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Panasonic FZ28 vs Panasonic S1

Portability
72
Imaging
33
Features
30
Overall
31
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1 front
Portability
96
Imaging
35
Features
21
Overall
29

Panasonic FZ28 vs Panasonic S1 Key Specs

Panasonic FZ28
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 27-486mm (F2.8-4.4) lens
  • 417g - 118 x 75 x 89mm
  • Introduced January 2009
Panasonic S1
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-112mm (F3.1-5.6) lens
  • 117g - 99 x 59 x 21mm
  • Launched January 2011
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Panasonic FZ28 vs Panasonic S1 Overview

Let's examine more in depth at the Panasonic FZ28 and Panasonic S1, former is a Small Sensor Superzoom while the other is a Small Sensor Compact and both of them are designed by Panasonic. The resolution of the FZ28 (10MP) and the S1 (12MP) is very close and they use the same exact sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The FZ28 was unveiled 24 months before the S1 making the cameras a generation away from one another. Each of these cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before getting through a in depth comparison, below is a simple synopsis of how the FZ28 grades versus the S1 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FZ28 over the Panasonic S1

 FZ28 S1 
Manually focus Very precise focus

Reasons to pick Panasonic S1 over the Panasonic FZ28

 S1 FZ28 
LaunchedJanuary 2011January 2009Newer by 24 months

Common features in the Panasonic FZ28 and Panasonic S1

 FZ28 S1 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display sizing2.7"2.7"Equivalent display measurements
Display resolution230k230kThe same display resolution
Selfie screen Neither provides selfie screen
Touch friendly display Neither provides Touch friendly display

Panasonic FZ28 vs Panasonic S1 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is planning to travel with your camera frequently, you will want to think about its weight and measurements. The Panasonic FZ28 provides physical measurements of 118mm x 75mm x 89mm (4.6" x 3.0" x 3.5") and a weight of 417 grams (0.92 lbs) while the Panasonic S1 has proportions of 99mm x 59mm x 21mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.8") and a weight of 117 grams (0.26 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you have chosen at that moment. Underneath is the front view overall size comparison of the FZ28 versus the S1.

Panasonic FZ28 vs Panasonic S1 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability score of the FZ28 and S1 is 72 and 96 respectively.

Panasonic FZ28 vs Panasonic S1 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FZ28 vs Panasonic S1 Sensor Comparison

Normally, its hard to envision the difference in sensor dimensions simply by researching specs. The pic here should give you a stronger sense of the sensor measurements in the FZ28 and S1.

All in all, each of the cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing but not the same resolution. You can expect to see the Panasonic S1 to render more detail having an extra 2 Megapixels. Greater resolution will allow you to crop images a little more aggressively. The more aged FZ28 will be disadvantaged with regard to sensor technology.

Panasonic FZ28 vs Panasonic S1 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FZ28 vs Panasonic S1 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FZ28 vs Panasonic S1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Panasonic FZ28
Portrait photography with Panasonic S1
35
has manual focus
delivers RAW formats
external flash not possible
MP count low (10 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
21
lack of manual focus
lack of manual exposure
can't use external flash
low MP (12MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FZ28 Street photography details
Panasonic S1 Street photography details
56
built in image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW formats
fixed screen
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
63
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than average (117 grams)
screen is fixed
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FZ28 Sports photography advice
Panasonic S1 Sports photography advice
33
incredible zoom range (27-486mm 18.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
very slow continuous shooting (3.0 fps)
MP count low (10MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus
27
has image stabilization (Optical)
no shutter priority mode
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FZ28 Travel photography information
Panasonic S1 Travel photography information
52
built-in flash
fairly wide (27mm)
long reach (486mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
MP count low (10 megapixels)
display is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
62
lighter than average (117g)
flash built-in
fairly wide (28mm)
no Time Lapse recording
low MP (12 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FZ28 Landscape photography highlights
Panasonic S1 Landscape photography highlights
40
has manual focus
fairly wide (27mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW formats
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
screen is small (2.7 inches)
MP count low (10MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
32
fairly wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
small screen (2.7 inches)
lack of manual exposure
low MP (12MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
no Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FZ28 Vlogging advice
Panasonic S1 Vlogging advice
24
fairly wide (27mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
display is not selfie friendly
low quality video (1280 x 720 resolution)
doesn't have external mic jack
31
fairly wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than average (117g)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
display isn't selfie friendly
low quality video (1280 x 720 pixels)
no mic jack
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Panasonic FZ28 vs Panasonic S1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FZ28 and Panasonic S1
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1
General Information
Make Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28 Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Compact
Introduced 2009-01-15 2011-01-05
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip - Venus Engine IV
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixels 12 megapixels
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 6400 6400
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW data
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points - 11
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 27-486mm (18.0x) 28-112mm (4.0x)
Largest aperture f/2.8-4.4 f/3.1-5.6
Macro focus distance 1cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 5.9
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 2.7 inches 2.7 inches
Resolution of display 230 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Display technology - TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Features
Min shutter speed 60s 8s
Max shutter speed 1/2000s 1/1600s
Continuous shutter speed 3.0 frames/s -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 8.50 m (Auto ISO) 3.30 m
Flash options Auto, Red-Eye Auto, On, Red-Eye On, Red-Eye Slow Sync, Off, Slow Sync (1&2) Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps, 848 x 480, 640 x 480, 320 x 240 @ 30fps, 320 x 240 @ 10fps 1280 x 720 (30fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video file format - Motion JPEG
Mic input
Headphone input
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 seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 417 grams (0.92 pounds) 117 grams (0.26 pounds)
Dimensions 118 x 75 x 89mm (4.6" x 3.0" x 3.5") 99 x 59 x 21mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.8")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 27 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 17.9 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 10.1 not tested
DXO Low light score 79 not tested
Other
Battery life - 240 images
Type of battery - Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots One One
Cost at release $599 $269