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Nikon Z5 vs Panasonic FH8

Portability
62
Imaging
77
Features
86
Overall
80
Nikon Z5 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8 front
Portability
96
Imaging
39
Features
32
Overall
36

Nikon Z5 vs Panasonic FH8 Key Specs

Nikon Z5
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Raise to 102400)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Nikon Z Mount
  • 675g - 134 x 101 x 70mm
  • Released July 2020
Panasonic FH8
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-120mm (F2.5-6.4) lens
  • 123g - 96 x 57 x 19mm
  • Introduced January 2012
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Nikon Z5 vs Panasonic FH8 Overview

Following is a in-depth comparison of the Nikon Z5 versus Panasonic FH8, one is a Advanced Mirrorless and the other is a Small Sensor Compact by companies Nikon and Panasonic. There is a significant difference among the resolutions of the Z5 (24MP) and FH8 (16MP) and the Z5 (Full frame) and FH8 (1/2.3") come with totally different sensor dimensions.

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The Z5 was launched 8 years after the FH8 which is a fairly sizable gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Both cameras come with different body type with the Nikon Z5 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Panasonic FH8 being a Compact camera.

Before going in to a detailed comparison, below is a simple view of how the Z5 scores versus the FH8 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Nikon Z5 over the Panasonic FH8

 Z5 FH8 
IntroducedJuly 2020January 2012More modern by 104 months
Manually focus More accurate focusing
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display dimension3.2"3"Larger display (+0.2")
Display resolution1040k230kSharper display (+810k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Panasonic FH8 over the Nikon Z5

 FH8 Z5 

Common features in the Nikon Z5 and Panasonic FH8

 Z5 FH8 
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen

Nikon Z5 vs Panasonic FH8 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is intending to carry around your camera regularly, you will want to factor its weight and volume. The Nikon Z5 enjoys outside measurements of 134mm x 101mm x 70mm (5.3" x 4.0" x 2.8") and a weight of 675 grams (1.49 lbs) while the Panasonic FH8 has sizing of 96mm x 57mm x 19mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.7") along with a weight of 123 grams (0.27 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you use at that moment. Below is the front view proportions comparison of the Z5 vs the FH8.

Nikon Z5 vs Panasonic FH8 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability score of the Z5 and FH8 is 62 and 96 respectively.

Nikon Z5 vs Panasonic FH8 top view buttons comparison

Nikon Z5 vs Panasonic FH8 Sensor Comparison

Often, it is tough to visualise the contrast in sensor sizes simply by going through specs. The image underneath will give you a clearer sense of the sensor sizing in the Z5 and FH8.

All in all, both of the cameras have got different resolutions and different sensor sizes. The Z5 featuring a larger sensor will make achieving shallow DOF less difficult and the Nikon Z5 will produce greater detail utilizing its extra 8 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also let you crop images much more aggressively. The younger Z5 is going to have an advantage with regard to sensor innovation.

Nikon Z5 vs Panasonic FH8 sensor size comparison

Nikon Z5 vs Panasonic FH8 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon Z5 vs Panasonic FH8 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon Z5 Portrait photography info
Panasonic FH8 Portrait photography info
86
has manual focus
resolution is good (24MP)
great sensor size (Full frame)
has face detection focusing
saves RAW formats
34
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
features face detect autofocus
focusing manually not possible
manual mode not available
external flash not possible
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Nikon Z5
Street photography with Panasonic FH8
74
screen tilts up and down
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
great sensor size (Full frame)
saves RAW formats
includes touch to focus
weather proof
good high ISO (51,200)
heavier than others (675 grams)
63
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than others in class (123g)
screen is fixed
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Nikon Z5 as a Sports photography camera
Panasonic FH8 as a Sports photography camera
82
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
resolution is good (24 megapixels)
great sensor size (Full frame)
has tracking autofocus
weather proof
good battery (470 per charge)
has phase detect AF
slow fps (4.5 frames/s)
40
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
features tracking focus
max fps very slow (1.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon Z5 as a Travel photography camera
Panasonic FH8 as a Travel photography camera
68
good battery (470 shots)
weather proof
connects via bluetooth
includes touch to focus
resolution is good (24MP)
heavier than others (675 grams)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
69
lighter than others in class (123g)
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
built-in flash
pretty wide (24mm)
lack of Timelapse recording
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon Z5 Landscape photography details
Panasonic FH8 Landscape photography details
87
has manual focus
switch lenses (Nikon Z mount)
screen size is good (3.2 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
resolution is good (24 megapixels)
great sensor size (Full frame)
good high ISO (51,200)
saves RAW formats
weather proof
good battery (470 shots)
has dual storage slots
43
pretty wide (24mm)
nice screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.5)
manual mode not available
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
lack of Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon Z5 Vlogging factors
Panasonic FH8 Vlogging factors
34
touchscreen capability
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
has face detection focusing
high res video (3840 x 2160 resolution)
has external mic jack
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
heavier than others (675g)
33
pretty wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
features face detect autofocus
lighter than others in class (123 grams)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.5)
screen isn't selfie friendly
low res video (1280 x 720 pixels)
lack of microphone jack
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Nikon Z5 vs Panasonic FH8 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon Z5 and Panasonic FH8
 Nikon Z5Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8
General Information
Manufacturer Nikon Panasonic
Model Nikon Z5 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8
Category Advanced Mirrorless Small Sensor Compact
Released 2020-07-20 2012-01-09
Body design SLR-style mirrorless Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Expeed 6 -
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size Full frame 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 35.9 x 23.9mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 858.0mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 24 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 6016 x 4016 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 51200 6400
Maximum boosted ISO 102400 -
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW support
Minimum boosted ISO 50 -
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points 273 23
Lens
Lens mount Nikon Z fixed lens
Lens focal range - 24-120mm (5.0x)
Highest aperture - f/2.5-6.4
Macro focus range - 4cm
Total lenses 15 -
Focal length multiplier 1 5.9
Screen
Screen type Tilting Fixed Type
Screen size 3.2" 3"
Resolution of screen 1,040k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Screen tech - TFT Color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 3,690k dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.8x -
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30 secs 8 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/8000 secs 1/1600 secs
Continuous shooting speed 4.5 frames/s 1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range no built-in flash 5.60 m
Flash options Front-curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction with slow sync, slow rear-curtain sync, off Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Highest flash sync 1/200 secs -
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 24p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 60p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 50p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 25p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 24p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 3840x2160 1280x720
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB Yes USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 675 grams (1.49 pounds) 123 grams (0.27 pounds)
Dimensions 134 x 101 x 70mm (5.3" x 4.0" x 2.8") 96 x 57 x 19mm (3.8" x 2.2" 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 470 images 260 images
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model EN-EL15c -
Self timer Yes (2, 5, 10 or 20 secs) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC slots (UHS-II compatible) SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots Two Single
Launch cost $1,399 $149