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Panasonic SZ10 vs Panasonic SZ5

Portability
93
Imaging
41
Features
34
Overall
38
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5 front
Portability
95
Imaging
38
Features
34
Overall
36

Panasonic SZ10 vs Panasonic SZ5 Key Specs

Panasonic SZ10
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600 (Bump to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-288mm (F3.1-6.3) lens
  • 177g - 99 x 60 x 30mm
  • Launched January 2015
Panasonic SZ5
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600 (Raise to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-250mm (F3.1-5.9) lens
  • 136g - 104 x 58 x 21mm
  • Revealed July 2012
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Panasonic SZ10 vs Panasonic SZ5 Overview

Let's look a little more in depth at the Panasonic SZ10 versus Panasonic SZ5, one is a Small Sensor Superzoom and the other is a Small Sensor Compact and they are both built by Panasonic. The sensor resolution of the SZ10 (16MP) and the SZ5 (14MP) is very close and both cameras have the identical sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The SZ10 was released 2 years after the SZ5 which is a fairly sizable gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Both of the cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before going into a full comparison, here is a quick introduction of how the SZ10 scores versus the SZ5 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic SZ10 over the Panasonic SZ5

 SZ10 SZ5 
RevealedJanuary 2015July 2012More modern by 31 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display resolution460k230kCrisper display (+230k dot)

Reasons to pick Panasonic SZ5 over the Panasonic SZ10

 SZ5 SZ10 

Common features in the Panasonic SZ10 and Panasonic SZ5

 SZ10 SZ5 
Manual focus No manual focus
Display size3"3"Same display measurement
Selfie screen Neither contains selfie screen
Touch display Neither contains Touch display

Panasonic SZ10 vs Panasonic SZ5 Physical Comparison

If you're looking to carry around your camera regularly, you are going to need to think about its weight and dimensions. The Panasonic SZ10 has got external dimensions of 99mm x 60mm x 30mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 1.2") along with a weight of 177 grams (0.39 lbs) while the Panasonic SZ5 has dimensions of 104mm x 58mm x 21mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 0.8") along with a weight of 136 grams (0.30 lbs).

Take a look at the Panasonic SZ10 versus Panasonic SZ5 in the all new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you select at that time. The following is a front view sizing comparison of the SZ10 versus the SZ5.

Panasonic SZ10 vs Panasonic SZ5 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability score of the SZ10 and SZ5 is 93 and 95 respectively.

Panasonic SZ10 vs Panasonic SZ5 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic SZ10 vs Panasonic SZ5 Sensor Comparison

Often, it is tough to see the gap in sensor sizes merely by researching specifications. The picture below may provide you a stronger sense of the sensor sizes in the SZ10 and SZ5.

Plainly, both the cameras feature the identical sensor size but not the same MP. You should expect to see the Panasonic SZ10 to render greater detail as a result of its extra 2MP. Greater resolution will also allow you to crop pics way more aggressively. The more modern SZ10 is going to have a benefit with regard to sensor innovation.

Panasonic SZ10 vs Panasonic SZ5 sensor size comparison

Panasonic SZ10 vs Panasonic SZ5 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic SZ10 vs Panasonic SZ5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic SZ10 Portrait photography highlights
Panasonic SZ5 Portrait photography highlights
36
MP count good (16MP)
includes face detection focus
manual focus not available
no manual exposure
no external flash support
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
34
good resolution (14 megapixels)
provides face detection focusing
focusing manually not possible
manual exposure not possible
cannot use external flash
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic SZ10 as a Street photography camera
Panasonic SZ5 as a Street photography camera
70
screen tilts
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than average (177g)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
63
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors in class (136g)
no moving screen
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Panasonic SZ10
Sports photography with Panasonic SZ5
34
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (16MP)
low frames per second (1.4 fps)
no shutter priority
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
bad battery (200 shots)
has no phase detect auto focus
40
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (14MP)
provides tracking autofocus
max fps low (2.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic SZ10 Travel photography factors
Panasonic SZ5 Travel photography factors
67
lighter than average (177g)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
decently wide (24mm)
long zoom (288mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
bad battery (200 shots)
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)
70
lighter than competitors in class (136g)
good resolution (14 megapixels)
built-in flash
decently wide (25mm)
very long zoom (250mm)
lack of Timelapse function
does not posses selfie friendly display
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic SZ10 Landscape photography factors
Panasonic SZ5 Landscape photography factors
42
decently wide (24mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)
no manual exposure
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
bad battery (200 shots)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
42
decently wide (25mm)
screen is a good size (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (14 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
manual exposure not possible
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
lack of Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic SZ10 Vlogging features
Panasonic SZ5 Vlogging features
32
decently wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection focus
lighter than average (177g)
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)
display isn't selfie friendly
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pixels)
doesn't have external mic jack
32
decently wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detection focusing
lighter than competitors in class (136g)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
does not posses selfie friendly display
low video resolution (1280 x 720 resolution)
lack of external microphone support
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Panasonic SZ10 vs Panasonic SZ5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic SZ10 and Panasonic SZ5
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5
General Information
Company Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10 Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Compact
Launched 2015-01-06 2012-07-18
Physical type 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 area 27.7mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 14 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4608 x 3456 4320 x 3240
Maximum native ISO 1600 1600
Maximum enhanced ISO 6400 6400
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points 9 23
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 24-288mm (12.0x) 25-250mm (10.0x)
Largest aperture f/3.1-6.3 f/3.1-5.9
Macro focus distance - 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 5.9
Screen
Display type Tilting Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 460k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Display tech - TFT Screen LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Min shutter speed 8 seconds 8 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/1600 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 1.4 frames per second 2.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 5.20 m 5.60 m
Flash options Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, on, slow sync w/redeye, off Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync
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 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p), 320 x 240 (30p) 1280 x 720p ( 30,25 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video data format Motion JPEG MPEG-4
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 177 grams (0.39 lb) 136 grams (0.30 lb)
Physical dimensions 99 x 60 x 30mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 1.2") 104 x 58 x 21mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 0.8")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 200 shots 250 shots
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 secs)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Pricing at release $200 $195