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Panasonic FS12 vs Panasonic ZS1

Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
14
Overall
26
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS12 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1 front
Portability
91
Imaging
33
Features
25
Overall
29

Panasonic FS12 vs Panasonic ZS1 Key Specs

Panasonic FS12
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600 (Boost to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 31-124mm (F2.8-5.9) lens
  • 129g - 97 x 55 x 22mm
  • Announced April 2009
Panasonic ZS1
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.5" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 25-300mm (F3.3-4.9) lens
  • 229g - 103 x 60 x 33mm
  • Introduced May 2009
  • Other Name is Lumix DMC-TZ6
Photography Glossary

Panasonic FS12 vs Panasonic ZS1 Overview

Let's look more in depth at the Panasonic FS12 and Panasonic ZS1, former being a Ultracompact while the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom and they are both sold by Panasonic. The image resolution of the FS12 (12MP) and the ZS1 (10MP) is fairly comparable but the FS12 (1/2.3") and ZS1 (1/2.5") posses totally different sensor measurements.

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The FS12 was manufactured within a month of the ZS1 which means that they are both of a similar age. Each of these cameras feature different body design with the Panasonic FS12 being a Ultracompact camera and the Panasonic ZS1 being a Compact camera.

Before diving right into a in-depth comparison, here is a short summation of how the FS12 scores against the ZS1 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FS12 over the Panasonic ZS1

 FS12 ZS1 

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS1 over the Panasonic FS12

 ZS1 FS12 

Common features in the Panasonic FS12 and Panasonic ZS1

 FS12 ZS1 
IntroducedApril 2009May 2009Same age
Focus manually No manual focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display size2.7"2.7"Same display measurements
Display resolution230k230kEqual display resolution
Selfie screen Neither provides selfie screen
Touch display Neither provides Touch display

Panasonic FS12 vs Panasonic ZS1 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is intending to lug around your camera, you will want to factor its weight and proportions. The Panasonic FS12 provides physical dimensions of 97mm x 55mm x 22mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.9") with a weight of 129 grams (0.28 lbs) whilst the Panasonic ZS1 has measurements of 103mm x 60mm x 33mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.3") and a weight of 229 grams (0.50 lbs).

Check out the Panasonic FS12 and Panasonic ZS1 in our brand new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you have attached at that time. Below is a front view dimension comparison of the FS12 versus the ZS1.

Panasonic FS12 vs Panasonic ZS1 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability rating of the FS12 and ZS1 is 95 and 91 respectively.

Panasonic FS12 vs Panasonic ZS1 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FS12 vs Panasonic ZS1 Sensor Comparison

Usually, its difficult to visualise the gap in sensor measurements simply by checking out specifications. The graphic here will offer you a much better sense of the sensor dimensions in the FS12 and ZS1.

Plainly, both of those cameras feature different megapixel count and different sensor measurements. The FS12 due to its larger sensor will make getting shallower depth of field less difficult and the Panasonic FS12 will show greater detail due to its extra 2MP. Greater resolution will help you crop images way more aggressively.

Panasonic FS12 vs Panasonic ZS1 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FS12 vs Panasonic ZS1 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FS12 vs Panasonic ZS1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FS12 Portrait photography factors
Panasonic ZS1 Portrait photography factors
21
manual focus not available
manual exposure not available
cannot use external flash
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
25
supports face detect focusing
no manual focus
no manual control
cannot use external flash
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.5")
does not have RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FS12 as a Street photography camera
Panasonic ZS1 as a Street photography camera
57
has image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
60
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than average (229 grams)
fixed screen
sensor size is small (1/2.5")
does not have RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FS12 as a Sports photography camera
Panasonic ZS1 as a Sports photography camera
25
has image stabilization (Optical)
max fps low (2.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority
low megapixels (12MP)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus
24
has image stabilization (Optical)
slow frames per second (3.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.5")
does not have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FS12 Travel photography details
Panasonic ZS1 Travel photography details
51
flash built-in
doesn't have Timelapse function
low megapixels (12MP)
does not have selfie friendly screen
wide angle not the best (31mm)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
63
lighter than average (229g)
built-in flash
decently wide (25mm)
great reach (300mm)
lack of Time Lapse function
megapixel count low (10MP)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FS12 Landscape photography features
Panasonic ZS1 Landscape photography features
28
has image stabilization (Optical)
manual focus not available
can't switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not the best (31mm)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
tiny screen (2.7 inches)
manual exposure not available
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
doesn't have Timelapse function
31
decently wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
small screen (2.7")
no manual control
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.5")
does not have RAW files
lack of Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FS12 Vlogging highlights
Panasonic ZS1 Vlogging highlights
25
has image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not the best (31mm)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
does not have selfie friendly screen
video quality not great (640 x 480 pxls)
doesn't have microphone jack
31
decently wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect focusing
lighter than average (229 grams)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
video res low (640 x 480 pixels)
lack of mic port
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Panasonic FS12 vs Panasonic ZS1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FS12 and Panasonic ZS1
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS12Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1
General Information
Company Panasonic Panasonic
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS12 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1
Otherwise known as - Lumix DMC-TZ6
Class Ultracompact Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced 2009-04-17 2009-05-14
Body design Ultracompact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.5"
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 5.744 x 4.308mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 24.7mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 10 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2
Full resolution 4000 x 3000 3648 x 2736
Max native ISO 1600 6400
Max boosted ISO 6400 -
Minimum native ISO 80 100
RAW data
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
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 31-124mm (4.0x) 25-300mm (12.0x)
Largest aperture f/2.8-5.9 f/3.3-4.9
Macro focusing distance 5cm 3cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 6.3
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 2.7 inches 2.7 inches
Resolution of display 230k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60 seconds 60 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 2.0fps 3.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 6.30 m 5.30 m (Auto ISO)
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 848 x 480 (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)
Max video resolution 640x480 640x480
Video data format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Mic jack
Headphone jack
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 seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 129 gr (0.28 lbs) 229 gr (0.50 lbs)
Physical dimensions 97 x 55 x 22mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.9") 103 x 60 x 33mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.3")
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
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC card, Internal SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal
Storage slots Single Single
Cost at launch $228 $0