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Panasonic FX700 vs Panasonic ZS5

Portability
94
Imaging
37
Features
44
Overall
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5 front
Portability
92
Imaging
35
Features
30
Overall
33

Panasonic FX700 vs Panasonic ZS5 Key Specs

Panasonic FX700
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-120mm (F2.2-5.9) lens
  • 176g - 104 x 56 x 25mm
  • Announced July 2010
Panasonic ZS5
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-300mm (F3.3-4.9) lens
  • 214g - 103 x 60 x 32mm
  • Introduced June 2010
  • Also referred to as Lumix DMC-TZ8
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Panasonic FX700 vs Panasonic ZS5 Overview

On this page, we are looking at the Panasonic FX700 vs Panasonic ZS5, former is a Small Sensor Compact while the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom and both are sold by Panasonic. The image resolution of the FX700 (14MP) and the ZS5 (12MP) is very close and both cameras offer the same sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The FX700 was launched 2 months after the ZS5 so they are of a similar age. Each of these cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before we go into a detailed comparison, here is a concise synopsis of how the FX700 scores against the ZS5 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FX700 over the Panasonic ZS5

 FX700 ZS5 
Manually focus Dial precise focusing
Display dimensions3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS5 over the Panasonic FX700

 ZS5 FX700 

Common features in the Panasonic FX700 and Panasonic ZS5

 FX700 ZS5 
IntroducedJuly 2010June 2010Same age
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display resolution230k230kExact same display resolution
Selfie screen Neither contains selfie screen

Panasonic FX700 vs Panasonic ZS5 Physical Comparison

If you are planning to carry around your camera frequently, you should consider its weight and measurements. The Panasonic FX700 has got exterior dimensions of 104mm x 56mm x 25mm (4.1" x 2.2" x 1.0") and a weight of 176 grams (0.39 lbs) while the Panasonic ZS5 has proportions of 103mm x 60mm x 32mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.3") having a weight of 214 grams (0.47 lbs).

See the Panasonic FX700 vs Panasonic ZS5 in our newest Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you have chosen at that moment. The following is a front view dimension comparison of the FX700 versus the ZS5.

Panasonic FX700 vs Panasonic ZS5 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability rating of the FX700 and ZS5 is 94 and 92 respectively.

Panasonic FX700 vs Panasonic ZS5 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FX700 vs Panasonic ZS5 Sensor Comparison

Often, its tough to visualize the difference in sensor sizes only by researching a spec sheet. The picture below should provide you a clearer sense of the sensor sizes in the FX700 and ZS5.

Clearly, each of the cameras provide the same sensor dimensions but different resolution. You can expect to see the Panasonic FX700 to render extra detail utilizing its extra 2MP. Greater resolution will make it easier to crop photos more aggressively.

Panasonic FX700 vs Panasonic ZS5 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FX700 vs Panasonic ZS5 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FX700 vs Panasonic ZS5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FX700 Portrait photography info
Panasonic ZS5 Portrait photography info
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focusing manually
decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
external flash not possible
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
27
comes with face detection autofocus
lack of manual focus
cannot use external flash
sensor resolution low (12MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Panasonic FX700
Street photography with Panasonic ZS5
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image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (214 grams)
screen does not articulate
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FX700 Sports photography information
Panasonic ZS5 Sports photography information
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image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (14MP)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
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image stabilization (Optical)
comes with tracking autofocus
low maximum shutter speed (1/1,300s)
max fps very slow (2.0 fps)
sensor resolution low (12MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FX700 Travel photography advice
Panasonic ZS5 Travel photography advice
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decent megapixels (14MP)
flash built-in
pretty wide (24mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.2)
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lighter than competition in class (214 grams)
flash built-in
relatively wide (25mm)
long reach (300mm)
does not have Timelapse mode
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
does not contain selfie friendly display
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FX700 as a Landscape photography camera
Panasonic ZS5 as a Landscape photography camera
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focusing manually
pretty wide (24mm)
decent sized screen (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (14MP)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.2)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
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relatively wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inches)
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
does not have Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FX700 Vlogging information
Panasonic ZS5 Vlogging information
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pretty wide (24mm)
touchscreen capability
image stabilization (Optical)
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.2)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
doesn't have external mic jack
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relatively wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection autofocus
lighter than competition in class (214 grams)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
does not contain selfie friendly display
low quality video (1280 x 720 resolution)
does not have external microphone port
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Panasonic FX700 vs Panasonic ZS5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FX700 and Panasonic ZS5
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5
General Information
Brand Panasonic Panasonic
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5
Alternate name - Lumix DMC-TZ8
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced 2010-07-21 2010-06-16
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Venus Engine FHD Venus Engine HD II
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 14MP 12MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4320 x 3240 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 6400 6400
Minimum native ISO 80 80
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points - 11
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 24-120mm (5.0x) 25-300mm (12.0x)
Max aperture f/2.2-5.9 f/3.3-4.9
Macro focusing range 3cm 3cm
Crop factor 5.9 5.9
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3 inch 2.7 inch
Resolution of display 230 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Min shutter speed 60 seconds 60 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/1300 seconds
Continuous shutter speed 10.0 frames/s 2.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 7.40 m 5.30 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
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 720 (30fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video format AVCHD 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
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 176g (0.39 lb) 214g (0.47 lb)
Physical dimensions 104 x 56 x 25mm (4.1" x 2.2" x 1.0") 103 x 60 x 32mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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 secs) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC card, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots Single Single
Price at release $399 $300