Olympus FE-25 vs Panasonic 3D1

Olympus FE-25 front
Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 front

Olympus FE-25 vs Panasonic 3D1 Key Specs

Olympus FE-25
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.4" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 0
  • No Video
  • ()mm (F) lens
  • n/ag - 93 x 62 x 24mm
  • Launched January 2009
Panasonic 3D1
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-100mm (F3.9-5.7) lens
  • 193g - 108 x 58 x 24mm
  • Introduced November 2011
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Olympus FE-25 vs Panasonic 3D1 Overview

Here is a thorough comparison of the Olympus FE-25 and Panasonic 3D1, one being a Ultracompact and the latter is a Small Sensor Compact by brands Olympus and Panasonic. The image resolution of the FE-25 (10MP) and the 3D1 (12MP) is pretty similar and both cameras boast the same sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The FE-25 was unveiled 3 years prior to the 3D1 and that is quite a large gap as far as tech is concerned. Both of the cameras have different body design with the Olympus FE-25 being a Ultracompact camera and the Panasonic 3D1 being a Compact camera.

Before delving right into a complete comparison, here is a short introduction of how the FE-25 grades versus the 3D1 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

Photography Glossary

Reasons to pick Olympus FE-25 over the Panasonic 3D1

 FE-25 3D1 

Reasons to pick Panasonic 3D1 over the Olympus FE-25

 3D1 FE-25 
IntroducedNovember 2011January 2009Fresher by 34 months
Screen dimensions3.5"2.4"Bigger screen (+1.1")
Screen resolution460k112kCrisper screen (+348k dot)
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Olympus FE-25 and Panasonic 3D1

 FE-25 3D1 
Manually focus Lack of manual focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Neither contains selfie screen

Olympus FE-25 vs Panasonic 3D1 Physical Comparison

For those who are looking to carry your camera, you have to factor in its weight and size. The Olympus FE-25 has got outside measurements of 93mm x 62mm x 24mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 0.9") and a weight of n/a grams (0.00 lbs) while the Panasonic 3D1 has specifications of 108mm x 58mm x 24mm (4.3" x 2.3" x 0.9") and a weight of 193 grams (0.43 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you have chosen at the time. Underneath is a front view measurement comparison of the FE-25 and the 3D1.

Olympus FE-25 vs Panasonic 3D1 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability score of the FE-25 and 3D1 is 98 and 93 respectively.

Olympus FE-25 vs Panasonic 3D1 top view buttons comparison

Olympus FE-25 vs Panasonic 3D1 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it is very tough to envision the gap between sensor sizing simply by reviewing specifications. The graphic underneath will help provide you a far better sense of the sensor sizing in the FE-25 and 3D1.

To sum up, both cameras provide the same sensor dimensions albeit not the same resolution. You should expect the Panasonic 3D1 to deliver more detail having an extra 2 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also let you crop photographs more aggressively. The older FE-25 is going to be behind with regard to sensor technology.

Olympus FE-25 vs Panasonic 3D1 sensor size comparison

Olympus FE-25 vs Panasonic 3D1 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus FE-25 vs Panasonic 3D1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus FE-25 Portrait photography highlights
Panasonic 3D1 Portrait photography highlights
lack of manual focus
no manual control
no external flash support
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
provides face detect autofocus
no manual focus
manual mode not available
external flash not possible
MP count low (12MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Olympus FE-25
Street photography with Panasonic 3D1
no articulating screen
no image stabilization
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
low max ISO (0)
image stabilization (Optical)
features focus via touch
fixed screen
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Olympus FE-25 Sports photography factors
Panasonic 3D1 Sports photography factors
fixed focal length (()mm)
no shutter priority
no image stabilization
low megapixels (10MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus
image stabilization (Optical)
provides tracking focus
low max shutter speed (1/1,300s)
no shutter priority mode
MP count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
low battery life (200 shots)
lacks phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus FE-25 as a Travel photography camera
Panasonic 3D1 as a Travel photography camera
built-in flash
good maximum aperture (f)
missing Timelapse recording
low megapixels (10MP)
display is not selfie friendly
features focus via touch
flash built-in
rather wide (25mm)
missing Time Lapse function
low battery life (200 CIPA)
MP count low (12MP)
screen is not selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f3.9)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Olympus FE-25
Landscape photography with Panasonic 3D1
good maximum aperture (f)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
fixed focal length (()mm)
tiny screen (2.4")
no manual control
no image stabilization
low megapixels (10MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
low max ISO (0)
lack of RAW support
missing Timelapse recording
rather wide (25mm)
screen larger than average (3.5")
image stabilization (Optical)
no manual focus
can't switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.9)
manual mode not available
MP count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
low battery life (200 shots)
missing Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Olympus FE-25
Vlogging with Panasonic 3D1
no video recording
rather wide (25mm)
built-in touchscreen
image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detect autofocus
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
slow max aperture (f3.9)
screen is not selfie friendly
missing mic support
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Olympus FE-25 vs Panasonic 3D1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus FE-25 and Panasonic 3D1
 Olympus FE-25Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1
General Information
Company Olympus Panasonic
Model type Olympus FE-25 Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1
Type Ultracompact Small Sensor Compact
Launched 2009-01-07 2011-11-07
Physical type Ultracompact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio - 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 3648 x 2768 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO - 6400
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW pictures
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points - 23
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range () 25-100mm (4.0x)
Maximal aperture - f/3.9-5.7
Macro focusing range - 5cm
Crop factor 5.9 5.8
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 2.4" 3.5"
Resolution of screen 112 thousand dots 460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Screen technology - TFT Full Touch Screen with AR coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Minimum shutter speed 4 secs 60 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/1300 secs
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance - 3.50 m
Flash modes - Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions - 1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution None 1920x1080
Video file format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD, Motion JPEG
Mic support
Headphone support
Wireless None None
USB none USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight - 193g (0.43 lb)
Physical dimensions 93 x 62 x 24mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 0.9") 108 x 58 x 24mm (4.3" x 2.3" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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
Battery life - 200 images
Battery style - Battery Pack
Self timer - Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage type - SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots One One
Price at release $15 $670