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Panasonic FP5 vs Samsung PL120

Portability
95
Imaging
37
Features
33
Overall
35
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP5 front
 
Samsung PL120 front
Portability
99
Imaging
37
Features
20
Overall
30

Panasonic FP5 vs Samsung PL120 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
  • Announced January 2011
Samsung PL120
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 0 - 3200
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • ()mm (F) lens
  • n/ag - 94 x 54 x 19mm
  • Introduced January 2011
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Panasonic FP5 vs Samsung PL120 Overview

The following is a thorough comparison of the Panasonic FP5 versus Samsung PL120, both Ultracompact digital cameras by companies Panasonic and Samsung. The image resolution of the FP5 (14MP) and the PL120 (14MP) is pretty similar and both cameras offer the identical sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The FP5 was unveiled about the same time to the PL120 so they are of a similar generation. The two cameras feature the same body design (Ultracompact).

Before delving right into a more detailed comparison, here is a concise summary of how the FP5 matches up against the PL120 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FP5 over the Samsung PL120

 FP5 PL120 
Screen size3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Samsung PL120 over the Panasonic FP5

 PL120 FP5 

Common features in the Panasonic FP5 and Samsung PL120

 FP5 PL120 
IntroducedJanuary 2011January 2011Similar generation
Manually focus No manual focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen resolution230k230kSame screen resolution
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen

Panasonic FP5 vs Samsung PL120 Physical Comparison

For those who are looking to travel with your camera, you will want to consider its weight and measurements. The Panasonic FP5 comes with outer dimensions of 101mm x 59mm x 18mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 0.7") and a weight of 141 grams (0.31 lbs) and the Samsung PL120 has proportions of 94mm x 54mm x 19mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.7") having a weight of n/a grams (0.00 lbs).

Take a look at the Panasonic FP5 versus Samsung PL120 in the new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you are working with at the time. Here is a front view sizing comparison of the FP5 compared to the PL120.

Panasonic FP5 vs Samsung PL120 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the FP5 and PL120 is 95 and 99 respectively.

Panasonic FP5 vs Samsung PL120 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FP5 vs Samsung PL120 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it can be tough to envision the gap between sensor dimensions merely by going over specs. The picture here should give you a clearer sense of the sensor dimensions in the FP5 and PL120.

As you can plainly see, both of those cameras come with the identical sensor size and the same megapixels so you should expect similar quality of files although you should always factor the production date of the products into consideration.

Panasonic FP5 vs Samsung PL120 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FP5 vs Samsung PL120 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FP5 vs Samsung PL120 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FP5 Portrait photography advice
Samsung PL120 Portrait photography advice
33
good MP (14MP)
comes with face detect autofocus
manual focus not available
manual exposure not possible
no external flash support
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
28
decent MP (14MP)
no manual focus
manual exposure not available
no external flash support
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Panasonic FP5
Street photography with Samsung PL120
63
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports focus via touch
no moving screen
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
49
screen does not articulate
lack of image stabilization
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FP5 as a Sports photography camera
Samsung PL120 as a Sports photography camera
43
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (14 megapixels)
comes with tracking focus
better than average battery (260 CIPA)
max frames per second low (6.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus
26
decent MP (14 megapixels)
fixed focal length (()mm)
lack of shutter priority mode
lack of image stabilization
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FP5 as a Travel photography camera
Samsung PL120 as a Travel photography camera
65
better than average battery (260 per charge)
supports focus via touch
good MP (14MP)
built-in flash
does not have Timelapse recording
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
wide angle not great (35mm)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
71
decent MP (14 megapixels)
flash built-in
great max aperture (f)
lack of Timelapse function
does not posses selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FP5 Landscape photography advice
Samsung PL120 Landscape photography advice
40
screen size is good (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (14 megapixels)
better than average battery (260 per charge)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not great (35mm)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
manual exposure not possible
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
does not have Timelapse recording
33
great max aperture (f)
decent MP (14MP)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
fixed focal length (()mm)
tiny screen (2.7")
manual exposure not available
lack of image stabilization
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
lack of Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FP5 Vlogging information
Samsung PL120 Vlogging information
30
screen is touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detect autofocus
wide angle not great (35mm)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
video res low (1280 x 720 pixels)
does not have microphone support
31
great max aperture (f)
comes with microphone support
does not posses selfie friendly screen
lack of image stabilization
low quality video (1280 x 720 pxls)
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Panasonic FP5 vs Samsung PL120 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FP5 and Samsung PL120
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP5Samsung PL120
General Information
Brand Name Panasonic Samsung
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP5 Samsung PL120
Type Ultracompact Ultracompact
Announced 2011-01-05 2011-01-05
Physical type Ultracompact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Venus Engine IV -
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.16 x 4.62mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 28.5mm²
Sensor resolution 14MP 14MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 -
Highest Possible resolution 4320 x 3240 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 6400 3200
Min native ISO 100 -
RAW data
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points 11 -
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 35-140mm (4.0x) ()
Largest aperture f/3.5-5.9 -
Macro focusing distance 10cm -
Crop factor 5.9 5.8
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inch 2.7 inch
Screen resolution 230k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Screen tech TFT Touch Screen LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Min shutter speed 60s 8s
Max shutter speed 1/1600s 1/2000s
Continuous shutter rate 6.0fps -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 4.90 m -
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction -
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), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1280 x 720
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video data format Motion JPEG -
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) none
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 141 gr (0.31 pounds) -
Physical dimensions 101 x 59 x 18mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 0.7") 94 x 54 x 19mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.7")
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 images -
Battery style Battery Pack -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) -
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal -
Card slots 1 -
Pricing at release $199 $150