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Panasonic FS25 vs Panasonic ZS100

Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
24
Overall
30
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 front
Portability
87
Imaging
52
Features
65
Overall
57

Panasonic FS25 vs Panasonic ZS100 Key Specs

Panasonic FS25
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600 (Push to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 29-145mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 148g - 97 x 58 x 22mm
  • Revealed January 2009
Panasonic ZS100
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 12800 (Raise to 25600)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 25-250mm (F2.8-5.9) lens
  • 312g - 111 x 65 x 44mm
  • Announced January 2016
  • Also referred to as Lumix DMC-TZ100
  • Replacement is Panasonic ZS200
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Panasonic FS25 vs Panasonic ZS100 Overview

Its time to look a bit more in depth at the Panasonic FS25 versus Panasonic ZS100, one is a Small Sensor Compact and the latter is a Large Sensor Compact and they are both manufactured by Panasonic. There exists a crucial gap among the sensor resolutions of the FS25 (12MP) and ZS100 (20MP) and the FS25 (1/2.3") and ZS100 (1") posses totally different sensor sizes.

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The FS25 was announced 8 years prior to the ZS100 which is a fairly serious gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Both of these cameras feature different body design with the Panasonic FS25 being a Compact camera and the Panasonic ZS100 being a Large Sensor Compact camera.

Before getting right into a complete comparison, here is a brief summation of how the FS25 grades against the ZS100 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FS25 over the Panasonic ZS100

 FS25 ZS100 

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS100 over the Panasonic FS25

 ZS100 FS25 
AnnouncedJanuary 2016January 2009More modern by 84 months
Manual focus Very precise focus
Screen resolution1040k230kClearer screen (+810k dot)
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Panasonic FS25 and Panasonic ZS100

 FS25 ZS100 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen size3"3"Same screen dimensions
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen

Panasonic FS25 vs Panasonic ZS100 Physical Comparison

For those who are aiming to carry around your camera regularly, you should think about its weight and measurements. The Panasonic FS25 features outside dimensions of 97mm x 58mm x 22mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.9") with a weight of 148 grams (0.33 lbs) whilst the Panasonic ZS100 has proportions of 111mm x 65mm x 44mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.7") with a weight of 312 grams (0.69 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you choose during that time. Following is a front view proportions comparison of the FS25 against the ZS100.

Panasonic FS25 vs Panasonic ZS100 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the FS25 and ZS100 is 95 and 87 respectively.

Panasonic FS25 vs Panasonic ZS100 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FS25 vs Panasonic ZS100 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it's hard to visualise the difference in sensor sizes simply by checking out technical specs. The pic below might provide you a better sense of the sensor dimensions in the FS25 and ZS100.

As you have seen, both of these cameras come with different megapixel count and different sensor sizes. The FS25 with its smaller sensor will make getting bokeh more difficult and the Panasonic ZS100 will provide more detail with its extra 8MP. Higher resolution will also allow you to crop photographs a good deal more aggressively. The more aged FS25 will be disadvantaged with regard to sensor tech.

Panasonic FS25 vs Panasonic ZS100 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FS25 vs Panasonic ZS100 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FS25 vs Panasonic ZS100 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Panasonic FS25
Portrait photography with Panasonic ZS100
26
provides face detect focus
no manual focus
no manual control
can't use external flash
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
64
manual focus
good MP (20MP)
decent sensor size (1")
comes with face detection focus
supports RAW files
can't use external flash
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FS25 Street photography features
Panasonic ZS100 Street photography features
57
has image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
78
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor size (1")
supports RAW files
provides focus by touch
lighter than others in class (312g)
screen does not articulate
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Panasonic FS25
Sports photography with Panasonic ZS100
25
has image stabilization (Optical)
low frames per second (2.0 fps)
no shutter priority
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
67
quiet shooting (1/16,000s)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (20MP)
decent sensor size (1")
comes with tracking autofocus
does not have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FS25 Travel photography highlights
Panasonic ZS100 Travel photography highlights
51
has built in flash
missing Time Lapse mode
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
display is not selfie friendly
wide angle not the best (29mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
75
lighter than others in class (312g)
provides focus by touch
good MP (20MP)
flash built-in
relatively wide (25mm)
great zoom (250mm)
does not offer selfie friendly display
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FS25 Landscape photography info
Panasonic ZS100 Landscape photography info
32
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not the best (29mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
no manual control
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
missing Time Lapse mode
68
manual focus
relatively wide (25mm)
screen is a good size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (20 megapixels)
decent sensor size (1")
supports RAW files
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FS25 as a Vlogging camera
Panasonic ZS100 as a Vlogging camera
28
has image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detect focus
wide angle not the best (29mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
display is not selfie friendly
low video resolution (640 x 480 pixels)
missing mic support
35
relatively wide (25mm)
has touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection focus
high res video (3840 x 2160 pixels)
lighter than others in class (312g)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
does not offer selfie friendly display
lack of external microphone support
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Panasonic FS25 vs Panasonic ZS100 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FS25 and Panasonic ZS100
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100
General Information
Make Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100
Also called as - Lumix DMC-TZ100
Category Small Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Revealed 2009-01-27 2016-01-05
Physical type Compact Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by - Venus Engine
Sensor type CCD MOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 116.2mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 20 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 4000 x 3000 5472 x 3648
Max native ISO 1600 12800
Max enhanced ISO 6400 25600
Min native ISO 80 125
RAW format
Min enhanced ISO - 80
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points 11 49
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 29-145mm (5.0x) 25-250mm (10.0x)
Highest aperture f/3.3-5.9 f/2.8-5.9
Macro focus distance 5cm 5cm
Crop factor 5.9 2.7
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 230 thousand dots 1,040 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 1,166 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.46x
Features
Min shutter speed 60s 60s
Max shutter speed 1/2000s 1/2000s
Max quiet shutter speed - 1/16000s
Continuous shutter rate 2.0fps 9.9fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 5.30 m 8.00 m (at Auto ISO)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 4K/UHD (3840 x 2160 @ 30p/24p), 1920 x 1080 @ 60p/60i/30p/24p, 640 x 480 (30p)
Max video resolution 640x480 3840x2160
Video format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 148 gr (0.33 lb) 312 gr (0.69 lb)
Physical dimensions 97 x 58 x 22mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.9") 111 x 65 x 44mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.7")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested 70
DXO Color Depth score not tested 22.8
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 12.5
DXO Low light score not tested 559
Other
Battery life - 300 shots
Style of battery - Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 secs, 3 shots @ 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Card slots One One
Cost at release $230 $700