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Panasonic FS25 vs Sony S980

Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
24
Overall
30
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S980 front
Portability
94
Imaging
35
Features
17
Overall
27

Panasonic FS25 vs Sony S980 Key Specs

Panasonic FS25
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600 (Increase to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 29-145mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 148g - 97 x 58 x 22mm
  • Released January 2009
Sony S980
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 33-132mm (F3.3-5.2) lens
  • 167g - 93 x 56 x 24mm
  • Introduced February 2009
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Panasonic FS25 vs Sony S980 Overview

Following is a thorough assessment of the Panasonic FS25 versus Sony S980, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras by rivals Panasonic and Sony. The image resolution of the FS25 (12MP) and the S980 (12MP) is fairly similar and they use the exact same sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The FS25 was revealed at a similar time to the S980 which means that they are of a similar generation. Both the cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before diving straight into a comprehensive comparison, below is a concise highlight of how the FS25 matches up versus the S980 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FS25 over the Sony S980

 FS25 S980 
Display dimension3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")

Reasons to pick Sony S980 over the Panasonic FS25

 S980 FS25 
Focus manually Dial accurate focus

Common features in the Panasonic FS25 and Sony S980

 FS25 S980 
IntroducedJanuary 2009February 2009Similar generation
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display resolution230k230kSame display resolution
Selfie screen Neither provides selfie screen
Touch display Neither provides Touch display

Panasonic FS25 vs Sony S980 Physical Comparison

When you are aiming to carry around your camera often, you'll need to think about its weight and proportions. The Panasonic FS25 provides outer measurements of 97mm x 58mm x 22mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.9") with a weight of 148 grams (0.33 lbs) while the Sony S980 has measurements of 93mm x 56mm x 24mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9") along with a weight of 167 grams (0.37 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you are utilizing at that time. Below is the front view overall size comparison of the FS25 versus the S980.

Panasonic FS25 vs Sony S980 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the FS25 and S980 is 95 and 94 respectively.

Panasonic FS25 vs Sony S980 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FS25 vs Sony S980 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it is tough to visualise the difference between sensor sizes merely by reviewing specifications. The image underneath should offer you a far better sense of the sensor measurements in the FS25 and S980.

To sum up, both cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements and the same MP therefore you should expect similar quality of pictures although you may want to take the release date of the products into consideration.

Panasonic FS25 vs Sony S980 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FS25 vs Sony S980 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FS25 vs Sony S980 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FS25 as a Portrait photography camera
Sony S980 as a Portrait photography camera
26
offers face detect focus
focusing manually not possible
manual mode not possible
can't use external flash
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
27
manual focus
no manual control
no external flash support
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FS25 Street photography highlights
Sony S980 Street photography highlights
57
has image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
47
no articulating screen
does not have image stabilization
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FS25 Sports photography features
Sony S980 Sports photography features
25
has image stabilization (Optical)
slow continuous shooting (2.0 fps)
no shutter priority
low megapixels (12MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus
17
low frames per second (1.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
does not have image stabilization
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FS25 Travel photography advice
Sony S980 Travel photography advice
51
flash built-in
doesn't have Timelapse function
low megapixels (12MP)
does not feature selfie friendly display
wide angle not good (29mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
51
has built in flash
doesn't have Timelapse function
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
screen is not selfie friendly
wide angle not the best (33mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FS25 as a Landscape photography camera
Sony S980 as a Landscape photography camera
32
screen size is good (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
focusing manually not possible
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (29mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
manual mode not possible
low megapixels (12MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
doesn't have Timelapse function
27
manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not the best (33mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
small screen (2.7")
no manual control
does not have image stabilization
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
doesn't have Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FS25 as a Vlogging camera
Sony S980 as a Vlogging camera
28
has image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detect focus
wide angle not good (29mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
does not feature selfie friendly display
video resolution low (640 x 480 pxls)
doesn't have microphone port
22
wide angle not the best (33mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
screen is not selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
low quality video (1280 x 720 pxls)
doesn't have external microphone port
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Panasonic FS25 vs Sony S980 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FS25 and Sony S980
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S980
General Information
Brand Panasonic Sony
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S980
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Released 2009-01-27 2009-02-17
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 12MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4000 x 3000 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 1600 3200
Maximum boosted ISO 6400 -
Minimum native ISO 80 80
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points 11 9
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 29-145mm (5.0x) 33-132mm (4.0x)
Max aperture f/3.3-5.9 f/3.3-5.2
Macro focusing range 5cm 10cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 5.8
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inches 2.7 inches
Screen resolution 230 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60 seconds 2 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/1600 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 2.0 frames/s 1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 5.30 m 3.50 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 640x480 1280x720
Video data format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Microphone 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 148 grams (0.33 lbs) 167 grams (0.37 lbs)
Dimensions 97 x 58 x 22mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.9") 93 x 56 x 24mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9")
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/MMC/SDHC card, Internal Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, Internal
Storage slots Single Single
Launch cost $230 $300