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Panasonic FP5 vs Samsung SL620

Portability
95
Imaging
38
Features
33
Overall
36
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP5 front
 
Samsung SL620 front
Portability
94
Imaging
35
Features
13
Overall
26

Panasonic FP5 vs Samsung SL620 Key Specs

Panasonic FP5
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 35-140mm (F3.5-5.9) lens
  • 141g - 101 x 59 x 18mm
  • Released January 2011
Samsung SL620
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 35-175mm (F2.8-5.7) lens
  • 168g - 92 x 61 x 23mm
  • Revealed February 2009
  • Alternate Name is PL65
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Panasonic FP5 vs Samsung SL620 Overview

Here is a in-depth overview of the Panasonic FP5 versus Samsung SL620, both Ultracompact cameras by companies Panasonic and Samsung. The sensor resolution of the FP5 (14MP) and the SL620 (12MP) is relatively close and both cameras boast the same sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The FP5 was unveiled 23 months later than the SL620 which makes them a generation apart from each other. Each of these cameras have the same body design (Ultracompact).

Before going straight to a more detailed comparison, here is a concise overview of how the FP5 scores against the SL620 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FP5 over the Samsung SL620

 FP5 SL620 
RevealedJanuary 2011February 2009Fresher by 23 months
Screen dimensions3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Samsung SL620 over the Panasonic FP5

 SL620 FP5 

Common features in the Panasonic FP5 and Samsung SL620

 FP5 SL620 
Focus manually No manual focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen resolution230k230kEqual screen resolution
Selfie screen Neither offers selfie screen

Panasonic FP5 vs Samsung SL620 Physical Comparison

If you are planning to carry your camera regularly, you will need to factor its weight and measurements. The Panasonic FP5 offers outside 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) whilst the Samsung SL620 has proportions of 92mm x 61mm x 23mm (3.6" x 2.4" x 0.9") and a weight of 168 grams (0.37 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you have attached at that moment. The following is a front view dimension comparison of the FP5 against the SL620.

Panasonic FP5 vs Samsung SL620 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability rating of the FP5 and SL620 is 95 and 94 respectively.

Panasonic FP5 vs Samsung SL620 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FP5 vs Samsung SL620 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it is tough to visualise the gap in sensor sizing only by viewing specs. The graphic below will give you a clearer sense of the sensor dimensions in the FP5 and SL620.

All in all, each of these cameras provide the same sensor dimensions albeit not the same MP. You can count on the Panasonic FP5 to render extra detail having an extra 2MP. Higher resolution will also help you crop shots more aggressively. The more recent FP5 is going to have a benefit with regard to sensor tech.

Panasonic FP5 vs Samsung SL620 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FP5 vs Samsung SL620 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FP5 vs Samsung SL620 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FP5 Portrait photography details
Samsung SL620 Portrait photography details
34
resolution is good (14 megapixels)
has face detect autofocus
no manual focus
manual mode not available
external flash not possible
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
26
provides face detect focus
focusing manually not possible
manual exposure not possible
external flash not possible
megapixel count low (12MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Panasonic FP5
Street photography with Samsung SL620
63
image stabilization (Optical)
comes with touch focus
screen does not articulate
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
47
screen does not articulate
does not have image stabilization
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support
heavier than competitors (168g)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Panasonic FP5
Sports photography with Samsung SL620
44
image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (14 megapixels)
has tracking focus
great battery pack (260 CIPA)
slow continuous shooting (6.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
17
no shutter priority
does not have image stabilization
megapixel count low (12MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FP5 Travel photography highlights
Samsung SL620 Travel photography highlights
65
great battery pack (260 CIPA)
comes with touch focus
resolution is good (14MP)
has built in flash
doesn't have Time Lapse function
display isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not good (35mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
50
built-in flash
does not have Time Lapse mode
heavier than competitors (168g)
megapixel count low (12MP)
does not offer selfie friendly display
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FP5 as a Landscape photography camera
Samsung SL620 as a Landscape photography camera
41
good sized screen (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (14MP)
great battery pack (260 per charge)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (35mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
manual mode not available
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
doesn't have Time Lapse function
23
focusing manually not possible
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
tiny screen (2.7")
manual exposure not possible
does not have image stabilization
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support
does not have Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FP5 Vlogging info
Samsung SL620 Vlogging info
30
touch screen
image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect autofocus
wide angle not good (35mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
display isn't selfie friendly
low video resolution (1280 x 720 resolution)
doesn't have mic port
24
provides face detect focus
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
does not offer selfie friendly display
does not have image stabilization
video res low (640 x 480 resolution)
does not have mic socket
heavier than competitors (168g)
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Panasonic FP5 vs Samsung SL620 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FP5 and Samsung SL620
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP5Samsung SL620
General Information
Brand Name Panasonic Samsung
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP5 Samsung SL620
Also Known as - PL65
Class Ultracompact Ultracompact
Released 2011-01-05 2009-02-17
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 surface area 27.7mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 14MP 12MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 -
Highest Possible resolution 4320 x 3240 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 6400 1600
Min native ISO 100 80
RAW data
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points 11 -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 35-140mm (4.0x) 35-175mm (5.0x)
Highest aperture f/3.5-5.9 f/2.8-5.7
Macro focusing distance 10cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 5.9
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3" 2.7"
Resolution of display 230 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Display technology TFT Touch Screen LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60 seconds 8 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/1600 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 6.0fps -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 4.90 m 4.60 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction Auto, On, Off, Auto & Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Fill-in Flash, Flash Off, Red-Eye Fix
External flash
AEB
WB 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) 800 x 592 (20 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (60, 30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 640x480
Video data format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
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 proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 141g (0.31 lb) 168g (0.37 lb)
Physical dimensions 101 x 59 x 18mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 0.7") 92 x 61 x 23mm (3.6" x 2.4" x 0.9")
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 photographs -
Type of battery Battery Pack -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal
Card slots 1 1
Retail pricing $199 $200