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Panasonic FS25 vs Ricoh WG-30

Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
24
Overall
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25 front
 
Ricoh WG-30 front
Portability
91
Imaging
41
Features
34
Overall
38

Panasonic FS25 vs Ricoh WG-30 Key Specs

Panasonic FS25
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • 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 WG-30
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • Digital Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.5-5.5) lens
  • 192g - 123 x 62 x 30mm
  • Launched October 2014
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Panasonic FS25 vs Ricoh WG-30 Overview

On this page, we are looking at the Panasonic FS25 vs Ricoh WG-30, one is a Small Sensor Compact and the other is a Waterproof by rivals Panasonic and Ricoh. There exists a significant gap between the sensor resolutions of the FS25 (12MP) and WG-30 (16MP) but both cameras boast the same sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The FS25 was unveiled 6 years earlier than the WG-30 which is quite a sizable gap as far as technology is concerned. Each of the cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before getting straight to a step-by-step comparison, here is a quick overview of how the FS25 matches up versus the WG-30 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FS25 over the Ricoh WG-30

 FS25 WG-30 
Display dimensions3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")

Reasons to pick Ricoh WG-30 over the Panasonic FS25

 WG-30 FS25 
LaunchedOctober 2014January 2009More modern by 69 months

Common features in the Panasonic FS25 and Ricoh WG-30

 FS25 WG-30 
Manually focus Lack of manual focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display resolution230k230kExact same display resolution
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen
Touch friendly display Missing Touch friendly display

Panasonic FS25 vs Ricoh WG-30 Physical Comparison

When you are looking to carry around your camera frequently, you need to think about its weight and proportions. The Panasonic FS25 has outside dimensions of 97mm x 58mm x 22mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.9") along with a weight of 148 grams (0.33 lbs) and the Ricoh WG-30 has measurements of 123mm x 62mm x 30mm (4.8" x 2.4" x 1.2") accompanied by a weight of 192 grams (0.42 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you have at that moment. The following is a front view over all size comparison of the FS25 compared to the WG-30.

Panasonic FS25 vs Ricoh WG-30 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the FS25 and WG-30 is 95 and 91 respectively.

Panasonic FS25 vs Ricoh WG-30 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FS25 vs Ricoh WG-30 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it can be hard to visualise the gap between sensor sizes merely by reading through specs. The pic here might give you a clearer sense of the sensor dimensions in the FS25 and WG-30.

All in all, both of those cameras provide the same sensor dimensions but not the same megapixels. You should expect to see the Ricoh WG-30 to give you more detail having an extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also make it easier to crop pics more aggressively. The more aged FS25 is going to be disadvantaged with regard to sensor technology.

Panasonic FS25 vs Ricoh WG-30 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FS25 vs Ricoh WG-30 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FS25 vs Ricoh WG-30 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FS25 Portrait photography features
Ricoh WG-30 Portrait photography features
26
offers face detection focusing
manual focus not available
manual mode not possible
no external flash support
sensor resolution low (12MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
36
good resolution (16 megapixels)
comes with face detect autofocus
lack of manual focus
manual exposure not possible
no external flash support
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FS25 Street photography details
Ricoh WG-30 Street photography details
57
image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
62
has image stabilization (Digital)
environment proofing
fixed screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FS25 Sports photography info
Ricoh WG-30 Sports photography info
25
image stabilization (Optical)
very slow continuous shooting (2.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
45
has image stabilization (Digital)
good resolution (16MP)
comes with tracking focus
environment proofing
very slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FS25 Travel photography details
Ricoh WG-30 Travel photography details
51
flash built-in
missing Timelapse recording
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
wide angle not good (29mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
71
environment proofing
good resolution (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
fairly wide (28mm)
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FS25 Landscape photography information
Ricoh WG-30 Landscape photography information
32
nice screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (29mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
manual mode not possible
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
missing Timelapse recording
43
fairly wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Digital)
good resolution (16 megapixels)
environment proofing
lack of manual focus
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
screen is small (2.7")
manual exposure not possible
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FS25 Vlogging advice
Ricoh WG-30 Vlogging advice
28
image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detection focusing
wide angle not good (29mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
low video resolution (640 x 480 pixels)
missing external microphone jack
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fairly wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Digital)
comes with face detect autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
display isn't selfie friendly
lack of mic jack
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Panasonic FS25 vs Ricoh WG-30 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FS25 and Ricoh WG-30
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25Ricoh WG-30
General Information
Company Panasonic Ricoh
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25 Ricoh WG-30
Type Small Sensor Compact Waterproof
Announced 2009-01-27 2014-10-09
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2 1:1, 4:3 and 16:9
Full resolution 4000 x 3000 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 1600 6400
Max boosted ISO 6400 -
Lowest native ISO 80 125
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points 11 9
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 29-145mm (5.0x) 28-140mm (5.0x)
Maximal aperture f/3.3-5.9 f/3.5-5.5
Macro focus distance 5cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 5.8
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3 inch 2.7 inch
Display resolution 230 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60 secs 4 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 2.0 frames per sec 1.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 5.30 m 3.90 m (Auto ISO)
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync Auto, flash off, flash on, auto + redeye
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720
Max video resolution 640x480 1920x1080
Video file format Motion JPEG H.264
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 gr (0.33 lb) 192 gr (0.42 lb)
Physical dimensions 97 x 58 x 22mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.9") 123 x 62 x 30mm (4.8" x 2.4" x 1.2")
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 - 300 images
Battery format - Battery Pack
Battery model - D-LI92
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, internal
Storage slots Single Single
Retail price $230 $428