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Panasonic FP3 vs Samsung ST600

Portability
95
Imaging
37
Features
25
Overall
32
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP3 front
 
Samsung ST600 front
Portability
95
Imaging
37
Features
40
Overall
38

Panasonic FP3 vs Samsung ST600 Key Specs

Panasonic FP3
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 35-140mm (F3.5-5.9) lens
  • 155g - 99 x 59 x 19mm
  • Revealed January 2010
Samsung ST600
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 4800 (Expand to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 27-135mm (F3.3-5.5) lens
  • 150g - 104 x 60 x 20mm
  • Revealed January 2010
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Panasonic FP3 vs Samsung ST600 Overview

Let's take a more detailed look at the Panasonic FP3 vs Samsung ST600, both Ultracompact cameras by rivals Panasonic and Samsung. The resolution of the FP3 (14MP) and the ST600 (14MP) is pretty comparable and they use the exact same sensor size (1/2.3").

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The FP3 was brought out around the same time to the ST600 and they are both of a similar age. Each of the cameras come with the identical body type (Ultracompact).

Before going straight into a thorough comparison, below is a brief highlight of how the FP3 scores versus the ST600 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FP3 over the Samsung ST600

 FP3 ST600 

Reasons to pick Samsung ST600 over the Panasonic FP3

 ST600 FP3 
Screen dimension3.5"3"Bigger screen (+0.5")
Screen resolution1152k230kClearer screen (+922k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic FP3 and Samsung ST600

 FP3 ST600 
RevealedJanuary 2010January 2010Same age
Manual focus Lack of manual focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Panasonic FP3 vs Samsung ST600 Physical Comparison

If you are planning to lug around your camera, you'll need to factor its weight and size. The Panasonic FP3 has got exterior measurements of 99mm x 59mm x 19mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.7") and a weight of 155 grams (0.34 lbs) whilst the Samsung ST600 has specifications of 104mm x 60mm x 20mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 0.8") with a weight of 150 grams (0.33 lbs).

See the Panasonic FP3 vs Samsung ST600 in our brand new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you use at that time. Here is the front view sizing comparison of the FP3 compared to the ST600.

Panasonic FP3 vs Samsung ST600 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability score of the FP3 and ST600 is 95 and 95 respectively.

Panasonic FP3 vs Samsung ST600 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FP3 vs Samsung ST600 Sensor Comparison

Often, its tough to envision the difference in sensor measurements simply by going through specs. The graphic below will provide you a clearer sense of the sensor measurements in the FP3 and ST600.

All in all, both cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements and the same exact MP and you can expect comparable quality of files however you have to factor the launch date of the cameras into account.

Panasonic FP3 vs Samsung ST600 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FP3 vs Samsung ST600 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FP3 vs Samsung ST600 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FP3 as a Portrait photography camera
Samsung ST600 as a Portrait photography camera
28
megapixel count decent (14 megapixels)
manual focus not available
no manual mode
cannot use external flash
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
30
good MP (14 megapixels)
no manual focus
cannot use external flash
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FP3 Street photography information
Samsung ST600 Street photography information
60
built in image stabilization (Optical)
features touch focus
no articulating screen
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
more heavy than others (155 grams)
60
has image stabilization (Optical)
boasts focus via touch
no articulating screen
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
heavier than competition (150 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Panasonic FP3
Sports photography with Samsung ST600
35
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (14MP)
max frames per second low (5.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus
43
has image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (14 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FP3 as a Travel photography camera
Samsung ST600 as a Travel photography camera
60
features touch focus
megapixel count decent (14 megapixels)
has built in flash
doesn't have Timelapse function
more heavy than others (155g)
screen isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not great (35mm)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
65
boasts focus via touch
good MP (14MP)
built-in flash
fairly wide (27mm)
lack of Time Lapse recording
heavier than competition (150 grams)
does not posses selfie friendly display
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FP3 Landscape photography info
Samsung ST600 Landscape photography info
37
nice screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (14 megapixels)
manual focus not available
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not great (35mm)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
no manual mode
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
doesn't have Timelapse function
44
fairly wide (27mm)
lovely big screen (3.5 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (14MP)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
lack of Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Panasonic FP3
Vlogging with Samsung ST600
27
touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not great (35mm)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
screen isn't selfie friendly
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
doesn't have external microphone socket
more heavy than others (155g)
30
fairly wide (27mm)
touch screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
does not posses selfie friendly display
video res low (1280 x 720 resolution)
lack of mic support
heavier than competition (150 grams)
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Panasonic FP3 vs Samsung ST600 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FP3 and Samsung ST600
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP3Samsung ST600
General Information
Brand Panasonic Samsung
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP3 Samsung ST600
Category Ultracompact Ultracompact
Revealed 2010-01-06 2010-01-06
Physical type Ultracompact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Processor 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 area 27.7mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixels 14 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4320 x 3240 4320 x 3240
Maximum native ISO 6400 4800
Maximum enhanced ISO - 6400
Lowest native ISO 80 80
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points 9 -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 35-140mm (4.0x) 27-135mm (5.0x)
Max aperture f/3.5-5.9 f/3.3-5.5
Macro focusing distance 10cm 5cm
Crop factor 5.9 5.9
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3" 3.5"
Resolution of display 230 thousand dots 1,152 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60s 8s
Fastest shutter speed 1/1600s 1/1500s
Continuous shutter rate 5.0fps -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation - Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 4.90 m 5.00 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
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) 1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (60, 30, 15 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video file format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Mic support
Headphone support
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 sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 155 grams (0.34 lbs) 150 grams (0.33 lbs)
Dimensions 99 x 59 x 19mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.7") 104 x 60 x 20mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 0.8")
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 ID - SLB07
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Double, Motion)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal MicroSD/ MicroSDHC, Internal
Card slots One One
Price at release $182 $330