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Panasonic FP2 vs Sony TX55

Portability
95
Imaging
37
Features
17
Overall
29
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP2 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX55 front
Portability
97
Imaging
39
Features
46
Overall
41

Panasonic FP2 vs Sony TX55 Key Specs

Panasonic FP2
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 35-140mm (F3.5-5.9) lens
  • 151g - 99 x 59 x 19mm
  • Released January 2010
Sony TX55
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 26-130mm (F3.5-4.8) lens
  • 109g - 93 x 54 x 13mm
  • Released July 2011
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Panasonic FP2 vs Sony TX55 Overview

Below, we are matching up the Panasonic FP2 vs Sony TX55, both Ultracompact cameras by competitors Panasonic and Sony. The resolution of the FP2 (14MP) and the TX55 (16MP) is fairly close and they come with the exact same sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The FP2 was announced 18 months earlier than the TX55 making the cameras a generation apart from each other. Both of these cameras come with the identical body type (Ultracompact).

Before we go straight into a comprehensive comparison, below is a short overview of how the FP2 scores vs the TX55 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FP2 over the Sony TX55

 FP2 TX55 

Reasons to pick Sony TX55 over the Panasonic FP2

 TX55 FP2 
ReleasedJuly 2011January 2010More recent by 18 months
Manually focus Dial precise focus
Display dimension3.3"2.7"Larger display (+0.6")
Display resolution1230k230kClearer display (+1000k dot)
Touch display Easily navigate

Common features in the Panasonic FP2 and Sony TX55

 FP2 TX55 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen

Panasonic FP2 vs Sony TX55 Physical Comparison

For those who are intending to lug around your camera, you have to consider its weight and measurements. The Panasonic FP2 comes with outer dimensions of 99mm x 59mm x 19mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.7") having a weight of 151 grams (0.33 lbs) and the Sony TX55 has proportions of 93mm x 54mm x 13mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.5") having a weight of 109 grams (0.24 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you have during that time. The following is the front view proportions comparison of the FP2 and the TX55.

Panasonic FP2 vs Sony TX55 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability score of the FP2 and TX55 is 95 and 97 respectively.

Panasonic FP2 vs Sony TX55 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FP2 vs Sony TX55 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it can be hard to visualise the gap in sensor measurements simply by researching specifications. The graphic here might offer you a better sense of the sensor dimensions in the FP2 and TX55.

To sum up, both of these cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements but not the same resolution. You should anticipate the Sony TX55 to result in extra detail with its extra 2MP. Greater resolution will make it easier to crop photos somewhat more aggressively. The older FP2 will be behind in sensor tech.

Panasonic FP2 vs Sony TX55 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FP2 vs Sony TX55 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FP2 vs Sony TX55 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FP2 Portrait photography highlights
Sony TX55 Portrait photography highlights
28
MP count good (14 megapixels)
no manual focus
no manual control
can't use external flash
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
36
focusing manually
decent MP (16 megapixels)
lack of manual exposure
external flash not possible
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FP2 Street photography details
Sony TX55 Street photography details
55
built in image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
more heavy than competition (151g)
58
has image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Panasonic FP2
Sports photography with Sony TX55
35
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (14MP)
slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
44
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16MP)
good battery pack (250 CIPA)
no shutter priority mode
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FP2 Travel photography factors
Sony TX55 Travel photography factors
56
MP count good (14MP)
built-in flash
no Timelapse mode
more heavy than competition (151g)
display is not selfie friendly
wide angle not the best (35mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
69
good battery pack (250 CIPA)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
really wide (26mm)
does not have Timelapse recording
screen is not selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FP2 as a Landscape photography camera
Sony TX55 as a Landscape photography camera
33
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (14MP)
no manual focus
can't switch lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not the best (35mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
small screen (2.7 inches)
no manual control
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
no Timelapse mode
50
focusing manually
really wide (26mm)
nice screen size (3.3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
good battery pack (250 CIPA)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
lack of manual exposure
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
does not have Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FP2 as a Vlogging camera
Sony TX55 as a Vlogging camera
25
built in image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not the best (35mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
display is not selfie friendly
video res low (1280 x 720 resolution)
no microphone socket
more heavy than competition (151 grams)
34
really wide (26mm)
built-in touchscreen
has image stabilization (Optical)
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
screen is not selfie friendly
does not have external microphone support
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Panasonic FP2 vs Sony TX55 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FP2 and Sony TX55
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP2Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX55
General Information
Brand Name Panasonic Sony
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP2 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX55
Class Ultracompact Ultracompact
Released 2010-01-06 2011-07-24
Physical type Ultracompact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Chip Venus Engine IV BIONZ
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4320 x 3240 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 6400 3200
Lowest native ISO 80 100
RAW data
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 35-140mm (4.0x) 26-130mm (5.0x)
Max aperture f/3.5-5.9 f/3.5-4.8
Macro focusing distance 10cm 3cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 2.7 inches 3.3 inches
Screen resolution 230 thousand dots 1,230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Screen tech - XtraFine OLED display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Min shutter speed 60 seconds 30 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/1600 seconds 1/1600 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 5.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 4.90 m 3.70 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported 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 (60fps), 1440 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30fps), 640 x 480 (30fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 151 grams (0.33 lb) 109 grams (0.24 lb)
Dimensions 99 x 59 x 19mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.7") 93 x 54 x 13mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.5")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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 life - 250 shots
Form of battery - Battery Pack
Battery ID - NP-BN
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal microSD/SDHC, Memory Stick Micro
Card slots One One
Launch pricing $80 $350