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Panasonic S2 vs Panasonic SZ5

Portability
96
Imaging
38
Features
29
Overall
34
Panasonic Lumix DMC-S2 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5 front
Portability
95
Imaging
38
Features
34
Overall
36

Panasonic S2 vs Panasonic SZ5 Key Specs

Panasonic S2
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-112mm (F3.1-6.5) lens
  • 112g - 98 x 57 x 21mm
  • Announced January 2012
Panasonic SZ5
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600 (Expand to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-250mm (F3.1-5.9) lens
  • 136g - 104 x 58 x 21mm
  • Released July 2012
Photography Glossary

Panasonic S2 vs Panasonic SZ5 Overview

Here is a comprehensive comparison of the Panasonic S2 and Panasonic SZ5, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras and they are both created by Panasonic. The sensor resolution of the S2 (14MP) and the SZ5 (14MP) is relatively similar and they come with the same exact sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The S2 was released 6 months before the SZ5 so they are both of a similar generation. Each of the cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before diving in to a more detailed comparison, below is a simple view of how the S2 matches up against the SZ5 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic S2 over the Panasonic SZ5

 S2 SZ5 

Reasons to pick Panasonic SZ5 over the Panasonic S2

 SZ5 S2 
Screen sizing3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")

Common features in the Panasonic S2 and Panasonic SZ5

 S2 SZ5 
ReleasedJanuary 2012July 2012Similar generation
Manual focus Lack of manual focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen resolution230k230kIdentical screen resolution
Selfie screen Neither contains selfie screen
Touch screen Missing Touch screen

Panasonic S2 vs Panasonic SZ5 Physical Comparison

If you're going to carry your camera, you need to think about its weight and measurements. The Panasonic S2 has got physical dimensions of 98mm x 57mm x 21mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.8") along with a weight of 112 grams (0.25 lbs) whilst the Panasonic SZ5 has proportions of 104mm x 58mm x 21mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 0.8") accompanied by a weight of 136 grams (0.30 lbs).

Compare the Panasonic S2 and Panasonic SZ5 in the all new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you are utilising during that time. The following is the front view measurements comparison of the S2 against the SZ5.

Panasonic S2 vs Panasonic SZ5 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability score of the S2 and SZ5 is 96 and 95 respectively.

Panasonic S2 vs Panasonic SZ5 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic S2 vs Panasonic SZ5 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it can be tough to visualize the difference between sensor sizing purely by going over technical specs. The visual below will provide you a more clear sense of the sensor sizes in the S2 and SZ5.

As you have seen, the two cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing and the identical MP so you should expect similar quality of pictures though you should always take the production date of the products into consideration.

Panasonic S2 vs Panasonic SZ5 sensor size comparison

Panasonic S2 vs Panasonic SZ5 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic S2 vs Panasonic SZ5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic S2 Portrait photography details
Panasonic SZ5 Portrait photography details
34
decent MP (14 megapixels)
features face detection autofocus
no manual focus
no manual mode
no external flash support
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
34
megapixel count good (14MP)
supports face detect autofocus
no manual focus
no manual control
can't use external flash
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic S2 Street photography details
Panasonic SZ5 Street photography details
63
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors in class (112g)
screen does not articulate
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
63
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (136g)
fixed screen
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic S2 Sports photography highlights
Panasonic SZ5 Sports photography highlights
40
image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (14 megapixels)
better than average battery pack (280 shots)
low fps (2.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus
40
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (14 megapixels)
supports tracking focus
painfully slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic S2 as a Travel photography camera
Panasonic SZ5 as a Travel photography camera
71
better than average battery pack (280 per charge)
lighter than competitors in class (112 grams)
decent MP (14MP)
flash built-in
really wide (28mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
70
lighter than competition (136 grams)
megapixel count good (14MP)
built-in flash
quite wide (25mm)
great reach (250mm)
missing Timelapse mode
does not feature selfie friendly display
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic S2 Landscape photography advice
Panasonic SZ5 Landscape photography advice
41
really wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (14MP)
better than average battery pack (280 per charge)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
tiny screen (2.7 inches)
no manual mode
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
42
quite wide (25mm)
good sized screen (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (14 megapixels)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
no manual control
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
missing Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic S2 as a Vlogging camera
Panasonic SZ5 as a Vlogging camera
33
really wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
features face detection autofocus
lighter than competitors in class (112 grams)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
screen isn't selfie friendly
low quality video (1280 x 720 pxls)
doesn't have external mic port
32
quite wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect autofocus
lighter than competition (136 grams)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
does not feature selfie friendly display
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pixels)
missing microphone port
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Panasonic S2 vs Panasonic SZ5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic S2 and Panasonic SZ5
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-S2Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5
General Information
Brand Name Panasonic Panasonic
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-S2 Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2012-01-09 2012-07-18
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 14MP 14MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 4320 x 3240 4320 x 3240
Max native ISO 6400 1600
Max enhanced ISO - 6400
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points 23 23
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-112mm (4.0x) 25-250mm (10.0x)
Maximum aperture f/3.1-6.5 f/3.1-5.9
Macro focusing distance 5cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 5.9
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 2.7" 3"
Display resolution 230 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Display tech TFT Color LCD TFT Screen LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Min shutter speed 8 secs 8 secs
Max shutter speed 1/1600 secs 1/1600 secs
Continuous shutter speed 2.0fps 2.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 3.30 m 5.60 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1280 x 720p ( 30,25 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video file format Motion JPEG MPEG-4
Microphone 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
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 112 gr (0.25 pounds) 136 gr (0.30 pounds)
Dimensions 98 x 57 x 21mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.8") 104 x 58 x 21mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 0.8")
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
Battery life 280 images 250 images
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 secs)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots Single Single
Price at release $109 $195