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Olympus VG-120 vs Panasonic F5

Portability
96
Imaging
37
Features
24
Overall
31
Olympus VG-120 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 front
Portability
96
Imaging
38
Features
23
Overall
32

Olympus VG-120 vs Panasonic F5 Key Specs

Olympus VG-120
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 26-130mm (F2.8-6.5) lens
  • 120g - 96 x 57 x 19mm
  • Announced January 2011
Panasonic F5
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.2-6.5) lens
  • 121g - 97 x 58 x 22mm
  • Launched January 2013
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Olympus VG-120 vs Panasonic F5 Overview

Its time to look more closely at the Olympus VG-120 versus Panasonic F5, former is a Ultracompact while the latter is a Small Sensor Compact by companies Olympus and Panasonic. The sensor resolution of the VG-120 (14MP) and the F5 (14MP) is relatively comparable and both cameras have the identical sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The VG-120 was launched 24 months prior to the F5 which makes them a generation away from one another. Both cameras feature different body design with the Olympus VG-120 being a Ultracompact camera and the Panasonic F5 being a Compact camera.

Before we go right into a in depth comparison, here is a brief summation of how the VG-120 scores vs the F5 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Olympus VG-120 over the Panasonic F5

 VG-120 F5 
Screen size3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")

Reasons to pick Panasonic F5 over the Olympus VG-120

 F5 VG-120 
LaunchedJanuary 2013January 2011More modern by 24 months

Common features in the Olympus VG-120 and Panasonic F5

 VG-120 F5 
Manually focus No manual focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen resolution230k230kIdentical screen resolution
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch screen Neither offers Touch screen

Olympus VG-120 vs Panasonic F5 Physical Comparison

In case you're going to carry around your camera frequently, you have to consider its weight and size. The Olympus VG-120 offers external measurements of 96mm x 57mm x 19mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.7") and a weight of 120 grams (0.26 lbs) while the Panasonic F5 has specifications of 97mm x 58mm x 22mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.9") with a weight of 121 grams (0.27 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you are using at that moment. Below is a front view overall size comparison of the VG-120 and the F5.

Olympus VG-120 vs Panasonic F5 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the VG-120 and F5 is 96 and 96 respectively.

Olympus VG-120 vs Panasonic F5 top view buttons comparison

Olympus VG-120 vs Panasonic F5 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it can be hard to picture the difference in sensor sizes simply by checking out specifications. The pic below may give you a stronger sense of the sensor sizing in the VG-120 and F5.

Plainly, both the cameras feature the identical sensor size and the identical MP therefore you can expect comparable quality of images though you really should consider the launch date of the cameras into account. The more aged VG-120 will be disadvantaged in sensor innovation.

Olympus VG-120 vs Panasonic F5 sensor size comparison

Olympus VG-120 vs Panasonic F5 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus VG-120 vs Panasonic F5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus VG-120 Portrait photography factors
Panasonic F5 Portrait photography factors
33
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
offers face detection focusing
lack of manual focus
manual mode not possible
cannot use external flash
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
29
decent megapixels (14MP)
lack of manual focus
manual mode not available
can't use external flash
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Olympus VG-120 Street photography features
Panasonic F5 Street photography features
48
screen does not articulate
no image stabilization
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
56
lighter than average in class (121 grams)
fixed screen
no image stabilization
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Olympus VG-120 as a Sports photography camera
Panasonic F5 as a Sports photography camera
26
decent sensor resolution (14 megapixels)
no shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
sensor is small (1/2.3")
low battery power (160 CIPA)
lack of phase detect AF
33
decent megapixels (14MP)
comes with tracking autofocus
slow frames per second (1.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus VG-120 Travel photography features
Panasonic F5 Travel photography features
62
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
flash built-in
pretty wide (26mm)
no Timelapse function
low battery power (160 per charge)
screen isn't selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
68
lighter than average in class (121g)
decent megapixels (14MP)
built-in flash
really wide (28mm)
no Time Lapse recording
screen isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.2)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Olympus VG-120
Landscape photography with Panasonic F5
36
pretty wide (26mm)
screen is a decent size (3 inch)
decent sensor resolution (14 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
cannot switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
manual mode not possible
no image stabilization
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
low battery power (160 shots)
no Timelapse function
33
really wide (28mm)
decent megapixels (14MP)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.2)
small screen (2.7 inches)
manual mode not available
no image stabilization
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
no Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus VG-120 Vlogging factors
Panasonic F5 Vlogging factors
28
pretty wide (26mm)
offers face detection focusing
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
screen isn't selfie friendly
no image stabilization
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pixels)
no external microphone support
28
really wide (28mm)
lighter than average in class (121g)
sluggish max aperture (f3.2)
screen isn't selfie friendly
no image stabilization
low video resolution (1280 x 720 resolution)
no external mic jack
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Olympus VG-120 vs Panasonic F5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus VG-120 and Panasonic F5
 Olympus VG-120Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5
General Information
Brand Olympus Panasonic
Model Olympus VG-120 Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5
Type Ultracompact Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2011-01-06 2013-01-07
Body design Ultracompact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by TruePic III -
Sensor type CCD 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 megapixels 14 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 -
Peak resolution 4288 x 3216 4320 x 3240
Highest native ISO 1600 6400
Minimum native ISO 80 100
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 26-130mm (5.0x) 28-140mm (5.0x)
Max aperture f/2.8-6.5 f/3.2-6.5
Macro focus range 7cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.9
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3 inches 2.7 inches
Screen resolution 230 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen technology TFT Color LCD TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 4 seconds 8 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed - 1.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 4.40 m 5.70 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30, 15fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 120 grams (0.26 lbs) 121 grams (0.27 lbs)
Physical dimensions 96 x 57 x 19mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.7") 97 x 58 x 22mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.9")
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 160 photos 250 photos
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model LI-70B -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots 1 1
Cost at release $190 $100