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Panasonic FH20 vs Panasonic FS25

Portability
93
Imaging
37
Features
21
Overall
30
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH20 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25 front
Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
24
Overall
30

Panasonic FH20 vs Panasonic FS25 Key Specs

Panasonic FH20
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-224mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 178g - 100 x 56 x 28mm
  • Introduced January 2010
  • Alternative Name is Lumix DMC-FS30
Panasonic FS25
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600 (Raise to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 29-145mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 148g - 97 x 58 x 22mm
  • Revealed January 2009
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Panasonic FH20 vs Panasonic FS25 Overview

The following is a thorough assessment of the Panasonic FH20 vs Panasonic FS25, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras and they are both designed by Panasonic. The image resolution of the FH20 (14MP) and the FS25 (12MP) is relatively similar and they come with the exact same sensor sizing (1/2.3").

Photography Glossary

The FH20 was announced 12 months after the FS25 so they are of a similar generation. Both the cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before going straight into a full comparison, below is a short summation of how the FH20 grades vs the FS25 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FH20 over the Panasonic FS25

 FH20 FS25 
RevealedJanuary 2010January 2009Newer by 12 months

Reasons to pick Panasonic FS25 over the Panasonic FH20

 FS25 FH20 
Screen dimension3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")

Common features in the Panasonic FH20 and Panasonic FS25

 FH20 FS25 
Focus manually No manual focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen resolution230k230kEqual screen resolution
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch screen Neither features Touch screen

Panasonic FH20 vs Panasonic FS25 Physical Comparison

If you're aiming to travel with your camera frequently, you need to think about its weight and dimensions. The Panasonic FH20 enjoys external measurements of 100mm x 56mm x 28mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.1") and a weight of 178 grams (0.39 lbs) and the Panasonic FS25 has dimensions of 97mm x 58mm x 22mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.9") along with a weight of 148 grams (0.33 lbs).

Analyze the Panasonic FH20 vs Panasonic FS25 in the new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you select at the time. Here is the front view overall size comparison of the FH20 against the FS25.

Panasonic FH20 vs Panasonic FS25 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability grade of the FH20 and FS25 is 93 and 95 respectively.

Panasonic FH20 vs Panasonic FS25 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FH20 vs Panasonic FS25 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it is difficult to envision the contrast between sensor dimensions merely by reading technical specs. The image below will offer you a better sense of the sensor sizing in the FH20 and FS25.

As you can tell, both of the cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements albeit not the same megapixels. You should count on the Panasonic FH20 to offer more detail with its extra 2MP. Higher resolution can also make it easier to crop shots somewhat more aggressively. The newer FH20 is going to have a benefit in sensor innovation.

Panasonic FH20 vs Panasonic FS25 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FH20 vs Panasonic FS25 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FH20 vs Panasonic FS25 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FH20 Portrait photography info
Panasonic FS25 Portrait photography info
28
MP count decent (14MP)
manual focus not available
manual exposure not available
no external flash support
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
26
has face detect autofocus
lack of manual focus
manual exposure not possible
cannot use external flash
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FH20 Street photography advice
Panasonic FS25 Street photography advice
56
built in image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
57
has image stabilization (Optical)
no moving screen
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FH20 Sports photography details
Panasonic FS25 Sports photography details
35
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (14 megapixels)
very slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF
25
has image stabilization (Optical)
low frames per second (2.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FH20 as a Travel photography camera
Panasonic FS25 as a Travel photography camera
64
MP count decent (14MP)
built-in flash
pretty wide (28mm)
does not have Timelapse recording
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
51
flash built-in
missing Timelapse mode
sensor resolution low (12MP)
screen isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not good (29mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FH20 Landscape photography advice
Panasonic FS25 Landscape photography advice
37
pretty wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (14 megapixels)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
screen is small (2.7 inch)
manual exposure not available
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
does not have Timelapse recording
32
decent sized screen (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
lack of manual focus
cannot switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (29mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
manual exposure not possible
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
missing Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FH20 Vlogging factors
Panasonic FS25 Vlogging factors
28
pretty wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
screen isn't selfie friendly
video resolution low (1280 x 720 resolution)
does not have microphone jack
28
has image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect autofocus
wide angle not good (29mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
screen isn't selfie friendly
low quality video (640 x 480 pxls)
missing microphone support
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Panasonic FH20 vs Panasonic FS25 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FH20 and Panasonic FS25
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH20Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH20 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25
Other name Lumix DMC-FS30 -
Category Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Introduced 2010-01-06 2009-01-27
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2
Maximum resolution 4320 x 3240 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 6400 1600
Maximum boosted ISO - 6400
Minimum native ISO 80 80
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points 9 11
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-224mm (8.0x) 29-145mm (5.0x)
Highest aperture f/3.3-5.9 f/3.3-5.9
Macro focus distance 5cm 5cm
Crop factor 5.9 5.9
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 2.7" 3"
Screen resolution 230k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60s 60s
Maximum shutter speed 1/1600s 1/2000s
Continuous shooting rate 5.0 frames per sec 2.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 5.80 m (Auto ISO) 5.30 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 640x480
Video file format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 178 gr (0.39 lbs) 148 gr (0.33 lbs)
Dimensions 100 x 56 x 28mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.1") 97 x 58 x 22mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.9")
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
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal
Card slots 1 1
Launch pricing $179 $230