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Panasonic FZ28 vs Panasonic LX100

Portability
72
Imaging
33
Features
30
Overall
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 front
Portability
83
Imaging
51
Features
73
Overall
59

Panasonic FZ28 vs Panasonic LX100 Key Specs

Panasonic FZ28
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 27-486mm (F2.8-4.4) lens
  • 417g - 118 x 75 x 89mm
  • Revealed January 2009
Panasonic LX100
(Full Review)
  • 13MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-75mm (F1.7-2.8) lens
  • 393g - 115 x 66 x 55mm
  • Released September 2014
  • New Model is Panasonic LX100 II
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Panasonic FZ28 vs Panasonic LX100 Overview

Its time to look a bit more in depth at the Panasonic FZ28 and Panasonic LX100, former is a Small Sensor Superzoom while the latter is a Large Sensor Compact and they are both sold by Panasonic. There exists a considerable gap among the sensor resolutions of the FZ28 (10MP) and LX100 (13MP) and the FZ28 (1/2.3") and LX100 (Four Thirds) provide different sensor size.

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The FZ28 was announced 6 years earlier than the LX100 which is a fairly large difference as far as camera technology is concerned. The two cameras feature different body design with the Panasonic FZ28 being a Compact camera and the Panasonic LX100 being a Large Sensor Compact camera.

Before getting right into a complete comparison, here is a simple synopsis of how the FZ28 matches up against the LX100 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FZ28 over the Panasonic LX100

 FZ28 LX100 

Reasons to pick Panasonic LX100 over the Panasonic FZ28

 LX100 FZ28 
ReleasedSeptember 2014January 2009Newer by 68 months
Screen size3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution921k230kClearer screen (+691k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic FZ28 and Panasonic LX100

 FZ28 LX100 
Manual focus More exact focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Missing Touch friendly screen

Panasonic FZ28 vs Panasonic LX100 Physical Comparison

For those who are planning to travel with your camera frequently, you are going to need to take into account its weight and size. The Panasonic FZ28 offers outside dimensions of 118mm x 75mm x 89mm (4.6" x 3.0" x 3.5") along with a weight of 417 grams (0.92 lbs) and the Panasonic LX100 has specifications of 115mm x 66mm x 55mm (4.5" x 2.6" x 2.2") accompanied by a weight of 393 grams (0.87 lbs).

Examine the Panasonic FZ28 and Panasonic LX100 in our completely new Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you have attached at the time. Below is a front view scale comparison of the FZ28 against the LX100.

Panasonic FZ28 vs Panasonic LX100 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the FZ28 and LX100 is 72 and 83 respectively.

Panasonic FZ28 vs Panasonic LX100 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FZ28 vs Panasonic LX100 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it is very difficult to imagine the contrast in sensor dimensions only by seeing specs. The image below will offer you a clearer sense of the sensor dimensions in the FZ28 and LX100.

All in all, both the cameras feature different resolutions and different sensor dimensions. The FZ28 using its smaller sensor is going to make achieving shallower depth of field more challenging and the Panasonic LX100 will produce greater detail with its extra 3MP. Higher resolution will make it easier to crop pictures way more aggressively. The more aged FZ28 will be behind in sensor tech.

Panasonic FZ28 vs Panasonic LX100 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FZ28 vs Panasonic LX100 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FZ28 vs Panasonic LX100 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FZ28 as a Portrait photography camera
Panasonic LX100 as a Portrait photography camera
35
manual focus
saves RAW formats
external flash not possible
low megapixels (10MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
70
manual focus
MP count decent (13MP)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
provides face detect autofocus
saves RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Panasonic FZ28
Street photography with Panasonic LX100
56
image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW formats
screen does not articulate
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
76
image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
has touch to focus
very good ISO range (25,600)
no articulating screen
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Panasonic FZ28
Sports photography with Panasonic LX100
33
long zoom range (27-486mm 18.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames/s)
low megapixels (10MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no phase detect AF
67
silent shutter (1/16,000s)
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (13MP)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
provides tracking focus
has no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FZ28 Travel photography features
Panasonic LX100 Travel photography features
52
has built in flash
really wide (27mm)
long reach (486mm)
no Time Lapse function
low megapixels (10MP)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
75
has touch to focus
MP count decent (13 megapixels)
really wide (24mm)
very good maximum aperture (f1.7)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FZ28 Landscape photography highlights
Panasonic LX100 Landscape photography highlights
40
manual focus
really wide (27mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW formats
can't change lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
tiny screen (2.7")
low megapixels (10MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no Time Lapse function
73
manual focus
really wide (24mm)
very good maximum aperture (f1.7)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (13MP)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
very good ISO range (25,600)
saves RAW formats
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FZ28 as a Vlogging camera
Panasonic LX100 as a Vlogging camera
24
really wide (27mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
video resolution low (1280 x 720 resolution)
no external mic jack
35
really wide (24mm)
very good maximum aperture (f1.7)
image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detect autofocus
good video quality (3840 x 2160 resolution)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
does not have mic port
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Panasonic FZ28 vs Panasonic LX100 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FZ28 and Panasonic LX100
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Panasonic
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Large Sensor Compact
Revealed 2009-01-15 2014-09-15
Body design Compact Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Processor - Venus Engine
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixels 13 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 3648 x 2736 4112 x 3088
Highest native ISO 6400 25600
Minimum native ISO 100 200
RAW format
Minimum boosted ISO - 100
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points - 49
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 27-486mm (18.0x) 24-75mm (3.1x)
Max aperture f/2.8-4.4 f/1.7-2.8
Macro focusing range 1cm 3cm
Crop factor 5.9 2.1
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 2.7 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 230 thousand dot 921 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,764 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.7x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60s 60s
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000s 1/4000s
Maximum silent shutter speed - 1/16000s
Continuous shooting speed 3.0fps 11.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 8.50 m (Auto ISO) 7.00 m (with included external flash at ISO 100)
Flash modes Auto, Red-Eye Auto, On, Red-Eye On, Red-Eye Slow Sync, Off, Slow Sync (1&2) Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, on, on w/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reduction, off
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps, 848 x 480, 640 x 480, 320 x 240 @ 30fps, 320 x 240 @ 10fps 3840 x 2160 (30p, 24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480
Highest video resolution 1280x720 3840x2160
Video file format - MPEG-4, AVCHD
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 proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 417 gr (0.92 pounds) 393 gr (0.87 pounds)
Physical dimensions 118 x 75 x 89mm (4.6" x 3.0" x 3.5") 115 x 66 x 55mm (4.5" x 2.6" x 2.2")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 27 67
DXO Color Depth rating 17.9 22.3
DXO Dynamic range rating 10.1 12.5
DXO Low light rating 79 553
Other
Battery life - 300 photographs
Type of battery - Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I)
Storage slots 1 1
Price at launch $599 $800