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Kodak M381 vs Panasonic FP5

Portability
95
Imaging
36
Features
13
Overall
26
Kodak EasyShare M381 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP5 front
Portability
95
Imaging
38
Features
33
Overall
36

Kodak M381 vs Panasonic FP5 Key Specs

Kodak M381
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 64 - 1600
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 35-175mm (F3.0-4.8) lens
  • 153g - 101 x 60 x 20mm
  • Launched July 2009
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
  • Revealed January 2011
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Kodak M381 vs Panasonic FP5 Overview

Following is a comprehensive overview of the Kodak M381 and Panasonic FP5, both Ultracompact digital cameras by companies Kodak and Panasonic. The sensor resolution of the M381 (12MP) and the FP5 (14MP) is pretty similar and they possess the same exact sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The M381 was unveiled 17 months before the FP5 which makes the cameras a generation away from each other. Both of these cameras offer the identical body type (Ultracompact).

Before going in to a in depth comparison, below is a quick summation of how the M381 matches up versus the FP5 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Kodak M381 over the Panasonic FP5

 M381 FP5 

Reasons to pick Panasonic FP5 over the Kodak M381

 FP5 M381 
RevealedJanuary 2011July 2009More modern by 17 months
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Common features in the Kodak M381 and Panasonic FP5

 M381 FP5 
Focus manually No manual focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen sizing
Screen resolution230k230kThe same screen resolution
Selfie screen Neither provides selfie screen

Kodak M381 vs Panasonic FP5 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is aiming to carry around your camera frequently, you have to take into account its weight and volume. The Kodak M381 provides external measurements of 101mm x 60mm x 20mm (4.0" x 2.4" x 0.8") along with a weight of 153 grams (0.34 lbs) while the Panasonic FP5 has sizing of 101mm x 59mm x 18mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 0.7") along with a weight of 141 grams (0.31 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you are utilizing at the time. The following is the front view scale comparison of the M381 vs the FP5.

Kodak M381 vs Panasonic FP5 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability score of the M381 and FP5 is 95 and 95 respectively.

Kodak M381 vs Panasonic FP5 top view buttons comparison

Kodak M381 vs Panasonic FP5 Sensor Comparison

Generally, its tough to imagine the difference between sensor sizes simply by going over specifications. The pic here will offer you a stronger sense of the sensor sizing in the M381 and FP5.

Plainly, each of the cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing albeit different megapixels. You can expect the Panasonic FP5 to deliver extra detail having an extra 2MP. Higher resolution will help you crop shots a little more aggressively. The more aged M381 is going to be behind when it comes to sensor tech.

Kodak M381 vs Panasonic FP5 sensor size comparison

Kodak M381 vs Panasonic FP5 Screen and ViewFinder

Kodak M381 vs Panasonic FP5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Kodak M381 Portrait photography info
Panasonic FP5 Portrait photography info
21
lack of manual focus
manual mode not possible
external flash not possible
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
34
decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
has face detect autofocus
lack of manual focus
manual mode not available
external flash not possible
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Kodak M381
Street photography with Panasonic FP5
48
no articulating screen
lack of image stabilization
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
heavier than others in class (153 grams)
63
has image stabilization (Optical)
has touch to focus
screen is fixed
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Kodak M381 Sports photography features
Panasonic FP5 Sports photography features
18
low maximum shutter speed (1/1,400 seconds)
no shutter priority
lack of image stabilization
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
44
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (14MP)
has tracking focus
great battery power (260 CIPA)
low fps (6.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Kodak M381 as a Travel photography camera
Panasonic FP5 as a Travel photography camera
50
built-in flash
does not have Time Lapse mode
heavier than others in class (153g)
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
screen is not selfie friendly
wide angle not the best (35mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
65
great battery power (260 shots)
has touch to focus
decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
flash built-in
doesn't have Timelapse mode
screen is not selfie friendly
wide angle not the best (35mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Kodak M381 Landscape photography advice
Panasonic FP5 Landscape photography advice
28
screen is a decent size (3 inch)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not the best (35mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
manual mode not possible
lack of image stabilization
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
does not have Time Lapse mode
41
nice screen size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
great battery power (260 shots)
lack of manual focus
can't change lenses (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not the best (35mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
manual mode not available
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
doesn't have Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Kodak M381 Vlogging factors
Panasonic FP5 Vlogging factors
22
wide angle not the best (35mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
screen is not selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
video quality not great (640 x 480 pixels)
does not have mic jack
heavier than others in class (153 grams)
30
touchscreen enabled
has image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect autofocus
wide angle not the best (35mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
screen is not selfie friendly
low res video (1280 x 720 resolution)
doesn't have microphone support
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Kodak M381 vs Panasonic FP5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Kodak M381 and Panasonic FP5
 Kodak EasyShare M381Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP5
General Information
Make Kodak Panasonic
Model type Kodak EasyShare M381 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP5
Class Ultracompact Ultracompact
Launched 2009-07-29 2011-01-05
Physical type Ultracompact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Processor - Venus Engine IV
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 14 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 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 1600 6400
Minimum native ISO 64 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points - 11
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 35-175mm (5.0x) 35-140mm (4.0x)
Largest aperture f/3.0-4.8 f/3.5-5.9
Macro focusing range 10cm 10cm
Crop factor 5.9 5.9
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 230 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Screen tech - TFT Touch Screen LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 8 seconds 60 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/1400 seconds 1/1600 seconds
Continuous shooting rate - 6.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 3.20 m 4.90 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 640x480 1280x720
Video data format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Microphone support
Headphone support
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 sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 153 grams (0.34 lbs) 141 grams (0.31 lbs)
Dimensions 101 x 60 x 20mm (4.0" x 2.4" x 0.8") 101 x 59 x 18mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 0.7")
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
Type of battery - Battery Pack
Battery ID KLIC-7003 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC card, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots One One
Price at launch $170 $199