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Panasonic FH25 vs Panasonic ZR1

Portability
94
Imaging
39
Features
26
Overall
33
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1 front
Portability
94
Imaging
35
Features
17
Overall
27

Panasonic FH25 vs Panasonic ZR1 Key Specs

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
  • Announced January 2011
  • Additionally referred to as Lumix DMC-FS35
Panasonic ZR1
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-200mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 158g - 98 x 55 x 26mm
  • Revealed July 2009
  • Other Name is Lumix DMC-ZX1
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Panasonic FH25 vs Panasonic ZR1 Overview

Lets look much closer at the Panasonic FH25 versus Panasonic ZR1, both Small Sensor Compact cameras and both are created by Panasonic. There is a crucial difference among the resolutions of the FH25 (16MP) and ZR1 (12MP) but they feature the exact same sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The FH25 was revealed 18 months later than the ZR1 which makes the cameras a generation apart from each other. Both of these cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before delving in to a more detailed comparison, below is a short synopsis of how the FH25 matches up against the ZR1 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FH25 over the Panasonic ZR1

 FH25 ZR1 
RevealedJanuary 2011July 2009More recent by 18 months

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZR1 over the Panasonic FH25

 ZR1 FH25 

Common features in the Panasonic FH25 and Panasonic ZR1

 FH25 ZR1 
Manual focus No manual focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimension2.7"2.7"Identical screen sizing
Screen resolution230k230kEqual screen resolution
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen
Touch screen Absent Touch screen

Panasonic FH25 vs Panasonic ZR1 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is planning to lug around your camera often, you need to think about its weight and volume. The Panasonic FH25 has exterior dimensions of 99mm x 57mm x 28mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.1") along with a weight of 159 grams (0.35 lbs) while the Panasonic ZR1 has sizing of 98mm x 55mm x 26mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.0") along with a weight of 158 grams (0.35 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you use at the time. Here is the front view over all size comparison of the FH25 compared to the ZR1.

Panasonic FH25 vs Panasonic ZR1 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability grade of the FH25 and ZR1 is 94 and 94 respectively.

Panasonic FH25 vs Panasonic ZR1 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FH25 vs Panasonic ZR1 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it can be hard to see the gap in sensor measurements purely by going through specifications. The graphic underneath might provide you a much better sense of the sensor sizes in the FH25 and ZR1.

To sum up, both of the cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements albeit not the same MP. You should expect the Panasonic FH25 to provide extra detail because of its extra 4MP. Higher resolution will also let you crop pictures somewhat more aggressively. The fresher FH25 will have an edge when it comes to sensor technology.

Panasonic FH25 vs Panasonic ZR1 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FH25 vs Panasonic ZR1 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FH25 vs Panasonic ZR1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FH25 Portrait photography features
Panasonic ZR1 Portrait photography features
34
good megapixels (16MP)
comes with face detect focus
focusing manually not possible
no manual control
can't use external flash
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
21
manual focus not available
manual mode not available
cannot use external flash
MP count low (12MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FH25 Street photography details
Panasonic ZR1 Street photography details
57
built in image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
56
image stabilization (Optical)
no moving screen
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FH25 Sports photography highlights
Panasonic ZR1 Sports photography highlights
40
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
comes with tracking focus
low fps (4.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
25
image stabilization (Optical)
max fps very slow (2.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
MP count low (12MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FH25 as a Travel photography camera
Panasonic ZR1 as a Travel photography camera
65
good megapixels (16MP)
flash built-in
decently wide (28mm)
missing Time Lapse recording
display is not selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
57
flash built-in
reasonably wide (25mm)
lack of Timelapse recording
MP count low (12MP)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FH25 as a Landscape photography camera
Panasonic ZR1 as a Landscape photography camera
38
decently wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inch)
no manual control
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
missing Time Lapse recording
32
reasonably wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inches)
manual mode not available
MP count low (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
lack of Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FH25 Vlogging features
Panasonic ZR1 Vlogging features
31
decently wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detect focus
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
display is not selfie friendly
low quality video (1280 x 720 pixels)
missing mic support
28
reasonably wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pixels)
lack of external microphone socket
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Panasonic FH25 vs Panasonic ZR1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FH25 and Panasonic ZR1
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1
Also referred to as Lumix DMC-FS35 Lumix DMC-ZX1
Category Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2011-01-05 2009-07-27
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by Venus Engine VI Venus Engine V
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 area 27.7mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 4608 x 3456 4000 x 3000
Max native ISO 6400 6400
Minimum native ISO 100 80
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points 11 11
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-224mm (8.0x) 25-200mm (8.0x)
Largest aperture f/3.3-5.9 f/3.3-5.9
Macro focus range 5cm 3cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 5.9
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 2.7 inches 2.7 inches
Screen resolution 230 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Screen tech TFT Screen LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60s 60s
Highest shutter speed 1/1600s 1/2000s
Continuous shooting rate 4.0 frames/s 2.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 5.80 m 5.10 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720p (24 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video data format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Microphone port
Headphone port
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 sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 159g (0.35 pounds) 158g (0.35 pounds)
Dimensions 99 x 57 x 28mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.1") 98 x 55 x 26mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.0")
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 250 photographs -
Style of battery Battery Pack -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC card, Internal
Card slots One One
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