Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic FH25

Portability
85
Imaging
38
Features
67
Overall
49
Olympus XZ-2 iHS front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25 front
Portability
94
Imaging
40
Features
26
Overall
34

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic FH25 Key Specs

Olympus XZ-2 iHS
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-112mm (F1.8-2.5) lens
  • 346g - 113 x 65 x 48mm
  • Announced December 2012
Panasonic FH25
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-224mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 159g - 99 x 57 x 28mm
  • Released January 2011
  • Additionally referred to as Lumix DMC-FS35
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Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic FH25 Overview

The following is a extensive review of the Olympus XZ-2 iHS versus Panasonic FH25, both Small Sensor Compact cameras by manufacturers Olympus and Panasonic. There is a noticeable difference among the image resolutions of the XZ-2 iHS (12MP) and FH25 (16MP) and the XZ-2 iHS (1/1.7") and FH25 (1/2.3") come with different sensor sizes.

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The XZ-2 iHS was announced 24 months after the FH25 making the cameras a generation away from each other. Each of these cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before going straight into a in-depth comparison, below is a short synopsis of how the XZ-2 iHS scores vs the FH25 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus XZ-2 iHS over the Panasonic FH25

 XZ-2 iHS FH25 
ReleasedDecember 2012January 2011Newer by 24 months
Manual focus More exact focus
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display dimension3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution920k230kCrisper display (+690k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Panasonic FH25 over the Olympus XZ-2 iHS

 FH25 XZ-2 iHS 

Common features in the Olympus XZ-2 iHS and Panasonic FH25

 XZ-2 iHS FH25 
Selfie screen Neither offers selfie screen

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic FH25 Physical Comparison

In case you're aiming to travel with your camera often, you have to think about its weight and dimensions. The Olympus XZ-2 iHS offers physical dimensions of 113mm x 65mm x 48mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.9") and a weight of 346 grams (0.76 lbs) whilst the Panasonic FH25 has dimensions of 99mm x 57mm x 28mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.1") and a weight of 159 grams (0.35 lbs).

Check out the Olympus XZ-2 iHS versus Panasonic FH25 in our completely new Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you are working with at that time. The following is the front view proportions comparison of the XZ-2 iHS and the FH25.

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic FH25 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability grade of the XZ-2 iHS and FH25 is 85 and 94 respectively.

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic FH25 top view buttons comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic FH25 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, its tough to visualize the contrast in sensor dimensions purely by researching a spec sheet. The pic underneath will give you a clearer sense of the sensor dimensions in the XZ-2 iHS and FH25.

As you can see, each of these cameras posses different resolutions and different sensor dimensions. The XZ-2 iHS having a larger sensor is going to make shooting shallow depth of field simpler and the Panasonic FH25 will provide you with more detail with its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will make it easier to crop images somewhat more aggressively. The fresher XZ-2 iHS should have a benefit with regard to sensor tech.

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic FH25 sensor size comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic FH25 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic FH25 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS as a Portrait photography camera
Panasonic FH25 as a Portrait photography camera
46
you can focus manually
comes with face detect focusing
delivers RAW files
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/1.7")
35
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
includes face detection focus
manual focus not available
manual exposure not available
cannot use external flash
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS Street photography advice
Panasonic FH25 Street photography advice
66
screen tilts up and down
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
delivers RAW files
tiny sensor size (1/1.7")
more heavy than others in class (346g)
57
built in image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS Sports photography info
Panasonic FH25 Sports photography info
44
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
comes with tracking focus
better than average battery life (340 shots)
low megapixels (12MP)
tiny sensor size (1/1.7")
lacks phase detect AF
41
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
includes tracking autofocus
continuous shooting slow (4.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS Travel photography factors
Panasonic FH25 Travel photography factors
61
better than average battery life (340 per charge)
built-in flash
rather wide (28mm)
very good max aperture (f1.8)
lack of Timelapse mode
more heavy than others in class (346 grams)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
does not have selfie friendly screen
65
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
built-in flash
really wide (28mm)
missing Time Lapse function
screen isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Olympus XZ-2 iHS
Landscape photography with Panasonic FH25
55
you can focus manually
rather wide (28mm)
very good max aperture (f1.8)
pretty good screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
delivers RAW files
better than average battery life (340 CIPA)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
low megapixels (12MP)
tiny sensor size (1/1.7")
lack of Timelapse mode
39
really wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
tiny screen (2.7 inch)
manual exposure not available
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
missing Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Olympus XZ-2 iHS
Vlogging with Panasonic FH25
36
rather wide (28mm)
very good max aperture (f1.8)
touch screen
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
comes with face detect focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
includes microphone port
does not have selfie friendly screen
more heavy than others in class (346 grams)
31
really wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection focus
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
screen isn't selfie friendly
low video resolution (1280 x 720 resolution)
missing external mic port
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Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic FH25 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus XZ-2 iHS and Panasonic FH25
 Olympus XZ-2 iHSPanasonic Lumix DMC-FH25
General Information
Brand Name Olympus Panasonic
Model Olympus XZ-2 iHS Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25
Otherwise known as - Lumix DMC-FS35
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2012-12-18 2011-01-05
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by - Venus Engine VI
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/1.7" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 7.44 x 5.58mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 41.5mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 3968 x 2976 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 12800 6400
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points 35 11
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-112mm (4.0x) 28-224mm (8.0x)
Max aperture f/1.8-2.5 f/3.3-5.9
Macro focus distance 1cm 5cm
Crop factor 4.8 5.9
Screen
Range of screen Tilting Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3 inch 2.7 inch
Resolution of screen 920 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Screen technology - TFT Screen LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic (optional) None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60 seconds 60 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/1600 seconds
Continuous shooting speed - 4.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 8.60 m (ISO 800) 5.80 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Wireless Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1280 x 720p (24 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 Motion JPEG
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 346 gr (0.76 pounds) 159 gr (0.35 pounds)
Dimensions 113 x 65 x 48mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.9") 99 x 57 x 28mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.1")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 49 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 20.4 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 11.3 not tested
DXO Low light score 216 not tested
Other
Battery life 340 photographs 250 photographs
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model Li-90B -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots 1 1
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