Nikon A100 vs Panasonic FP5

Portability
96
Imaging
48
Features
29
Overall
40
Nikon Coolpix A100 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP5 front
Portability
95
Imaging
39
Features
33
Overall
36

Nikon A100 vs Panasonic FP5 Key Specs

Nikon A100
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600 (Increase to 3200)
  • Digital Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 26-130mm (F3.2-6.5) lens
  • 119g - 95 x 59 x 20mm
  • Announced January 2016
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
  • Launched January 2011
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Nikon A100 vs Panasonic FP5 Overview

Its time to look more in depth at the Nikon A100 vs Panasonic FP5, both Ultracompact cameras by rivals Nikon and Panasonic. There exists a large gap among the image resolutions of the A100 (20MP) and FP5 (14MP) but both cameras boast the same sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The A100 was announced 5 years after the FP5 which is a fairly serious difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Each of the cameras have the same body design (Ultracompact).

Before delving into a in depth comparison, here is a brief view of how the A100 scores against the FP5 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Nikon A100 over the Panasonic FP5

 A100 FP5 
LaunchedJanuary 2016January 2011More modern by 62 months

Reasons to pick Panasonic FP5 over the Nikon A100

 FP5 A100 
Screen dimensions3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Nikon A100 and Panasonic FP5

 A100 FP5 
Manual focus Lack of manual focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen resolution230k230kThe same screen resolution
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen

Nikon A100 vs Panasonic FP5 Physical Comparison

In case you're planning to carry around your camera often, you are going to need to think about its weight and size. The Nikon A100 enjoys outer dimensions of 95mm x 59mm x 20mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 0.8") having a weight of 119 grams (0.26 lbs) whilst the Panasonic FP5 has specifications of 101mm x 59mm x 18mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 0.7") and a weight of 141 grams (0.31 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you are utilizing at the time. Following is a front view measurement comparison of the A100 vs the FP5.

Nikon A100 vs Panasonic FP5 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the A100 and FP5 is 96 and 95 respectively.

Nikon A100 vs Panasonic FP5 top view buttons comparison

Nikon A100 vs Panasonic FP5 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it is very tough to imagine the difference in sensor sizes simply by going through technical specs. The image underneath will offer you a much better sense of the sensor sizes in the A100 and FP5.

As you have seen, each of these cameras have the same sensor dimensions albeit different megapixels. You can expect the Nikon A100 to provide greater detail with its extra 6 Megapixels. Higher resolution will make it easier to crop shots a bit more aggressively. The newer A100 provides an advantage with regard to sensor innovation.

Nikon A100 vs Panasonic FP5 sensor size comparison

Nikon A100 vs Panasonic FP5 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon A100 vs Panasonic FP5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon A100 as a Portrait photography camera
Panasonic FP5 as a Portrait photography camera
40
MP count good (20 megapixels)
offers face detection autofocus
no manual focus
manual mode not available
external flash not possible
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW files
34
decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
has face detection focusing
manual focus not available
manual exposure not available
no external flash support
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
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Street Comparison

Nikon A100 Street photography information
Panasonic FP5 Street photography information
60
image stabilization (Digital)
screen is fixed
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW files
63
image stabilization (Optical)
includes touch to focus
screen does not articulate
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Nikon A100 Sports photography advice
Panasonic FP5 Sports photography advice
49
image stabilization (Digital)
MP count good (20 megapixels)
offers tracking autofocus
good battery power (250 per charge)
slow continuous shooting (1.1 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no phase detect autofocus
44
image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
has tracking autofocus
great battery (260 shots)
slow fps (6.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Nikon A100 as a Travel photography camera
Panasonic FP5 as a Travel photography camera
70
good battery power (250 per charge)
MP count good (20MP)
has built in flash
fairly wide (26mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
display isn't selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
65
great battery (260 CIPA)
includes touch to focus
decent megapixels (14MP)
flash built-in
missing Time Lapse recording
screen is not selfie friendly
wide angle not the best (35mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon A100 Landscape photography information
Panasonic FP5 Landscape photography information
45
fairly wide (26mm)
image stabilization (Digital)
MP count good (20 megapixels)
good battery power (250 per charge)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
small screen (2.7 inch)
manual mode not available
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW files
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
41
screen is a decent size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
great battery (260 CIPA)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not the best (35mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
manual exposure not available
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
missing Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon A100 Vlogging factors
Panasonic FP5 Vlogging factors
32
fairly wide (26mm)
image stabilization (Digital)
offers face detection autofocus
slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
display isn't selfie friendly
low video resolution (1280 x 720 resolution)
doesn't have external mic port
30
touchscreen
image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection focusing
wide angle not the best (35mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
screen is not selfie friendly
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pixels)
missing external mic port
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Nikon A100 vs Panasonic FP5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon A100 and Panasonic FP5
 Nikon Coolpix A100Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP5
General Information
Manufacturer Nikon Panasonic
Model type Nikon Coolpix A100 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP5
Category Ultracompact Ultracompact
Announced 2016-01-14 2011-01-05
Body design Ultracompact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Chip - Venus Engine IV
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixels 14 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 5152 x 3864 4320 x 3240
Highest native ISO 1600 6400
Highest boosted ISO 3200 -
Min native ISO 80 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points - 11
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 26-130mm (5.0x) 35-140mm (4.0x)
Highest aperture f/3.2-6.5 f/3.5-5.9
Macro focusing distance 10cm 10cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.9
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 2.7 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 230 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Screen technology - TFT Touch Screen LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 4s 60s
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000s 1/1600s
Continuous shooting speed 1.1fps 6.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 4.00 m (at Auto ISO) 4.90 m
Flash options Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, off, fill flash, slow sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30p) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video data format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 119 grams (0.26 pounds) 141 grams (0.31 pounds)
Physical dimensions 95 x 59 x 20mm (3.7" x 2.3" 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 250 pictures 260 pictures
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID EN-EL19 -
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots Single Single
Launch pricing $162 $199