm (24.0x)
Largest aperture f/2.8-5.0 f/2.8
Macro focusing range 2cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Screen size 2.7 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 230 thousand dot 460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Screen tech - Free-Angle TFT Screen LCD Display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 1,312 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Features
Min shutter speed 8s 60s
Max shutter speed 1/2000s 1/4000s
Continuous shutter speed 1.0 frames/s 12.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 8.70 m (Auto ISO) 13.50 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Slow sync, Red-eye reduction Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Max flash sync - 1/4000s
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 1280 x 720p (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 640 x 480 (240, 120, 30, 25 fps)
Highest video resolution 640x480 1920x1080
Video data format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 345g (0.76 lb) 588g (1.30 lb)
Physical dimensions 103 x 73 x 68mm (4.1" x 2.9" x 2.7") 125 x 87 x 110mm (4.9" x 3.4" x 4.3")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested 37
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 19.1
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 10.8
DXO Low light rating not tested 114
Other
Battery life - 540 pictures
Type of battery - Battery Pack
Battery ID 4 x AA -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 secs)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage - SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots One One
Price at release $200 $499