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Panasonic FS42 vs Panasonic ZR1

Portability
95
Imaging
33
Features
10
Overall
23
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1 front
Portability
94
Imaging
35
Features
17
Overall
27

Panasonic FS42 vs Panasonic ZR1 Key Specs

Panasonic FS42
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.5" Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1000 (Bump to 6400)
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 33-132mm (F2.8-5.9) lens
  • 132g - 98 x 55 x 22mm
  • Announced April 2009
Panasonic ZR1
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-200mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 158g - 98 x 55 x 26mm
  • Released July 2009
  • Additionally referred to as Lumix DMC-ZX1
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Panasonic FS42 vs Panasonic ZR1 Overview

Its time to examine more closely at the Panasonic FS42 versus Panasonic ZR1, one is a Ultracompact and the other is a Small Sensor Compact and both of them are offered by Panasonic. The sensor resolution of the FS42 (10MP) and the ZR1 (12MP) is fairly well matched but the FS42 (1/2.5") and ZR1 (1/2.3") feature totally different sensor sizes.

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The FS42 was launched 3 months prior to the ZR1 which means that they are of a similar generation. Each of these cameras offer different body type with the Panasonic FS42 being a Ultracompact camera and the Panasonic ZR1 being a Compact camera.

Before diving straight into a in-depth comparison, below is a simple summary of how the FS42 grades vs the ZR1 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FS42 over the Panasonic ZR1

 FS42 ZR1 

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZR1 over the Panasonic FS42

 ZR1 FS42 
Display sizing2.7"2.5"Larger display (+0.2")

Common features in the Panasonic FS42 and Panasonic ZR1

 FS42 ZR1 
ReleasedApril 2009July 2009Similar generation
Focus manually Lack of manual focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display resolution230k230kIdentical display resolution
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen
Touch friendly display Lacking Touch friendly display

Panasonic FS42 vs Panasonic ZR1 Physical Comparison

If you are intending to carry around your camera often, you should factor in its weight and measurements. The Panasonic FS42 has got external dimensions of 98mm x 55mm x 22mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.9") accompanied by a weight of 132 grams (0.29 lbs) whilst the Panasonic ZR1 has proportions of 98mm x 55mm x 26mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.0") and a weight of 158 grams (0.35 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change dependant on the lens you have at that moment. Following is the front view dimension comparison of the FS42 vs the ZR1.

Panasonic FS42 vs Panasonic ZR1 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability score of the FS42 and ZR1 is 95 and 94 respectively.

Panasonic FS42 vs Panasonic ZR1 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FS42 vs Panasonic ZR1 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it is very difficult to envision the difference between sensor sizes purely by checking a spec sheet. The image below might give you a far better sense of the sensor dimensions in the FS42 and ZR1.

As you can see, both of these cameras enjoy different megapixel count and different sensor sizes. The FS42 featuring a tinier sensor will make shooting shallow depth of field tougher and the Panasonic ZR1 will give more detail utilizing its extra 2 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also enable you to crop photos far more aggressively.

Panasonic FS42 vs Panasonic ZR1 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FS42 vs Panasonic ZR1 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FS42 vs Panasonic ZR1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Panasonic FS42
Portrait photography with Panasonic ZR1
19
focusing manually not possible
manual exposure not available
can't use external flash
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.5")
has no RAW support
21
manual focus not available
no manual mode
cannot use external flash
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FS42 as a Street photography camera
Panasonic ZR1 as a Street photography camera
47
no articulating screen
no image stabilization
sensor size is very small (1/2.5")
has no RAW support
max ISO too low (1,000)
56
image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FS42 as a Sports photography camera
Panasonic ZR1 as a Sports photography camera
16
slow fps (2.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.5")
has no phase detect autofocus
25
image stabilization (Optical)
max fps very slow (2.0 fps)
lack of shutter priority mode
low MP (12MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FS42 as a Travel photography camera
Panasonic ZR1 as a Travel photography camera
51
has built in flash
no Time Lapse mode
megapixel count low (10MP)
screen is not selfie friendly
wide angle not fantastic (33mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
57
built-in flash
pretty wide (25mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
low MP (12 megapixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FS42 Landscape photography advice
Panasonic ZR1 Landscape photography advice
22
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not fantastic (33mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
screen is somewhat small (2.5 inches)
manual exposure not available
no image stabilization
megapixel count low (10MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.5")
max ISO too low (1,000)
has no RAW support
no Time Lapse mode
32
pretty wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
tiny screen (2.7 inches)
no manual mode
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FS42 as a Vlogging camera
Panasonic ZR1 as a Vlogging camera
22
wide angle not fantastic (33mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
screen is not selfie friendly
no image stabilization
video res low (640 x 480 pixels)
no external mic port
28
pretty wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
screen isn't selfie friendly
low video resolution (1280 x 720 resolution)
doesn't have mic socket
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Panasonic FS42 vs Panasonic ZR1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FS42 and Panasonic ZR1
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1
General Information
Company Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1
Otherwise known as - Lumix DMC-ZX1
Category Ultracompact Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2009-04-17 2009-07-27
Physical type Ultracompact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor - Venus Engine V
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.5" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 5.744 x 4.308mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 24.7mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 3648 x 2736 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 1000 6400
Maximum enhanced ISO 6400 -
Min native ISO 80 80
RAW data
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points - 11
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 33-132mm (4.0x) 25-200mm (8.0x)
Maximal aperture f/2.8-5.9 f/3.3-5.9
Macro focus range 5cm 3cm
Focal length multiplier 6.3 5.9
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 2.5 inches 2.7 inches
Resolution of screen 230k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Min shutter speed 60 secs 60 secs
Max shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 2.0 frames per second 2.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 6.30 m 5.10 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
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), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 640x480 1280x720
Video file 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 132 grams (0.29 lbs) 158 grams (0.35 lbs)
Dimensions 98 x 55 x 22mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.9") 98 x 55 x 26mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.0")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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 (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC card, Internal SD/SDHC card, Internal
Card slots One One
Launch cost $580 $280