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Panasonic FX700 vs Panasonic SZ5

Portability
94
Imaging
37
Features
44
Overall
39
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5 front
Portability
95
Imaging
38
Features
34
Overall
36

Panasonic FX700 vs Panasonic SZ5 Key Specs

Panasonic FX700
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-120mm (F2.2-5.9) lens
  • 176g - 104 x 56 x 25mm
  • Launched July 2010
Panasonic SZ5
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600 (Boost to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-250mm (F3.1-5.9) lens
  • 136g - 104 x 58 x 21mm
  • Introduced July 2012
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Panasonic FX700 vs Panasonic SZ5 Overview

Lets look much closer at the Panasonic FX700 versus Panasonic SZ5, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras and both of them are designed by Panasonic. The sensor resolution of the FX700 (14MP) and the SZ5 (14MP) is very similar and they use the same exact sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The FX700 was released 24 months prior to the SZ5 making the cameras a generation apart from each other. Both of these cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before diving through a more detailed comparison, below is a quick introduction of how the FX700 matches up vs the SZ5 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FX700 over the Panasonic SZ5

 FX700 SZ5 
Manual focus Dial exact focusing
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Panasonic SZ5 over the Panasonic FX700

 SZ5 FX700 
IntroducedJuly 2012July 2010More recent by 24 months

Common features in the Panasonic FX700 and Panasonic SZ5

 FX700 SZ5 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display sizing
Display resolution230k230kExact same display resolution
Selfie screen Neither offers selfie screen

Panasonic FX700 vs Panasonic SZ5 Physical Comparison

If you're planning to lug around your camera frequently, you will have to factor in its weight and volume. The Panasonic FX700 offers outer dimensions of 104mm x 56mm x 25mm (4.1" x 2.2" x 1.0") with a weight of 176 grams (0.39 lbs) whilst the Panasonic SZ5 has sizing of 104mm x 58mm x 21mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 0.8") and a weight of 136 grams (0.30 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you are utilising at the time. Below is the front view measurements comparison of the FX700 and the SZ5.

Panasonic FX700 vs Panasonic SZ5 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability rating of the FX700 and SZ5 is 94 and 95 respectively.

Panasonic FX700 vs Panasonic SZ5 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FX700 vs Panasonic SZ5 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it is hard to see the gap between sensor measurements simply by going over specs. The visual underneath should offer you a more clear sense of the sensor dimensions in the FX700 and SZ5.

As you can plainly see, each of these cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing and the exact same MP and you can expect similar quality of pictures though you should really consider the launch date of the products into consideration. The older FX700 is going to be disadvantaged in sensor technology.

Panasonic FX700 vs Panasonic SZ5 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FX700 vs Panasonic SZ5 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FX700 vs Panasonic SZ5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FX700 Portrait photography features
Panasonic SZ5 Portrait photography features
38
focusing manually
MP count decent (14MP)
cannot use external flash
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
34
decent MP (14MP)
supports face detection focus
lack of manual focus
no manual control
external flash not possible
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Panasonic FX700
Street photography with Panasonic SZ5
57
built in image stabilization (Optical)
no moving screen
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
63
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (136g)
no moving screen
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FX700 Sports photography advice
Panasonic SZ5 Sports photography advice
43
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (14 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no phase detect autofocus
40
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (14MP)
supports tracking autofocus
low frames per second (2.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic FX700
Travel photography with Panasonic SZ5
65
MP count decent (14 megapixels)
has built in flash
pretty wide (24mm)
does not have Timelapse mode
does not posses selfie friendly screen
slow maximum aperture (f2.2)
70
lighter than competition (136g)
decent MP (14 megapixels)
built-in flash
really wide (25mm)
long zoom (250mm)
does not have Time Lapse recording
screen isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FX700 as a Landscape photography camera
Panasonic SZ5 as a Landscape photography camera
49
focusing manually
pretty wide (24mm)
decent sized screen (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (14 megapixels)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.2)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
does not have Timelapse mode
42
really wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (14MP)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)
no manual control
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
does not have Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FX700 Vlogging info
Panasonic SZ5 Vlogging info
33
pretty wide (24mm)
touchscreen capability
built in image stabilization (Optical)
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
slow maximum aperture (f2.2)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
does not have external microphone socket
32
really wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detection focus
lighter than competition (136 grams)
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)
screen isn't selfie friendly
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pixels)
does not have external mic port
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Panasonic FX700 vs Panasonic SZ5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FX700 and Panasonic SZ5
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5
General Information
Company Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700 Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5
Category Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Launched 2010-07-21 2012-07-18
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Venus Engine FHD -
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixels 14 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4320 x 3240 4320 x 3240
Maximum native ISO 6400 1600
Maximum boosted ISO - 6400
Lowest native ISO 80 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points - 23
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 24-120mm (5.0x) 25-250mm (10.0x)
Largest aperture f/2.2-5.9 f/3.1-5.9
Macro focus range 3cm 5cm
Crop factor 5.9 5.9
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 3" 3"
Screen resolution 230k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Screen technology - TFT Screen LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60 seconds 8 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/1600 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 10.0 frames per sec 2.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 7.40 m 5.60 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
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1280 x 720p ( 30,25 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video file format AVCHD MPEG-4
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 176 grams (0.39 lbs) 136 grams (0.30 lbs)
Dimensions 104 x 56 x 25mm (4.1" x 2.2" x 1.0") 104 x 58 x 21mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 0.8")
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 - 250 photographs
Battery form - Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs) Yes (2 or 10 secs)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC card, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots Single Single
Launch pricing $399 $195