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Olympus SZ-11 vs Panasonic FP2

Portability
89
Imaging
37
Features
37
Overall
37
Olympus SZ-11 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP2 front
Portability
95
Imaging
37
Features
17
Overall
29

Olympus SZ-11 vs Panasonic FP2 Key Specs

Olympus SZ-11
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-500mm (F3.0-6.9) lens
  • 226g - 106 x 69 x 40mm
  • Launched July 2011
Panasonic FP2
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 35-140mm (F3.5-5.9) lens
  • 151g - 99 x 59 x 19mm
  • Revealed January 2010
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Olympus SZ-11 vs Panasonic FP2 Overview

Let's take a closer look at the Olympus SZ-11 vs Panasonic FP2, former is a Small Sensor Superzoom while the other is a Ultracompact by manufacturers Olympus and Panasonic. The resolution of the SZ-11 (14MP) and the FP2 (14MP) is very similar and both cameras provide the identical sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The SZ-11 was announced 19 months after the FP2 making them a generation away from one another. Both the cameras feature different body design with the Olympus SZ-11 being a Compact camera and the Panasonic FP2 being a Ultracompact camera.

Before diving into a detailed comparison, here is a brief overview of how the SZ-11 matches up vs the FP2 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Olympus SZ-11 over the Panasonic FP2

 SZ-11 FP2 
RevealedJuly 2011January 2010More modern by 19 months
Display size3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution460k230kCrisper display (+230k dot)

Reasons to pick Panasonic FP2 over the Olympus SZ-11

 FP2 SZ-11 

Common features in the Olympus SZ-11 and Panasonic FP2

 SZ-11 FP2 
Focus manually No manual focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen
Touch friendly display Absent Touch friendly display

Olympus SZ-11 vs Panasonic FP2 Physical Comparison

If you're aiming to carry around your camera, you will have to factor in its weight and volume. The Olympus SZ-11 offers exterior measurements of 106mm x 69mm x 40mm (4.2" x 2.7" x 1.6") and a weight of 226 grams (0.50 lbs) and the Panasonic FP2 has sizing of 99mm x 59mm x 19mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.7") along with a weight of 151 grams (0.33 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you are working with at the time. Underneath is a front view dimension comparison of the SZ-11 against the FP2.

Olympus SZ-11 vs Panasonic FP2 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the SZ-11 and FP2 is 89 and 95 respectively.

Olympus SZ-11 vs Panasonic FP2 top view buttons comparison

Olympus SZ-11 vs Panasonic FP2 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it is very tough to picture the gap between sensor sizes just by going over a spec sheet. The pic underneath might offer you a much better sense of the sensor sizing in the SZ-11 and FP2.

As you can see, the two cameras come with the identical sensor size and the identical megapixels and you can expect similar quality of files but you would want to factor the age of the products into consideration. The more recent SZ-11 should have an edge with regard to sensor innovation.

Olympus SZ-11 vs Panasonic FP2 sensor size comparison

Olympus SZ-11 vs Panasonic FP2 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus SZ-11 vs Panasonic FP2 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus SZ-11 Portrait photography details
Panasonic FP2 Portrait photography details
33
decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
offers face detection focusing
manual focus not available
manual mode not possible
external flash not possible
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
28
MP count decent (14 megapixels)
no manual focus
no manual exposure
can't use external flash
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
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Street Comparison

Olympus SZ-11 Street photography details
Panasonic FP2 Street photography details
60
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than competitors in class (226g)
no articulating screen
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
55
image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
more heavy than competition in class (151g)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Olympus SZ-11
Sports photography with Panasonic FP2
43
excellent zoom range (25-500mm 20.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
offers tracking autofocus
no shutter priority
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
bad battery power (200 shots)
doesn't have phase detect AF
35
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (14MP)
slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus SZ-11 Travel photography highlights
Panasonic FP2 Travel photography highlights
65
lighter than competitors in class (226g)
decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
flash built-in
reasonably wide (25mm)
very long zoom (500mm)
does not have Timelapse recording
bad battery power (200 CIPA)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
56
MP count decent (14 megapixels)
built-in flash
missing Timelapse function
more heavy than competition in class (151g)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
wide angle not good (35mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus SZ-11 as a Landscape photography camera
Panasonic FP2 as a Landscape photography camera
40
reasonably wide (25mm)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent megapixels (14MP)
manual focus not available
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
manual mode not possible
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
bad battery power (200 CIPA)
does not have Timelapse recording
33
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (14 megapixels)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (35mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
tiny screen (2.7")
no manual exposure
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
missing Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus SZ-11 Vlogging information
Panasonic FP2 Vlogging information
31
reasonably wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
offers face detection focusing
lighter than competitors in class (226g)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
video res low (1280 x 720 pxls)
does not have external microphone support
25
image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not good (35mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
low res video (1280 x 720 pxls)
missing microphone support
more heavy than competition in class (151g)
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Olympus SZ-11 vs Panasonic FP2 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus SZ-11 and Panasonic FP2
 Olympus SZ-11Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP2
General Information
Manufacturer Olympus Panasonic
Model Olympus SZ-11 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP2
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Ultracompact
Launched 2011-07-27 2010-01-06
Physical type Compact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip TruePic III+ Venus Engine IV
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixel 14 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4288 x 3216 4320 x 3240
Highest native ISO 1600 6400
Lowest native ISO 80 80
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points - 9
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-500mm (20.0x) 35-140mm (4.0x)
Maximal aperture f/3.0-6.9 f/3.5-5.9
Macro focus distance 1cm 10cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.9
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inches 2.7 inches
Screen resolution 460 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Screen tech TFT Color LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 4 seconds 60 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/1600 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 7.0 frames per sec 5.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 9.30 m (@ ISO 1600) 4.90 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30, 15fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Microphone support
Headphone support
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 sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 226 grams (0.50 lb) 151 grams (0.33 lb)
Physical dimensions 106 x 69 x 40mm (4.2" x 2.7" x 1.6") 99 x 59 x 19mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.7")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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 200 photos -
Form of battery Battery Pack -
Battery model LI-50B -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots One One
Cost at release $253 $80