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Panasonic FH5 vs Panasonic FS25

Portability
96
Imaging
39
Features
31
Overall
35
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH5 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25 front
Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
24
Overall
30

Panasonic FH5 vs Panasonic FS25 Key Specs

Panasonic FH5
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-112mm (F3.1-6.5) lens
  • 121g - 94 x 54 x 19mm
  • Introduced January 2011
  • Also referred to as Lumix DMC-FS18
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
  • Announced January 2009
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Panasonic FH5 vs Panasonic FS25 Overview

The following is a complete assessment of the Panasonic FH5 vs Panasonic FS25, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras and both of them are sold by Panasonic. There exists a noticeable gap between the resolutions of the FH5 (16MP) and FS25 (12MP) but both cameras provide the same sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The FH5 was unveiled 24 months after the FS25 which makes them a generation away from one another. Both cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before diving straight to a detailed comparison, here is a short view of how the FH5 scores vs the FS25 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FH5 over the Panasonic FS25

 FH5 FS25 
AnnouncedJanuary 2011January 2009Newer by 24 months

Reasons to pick Panasonic FS25 over the Panasonic FH5

 FS25 FH5 
Screen dimensions3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")

Common features in the Panasonic FH5 and Panasonic FS25

 FH5 FS25 
Manually focus Lack of manual focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen resolution230k230kEqual screen resolution
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither includes Touch friendly screen

Panasonic FH5 vs Panasonic FS25 Physical Comparison

In case you're intending to travel with your camera often, you will need to take into account its weight and dimensions. The Panasonic FH5 features outer measurements of 94mm x 54mm x 19mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.7") along with a weight of 121 grams (0.27 lbs) while 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).

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Always remember, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you are utilizing at that moment. Underneath is a front view over all size comparison of the FH5 compared to the FS25.

Panasonic FH5 vs Panasonic FS25 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the FH5 and FS25 is 96 and 95 respectively.

Panasonic FH5 vs Panasonic FS25 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FH5 vs Panasonic FS25 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it is tough to imagine the contrast between sensor dimensions only by going over specs. The image underneath will help offer you a stronger sense of the sensor measurements in the FH5 and FS25.

All in all, the 2 cameras have the same sensor dimensions albeit different resolution. You can expect the Panasonic FH5 to offer more detail having an extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also allow you to crop shots a bit more aggressively. The more modern FH5 should have a benefit with regard to sensor innovation.

Panasonic FH5 vs Panasonic FS25 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FH5 vs Panasonic FS25 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FH5 vs Panasonic FS25 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FH5 Portrait photography information
Panasonic FS25 Portrait photography information
34
decent MP (16 megapixels)
includes face detection autofocus
lack of manual focus
no manual exposure
cannot use external flash
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW format
26
comes with face detection focus
manual focus not available
no manual mode
can't use external flash
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FH5 Street photography factors
Panasonic FS25 Street photography factors
67
built in image stabilization (Optical)
boasts focus by touch
lighter than others (121 grams)
screen is fixed
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW format
57
image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FH5 Sports photography info
Panasonic FS25 Sports photography info
40
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16MP)
includes tracking autofocus
painfully slow continuous shooting (4.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no phase detect autofocus
25
image stabilization (Optical)
slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FH5 Travel photography highlights
Panasonic FS25 Travel photography highlights
71
lighter than others (121 grams)
boasts focus by touch
decent MP (16MP)
flash built-in
reasonably wide (28mm)
does not have Timelapse function
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.1)
51
flash built-in
no Time Lapse function
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
wide angle not good (29mm)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FH5 Landscape photography info
Panasonic FS25 Landscape photography info
38
reasonably wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16MP)
lack of manual focus
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.1)
screen is small (2.7 inches)
no manual exposure
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW format
does not have Timelapse function
32
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (29mm)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
no manual mode
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
no Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Panasonic FH5
Vlogging with Panasonic FS25
33
reasonably wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection autofocus
lighter than others (121g)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.1)
screen isn't selfie friendly
video res low (1280 x 720 pxls)
does not have external microphone jack
28
image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection focus
wide angle not good (29mm)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
low res video (640 x 480 resolution)
no external mic jack
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Panasonic FH5 vs Panasonic FS25 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FH5 and Panasonic FS25
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH5Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH5 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25
Otherwise known as Lumix DMC-FS18 -
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Introduced 2011-01-05 2009-01-27
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Venus Engine IV -
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2
Highest resolution 4608 x 3456 4000 x 3000
Highest native ISO 6400 1600
Highest boosted ISO - 6400
Minimum native ISO 100 80
RAW data
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points 11 11
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-112mm (4.0x) 29-145mm (5.0x)
Largest aperture f/3.1-6.5 f/3.3-5.9
Macro focus range 5cm 5cm
Crop factor 5.9 5.9
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 2.7 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 230k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60s 60s
Maximum shutter speed 1/1600s 1/2000s
Continuous shooting speed 4.0 frames/s 2.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 3.30 m 5.30 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (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)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 640x480
Video data format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Mic input
Headphone input
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 seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 121g (0.27 lbs) 148g (0.33 lbs)
Physical dimensions 94 x 54 x 19mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.7") 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
Battery life 260 images -
Form of battery Battery Pack -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal
Storage slots Single Single
Pricing at launch $169 $230