Kodak M381 vs Panasonic FZ200

Portability
95
Imaging
36
Features
13
Overall
26
Kodak EasyShare M381 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 front
Portability
65
Imaging
37
Features
64
Overall
47

Kodak M381 vs Panasonic FZ200 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
  • Announced July 2009
Panasonic FZ200
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Raise to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-600mm (F2.8) lens
  • 588g - 125 x 87 x 110mm
  • Announced July 2012
  • Superseded the Panasonic FZ100
  • Replacement is Panasonic FZ300
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Kodak M381 vs Panasonic FZ200 Overview

Here, we will be evaluating the Kodak M381 and Panasonic FZ200, former is a Ultracompact while the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom by competitors Kodak and Panasonic. The sensor resolution of the M381 (12MP) and the FZ200 (12MP) is relatively similar and both cameras posses the identical sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The M381 was manufactured 4 years prior to the FZ200 which is quite a significant difference as far as tech is concerned. Each of these cameras feature different body design with the Kodak M381 being a Ultracompact camera and the Panasonic FZ200 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera.

Before we go straight to a in depth comparison, here is a concise introduction of how the M381 matches up vs the FZ200 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Kodak M381 over the Panasonic FZ200

 M381 FZ200 

Reasons to pick Panasonic FZ200 over the Kodak M381

 FZ200 M381 
AnnouncedJuly 2012July 2009Newer by 36 months
Focus manually Dial precise focusing
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen resolution460k230kCrisper screen (+230k dot)
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Common features in the Kodak M381 and Panasonic FZ200

 M381 FZ200 
Screen size3"3"Same screen measurements
Touch friendly screen Lacking Touch friendly screen

Kodak M381 vs Panasonic FZ200 Physical Comparison

If you're looking to travel with your camera regularly, you are going to need to think about its weight and measurements. The Kodak M381 has got external dimensions of 101mm x 60mm x 20mm (4.0" x 2.4" x 0.8") along with a weight of 153 grams (0.34 lbs) whilst the Panasonic FZ200 has proportions of 125mm x 87mm x 110mm (4.9" x 3.4" x 4.3") and a weight of 588 grams (1.30 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you are working with at that moment. Following is a front view sizing comparison of the M381 compared to the FZ200.

Kodak M381 vs Panasonic FZ200 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability grade of the M381 and FZ200 is 95 and 65 respectively.

Kodak M381 vs Panasonic FZ200 top view buttons comparison

Kodak M381 vs Panasonic FZ200 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it is very tough to see the contrast between sensor dimensions just by reading specs. The pic underneath should provide you a much better sense of the sensor sizes in the M381 and FZ200.

As you can plainly see, each of the cameras come with the identical sensor size and the exact same megapixels so you can expect similar quality of pictures however you will need to factor the launch date of the products into consideration. The more aged M381 is going to be disadvantaged in sensor tech.

Kodak M381 vs Panasonic FZ200 sensor size comparison

Kodak M381 vs Panasonic FZ200 Screen and ViewFinder

Kodak M381 vs Panasonic FZ200 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Kodak M381 as a Portrait photography camera
Panasonic FZ200 as a Portrait photography camera
21
manual focus not available
manual mode not possible
cannot use external flash
MP count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
48
manual focus
above average flash sync speed (1/4,000 seconds)
provides face detect autofocus
saves RAW formats
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Kodak M381 Street photography factors
Panasonic FZ200 Street photography factors
48
screen is fixed
lack of image stabilization
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
heavier than competition in class (153g)
57
screen can move to multiple angles
built in image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW formats
very small sensor (1/2.3")
more heavy than competition (588 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Kodak M381 Sports photography factors
Panasonic FZ200 Sports photography factors
18
maximum shutter speed is a little low (1/1,400 seconds)
no shutter priority
lack of image stabilization
MP count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no phase detect AF
47
amazing zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides tracking focus
better than average battery (540 per charge)
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Kodak M381 as a Travel photography camera
Panasonic FZ200 as a Travel photography camera
50
has built in flash
lack of Time Lapse recording
heavier than competition in class (153 grams)
MP count low (12 megapixels)
does not have selfie friendly display
wide angle not good (35mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
55
better than average battery (540 CIPA)
built-in flash
display is selfie friendly
really wide (25mm)
great reach (600mm)
lack of Timelapse function
more heavy than competition (588 grams)
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Kodak M381 Landscape photography details
Panasonic FZ200 Landscape photography details
28
screen size is good (3 inch)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (35mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
manual mode not possible
lack of image stabilization
MP count low (12MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
lack of Time Lapse recording
48
manual focus
really wide (25mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW formats
better than average battery (540 CIPA)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Kodak M381 Vlogging highlights
Panasonic FZ200 Vlogging highlights
22
wide angle not good (35mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
does not have selfie friendly display
lack of image stabilization
video resolution low (640 x 480 pixels)
lack of mic port
heavier than competition in class (153 grams)
63
really wide (25mm)
display is selfie friendly
built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detect autofocus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does have microphone support
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
more heavy than competition (588g)
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Kodak M381 vs Panasonic FZ200 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Kodak M381 and Panasonic FZ200
 Kodak EasyShare M381Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
General Information
Manufacturer Kodak Panasonic
Model type Kodak EasyShare M381 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
Category Ultracompact Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced 2009-07-29 2012-07-18
Physical type Ultracompact SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Processor - Venus Engine VII FHD
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 12MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4000 x 3000 4000 x 3000
Highest native ISO 1600 3200
Highest boosted ISO - 6400
Min native ISO 64 100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points - 23
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 35-175mm (5.0x) 25-600mm (24.0x)
Max aperture f/3.0-4.8 f/2.8
Macro focusing distance 10cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.9 5.8
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Screen size 3" 3"
Resolution of screen 230 thousand dots 460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Screen tech - Free-Angle TFT Screen LCD Display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 1,312 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Features
Slowest shutter speed 8s 60s
Maximum shutter speed 1/1400s 1/4000s
Continuous shooting rate - 12.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 3.20 m 13.50 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize - 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 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 lb) 588 grams (1.30 lb)
Physical dimensions 101 x 60 x 20mm (4.0" x 2.4" x 0.8") 125 x 87 x 110mm (4.9" x 3.4" x 4.3")
DXO scores
DXO All around 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 photographs
Style of battery - Battery Pack
Battery ID KLIC-7003 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 secs)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC card, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Launch price $170 $499