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Olympus VR-320 vs Panasonic FP5

Portability
94
Imaging
38
Features
35
Overall
36
Olympus VR-320 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP5 front
Portability
95
Imaging
38
Features
33
Overall
36

Olympus VR-320 vs Panasonic FP5 Key Specs

Olympus VR-320
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-300mm (F3.0-5.9) lens
  • 158g - 101 x 58 x 29mm
  • Launched July 2011
  • Renewed by Olympus VR-330
Panasonic FP5
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 35-140mm (F3.5-5.9) lens
  • 141g - 101 x 59 x 18mm
  • Introduced January 2011
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Olympus VR-320 vs Panasonic FP5 Overview

Let's examine more in depth at the Olympus VR-320 and Panasonic FP5, former being a Small Sensor Superzoom while the other is a Ultracompact by companies Olympus and Panasonic. The resolution of the VR-320 (14MP) and the FP5 (14MP) is fairly close and they possess the exact same sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The VR-320 was revealed 7 months later than the FP5 which means that they are both of a similar age. Both the cameras come with different body type with the Olympus VR-320 being a Compact camera and the Panasonic FP5 being a Ultracompact camera.

Before diving through a comprehensive comparison, below is a quick overview of how the VR-320 grades versus the FP5 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus VR-320 over the Panasonic FP5

 VR-320 FP5 
IntroducedJuly 2011January 2011More recent by 7 months

Reasons to pick Panasonic FP5 over the Olympus VR-320

 FP5 VR-320 
Touch display Easily navigate

Common features in the Olympus VR-320 and Panasonic FP5

 VR-320 FP5 
Manual focus Lack of manual focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display dimension3"3"Identical display dimensions
Display resolution230k230kEqual display resolution
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen

Olympus VR-320 vs Panasonic FP5 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is intending to lug around your camera, you'll have to consider its weight and size. The Olympus VR-320 offers physical dimensions of 101mm x 58mm x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1") having a weight of 158 grams (0.35 lbs) and the Panasonic FP5 has specifications of 101mm x 59mm x 18mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 0.7") with a weight of 141 grams (0.31 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you are using at that time. Underneath is the front view size comparison of the VR-320 against the FP5.

Olympus VR-320 vs Panasonic FP5 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the VR-320 and FP5 is 94 and 95 respectively.

Olympus VR-320 vs Panasonic FP5 top view buttons comparison

Olympus VR-320 vs Panasonic FP5 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, its difficult to visualize the gap in sensor measurements purely by viewing specifications. The photograph underneath should provide you a far better sense of the sensor sizes in the VR-320 and FP5.

To sum up, both of these cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements and the same megapixels therefore you can expect comparable quality of files although you would want to take the age of the cameras into account. The more modern VR-320 provides an edge in sensor innovation.

Olympus VR-320 vs Panasonic FP5 sensor size comparison

Olympus VR-320 vs Panasonic FP5 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus VR-320 vs Panasonic FP5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus VR-320 as a Portrait photography camera
Panasonic FP5 as a Portrait photography camera
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megapixel count decent (14 megapixels)
offers face detect focusing
manual focus not available
manual exposure not possible
external flash not possible
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support
34
good MP (14MP)
comes with face detection focusing
no manual focus
no manual control
no external flash support
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus VR-320 Street photography advice
Panasonic FP5 Street photography advice
62
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than others (158 grams)
fixed screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support
63
has image stabilization (Optical)
comes with focus via touch
no articulating screen
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Olympus VR-320
Sports photography with Panasonic FP5
47
great zoom range (24-300mm 12.5 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
megapixel count decent (14 megapixels)
offers tracking focus
no shutter priority mode
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
44
has image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (14 megapixels)
comes with tracking autofocus
great battery (260 shots)
max fps low (6.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus VR-320 Travel photography info
Panasonic FP5 Travel photography info
70
lighter than others (158g)
megapixel count decent (14 megapixels)
built-in flash
rather wide (24mm)
long reach (300mm)
missing Time Lapse mode
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.0)
65
great battery (260 CIPA)
comes with focus via touch
good MP (14MP)
built-in flash
lack of Time Lapse function
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
wide angle not great (35mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus VR-320 Landscape photography highlights
Panasonic FP5 Landscape photography highlights
42
rather wide (24mm)
nice screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
megapixel count decent (14 megapixels)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.0)
manual exposure not possible
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support
missing Time Lapse mode
41
nice screen size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (14MP)
great battery (260 CIPA)
no manual focus
cannot change lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not great (35mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
no manual control
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW files
lack of Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus VR-320 Vlogging features
Panasonic FP5 Vlogging features
32
rather wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
offers face detect focusing
lighter than others (158g)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.0)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
low video resolution (1280 x 720 resolution)
missing mic support
30
built-in touchscreen
has image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection focusing
wide angle not great (35mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pixels)
lack of external mic jack
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Olympus VR-320 vs Panasonic FP5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus VR-320 and Panasonic FP5
 Olympus VR-320Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP5
General Information
Brand Olympus Panasonic
Model Olympus VR-320 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP5
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Ultracompact
Launched 2011-07-19 2011-01-05
Body design Compact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Chip TruePic III Venus Engine IV
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 14 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 4288 x 3216 4320 x 3240
Max native ISO 1600 6400
Lowest native ISO 80 100
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points - 11
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 24-300mm (12.5x) 35-140mm (4.0x)
Maximum aperture f/3.0-5.9 f/3.5-5.9
Macro focus distance 1cm 10cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.9
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 230k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Display technology TFT Color LCD TFT Touch Screen LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 4s 60s
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000s 1/1600s
Continuous shooting speed - 6.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 4.70 m 4.90 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
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), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max 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 158 gr (0.35 lbs) 141 gr (0.31 lbs)
Dimensions 101 x 58 x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1") 101 x 59 x 18mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 0.7")
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 - 260 shots
Style of battery - Battery Pack
Battery model LI-42B -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots Single Single
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