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Olympus Tough-3000 vs Panasonic FP5

Portability
94
Imaging
36
Features
26
Overall
32
Olympus Stylus Tough-3000 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP5 front
Portability
95
Imaging
38
Features
33
Overall
36

Olympus Tough-3000 vs Panasonic FP5 Key Specs

Olympus Tough-3000
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 64 - 1600
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-102mm (F3.5-5.1) lens
  • 159g - 96 x 65 x 23mm
  • Revealed January 2010
  • Alternative Name is mju Tough 3000
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
  • Released January 2011
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Olympus Tough-3000 vs Panasonic FP5 Overview

In this article, we will be evaluating the Olympus Tough-3000 vs Panasonic FP5, one being a Waterproof and the latter is a Ultracompact by brands Olympus and Panasonic. The image resolution of the Tough-3000 (12MP) and the FP5 (14MP) is relatively comparable and they use the same exact sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The Tough-3000 was announced 12 months prior to the FP5 which means that they are both of a similar generation. Both of these cameras offer different body type with the Olympus Tough-3000 being a Compact camera and the Panasonic FP5 being a Ultracompact camera.

Before diving through a thorough comparison, below is a short synopsis of how the Tough-3000 scores versus the FP5 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus Tough-3000 over the Panasonic FP5

 Tough-3000 FP5 

Reasons to pick Panasonic FP5 over the Olympus Tough-3000

 FP5 Tough-3000 
ReleasedJanuary 2011January 2010More recent by 12 months
Screen sizing3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Olympus Tough-3000 and Panasonic FP5

 Tough-3000 FP5 
Focus manually No manual focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen resolution230k230kSame screen resolution
Selfie screen No selfie screen

Olympus Tough-3000 vs Panasonic FP5 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is planning to lug around your camera, you need to take into account its weight and dimensions. The Olympus Tough-3000 comes with outside dimensions of 96mm x 65mm x 23mm (3.8" x 2.6" x 0.9") and a weight of 159 grams (0.35 lbs) whilst the Panasonic FP5 has dimensions 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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Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you are using at that moment. Following is the front view measurement comparison of the Tough-3000 versus the FP5.

Olympus Tough-3000 vs Panasonic FP5 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the Tough-3000 and FP5 is 94 and 95 respectively.

Olympus Tough-3000 vs Panasonic FP5 top view buttons comparison

Olympus Tough-3000 vs Panasonic FP5 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it's difficult to picture the gap in sensor measurements only by checking out specs. The visual here will give you a clearer sense of the sensor sizes in the Tough-3000 and FP5.

All in all, each of these cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing albeit different resolution. You should count on the Panasonic FP5 to show extra detail with its extra 2MP. Higher resolution will also let you crop photographs a little more aggressively. The older Tough-3000 will be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor tech.

Olympus Tough-3000 vs Panasonic FP5 sensor size comparison

Olympus Tough-3000 vs Panasonic FP5 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus Tough-3000 vs Panasonic FP5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus Tough-3000 Portrait photography info
Panasonic FP5 Portrait photography info
21
lack of manual focus
manual mode not possible
can't use external flash
sensor resolution low (12MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
34
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
supports face detection focusing
no manual focus
lack of manual mode
can't use external flash
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Olympus Tough-3000 Street photography features
Panasonic FP5 Street photography features
62
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
environment proof
fixed screen
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
63
has image stabilization (Optical)
offers focus via touch
fixed screen
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Olympus Tough-3000 as a Sports photography camera
Panasonic FP5 as a Sports photography camera
36
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
includes tracking autofocus
environment proof
very slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor resolution low (12MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
44
has image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (14MP)
supports tracking autofocus
great battery pack (260 CIPA)
slow frames per second (6.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus Tough-3000 Travel photography features
Panasonic FP5 Travel photography features
61
environment proof
built-in flash
relatively wide (28mm)
lack of Timelapse mode
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
65
great battery pack (260 shots)
offers focus via touch
good megapixels (14MP)
built-in flash
does not have Time Lapse function
does not have a selfie friendly display
wide angle not the best (35mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Olympus Tough-3000
Landscape photography with Panasonic FP5
36
relatively wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
environment proof
lack of manual focus
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
small screen (2.7 inch)
manual mode not possible
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
lack of Timelapse mode
41
screen is a good size (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (14MP)
great battery pack (260 per charge)
no manual focus
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not the best (35mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
lack of manual mode
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
does not have Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus Tough-3000 Vlogging details
Panasonic FP5 Vlogging details
29
relatively wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
display is not selfie friendly
low quality video (1280 x 720 pixels)
lack of external microphone socket
30
touch screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detection focusing
wide angle not the best (35mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
does not have a selfie friendly display
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pixels)
does not have external mic socket
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Olympus Tough-3000 vs Panasonic FP5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus Tough-3000 and Panasonic FP5
 Olympus Stylus Tough-3000Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP5
General Information
Company Olympus Panasonic
Model type Olympus Stylus Tough-3000 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP5
Also called as mju Tough 3000 -
Type Waterproof Ultracompact
Revealed 2010-01-07 2011-01-05
Physical type Compact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Powered by TruePic III Venus Engine IV
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 14 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 3968 x 2976 4320 x 3240
Max native ISO 1600 6400
Min native ISO 64 100
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points - 11
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-102mm (3.6x) 35-140mm (4.0x)
Maximum aperture f/3.5-5.1 f/3.5-5.9
Macro focusing range 2cm 10cm
Crop factor 5.9 5.9
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 2.7" 3"
Display resolution 230 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Display technology - TFT Touch Screen LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Min shutter speed 4s 60s
Max shutter speed 1/2000s 1/1600s
Continuous shutter rate 1.0 frames/s 6.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 4.00 m 4.90 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video file format MPEG-4 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
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 159 gr (0.35 lb) 141 gr (0.31 lb)
Dimensions 96 x 65 x 23mm (3.8" x 2.6" x 0.9") 101 x 59 x 18mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 0.7")
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
Other
Battery life - 260 photos
Form of battery - Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 seconds) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots One One
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