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Panasonic FH3 vs Sony HX5

Portability
94
Imaging
37
Features
21
Overall
30
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH3 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5 front
Portability
92
Imaging
33
Features
30
Overall
31

Panasonic FH3 vs Sony HX5 Key Specs

Panasonic FH3
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F2.8-6.9) lens
  • 165g - 98 x 55 x 24mm
  • Introduced January 2010
  • Alternative Name is Lumix DMC-FS11
Sony HX5
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.4" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-250mm (F3.5-5.5) lens
  • 200g - 102 x 58 x 29mm
  • Released June 2010
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Panasonic FH3 vs Sony HX5 Overview

In this write-up, we will be evaluating the Panasonic FH3 and Sony HX5, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras by brands Panasonic and Sony. There exists a big gap between the resolutions of the FH3 (14MP) and HX5 (10MP) and the FH3 (1/2.3") and HX5 (1/2.4") feature different sensor sizes.

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The FH3 was revealed 5 months before the HX5 which means that they are both of a similar generation. The two cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before we go through a step-by-step comparison, below is a simple summation of how the FH3 matches up versus the HX5 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FH3 over the Sony HX5

 FH3 HX5 

Reasons to pick Sony HX5 over the Panasonic FH3

 HX5 FH3 
Screen sizing3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")

Common features in the Panasonic FH3 and Sony HX5

 FH3 HX5 
ReleasedJanuary 2010June 2010Similar generation
Manual focus Lack of manual focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen resolution230k230kExact same screen resolution
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen
Touch friendly screen No Touch friendly screen

Panasonic FH3 vs Sony HX5 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is aiming to carry your camera regularly, you will want to factor its weight and size. The Panasonic FH3 enjoys outside dimensions of 98mm x 55mm x 24mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.9") and a weight of 165 grams (0.36 lbs) and the Sony HX5 has specifications of 102mm x 58mm x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1") having a weight of 200 grams (0.44 lbs).

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Panasonic FH3 vs Sony HX5 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability score of the FH3 and HX5 is 94 and 92 respectively.

Panasonic FH3 vs Sony HX5 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FH3 vs Sony HX5 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, its tough to picture the contrast between sensor sizing only by reading through specs. The visual here might provide you a stronger sense of the sensor sizes in the FH3 and HX5.

As you can plainly see, each of the cameras enjoy different resolutions and different sensor sizing. The FH3 having a bigger sensor is going to make achieving bokeh less difficult and the Panasonic FH3 will give extra detail because of its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also help you crop shots far more aggressively.

Panasonic FH3 vs Sony HX5 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FH3 vs Sony HX5 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FH3 vs Sony HX5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Panasonic FH3
Portrait photography with Sony HX5
28
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
no manual focus
manual mode not possible
can't use external flash
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
19
focusing manually not possible
no external flash support
low megapixels (10MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.4")
does not have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Panasonic FH3
Street photography with Sony HX5
57
has image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
55
image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
sensor size is tiny (1/2.4")
does not have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Panasonic FH3
Sports photography with Sony HX5
35
has image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
low fps (6.0 fps)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus
26
image stabilization (Optical)
no shutter priority
low megapixels (10MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.4")
does not have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic FH3
Travel photography with Sony HX5
65
good megapixels (14MP)
built-in flash
fairly wide (28mm)
does not have Time Lapse mode
does not contain selfie friendly display
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
60
has built in flash
quite wide (25mm)
very long reach (250mm)
missing Timelapse function
low megapixels (10MP)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Panasonic FH3
Landscape photography with Sony HX5
37
fairly wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
no manual focus
cannot change lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
small screen (2.7")
manual mode not possible
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
does not have Time Lapse mode
37
quite wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
low megapixels (10MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.4")
does not have RAW format
missing Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FH3 Vlogging advice
Sony HX5 Vlogging advice
29
fairly wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
does not contain selfie friendly display
low quality video (1280 x 720 pxls)
does not have mic port
31
quite wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
missing external microphone port
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Panasonic FH3 vs Sony HX5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FH3 and Sony HX5
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH3Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Sony
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH3 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5
Also referred to as Lumix DMC-FS11 -
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Introduced 2010-01-06 2010-06-16
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip - Bionz
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.4"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.104 x 4.578mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 27.9mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixel 10 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4320 x 3240 3456 x 2592
Highest native ISO 6400 3200
Lowest native ISO 80 125
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-140mm (5.0x) 25-250mm (10.0x)
Max aperture f/2.8-6.9 f/3.5-5.5
Macro focusing distance 5cm 5cm
Crop factor 5.9 5.9
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 2.7" 3"
Display resolution 230 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60 seconds 30 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/1600 seconds 1/1600 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 6.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 6.80 m 3.80 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro Auto, On, Off, Slow syncro
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (60, 30fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video file format Motion JPEG AVCHD
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 165g (0.36 lb) 200g (0.44 lb)
Dimensions 98 x 55 x 24mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.9") 102 x 58 x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery ID - NP-BG1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, portrait1/portrait2)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC card, Internal Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo/ PRO HG-Duo, optional SD/SDHC, Internal
Storage slots One One
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