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Panasonic FS25 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV

Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
24
Overall
30
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25 front
 
Ricoh GR Digital IV front
Portability
92
Imaging
35
Features
47
Overall
39

Panasonic FS25 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Key Specs

Panasonic FS25
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600 (Bump to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 29-145mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 148g - 97 x 58 x 22mm
  • Announced January 2009
Ricoh GR Digital IV
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 28mm (F1.9) lens
  • 190g - 109 x 59 x 33mm
  • Introduced September 2011
  • Previous Model is Ricoh GR Digital III
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Panasonic FS25 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Overview

The following is a comprehensive assessment of the Panasonic FS25 versus Ricoh GR Digital IV, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras by competitors Panasonic and Ricoh. The resolution of the FS25 (12MP) and the GR Digital IV (10MP) is very similar but the FS25 (1/2.3") and GR Digital IV (1/1.7") posses different sensor dimensions.

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The FS25 was manufactured 3 years prior to the GR Digital IV which is quite a significant difference as far as tech is concerned. Each of these cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before we go right into a complete comparison, here is a quick summary of how the FS25 scores vs the GR Digital IV in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FS25 over the Ricoh GR Digital IV

 FS25 GR Digital IV 

Reasons to pick Ricoh GR Digital IV over the Panasonic FS25

 GR Digital IV FS25 
IntroducedSeptember 2011January 2009Newer by 32 months
Manual focus Dial exact focusing
Display resolution1230k230kSharper display (+1000k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic FS25 and Ricoh GR Digital IV

 FS25 GR Digital IV 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display size3"3"Same display sizing
Selfie screen Neither provides selfie screen
Touch display Neither provides Touch display

Panasonic FS25 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Physical Comparison

In case you're going to travel with your camera frequently, you are going to need to consider its weight and measurements. The Panasonic FS25 provides outside dimensions of 97mm x 58mm x 22mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.9") accompanied by a weight of 148 grams (0.33 lbs) while the Ricoh GR Digital IV has proportions of 109mm x 59mm x 33mm (4.3" x 2.3" x 1.3") and a weight of 190 grams (0.42 lbs).

Analyze the Panasonic FS25 versus Ricoh GR Digital IV in our newest Camera plus 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 at that time. The following is a front view over all size comparison of the FS25 against the GR Digital IV.

Panasonic FS25 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability rating of the FS25 and GR Digital IV is 95 and 92 respectively.

Panasonic FS25 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FS25 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Sensor Comparison

Often, it is hard to visualize the contrast between sensor dimensions purely by going over specifications. The picture here should offer you a greater sense of the sensor sizes in the FS25 and GR Digital IV.

Plainly, both of these cameras come with different megapixel count and different sensor dimensions. The FS25 featuring a tinier sensor is going to make achieving shallow DOF harder and the Panasonic FS25 will offer you greater detail due to its extra 2 Megapixels. Greater resolution will make it easier to crop images a good deal more aggressively. The more aged FS25 is going to be disadvantaged in sensor technology.

Panasonic FS25 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV sensor size comparison

Panasonic FS25 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FS25 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FS25 Portrait photography advice
Ricoh GR Digital IV Portrait photography advice
26
has face detection focusing
focusing manually not possible
no manual mode
external flash not possible
low resolution (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
41
focusing manually
saves RAW files
megapixel count low (10MP)
small sensor size (1/1.7")
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FS25 Street photography advice
Ricoh GR Digital IV Street photography advice
57
built in image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
65
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
saves RAW files
fixed screen
small sensor size (1/1.7")
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Panasonic FS25
Sports photography with Ricoh GR Digital IV
25
built in image stabilization (Optical)
slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
low resolution (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF
34
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
better than average battery (390 shots)
focal length is fixed (28mm)
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/1.7")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic FS25
Travel photography with Ricoh GR Digital IV
51
built-in flash
lack of Timelapse mode
low resolution (12 megapixels)
does not contain selfie friendly display
wide angle not fantastic (29mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
67
better than average battery (390 CIPA)
has built in flash
good max aperture (f1.9)
megapixel count low (10MP)
screen isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FS25 Landscape photography info
Ricoh GR Digital IV Landscape photography info
32
nice screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not fantastic (29mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
no manual mode
low resolution (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
lack of Timelapse mode
53
focusing manually
good max aperture (f1.9)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
saves RAW files
better than average battery (390 CIPA)
cannot swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
focal length is fixed (28mm)
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/1.7")
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FS25 Vlogging information
Ricoh GR Digital IV Vlogging information
28
built in image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection focusing
wide angle not fantastic (29mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
does not contain selfie friendly display
low quality video (640 x 480 pixels)
lack of external microphone jack
29
good max aperture (f1.9)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
screen isn't selfie friendly
low video resolution (640 x 480 resolution)
missing external mic jack
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Panasonic FS25 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FS25 and Ricoh GR Digital IV
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25Ricoh GR Digital IV
General Information
Make Panasonic Ricoh
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25 Ricoh GR Digital IV
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2009-01-27 2011-09-15
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/1.7"
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 7.44 x 5.58mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 41.5mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 10 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2 1:1, 4:3 and 3:2
Maximum resolution 4000 x 3000 3648 x 2736
Maximum native ISO 1600 3200
Maximum boosted ISO 6400 -
Minimum native ISO 80 80
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points 11 -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 29-145mm (5.0x) 28mm (1x)
Maximum aperture f/3.3-5.9 f/1.9
Macro focus range 5cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 4.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 230 thousand dot 1,230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Optical (optional)
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60 secs 1 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 2.0 frames per sec -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 5.30 m 3.00 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Manual
External flash
AE 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) 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Maximum video resolution 640x480 640x480
Video format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Mic 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
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 148 grams (0.33 pounds) 190 grams (0.42 pounds)
Physical dimensions 97 x 58 x 22mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.9") 109 x 59 x 33mm (4.3" x 2.3" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life - 390 pictures
Battery format - Battery Pack
Battery model - DB65
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal SD/SDHC, Internal
Storage slots Single Single
Launch pricing $230 $599