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Panasonic FP5 vs Samsung ST600

Portability
95
Imaging
37
Features
33
Overall
35
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP5 front
 
Samsung ST600 front
Portability
95
Imaging
37
Features
40
Overall
38

Panasonic FP5 vs Samsung ST600 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
  • Announced January 2011
Samsung ST600
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 4800 (Increase to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 27-135mm (F3.3-5.5) lens
  • 150g - 104 x 60 x 20mm
  • Announced January 2010
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Panasonic FP5 vs Samsung ST600 Overview

Here is a in-depth overview of the Panasonic FP5 versus Samsung ST600, both Ultracompact digital cameras by companies Panasonic and Samsung. The image resolution of the FP5 (14MP) and the ST600 (14MP) is very well matched and they use the exact same sensor size (1/2.3").

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The FP5 was brought out 13 months later than the ST600 making the cameras a generation apart from each other. Both of these cameras come with the identical body type (Ultracompact).

Before diving in to a in-depth comparison, below is a short synopsis of how the FP5 scores versus the ST600 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FP5 over the Samsung ST600

 FP5 ST600 
AnnouncedJanuary 2011January 2010Fresher by 13 months

Reasons to pick Samsung ST600 over the Panasonic FP5

 ST600 FP5 
Display dimension3.5"3"Larger display (+0.5")
Display resolution1152k230kCrisper display (+922k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic FP5 and Samsung ST600

 FP5 ST600 
Manually focus Lack of manual focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither offers selfie screen
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Panasonic FP5 vs Samsung ST600 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is aiming to carry your camera, you're going to have to take into account its weight and proportions. The Panasonic FP5 offers exterior dimensions of 101mm x 59mm x 18mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 0.7") and a weight of 141 grams (0.31 lbs) whilst the Samsung ST600 has measurements of 104mm x 60mm x 20mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 0.8") and a weight of 150 grams (0.33 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change dependant on the lens you have chosen at the time. The following is the front view dimensions comparison of the FP5 and the ST600.

Panasonic FP5 vs Samsung ST600 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability rating of the FP5 and ST600 is 95 and 95 respectively.

Panasonic FP5 vs Samsung ST600 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FP5 vs Samsung ST600 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it's tough to see the difference between sensor sizing simply by looking at specs. The graphic below will help offer you a more clear sense of the sensor dimensions in the FP5 and ST600.

As you can plainly see, both of these cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements and the same exact megapixels therefore you should expect similar quality of photographs however you should factor the release date of the products into consideration. The more modern FP5 is going to have a benefit with regard to sensor technology.

Panasonic FP5 vs Samsung ST600 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FP5 vs Samsung ST600 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FP5 vs Samsung ST600 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FP5 Portrait photography features
Samsung ST600 Portrait photography features
33
sensor resolution is decent (14MP)
has face detect autofocus
no manual focus
lack of manual exposure
can't use external flash
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
30
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
no manual focus
cannot use external flash
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FP5 Street photography details
Samsung ST600 Street photography details
63
has image stabilization (Optical)
offers focus by touch
no articulating screen
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
60
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports touch to focus
screen is fixed
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
more heavy than competition (150g)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Panasonic FP5
Sports photography with Samsung ST600
43
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (14MP)
has tracking focus
great battery pack (260 per charge)
max frames per second low (6.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
43
has image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (14MP)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic FP5
Travel photography with Samsung ST600
65
great battery pack (260 CIPA)
offers focus by touch
sensor resolution is decent (14MP)
built-in flash
no Timelapse function
does not have a selfie friendly screen
wide angle not good (35mm)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
65
supports touch to focus
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
built-in flash
relatively wide (27mm)
doesn't have Timelapse function
more heavy than competition (150g)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FP5 Landscape photography info
Samsung ST600 Landscape photography info
40
nice screen size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (14MP)
great battery pack (260 per charge)
no manual focus
cannot swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (35mm)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
lack of manual exposure
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
no Timelapse function
44
relatively wide (27mm)
big screen (3.5 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
doesn't have Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FP5 Vlogging advice
Samsung ST600 Vlogging advice
30
touch screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect autofocus
wide angle not good (35mm)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
no microphone socket
30
relatively wide (27mm)
touch screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
video res low (1280 x 720 pxls)
doesn't have microphone jack
more heavy than competition (150 grams)
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Panasonic FP5 vs Samsung ST600 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FP5 and Samsung ST600
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP5Samsung ST600
General Information
Brand Panasonic Samsung
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP5 Samsung ST600
Category Ultracompact Ultracompact
Announced 2011-01-05 2010-01-06
Body design 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 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 14MP 14MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4320 x 3240 4320 x 3240
Maximum native ISO 6400 4800
Maximum boosted ISO - 6400
Minimum native ISO 100 80
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points 11 -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 35-140mm (4.0x) 27-135mm (5.0x)
Maximum aperture f/3.5-5.9 f/3.3-5.5
Macro focusing distance 10cm 5cm
Crop factor 5.9 5.9
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3 inches 3.5 inches
Display resolution 230k dot 1,152k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Display tech TFT Touch Screen LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60 seconds 8 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/1600 seconds 1/1500 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 6.0fps -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 4.90 m 5.00 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync
External flash
AEB
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), 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 format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Microphone input
Headphone input
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 seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 141 grams (0.31 lb) 150 grams (0.33 lb)
Dimensions 101 x 59 x 18mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 0.7") 104 x 60 x 20mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 0.8")
DXO scores
DXO All around 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 shots -
Battery format Battery Pack -
Battery ID - SLB07
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Double, Motion)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal MicroSD/ MicroSDHC, Internal
Storage slots Single Single
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