Panasonic S5 vs Panasonic FH25

Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 front
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25 front

Panasonic S5 vs Panasonic FH25 Key Specs

Panasonic S5
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.0" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Bump to 204800)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Leica L Mount
  • 714g - 133 x 97 x 82mm
  • Released August 2020
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
  • Additionally Known as Lumix DMC-FS35
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Panasonic S5 vs Panasonic FH25 Overview

Below is a complete assessment of the Panasonic S5 vs Panasonic FH25, one being a Pro Mirrorless and the latter is a Small Sensor Compact and they are both offered by Panasonic. There is a significant difference between the sensor resolutions of the S5 (24MP) and FH25 (16MP) and the S5 (Full frame) and FH25 (1/2.3") come with different sensor measurements.

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The S5 was launched 9 years later than the FH25 and that is quite a sizable gap as far as tech is concerned. Both of the cameras come with different body type with the Panasonic S5 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Panasonic FH25 being a Compact camera.

Before we go in to a comprehensive comparison, below is a quick synopsis of how the S5 matches up vs the FH25 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic S5 over the Panasonic FH25

 S5 FH25 
LaunchedAugust 2020January 2011More recent by 117 months
Manual focus More accurate focusing
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen dimension3.0"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution1840k230kSharper screen (+1610k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Panasonic FH25 over the Panasonic S5

 FH25 S5 

Common features in the Panasonic S5 and Panasonic FH25

 S5 FH25 

Panasonic S5 vs Panasonic FH25 Physical Comparison

For those who are aiming to lug around your camera regularly, you will need to factor in its weight and proportions. The Panasonic S5 offers external measurements of 133mm x 97mm x 82mm (5.2" x 3.8" x 3.2") accompanied by a weight of 714 grams (1.57 lbs) and the Panasonic FH25 has measurements 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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Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you have attached at that moment. Underneath is the front view sizing comparison of the S5 compared to the FH25.

Panasonic S5 vs Panasonic FH25 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability grade of the S5 and FH25 is 60 and 94 respectively.

Panasonic S5 vs Panasonic FH25 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic S5 vs Panasonic FH25 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it's tough to visualize the difference between sensor measurements just by checking technical specs. The visual underneath may offer you a much better sense of the sensor sizing in the S5 and FH25.

As you can tell, both of these cameras have got different megapixels and different sensor measurements. The S5 due to its bigger sensor is going to make shooting shallower DOF less difficult and the Panasonic S5 will give more detail utilizing its extra 8 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also allow you to crop photographs much more aggressively. The fresher S5 should have an advantage with regard to sensor innovation.

Panasonic S5 vs Panasonic FH25 sensor size comparison

Panasonic S5 vs Panasonic FH25 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic S5 vs Panasonic FH25 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic S5 Portrait photography highlights
Panasonic FH25 Portrait photography highlights
you can focus manually
good resolution (24 megapixels)
great sensor size (Full frame)
includes face detect focus
delivers RAW files
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
offers face detection focusing
focusing manually not possible
manual exposure not possible
cannot use external flash
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Street Comparison

Panasonic S5 Street photography highlights
Panasonic FH25 Street photography highlights
screen can move to multiple angles
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
great sensor size (Full frame)
delivers RAW files
features touch focus
environment proof
above average ISO range (51,200)
image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic S5 Sports photography details
Panasonic FH25 Sports photography details
great max shutter speed (1/8,000s)
quiet shutter (1/8,000s)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good resolution (24 megapixels)
great sensor size (Full frame)
includes tracking focus
environment proof
does not have phase detect auto focus
image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
offers tracking autofocus
continuous shooting slow (4.0 fps)
lack of shutter priority mode
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic S5 Travel photography highlights
Panasonic FH25 Travel photography highlights
environment proof
connects via bluetooth
features touch focus
good resolution (24 megapixels)
display is selfie friendly
good megapixels (16MP)
has built in flash
relatively wide (28mm)
no Timelapse mode
does not have a selfie friendly display
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic S5 Landscape photography information
Panasonic FH25 Landscape photography information
you can focus manually
switch lenses (Leica L mount)
screen size is good (3.0 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good resolution (24MP)
great sensor size (Full frame)
does not have anti-alias filter
above average ISO range (51,200)
delivers RAW files
environment proof
two card slots
relatively wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16MP)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inches)
manual exposure not possible
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
no Timelapse mode
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100

Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic S5 as a Vlogging camera
Panasonic FH25 as a Vlogging camera
display is selfie friendly
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
includes face detect focus
high quality video (3840 x 2160 pxls)
comes with mic socket
relatively wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detection focusing
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
does not have a selfie friendly display
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pixels)
no external microphone support
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Panasonic S5 vs Panasonic FH25 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic S5 and Panasonic FH25
 Panasonic Lumix DC-S5Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25
General Information
Brand Name Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25
Also Known as - Lumix DMC-FS35
Type Pro Mirrorless Small Sensor Compact
Released 2020-08-14 2011-01-05
Physical type SLR-style mirrorless Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by - Venus Engine VI
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size Full frame 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 35.6 x 23.8mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 847.3mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 24 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 6000 x 4000 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 51200 6400
Highest enhanced ISO 204800 -
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW pictures
Min enhanced ISO 50 -
Manual focus
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points 225 11
Lens mounting type Leica L fixed lens
Lens focal range - 28-224mm (8.0x)
Largest aperture - f/3.3-5.9
Macro focus distance - 5cm
Number of lenses 31 -
Crop factor 1 5.9
Display type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display size 3.0 inch 2.7 inch
Display resolution 1,840 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Display tech - TFT Screen LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 2,360 thousand dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.74x -
Minimum shutter speed 60 seconds 60 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/8000 seconds 1/1600 seconds
Fastest quiet shutter speed 1/8000 seconds -
Continuous shutter rate 7.0fps 4.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range no built-in flash 5.80 m
Flash options Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync w/Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize 1/250 seconds -
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 200 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1280 x 720p (24 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 3840x2160 1280x720
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264, H.265 Motion JPEG
Microphone support
Headphone support
Wireless Built-In None
USB Yes (can be charged with high-power laptop/tablet chargers or portable power banks) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 714 gr (1.57 pounds) 159 gr (0.35 pounds)
Dimensions 133 x 97 x 82mm (5.2" x 3.8" x 3.2") 99 x 57 x 28mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.1")
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
Battery life 440 photographs 250 photographs
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots Dual One
Retail price $1,999 $180