Panasonic FZ2500 vs Panasonic TS2

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500 front
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2 front

Panasonic FZ2500 vs Panasonic TS2 Key Specs

Panasonic FZ2500
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 125 - 12800 (Increase to 25600)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 4096 x 2160 video
  • 24-480mm (F2.8-4.5) lens
  • 915g - 138 x 102 x 135mm
  • Launched September 2016
  • Other Name is Lumix DMC-FZ2000
  • Replaced the Panasonic FZ1000
Panasonic TS2
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-128mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 188g - 99 x 63 x 24mm
  • Released January 2010
  • Alternative Name is Lumix DMC-FT2
  • Succeeded the Panasonic TS1
  • Refreshed by Panasonic TS3
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Panasonic FZ2500 vs Panasonic TS2 Overview

Let's examine more in depth at the Panasonic FZ2500 and Panasonic TS2, one being a Large Sensor Superzoom and the other is a Waterproof and both are built by Panasonic. There is a sizeable difference among the resolutions of the FZ2500 (20MP) and TS2 (14MP) and the FZ2500 (1") and TS2 (1/2.3") use totally different sensor dimensions.

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The FZ2500 was announced 6 years later than the TS2 and that is a fairly large gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Each of the cameras come with different body type with the Panasonic FZ2500 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Panasonic TS2 being a Compact camera.

Before diving straight into a in depth comparison, below is a quick overview of how the FZ2500 scores vs the TS2 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FZ2500 over the Panasonic TS2

 FZ2500 TS2 
ReleasedSeptember 2016January 2010Fresher by 81 months
Manual focus More exact focus
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display dimension3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution1040k230kClearer display (+810k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Panasonic TS2 over the Panasonic FZ2500

 TS2 FZ2500 

Common features in the Panasonic FZ2500 and Panasonic TS2

 FZ2500 TS2 

Panasonic FZ2500 vs Panasonic TS2 Physical Comparison

If you're going to carry your camera often, you have to take into account its weight and dimensions. The Panasonic FZ2500 comes with external dimensions of 138mm x 102mm x 135mm (5.4" x 4.0" x 5.3") accompanied by a weight of 915 grams (2.02 lbs) while the Panasonic TS2 has dimensions of 99mm x 63mm x 24mm (3.9" x 2.5" x 0.9") along with a weight of 188 grams (0.41 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you are using at the time. Here is the front view overall size comparison of the FZ2500 against the TS2.

Panasonic FZ2500 vs Panasonic TS2 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability rating of the FZ2500 and TS2 is 53 and 93 respectively.

Panasonic FZ2500 vs Panasonic TS2 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FZ2500 vs Panasonic TS2 Sensor Comparison

Often, its difficult to see the contrast in sensor sizing purely by seeing specs. The visual below will provide you a better sense of the sensor sizes in the FZ2500 and TS2.

All in all, each of the cameras have got different megapixels and different sensor sizing. The FZ2500 with its larger sensor will make shooting shallower depth of field simpler and the Panasonic FZ2500 will show greater detail with its extra 6MP. Greater resolution will also enable you to crop photos much more aggressively. The more modern FZ2500 is going to have a benefit when it comes to sensor innovation.

Panasonic FZ2500 vs Panasonic TS2 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FZ2500 vs Panasonic TS2 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FZ2500 vs Panasonic TS2 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FZ2500 Portrait photography features
Panasonic TS2 Portrait photography features
has manual focus
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
sensor size is good (1")
supports face detection focusing
exports RAW formats
megapixel count decent (14 megapixels)
manual focus not available
manual mode not possible
external flash not possible
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FZ2500 Street photography advice
Panasonic TS2 Street photography advice
screen articulates
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is good (1")
exports RAW formats
includes focus by touch
image stabilization (Optical)
weather sealing
no moving screen
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FZ2500 as a Sports photography camera
Panasonic TS2 as a Sports photography camera
excellent zoom range (24-480mm 20.0 x zoom)
quiet mode (1/16,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (20MP)
sensor size is good (1")
supports tracking autofocus
lack of phase detect AF
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (14 megapixels)
has tracking focus
weather sealing
max shutter speed is low (1/1,300 seconds)
low fps (2.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic FZ2500
Travel photography with Panasonic TS2
includes focus by touch
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
flash built-in
screen is selfie friendly
fairly wide (24mm)
long reach (480mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
weather sealing
megapixel count decent (14 megapixels)
built-in flash
rather wide (28mm)
no Time Lapse function
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FZ2500 Landscape photography factors
Panasonic TS2 Landscape photography factors
has manual focus
fairly wide (24mm)
nice screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
sensor size is good (1")
exports RAW formats
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
rather wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (14MP)
weather sealing
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
small screen (2.7 inch)
manual mode not possible
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
no Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Panasonic FZ2500
Vlogging with Panasonic TS2
fairly wide (24mm)
screen is selfie friendly
touchscreen enabled
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detection focusing
high quality video (4096 x 2160 pixels)
has external mic socket
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
rather wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pxls)
no mic socket
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Panasonic FZ2500 vs Panasonic TS2 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FZ2500 and Panasonic TS2
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2
General Information
Brand Name Panasonic Panasonic
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500 Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2
Also called Lumix DMC-FZ2000 Lumix DMC-FT2
Type Large Sensor Superzoom Waterproof
Launched 2016-09-19 2010-01-26
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Venus Engine Venus Engine HD II
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 13.2 x 8.8mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 116.2mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixels 14 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 5472 x 3648 4320 x 3240
Max native ISO 12800 6400
Max boosted ISO 25600 -
Min native ISO 125 80
RAW format
Min boosted ISO 80 -
Manual focusing
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points 49 11
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 24-480mm (20.0x) 28-128mm (4.6x)
Largest aperture f/2.8-4.5 f/3.3-5.9
Macro focusing range 3cm 5cm
Crop factor 2.7 5.9
Type of screen Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inch 2.7 inch
Screen resolution 1,040k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 2,360k dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.74x -
Slowest shutter speed 60 secs 60 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/1300 secs
Maximum silent shutter speed 1/16000 secs -
Continuous shooting rate 12.0fps 2.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 13.20 m (at Auto ISO) 5.10 m
Flash settings Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 4096 x 2060 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 4096x2160 1280x720
Video data format MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264 AVCHD Lite
Mic port
Headphone port
Wireless Built-In None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 915 grams (2.02 lb) 188 grams (0.41 lb)
Dimensions 138 x 102 x 135mm (5.4" x 4.0" x 5.3") 99 x 63 x 24mm (3.9" x 2.5" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 70 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 23.0 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 12.6 not tested
DXO Low light rating 538 not tested
Battery life 350 shots -
Form of battery Battery Pack -
Battery ID DMW-BLC12 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, 3 shots @ 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots One One
Pricing at launch $998 $350