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Panasonic FS25 vs Samsung HZ15W

Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
24
Overall
30
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25 front
 
Samsung HZ15W front
Portability
90
Imaging
35
Features
31
Overall
33

Panasonic FS25 vs Samsung HZ15W Key Specs

Panasonic FS25
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600 (Raise 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
Samsung HZ15W
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-240mm (F3.3-5.8) lens
  • 249g - 105 x 61 x 37mm
  • Announced February 2009
  • Additionally Known as WB550
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Panasonic FS25 vs Samsung HZ15W Overview

Here is a complete comparison of the Panasonic FS25 vs Samsung HZ15W, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras by rivals Panasonic and Samsung. The resolution of the FS25 (12MP) and the HZ15W (12MP) is very well matched and they enjoy the exact same sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The FS25 was unveiled around the same time to the HZ15W which means that they are both of a similar age. Each of these cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before diving in to a in-depth comparison, below is a simple view of how the FS25 scores versus the HZ15W in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FS25 over the Samsung HZ15W

 FS25 HZ15W 

Reasons to pick Samsung HZ15W over the Panasonic FS25

 HZ15W FS25 
Focus manually More accurate focus
Display resolution460k230kClearer display (+230k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic FS25 and Samsung HZ15W

 FS25 HZ15W 
AnnouncedJanuary 2009February 2009Similar age
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display dimension3"3"Identical display dimensions
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen
Touch display Lacking Touch display

Panasonic FS25 vs Samsung HZ15W Physical Comparison

If you're looking to carry your camera, you should think about its weight and volume. The Panasonic FS25 comes with outside measurements of 97mm x 58mm x 22mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.9") accompanied by a weight of 148 grams (0.33 lbs) whilst the Samsung HZ15W has sizing of 105mm x 61mm x 37mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.5") and a weight of 249 grams (0.55 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you are working with at that time. Here is the front view scale comparison of the FS25 against the HZ15W.

Panasonic FS25 vs Samsung HZ15W size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability score of the FS25 and HZ15W is 95 and 90 respectively.

Panasonic FS25 vs Samsung HZ15W top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FS25 vs Samsung HZ15W Sensor Comparison

Normally, it is hard to picture the gap between sensor sizing only by checking technical specs. The visual below should offer you a far better sense of the sensor sizing in the FS25 and HZ15W.

As you have seen, both of the cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements and the same resolution therefore you can expect similar quality of images although you might want to consider the launch date of the products into consideration.

Panasonic FS25 vs Samsung HZ15W sensor size comparison

Panasonic FS25 vs Samsung HZ15W Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FS25 vs Samsung HZ15W Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FS25 Portrait photography information
Samsung HZ15W Portrait photography information
26
comes with face detection autofocus
focusing manually not possible
no manual mode
cannot use external flash
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
32
manual focus
offers face detection focus
no manual control
no external flash support
megapixel count low (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FS25 Street photography info
Samsung HZ15W Street photography info
57
image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
53
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
screen does not articulate
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
heavier than competition in class (249g)
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FS25 Sports photography factors
Samsung HZ15W Sports photography factors
25
image stabilization (Optical)
very slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus
27
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lack of shutter priority mode
megapixel count low (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FS25 Travel photography information
Samsung HZ15W Travel photography information
51
built-in flash
no Time Lapse function
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
wide angle not good (29mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
54
flash built-in
pretty wide (24mm)
no Time Lapse mode
heavier than competition in class (249g)
megapixel count low (12MP)
screen isn't selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FS25 Landscape photography advice
Samsung HZ15W Landscape photography advice
32
screen is a decent size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (29mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
no manual mode
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
no Time Lapse function
41
manual focus
pretty wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
no manual control
megapixel count low (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
no Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FS25 Vlogging advice
Samsung HZ15W Vlogging advice
28
image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection autofocus
wide angle not good (29mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
low video resolution (640 x 480 pxls)
no external mic port
29
pretty wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
offers face detection focus
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
screen isn't selfie friendly
video res low (1280 x 720 resolution)
no external mic socket
heavier than competition in class (249 grams)
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Panasonic FS25 vs Samsung HZ15W Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FS25 and Samsung HZ15W
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25Samsung HZ15W
General Information
Company Panasonic Samsung
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25 Samsung HZ15W
Also Known as - WB550
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2009-01-27 2009-02-23
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2
Highest resolution 4000 x 3000 4000 x 3000
Highest native ISO 1600 3200
Highest boosted ISO 6400 -
Min native ISO 80 80
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points 11 -
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 29-145mm (5.0x) 24-240mm (10.0x)
Maximum aperture f/3.3-5.9 f/3.3-5.8
Macro focus range 5cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 5.9
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 230 thousand dots 460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60s 16s
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000s 1/2000s
Continuous shooting rate 2.0 frames/s -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 5.30 m 4.70 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync Auto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Slow sync, Flash off, Red eye fix
External flash
AEB
WB 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) 1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (60, 30, 15 fps)
Highest video resolution 640x480 1280x720
Video format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Mic port
Headphone port
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 sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 148g (0.33 lbs) 249g (0.55 lbs)
Dimensions 97 x 58 x 22mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.9") 105 x 61 x 37mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.5")
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
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (10 sec, 2 sec, Double, Motion Timer)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal SC/SDHC/MMC/MMCplus, internal
Card slots One One
Pricing at launch $230 $330