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Panasonic FH6 vs Sony TX5

Portability
96
Imaging
38
Features
29
Overall
34
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH6 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5 front
Portability
96
Imaging
34
Features
33
Overall
33

Panasonic FH6 vs Sony TX5 Key Specs

Panasonic FH6
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-120mm (F2.5-6.4) lens
  • 119g - 96 x 56 x 20mm
  • Announced January 2012
Sony TX5
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.4" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 125 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-100mm (F3.5-6.3) lens
  • 148g - 94 x 57 x 18mm
  • Revealed February 2010
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Panasonic FH6 vs Sony TX5 Overview

Let's look a little more in depth at the Panasonic FH6 and Sony TX5, one is a Small Sensor Compact and the other is a Ultracompact by manufacturers Panasonic and Sony. There is a huge difference among the sensor resolutions of the FH6 (14MP) and TX5 (10MP) and the FH6 (1/2.3") and TX5 (1/2.4") come with different sensor measurements.

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The FH6 was launched 23 months after the TX5 making the cameras a generation away from each other. Each of the cameras offer different body type with the Panasonic FH6 being a Compact camera and the Sony TX5 being a Ultracompact camera.

Before we go straight into a thorough comparison, below is a quick introduction of how the FH6 matches up vs the TX5 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FH6 over the Sony TX5

 FH6 TX5 
RevealedJanuary 2012February 2010Newer by 23 months

Reasons to pick Sony TX5 over the Panasonic FH6

 TX5 FH6 
Focus manually Dial exact focusing
Display sizing3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Panasonic FH6 and Sony TX5

 FH6 TX5 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display resolution230k230kThe same display resolution
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen

Panasonic FH6 vs Sony TX5 Physical Comparison

If you're planning to travel with your camera regularly, you will want to consider its weight and size. The Panasonic FH6 enjoys outer measurements of 96mm x 56mm x 20mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.8") accompanied by a weight of 119 grams (0.26 lbs) while the Sony TX5 has specifications of 94mm x 57mm x 18mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7") along with a weight of 148 grams (0.33 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you are employing at that moment. Underneath is the front view sizing comparison of the FH6 against the TX5.

Panasonic FH6 vs Sony TX5 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability rating of the FH6 and TX5 is 96 and 96 respectively.

Panasonic FH6 vs Sony TX5 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FH6 vs Sony TX5 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it is tough to visualize the contrast in sensor dimensions just by checking out a spec sheet. The pic below should offer you a far better sense of the sensor sizing in the FH6 and TX5.

As you can see, both cameras enjoy different megapixel count and different sensor dimensions. The FH6 because of its larger sensor is going to make getting bokeh less difficult and the Panasonic FH6 will provide greater detail utilizing its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also let you crop photos far more aggressively. The newer FH6 should have an advantage with regard to sensor innovation.

Panasonic FH6 vs Sony TX5 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FH6 vs Sony TX5 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FH6 vs Sony TX5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FH6 Portrait photography factors
Sony TX5 Portrait photography factors
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megapixel count decent (14MP)
offers face detection focus
no manual focus
no manual mode
can't use external flash
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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you can focus manually
no manual control
cannot use external flash
low resolution sensor (10 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.4")
lack of RAW support
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FH6 Street photography information
Sony TX5 Street photography information
63
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than average (119g)
screen does not articulate
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
63
image stabilization (Optical)
comes with focus via touch
environment proof
screen is fixed
sensor is very small (1/2.4")
lack of RAW support
heavier than competition (148g)
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FH6 Sports photography factors
Sony TX5 Sports photography factors
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has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (14MP)
great battery pack (280 shots)
slow continuous shooting (2.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect auto focus
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image stabilization (Optical)
environment proof
lack of shutter priority mode
low resolution sensor (10MP)
sensor is very small (1/2.4")
lack of phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FH6 Travel photography highlights
Sony TX5 Travel photography highlights
71
great battery pack (280 CIPA)
lighter than average (119g)
megapixel count decent (14 megapixels)
has built in flash
reasonably wide (24mm)
lack of Time Lapse function
does not feature selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.5)
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environment proof
comes with focus via touch
flash built-in
reasonably wide (25mm)
no Time Lapse recording
heavier than competition (148g)
low resolution sensor (10MP)
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FH6 as a Landscape photography camera
Sony TX5 as a Landscape photography camera
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reasonably wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (14MP)
great battery pack (280 per charge)
no manual focus
can't switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.5)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inch)
no manual mode
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
lack of Time Lapse function
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you can focus manually
reasonably wide (25mm)
decent sized screen (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
environment proof
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
no manual control
low resolution sensor (10 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.4")
lack of RAW support
no Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FH6 Vlogging info
Sony TX5 Vlogging info
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reasonably wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detection focus
lighter than average (119 grams)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.5)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pixels)
lack of external mic jack
30
reasonably wide (25mm)
touchscreen capability
image stabilization (Optical)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
screen isn't selfie friendly
low quality video (1280 x 720 pixels)
no mic socket
heavier than competition (148 grams)
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Panasonic FH6 vs Sony TX5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FH6 and Sony TX5
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH6Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5
General Information
Company Panasonic Sony
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH6 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5
Class Small Sensor Compact Ultracompact
Announced 2012-01-09 2010-02-18
Physical type Compact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip - Bionz
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.4"
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.104 x 4.578mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 27.9mm²
Sensor resolution 14MP 10MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Max resolution 4320 x 3240 3648 x 2736
Max native ISO 6400 3200
Minimum native ISO 100 125
RAW data
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 24-120mm (5.0x) 25-100mm (4.0x)
Max aperture f/2.5-6.4 f/3.5-6.3
Macro focus distance 5cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 5.9
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 2.7" 3"
Resolution of screen 230 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen technology TFT Color LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 8 seconds 2 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/1600 seconds 1/1600 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 2.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 4.60 m 2.90 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction Auto, On, Off, Slow syncro
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video data format Motion JPEG MPEG-4
Mic 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 119 gr (0.26 lb) 148 gr (0.33 lb)
Dimensions 96 x 56 x 20mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.8") 94 x 57 x 18mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7")
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
Other
Battery life 280 images -
Battery type Battery Pack -
Battery model - NP-BN1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 sec or 10 sec, portrait1/ portrait2)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/ Pro HG-Duo, Internal
Card slots 1 1
Cost at release $129 $239