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Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic FS25

Portability
85
Imaging
37
Features
67
Overall
49
Olympus XZ-2 iHS front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25 front
Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
24
Overall
30

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic FS25 Key Specs

Olympus XZ-2 iHS
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-112mm (F1.8-2.5) lens
  • 346g - 113 x 65 x 48mm
  • Revealed December 2012
Panasonic FS25
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600 (Increase to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 29-145mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 148g - 97 x 58 x 22mm
  • Introduced January 2009
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Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic FS25 Overview

Here is a extensive overview of the Olympus XZ-2 iHS and Panasonic FS25, both Small Sensor Compact cameras by brands Olympus and Panasonic. The sensor resolution of the XZ-2 iHS (12MP) and the FS25 (12MP) is pretty comparable but the XZ-2 iHS (1/1.7") and FS25 (1/2.3") have different sensor sizes.

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The XZ-2 iHS was revealed 3 years later than the FS25 and that is a fairly big gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Both cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before getting into a detailed comparison, here is a concise view of how the XZ-2 iHS grades vs the FS25 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus XZ-2 iHS over the Panasonic FS25

 XZ-2 iHS FS25 
IntroducedDecember 2012January 2009Fresher by 48 months
Focus manually More precise focus
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution920k230kSharper screen (+690k dot)
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Panasonic FS25 over the Olympus XZ-2 iHS

 FS25 XZ-2 iHS 

Common features in the Olympus XZ-2 iHS and Panasonic FS25

 XZ-2 iHS FS25 
Screen size3"3"Same screen dimensions
Selfie screen Neither offers selfie screen

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic FS25 Physical Comparison

When you are looking to carry your camera, you should factor in its weight and dimensions. The Olympus XZ-2 iHS offers outer measurements of 113mm x 65mm x 48mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.9") having a weight of 346 grams (0.76 lbs) while the Panasonic FS25 has dimensions of 97mm x 58mm x 22mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.9") and a weight of 148 grams (0.33 lbs).

See the Olympus XZ-2 iHS and Panasonic FS25 in the all new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you are using at that time. The following is a front view measurement comparison of the XZ-2 iHS vs the FS25.

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic FS25 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability score of the XZ-2 iHS and FS25 is 85 and 95 respectively.

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic FS25 top view buttons comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic FS25 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it's tough to visualize the difference in sensor sizing merely by checking out specs. The photograph below will offer you a clearer sense of the sensor measurements in the XZ-2 iHS and FS25.

All in all, both of the cameras come with the identical megapixels albeit different sensor sizing. The XZ-2 iHS contains the bigger sensor which should make achieving shallow DOF less difficult. The newer XZ-2 iHS should have an edge when it comes to sensor tech.

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic FS25 sensor size comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic FS25 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic FS25 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS Portrait photography features
Panasonic FS25 Portrait photography features
46
focusing manually
provides face detect autofocus
saves RAW formats
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/1.7")
26
offers face detection focusing
no manual focus
no manual exposure
can't use external flash
sensor resolution low (12MP)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS Street photography details
Panasonic FS25 Street photography details
66
screen tilts
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
saves RAW formats
sensor size is very small (1/1.7")
heavier than others (346g)
57
has image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS Sports photography details
Panasonic FS25 Sports photography details
43
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
provides tracking focus
great battery (340 CIPA)
sensor resolution low (12MP)
sensor size is very small (1/1.7")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
25
has image stabilization (Optical)
max fps low (2.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
sensor resolution low (12MP)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS Travel photography info
Panasonic FS25 Travel photography info
61
great battery (340 per charge)
has built in flash
pretty wide (28mm)
very good max aperture (f1.8)
no Time Lapse function
heavier than others (346g)
sensor resolution low (12MP)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
51
has built in flash
doesn't have Timelapse recording
sensor resolution low (12MP)
does not have a selfie friendly display
wide angle not the best (29mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Olympus XZ-2 iHS
Landscape photography with Panasonic FS25
55
focusing manually
pretty wide (28mm)
very good max aperture (f1.8)
decent sized screen (3")
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
saves RAW formats
great battery (340 CIPA)
can't swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
sensor resolution low (12MP)
sensor size is very small (1/1.7")
no Time Lapse function
32
nice screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not the best (29mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
no manual exposure
sensor resolution low (12MP)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
doesn't have Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS Vlogging advice
Panasonic FS25 Vlogging advice
36
pretty wide (28mm)
very good max aperture (f1.8)
screen is touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
provides face detect autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
includes mic port
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
heavier than others (346g)
28
has image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detection focusing
wide angle not the best (29mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
does not have a selfie friendly display
video resolution low (640 x 480 resolution)
doesn't have external microphone socket
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Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic FS25 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus XZ-2 iHS and Panasonic FS25
 Olympus XZ-2 iHSPanasonic Lumix DMC-FS25
General Information
Company Olympus Panasonic
Model type Olympus XZ-2 iHS Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Revealed 2012-12-18 2009-01-27
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/1.7" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 7.44 x 5.58mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 41.5mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2
Highest Possible resolution 3968 x 2976 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 12800 1600
Maximum enhanced ISO - 6400
Min native ISO 100 80
RAW data
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points 35 11
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-112mm (4.0x) 29-145mm (5.0x)
Largest aperture f/1.8-2.5 f/3.3-5.9
Macro focusing distance 1cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 4.8 5.9
Screen
Type of display Tilting Fixed Type
Display size 3 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 920k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic (optional) None
Features
Min shutter speed 60 seconds 60 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate - 2.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 8.60 m (ISO 800) 5.30 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Wireless Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 640x480
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 Motion JPEG
Microphone port
Headphone port
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
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 346 gr (0.76 pounds) 148 gr (0.33 pounds)
Physical dimensions 113 x 65 x 48mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.9") 97 x 58 x 22mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 49 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 20.4 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 11.3 not tested
DXO Low light rating 216 not tested
Other
Battery life 340 shots -
Battery type Battery Pack -
Battery ID Li-90B -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Retail cost $450 $230