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Fujifilm X30 vs Panasonic SZ5

Portability
80
Imaging
39
Features
73
Overall
52
Fujifilm X30 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5 front
Portability
95
Imaging
38
Features
34
Overall
36

Fujifilm X30 vs Panasonic SZ5 Key Specs

Fujifilm X30
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 2/3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-112mm (F2.0-2.8) lens
  • 423g - 119 x 72 x 60mm
  • Announced August 2014
  • Old Model is Fujifilm X20
Panasonic SZ5
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600 (Raise to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-250mm (F3.1-5.9) lens
  • 136g - 104 x 58 x 21mm
  • Introduced July 2012
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Fujifilm X30 vs Panasonic SZ5 Overview

Following is a extended review of the Fujifilm X30 and Panasonic SZ5, both Small Sensor Compact cameras by competitors FujiFilm and Panasonic. The image resolution of the Fujifilm X30 (12MP) and the SZ5 (14MP) is pretty comparable but the Fujifilm X30 (2/3") and SZ5 (1/2.3") posses totally different sensor measurements.

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The Fujifilm X30 was manufactured 2 years after the SZ5 which is a fairly significant difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Both cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before going straight to a thorough comparison, here is a quick summation of how the Fujifilm X30 grades against the SZ5 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Fujifilm X30 over the Panasonic SZ5

 Fujifilm X30 SZ5 
IntroducedAugust 2014July 2012More modern by 26 months
Focus manually Dial accurate focusing
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution920k230kClearer screen (+690k dot)

Reasons to pick Panasonic SZ5 over the Fujifilm X30

 SZ5 Fujifilm X30 

Common features in the Fujifilm X30 and Panasonic SZ5

 Fujifilm X30 SZ5 
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen measurements
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither provides Touch friendly screen

Fujifilm X30 vs Panasonic SZ5 Physical Comparison

If you're looking to carry around your camera frequently, you need to factor its weight and dimensions. The Fujifilm X30 provides exterior measurements of 119mm x 72mm x 60mm (4.7" x 2.8" x 2.4") having a weight of 423 grams (0.93 lbs) whilst the Panasonic SZ5 has dimensions of 104mm x 58mm x 21mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 0.8") accompanied by a weight of 136 grams (0.30 lbs).

Analyze the Fujifilm X30 and Panasonic SZ5 in our completely new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into account, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you select at that time. Underneath is a front view over all size comparison of the Fujifilm X30 versus the SZ5.

Fujifilm X30 vs Panasonic SZ5 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability score of the Fujifilm X30 and SZ5 is 80 and 95 respectively.

Fujifilm X30 vs Panasonic SZ5 top view buttons comparison

Fujifilm X30 vs Panasonic SZ5 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it is very hard to visualise the contrast in sensor sizes just by going through specs. The image here should provide you a clearer sense of the sensor sizing in the Fujifilm X30 and SZ5.

All in all, both of these cameras provide different resolutions and different sensor sizes. The Fujifilm X30 featuring a bigger sensor will make shooting shallower depth of field simpler and the Panasonic SZ5 will show extra detail due to its extra 2MP. Higher resolution will also help you crop pictures more aggressively. The more recent Fujifilm X30 will have an edge in sensor technology.

Fujifilm X30 vs Panasonic SZ5 sensor size comparison

Fujifilm X30 vs Panasonic SZ5 Screen and ViewFinder

Fujifilm X30 vs Panasonic SZ5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Fujifilm X30 as a Portrait photography camera
Panasonic SZ5 as a Portrait photography camera
47
has manual focus
has face detect autofocus
delivers RAW formats
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (2/3")
34
megapixel count good (14 megapixels)
features face detect focusing
lack of manual focus
manual mode not available
cannot use external flash
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
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Street Comparison

Fujifilm X30 as a Street photography camera
Panasonic SZ5 as a Street photography camera
64
tilting screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW formats
sensor size is tiny (2/3")
heavier than average in class (423 grams)
63
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than others (136 grams)
fixed screen
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Fujifilm X30 as a Sports photography camera
Panasonic SZ5 as a Sports photography camera
52
has image stabilization (Optical)
has tracking focus
better than average battery life (470 per charge)
comes with phase detect autofocus
low megapixels (12MP)
sensor size is tiny (2/3")
40
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (14MP)
features tracking focus
slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Fujifilm X30 as a Travel photography camera
Panasonic SZ5 as a Travel photography camera
62
better than average battery life (470 shots)
flash built-in
rather wide (28mm)
very good maximum aperture (f2.0)
heavier than average in class (423 grams)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
70
lighter than others (136g)
megapixel count good (14MP)
flash built-in
decently wide (25mm)
great zoom (250mm)
missing Timelapse recording
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Fujifilm X30 Landscape photography details
Panasonic SZ5 Landscape photography details
58
has manual focus
rather wide (28mm)
very good maximum aperture (f2.0)
screen size is good (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW formats
better than average battery life (470 CIPA)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low megapixels (12MP)
sensor size is tiny (2/3")
42
decently wide (25mm)
screen is a good size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (14 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
manual mode not available
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
missing Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Fujifilm X30 Vlogging highlights
Panasonic SZ5 Vlogging highlights
34
rather wide (28mm)
very good maximum aperture (f2.0)
has image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect autofocus
great video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does have mic port
does not contain selfie friendly screen
heavier than average in class (423g)
32
decently wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
features face detect focusing
lighter than others (136 grams)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
display isn't selfie friendly
low res video (1280 x 720 pixels)
missing microphone port
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Fujifilm X30 vs Panasonic SZ5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Fujifilm X30 and Panasonic SZ5
 Fujifilm X30Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5
General Information
Manufacturer FujiFilm Panasonic
Model Fujifilm X30 Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2014-08-26 2012-07-18
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip EXR Processor II -
Sensor type CMOS X-TRANS II CCD
Sensor size 2/3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 8.8 x 6.6mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 58.1mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 14 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 4000 x 3000 4320 x 3240
Max native ISO 12800 1600
Max boosted ISO - 6400
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW data
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points 49 23
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-112mm (4.0x) 25-250mm (10.0x)
Max aperture f/2.0-2.8 f/3.1-5.9
Macro focus range 1cm 5cm
Crop factor 4.1 5.9
Screen
Display type Tilting Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3" 3"
Resolution of display 920k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Display tech - TFT Screen LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 2,360k dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.65x -
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30 seconds 8 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/1600 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 12.0 frames per second 2.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 7.00 m 5.60 m
Flash modes Auto, forced flash, slow synchro, commander, suppressed flash Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync
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
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p/50p/30p/25/24p), 1280 x 720 (60p/50p/30p/25/24p), 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 H.264 MPEG-4
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
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
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 423 grams (0.93 lbs) 136 grams (0.30 lbs)
Physical dimensions 119 x 72 x 60mm (4.7" x 2.8" x 2.4") 104 x 58 x 21mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 0.8")
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 470 images 250 images
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NP-95 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 secs)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots 1 1
Retail pricing $499 $195