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Nikon L21 vs Panasonic FS25

Portability
93
Imaging
32
Features
11
Overall
23
Nikon Coolpix L21 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25 front
Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
24
Overall
30

Nikon L21 vs Panasonic FS25 Key Specs

Nikon L21
(Full Review)
  • 8MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 64 - 1600
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 38-136mm (F3.1-6.7) lens
  • 169g - 92 x 67 x 28mm
  • Announced February 2010
Panasonic FS25
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600 (Expand to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 29-145mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 148g - 97 x 58 x 22mm
  • Launched January 2009
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Nikon L21 vs Panasonic FS25 Overview

Lets take a deeper look at the Nikon L21 and Panasonic FS25, both Small Sensor Compact cameras by rivals Nikon and Panasonic. There exists a sizable gap among the resolutions of the L21 (8MP) and FS25 (12MP) but they feature the same exact sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The L21 was released 13 months later than the FS25 making the cameras a generation apart from one another. Both of the cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before delving through a in depth comparison, below is a quick highlight of how the L21 grades vs the FS25 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Nikon L21 over the Panasonic FS25

 L21 FS25 
LaunchedFebruary 2010January 2009Fresher by 13 months

Reasons to pick Panasonic FS25 over the Nikon L21

 FS25 L21 
Display sizing3"2.5"Larger display (+0.5")

Common features in the Nikon L21 and Panasonic FS25

 L21 FS25 
Focus manually No manual focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display resolution230k230kIdentical display resolution
Selfie screen No selfie screen
Touch friendly display No Touch friendly display

Nikon L21 vs Panasonic FS25 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is looking to carry your camera often, you will need to factor in its weight and dimensions. The Nikon L21 has got exterior measurements of 92mm x 67mm x 28mm (3.6" x 2.6" x 1.1") along with a weight of 169 grams (0.37 lbs) while the Panasonic FS25 has dimensions of 97mm x 58mm x 22mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.9") with a weight of 148 grams (0.33 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you have at that moment. The following is the front view proportions comparison of the L21 versus the FS25.

Nikon L21 vs Panasonic FS25 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the L21 and FS25 is 93 and 95 respectively.

Nikon L21 vs Panasonic FS25 top view buttons comparison

Nikon L21 vs Panasonic FS25 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it is very hard to visualise the contrast in sensor sizing merely by seeing specs. The photograph here will offer you a much better sense of the sensor sizing in the L21 and FS25.

As you can plainly see, both of those cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing but not the same megapixels. You can anticipate the Panasonic FS25 to provide extra detail as a result of its extra 4MP. Greater resolution can also make it easier to crop images far more aggressively. The newer L21 will have a benefit when it comes to sensor technology.

Nikon L21 vs Panasonic FS25 sensor size comparison

Nikon L21 vs Panasonic FS25 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon L21 vs Panasonic FS25 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Nikon L21
Portrait photography with Panasonic FS25
19
focusing manually not possible
no manual control
external flash not possible
sensor resolution low (8 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
26
provides face detection focusing
manual focus not available
lack of manual mode
can't use external flash
MP count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Nikon L21 Street photography information
Panasonic FS25 Street photography information
46
screen does not articulate
does not have image stabilization
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
57
built in image stabilization (Optical)
no moving screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Nikon L21 Sports photography info
Panasonic FS25 Sports photography info
16
lack of shutter priority mode
does not have image stabilization
sensor resolution low (8 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
25
built in image stabilization (Optical)
max fps very slow (2.0 fps)
no shutter priority
MP count low (12MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Nikon L21
Travel photography with Panasonic FS25
50
flash built-in
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
sensor resolution low (8 megapixels)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
wide angle not good (38mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
51
built-in flash
missing Time Lapse recording
MP count low (12 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not good (29mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon L21 Landscape photography details
Panasonic FS25 Landscape photography details
22
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (38mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
screen is small (2.5 inch)
no manual control
does not have image stabilization
sensor resolution low (8MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
32
pretty good screen size (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (29mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
lack of manual mode
MP count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW support
missing Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon L21 as a Vlogging camera
Panasonic FS25 as a Vlogging camera
21
wide angle not good (38mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
does not have image stabilization
video quality not great (640 x 480 pixels)
doesn't have mic support
28
built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detection focusing
wide angle not good (29mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
display isn't selfie friendly
video res low (640 x 480 pixels)
missing external mic jack
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Nikon L21 vs Panasonic FS25 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon L21 and Panasonic FS25
 Nikon Coolpix L21Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25
General Information
Company Nikon Panasonic
Model Nikon Coolpix L21 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2010-02-03 2009-01-27
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Expeed C2 -
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 8MP 12MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2
Maximum resolution 3648 x 2736 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 1600 1600
Maximum boosted ISO - 6400
Lowest native ISO 64 80
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points - 11
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 38-136mm (3.6x) 29-145mm (5.0x)
Largest aperture f/3.1-6.7 f/3.3-5.9
Macro focus range 5cm 5cm
Crop factor 5.9 5.9
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 2.5 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 230 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 8s 60s
Highest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/2000s
Continuous shooting speed - 2.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range - 5.30 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in, Slow Syncro Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 640x480 640x480
Video file format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Mic 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 proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 169g (0.37 lb) 148g (0.33 lb)
Dimensions 92 x 67 x 28mm (3.6" x 2.6" x 1.1") 97 x 58 x 22mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.9")
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 model 2 x AA -
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD/SDHC, Internal SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal
Storage slots One One
Price at launch $180 $230