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Olympus VG-120 vs Panasonic FH25

Portability
96
Imaging
37
Features
24
Overall
31
Olympus VG-120 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25 front
Portability
94
Imaging
39
Features
26
Overall
33

Olympus VG-120 vs Panasonic FH25 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
  • Revealed January 2011
Panasonic FH25
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-224mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 159g - 99 x 57 x 28mm
  • Launched January 2011
  • Alternate Name is Lumix DMC-FS35
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Olympus VG-120 vs Panasonic FH25 Overview

Let's look more closely at the Olympus VG-120 vs Panasonic FH25, one is a Ultracompact and the latter is a Small Sensor Compact by companies Olympus and Panasonic. The resolution of the VG-120 (14MP) and the FH25 (16MP) is relatively comparable and both cameras provide the same sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The VG-120 was released about the same time to the FH25 so they are of a similar generation. Both of these cameras have different body design with the Olympus VG-120 being a Ultracompact camera and the Panasonic FH25 being a Compact camera.

Before we go straight to a thorough comparison, here is a short summary of how the VG-120 grades vs the FH25 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus VG-120 over the Panasonic FH25

 VG-120 FH25 
Screen dimensions3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")

Reasons to pick Panasonic FH25 over the Olympus VG-120

 FH25 VG-120 

Common features in the Olympus VG-120 and Panasonic FH25

 VG-120 FH25 
LaunchedJanuary 2011January 2011Same generation
Manually focus No manual focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen resolution230k230kExact same screen resolution
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither provides Touch friendly screen

Olympus VG-120 vs Panasonic FH25 Physical Comparison

For those who are planning to travel with your camera regularly, you are going to need to take into account its weight and measurements. The Olympus VG-120 provides external measurements of 96mm x 57mm x 19mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.7") along with a weight of 120 grams (0.26 lbs) while the Panasonic FH25 has proportions of 99mm x 57mm x 28mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.1") and a weight of 159 grams (0.35 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you have at that time. Following is a front view overall size comparison of the VG-120 compared to the FH25.

Olympus VG-120 vs Panasonic FH25 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability rating of the VG-120 and FH25 is 96 and 94 respectively.

Olympus VG-120 vs Panasonic FH25 top view buttons comparison

Olympus VG-120 vs Panasonic FH25 Sensor Comparison

Usually, its difficult to envision the contrast in sensor dimensions just by going through specs. The image here should give you a greater sense of the sensor measurements in the VG-120 and FH25.

As you can plainly see, both of the cameras provide the same sensor dimensions albeit not the same MP. You should count on the Panasonic FH25 to provide greater detail as a result of its extra 2MP. Higher resolution will make it easier to crop photographs more aggressively.

Olympus VG-120 vs Panasonic FH25 sensor size comparison

Olympus VG-120 vs Panasonic FH25 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus VG-120 vs Panasonic FH25 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus VG-120 Portrait photography information
Panasonic FH25 Portrait photography information
33
megapixel count good (14MP)
includes face detection autofocus
lack of manual focus
lack of manual exposure
can't use external flash
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
34
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
supports face detect focusing
focusing manually not possible
manual mode not available
cannot use external flash
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
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Street Comparison

Olympus VG-120 as a Street photography camera
Panasonic FH25 as a Street photography camera
48
no articulating screen
no image stabilization
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
57
has image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Olympus VG-120 Sports photography information
Panasonic FH25 Sports photography information
26
megapixel count good (14 megapixels)
no shutter priority
no image stabilization
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
bad battery life (160 per charge)
lacks phase detect autofocus
40
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
supports tracking focus
painfully slow continuous shooting (4.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus VG-120 as a Travel photography camera
Panasonic FH25 as a Travel photography camera
62
megapixel count good (14 megapixels)
built-in flash
decently wide (26mm)
does not have Timelapse recording
bad battery life (160 shots)
display isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
65
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
really wide (28mm)
missing Time Lapse recording
screen isn't selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus VG-120 Landscape photography highlights
Panasonic FH25 Landscape photography highlights
36
decently wide (26mm)
good sized screen (3 inches)
megapixel count good (14MP)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
lack of manual exposure
no image stabilization
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
bad battery life (160 CIPA)
does not have Timelapse recording
38
really wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inch)
manual mode not available
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
missing Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus VG-120 Vlogging details
Panasonic FH25 Vlogging details
28
decently wide (26mm)
includes face detection autofocus
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
display isn't selfie friendly
no image stabilization
low video resolution (1280 x 720 resolution)
does not have external microphone port
31
really wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect focusing
slow max aperture (f3.3)
screen isn't selfie friendly
low video resolution (1280 x 720 resolution)
missing mic jack
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Olympus VG-120 vs Panasonic FH25 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus VG-120 and Panasonic FH25
 Olympus VG-120Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25
General Information
Company Olympus Panasonic
Model Olympus VG-120 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25
Also called as - Lumix DMC-FS35
Class Ultracompact Small Sensor Compact
Revealed 2011-01-06 2011-01-05
Body design Ultracompact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor TruePic III Venus Engine VI
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 area 28.1mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4288 x 3216 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 1600 6400
Min native ISO 80 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points - 11
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 26-130mm (5.0x) 28-224mm (8.0x)
Maximal aperture f/2.8-6.5 f/3.3-5.9
Macro focus range 7cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.9
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inches 2.7 inches
Screen resolution 230k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Screen technology TFT Color LCD TFT Screen LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 4 seconds 60 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/1600 seconds
Continuous shooting speed - 4.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 4.40 m 5.80 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
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 720p (24 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video file 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 pounds) 159 grams (0.35 pounds)
Physical dimensions 96 x 57 x 19mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.7") 99 x 57 x 28mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.1")
DXO scores
DXO All around 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 shots 250 shots
Type of battery 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 launch $190 $180