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Nikon L32 vs Panasonic FP5

Portability
93
Imaging
46
Features
33
Overall
40
Nikon Coolpix L32 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP5 front
Portability
95
Imaging
37
Features
33
Overall
35

Nikon L32 vs Panasonic FP5 Key Specs

Nikon L32
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Digital Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 26-130mm (F3.2-6.5) lens
  • 164g - 95 x 60 x 29mm
  • Released January 2015
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 L32 vs Panasonic FP5 Overview

In this write-up, we will be matching up the Nikon L32 and Panasonic FP5, both Ultracompact digital cameras by brands Nikon and Panasonic. There is a large difference between the sensor resolutions of the L32 (20MP) and FP5 (14MP) but they come with the same exact sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The L32 was released 4 years later than the FP5 and that is quite a serious difference as far as tech is concerned. Each of the cameras offer the identical body type (Ultracompact).

Before going through a detailed comparison, below is a short summary of how the L32 scores vs the FP5 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Nikon L32 over the Panasonic FP5

 L32 FP5 
LaunchedJanuary 2015January 2011Fresher by 49 months
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Panasonic FP5 over the Nikon L32

 FP5 L32 
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Nikon L32 and Panasonic FP5

 L32 FP5 
Manual focus No manual focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen measurement
Screen resolution230k230kIdentical screen resolution

Nikon L32 vs Panasonic FP5 Physical Comparison

If you are looking to carry your camera often, you have to factor its weight and volume. The Nikon L32 has got outside measurements of 95mm x 60mm x 29mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.1") along with a weight of 164 grams (0.36 lbs) whilst 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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Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you choose at the time. The following is the front view sizing comparison of the L32 against the FP5.

Nikon L32 vs Panasonic FP5 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability rating of the L32 and FP5 is 93 and 95 respectively.

Nikon L32 vs Panasonic FP5 top view buttons comparison

Nikon L32 vs Panasonic FP5 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it's hard to visualize the contrast between sensor sizing only by reading technical specs. The graphic underneath may give you a stronger sense of the sensor measurements in the L32 and FP5.

As you can tell, both the cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing albeit different resolution. You can expect the Nikon L32 to deliver greater detail as a result of its extra 6MP. Higher resolution will also enable you to crop photographs far more aggressively. The younger L32 should have an edge with regard to sensor innovation.

Nikon L32 vs Panasonic FP5 sensor size comparison

Nikon L32 vs Panasonic FP5 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon L32 vs Panasonic FP5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon L32 Portrait photography features
Panasonic FP5 Portrait photography features
39
decent megapixels (20 megapixels)
supports face detection focusing
manual focus not available
manual mode not available
external flash not possible
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
33
MP count good (14 megapixels)
has face detection focusing
manual focus not available
no manual exposure
cannot use external flash
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
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Street Comparison

Nikon L32 Street photography highlights
Panasonic FP5 Street photography highlights
56
image stabilization (Digital)
no articulating screen
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
more heavy than competition (164g)
63
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports touch focus
no moving screen
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Nikon L32 Sports photography highlights
Panasonic FP5 Sports photography highlights
48
image stabilization (Digital)
decent megapixels (20 megapixels)
good battery power (320 shots)
no shutter priority
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF
43
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (14 megapixels)
has tracking autofocus
great battery (260 CIPA)
low frames per second (6.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Nikon L32
Travel photography with Panasonic FP5
71
good battery power (320 CIPA)
decent megapixels (20 megapixels)
built-in flash
screen is selfie friendly
reasonably wide (26mm)
lack of Timelapse recording
more heavy than competition (164g)
sluggish max aperture (f3.2)
65
great battery (260 CIPA)
supports touch focus
MP count good (14 megapixels)
flash built-in
no Time Lapse function
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
wide angle not great (35mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon L32 Landscape photography info
Panasonic FP5 Landscape photography info
48
reasonably wide (26mm)
nice screen size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Digital)
decent megapixels (20 megapixels)
good battery power (320 CIPA)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.2)
manual mode not available
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
lack of Timelapse recording
40
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (14 megapixels)
great battery (260 shots)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not great (35mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
no manual exposure
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
no Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Nikon L32
Vlogging with Panasonic FP5
66
reasonably wide (26mm)
screen is selfie friendly
image stabilization (Digital)
supports face detection focusing
sluggish max aperture (f3.2)
low res video (1280 x 720 pixels)
lack of external microphone socket
more heavy than competition (164 grams)
30
touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection focusing
wide angle not great (35mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
video res low (1280 x 720 pxls)
no external mic socket
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Nikon L32 vs Panasonic FP5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon L32 and Panasonic FP5
 Nikon Coolpix L32Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP5
General Information
Make Nikon Panasonic
Model Nikon Coolpix L32 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP5
Class Ultracompact Ultracompact
Released 2015-01-14 2011-01-05
Physical type Ultracompact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Powered by - Venus Engine IV
Sensor type CMOS 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 20MP 14MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 5152 x 3864 4320 x 3240
Max native ISO 1600 6400
Min native ISO 80 100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points - 11
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 26-130mm (5.0x) 35-140mm (4.0x)
Maximal aperture f/3.2-6.5 f/3.5-5.9
Macro focus distance 10cm 10cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.9
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 230 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Display 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 rate - 6.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 4.30 m 4.90 m
Flash settings - Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Mic port
Headphone port
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 sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 164g (0.36 pounds) 141g (0.31 pounds)
Dimensions 95 x 60 x 29mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.1") 101 x 59 x 18mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 0.7")
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 320 photos 260 photos
Battery type AA Battery Pack
Battery model 2 x AA -
Self timer Yes (10 secs) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots One One
Price at launch $120 $199