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Panasonic FP5 vs Panasonic ZS1

Portability
95
Imaging
37
Features
33
Overall
35
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP5 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1 front
Portability
91
Imaging
33
Features
25
Overall
29

Panasonic FP5 vs Panasonic ZS1 Key Specs

Panasonic FP5
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 35-140mm (F3.5-5.9) lens
  • 141g - 101 x 59 x 18mm
  • Revealed January 2011
Panasonic ZS1
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.5" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 25-300mm (F3.3-4.9) lens
  • 229g - 103 x 60 x 33mm
  • Revealed May 2009
  • Alternate Name is Lumix DMC-TZ6
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Panasonic FP5 vs Panasonic ZS1 Overview

Below, we will be matching up the Panasonic FP5 and Panasonic ZS1, one being a Ultracompact and the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom and both are built by Panasonic. There is a significant difference among the image resolutions of the FP5 (14MP) and ZS1 (10MP) and the FP5 (1/2.3") and ZS1 (1/2.5") come with different sensor sizing.

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The FP5 was manufactured 21 months later than the ZS1 which makes the cameras a generation apart from each other. Both the cameras come with different body type with the Panasonic FP5 being a Ultracompact camera and the Panasonic ZS1 being a Compact camera.

Before delving straight into a detailed comparison, below is a quick synopsis of how the FP5 grades vs the ZS1 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FP5 over the Panasonic ZS1

 FP5 ZS1 
RevealedJanuary 2011May 2009More recent by 21 months
Screen dimension3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS1 over the Panasonic FP5

 ZS1 FP5 

Common features in the Panasonic FP5 and Panasonic ZS1

 FP5 ZS1 
Focus manually Lack of manual focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen resolution230k230kSame screen resolution
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen

Panasonic FP5 vs Panasonic ZS1 Physical Comparison

If you are going to lug around your camera often, you have to consider its weight and measurements. The Panasonic FP5 enjoys exterior dimensions of 101mm x 59mm x 18mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 0.7") accompanied by a weight of 141 grams (0.31 lbs) and the Panasonic ZS1 has proportions of 103mm x 60mm x 33mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.3") having a weight of 229 grams (0.50 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you are employing at that time. Here is the front view proportions comparison of the FP5 and the ZS1.

Panasonic FP5 vs Panasonic ZS1 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability rating of the FP5 and ZS1 is 95 and 91 respectively.

Panasonic FP5 vs Panasonic ZS1 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FP5 vs Panasonic ZS1 Sensor Comparison

Usually, its difficult to visualize the gap in sensor measurements merely by viewing technical specs. The graphic below will help provide you a more clear sense of the sensor sizes in the FP5 and ZS1.

As you can tell, both cameras have got different resolutions and different sensor measurements. The FP5 because of its bigger sensor is going to make achieving shallow DOF easier and the Panasonic FP5 will result in greater detail due to its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also let you crop pictures much more aggressively. The more recent FP5 provides a benefit in sensor technology.

Panasonic FP5 vs Panasonic ZS1 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FP5 vs Panasonic ZS1 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FP5 vs Panasonic ZS1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Panasonic FP5
Portrait photography with Panasonic ZS1
33
good MP (14 megapixels)
features face detection autofocus
no manual focus
no manual mode
no external flash support
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
25
supports face detect focus
manual focus not available
lack of manual exposure
external flash not possible
MP count low (10 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.5")
lack of RAW format
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Panasonic FP5
Street photography with Panasonic ZS1
63
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes touch focus
no articulating screen
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
60
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (229 grams)
no moving screen
sensor is very small (1/2.5")
lack of RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FP5 Sports photography details
Panasonic ZS1 Sports photography details
43
has image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (14 megapixels)
features tracking autofocus
better than average battery life (260 CIPA)
very slow continuous shooting (6.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
24
has image stabilization (Optical)
painfully slow continuous shooting (3.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
MP count low (10MP)
sensor is very small (1/2.5")
lack of phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FP5 Travel photography features
Panasonic ZS1 Travel photography features
65
better than average battery life (260 shots)
includes touch focus
good MP (14MP)
has built in flash
lack of Time Lapse recording
display isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not good (35mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
63
lighter than competition (229g)
flash built-in
rather wide (25mm)
long reach (300mm)
no Timelapse function
MP count low (10 megapixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FP5 as a Landscape photography camera
Panasonic ZS1 as a Landscape photography camera
40
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (14MP)
better than average battery life (260 shots)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (35mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
no manual mode
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
lack of Time Lapse recording
31
rather wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
small screen (2.7 inches)
lack of manual exposure
MP count low (10 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.5")
lack of RAW format
no Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FP5 Vlogging information
Panasonic ZS1 Vlogging information
30
built-in touchscreen
has image stabilization (Optical)
features face detection autofocus
wide angle not good (35mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
display isn't selfie friendly
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pixels)
lack of external mic socket
31
rather wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect focus
lighter than competition (229 grams)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
screen is not selfie friendly
video res low (640 x 480 pxls)
no microphone support
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Panasonic FP5 vs Panasonic ZS1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FP5 and Panasonic ZS1
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP5Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1
General Information
Brand Name Panasonic Panasonic
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP5 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1
Alternative name - Lumix DMC-TZ6
Category Ultracompact Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2011-01-05 2009-05-14
Physical type Ultracompact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Venus Engine IV -
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.5"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 5.744 x 4.308mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 24.7mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixel 10 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2
Highest Possible resolution 4320 x 3240 3648 x 2736
Maximum native ISO 6400 6400
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points 11 11
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 35-140mm (4.0x) 25-300mm (12.0x)
Largest aperture f/3.5-5.9 f/3.3-4.9
Macro focusing distance 10cm 3cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 6.3
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inch 2.7 inch
Resolution of screen 230 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Screen tech TFT Touch Screen LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60 secs 60 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/1600 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 6.0 frames per second 3.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 4.90 m 5.30 m (Auto ISO)
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync
External flash
AE bracketing
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)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 640x480
Video format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Microphone 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
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 141 grams (0.31 lbs) 229 grams (0.50 lbs)
Dimensions 101 x 59 x 18mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 0.7") 103 x 60 x 33mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.3")
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 260 pictures -
Battery style Battery Pack -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Launch pricing $199 $0