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Olympus SP-820UZ vs Panasonic FS25

Portability
69
Imaging
38
Features
29
Overall
34
Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25 front
Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
24
Overall
30

Olympus SP-820UZ vs Panasonic FS25 Key Specs

Olympus SP-820UZ
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 22-896mm (F3.4-5.7) lens
  • 485g - 117 x 78 x 93mm
  • Introduced August 2012
  • Older Model is Olympus SP-820UZ
  • Later Model is Olympus SP-820UZ
Panasonic FS25
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600 (Boost to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 29-145mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 148g - 97 x 58 x 22mm
  • Introduced January 2009
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Olympus SP-820UZ vs Panasonic FS25 Overview

Its time to take a closer look at the Olympus SP-820UZ versus Panasonic FS25, one being a Small Sensor Superzoom and the other is a Small Sensor Compact by rivals Olympus and Panasonic. The sensor resolution of the SP-820UZ (14MP) and the FS25 (12MP) is fairly close and both cameras have the same sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The SP-820UZ was revealed 3 years later than the FS25 and that is a fairly serious gap as far as camera tech is concerned. The two cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before getting right into a comprehensive comparison, here is a brief view of how the SP-820UZ scores vs the FS25 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus SP-820UZ over the Panasonic FS25

 SP-820UZ FS25 
IntroducedAugust 2012January 2009More recent by 44 months
Display resolution460k230kCrisper display (+230k dot)

Reasons to pick Panasonic FS25 over the Olympus SP-820UZ

 FS25 SP-820UZ 

Common features in the Olympus SP-820UZ and Panasonic FS25

 SP-820UZ FS25 
Focus manually Lack of manual focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display dimensions
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen
Touch display Missing Touch display

Olympus SP-820UZ vs Panasonic FS25 Physical Comparison

If you're planning to lug around your camera regularly, you should take into account its weight and dimensions. The Olympus SP-820UZ features outside dimensions of 117mm x 78mm x 93mm (4.6" x 3.1" x 3.7") and a weight of 485 grams (1.07 lbs) while the Panasonic FS25 has dimensions of 97mm x 58mm x 22mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.9") along with a weight of 148 grams (0.33 lbs).

See the Olympus SP-820UZ versus Panasonic FS25 in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you are utilising at that moment. Following is a front view dimension comparison of the SP-820UZ versus the FS25.

Olympus SP-820UZ vs Panasonic FS25 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability grade of the SP-820UZ and FS25 is 69 and 95 respectively.

Olympus SP-820UZ vs Panasonic FS25 top view buttons comparison

Olympus SP-820UZ vs Panasonic FS25 Sensor Comparison

Often, it can be hard to imagine the gap in sensor measurements merely by researching technical specs. The visual below may provide you a far better sense of the sensor dimensions in the SP-820UZ and FS25.

As you have seen, each of the cameras have the same sensor dimensions but different MP. You should anticipate the Olympus SP-820UZ to result in extra detail because of its extra 2 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also help you crop photos a bit more aggressively. The fresher SP-820UZ provides an edge when it comes to sensor tech.

Olympus SP-820UZ vs Panasonic FS25 sensor size comparison

Olympus SP-820UZ vs Panasonic FS25 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus SP-820UZ vs Panasonic FS25 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus SP-820UZ as a Portrait photography camera
Panasonic FS25 as a Portrait photography camera
34
resolution is good (14 megapixels)
has face detect autofocus
manual focus not available
lack of manual exposure
no external flash support
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
26
offers face detect focus
focusing manually not possible
no manual exposure
external flash not possible
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus SP-820UZ Street photography factors
Panasonic FS25 Street photography factors
37
screen does not articulate
lack of image stabilization
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
more heavy than average (485 grams)
57
has image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Olympus SP-820UZ
Sports photography with Panasonic FS25
33
incredible zoom range (22-896mm 40.7 x zoom)
resolution is good (14 megapixels)
painfully slow continuous shooting (2.0 fps)
no shutter priority
lack of image stabilization
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus
25
has image stabilization (Optical)
max frames per second low (2.0 fps)
lack of shutter priority mode
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus SP-820UZ as a Travel photography camera
Panasonic FS25 as a Travel photography camera
55
resolution is good (14 megapixels)
built-in flash
relatively wide (22mm)
long zoom (896mm)
doesn't have Timelapse mode
more heavy than average (485 grams)
display isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.4)
51
flash built-in
no Time Lapse recording
low megapixels (12MP)
screen is not selfie friendly
wide angle not the best (29mm)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus SP-820UZ Landscape photography information
Panasonic FS25 Landscape photography information
35
relatively wide (22mm)
good sized screen (3")
resolution is good (14 megapixels)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.4)
lack of manual exposure
lack of image stabilization
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
doesn't have Timelapse mode
32
pretty good screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not the best (29mm)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
no manual exposure
low megapixels (12MP)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW files
no Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus SP-820UZ Vlogging information
Panasonic FS25 Vlogging information
25
relatively wide (22mm)
has face detect autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.4)
display isn't selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
doesn't have microphone port
more heavy than average (485 grams)
28
has image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detect focus
wide angle not the best (29mm)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
screen is not selfie friendly
video res low (640 x 480 pixels)
no mic port
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Olympus SP-820UZ vs Panasonic FS25 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus SP-820UZ and Panasonic FS25
 Olympus Stylus SP-820UZPanasonic Lumix DMC-FS25
General Information
Brand Name Olympus Panasonic
Model type Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Compact
Introduced 2012-08-21 2009-01-27
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
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 surface area 28.1mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2
Full resolution 4288 x 3216 4000 x 3000
Max native ISO 6400 1600
Max boosted ISO - 6400
Minimum native ISO 80 80
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
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 - 11
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 22-896mm (40.7x) 29-145mm (5.0x)
Highest aperture f/3.4-5.7 f/3.3-5.9
Macro focusing distance 1cm 5cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.9
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 460k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Screen technology TFT Color LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 4 secs 60 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 2.0 frames per sec 2.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 15.00 m 5.30 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 120 fps), 320 x 180 (30, 240 fps) 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 640x480
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 Motion JPEG
Mic jack
Headphone jack
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 proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 485g (1.07 lbs) 148g (0.33 lbs)
Physical dimensions 117 x 78 x 93mm (4.6" x 3.1" x 3.7") 97 x 58 x 22mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO All around 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
Other
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec, pet auto shutter) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal
Storage slots Single Single
Pricing at launch $299 $230