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Panasonic TS5 vs Samsung WB850F

Portability
91
Imaging
40
Features
43
Overall
41
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5 front
 
Samsung WB850F front
Portability
91
Imaging
39
Features
51
Overall
43

Panasonic TS5 vs Samsung WB850F Key Specs

Panasonic TS5
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-128mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 214g - 110 x 67 x 29mm
  • Released July 2013
  • Alternate Name is Lumix DMC-FT5
  • Older Model is Panasonic TS4
  • Replacement is Panasonic TS6
Samsung WB850F
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 23-483mm (F2.8-5.9) lens
  • 250g - 109 x 62 x 25mm
  • Released January 2012
Photography Glossary

Panasonic TS5 vs Samsung WB850F Overview

Its time to look a bit more closely at the Panasonic TS5 versus Samsung WB850F, former is a Waterproof while the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom by manufacturers Panasonic and Samsung. The resolution of the TS5 (16MP) and the WB850F (16MP) is relatively similar and both cameras have the same sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The TS5 was released 19 months after the WB850F which makes them a generation away from each other. The two cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before going into a thorough comparison, here is a concise highlight of how the TS5 grades versus the WB850F in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic TS5 over the Samsung WB850F

 TS5 WB850F 
ReleasedJuly 2013January 2012More modern by 19 months

Reasons to pick Samsung WB850F over the Panasonic TS5

 WB850F TS5 
Manual focus More precise focusing
Screen resolution614k460kClearer screen (+154k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic TS5 and Samsung WB850F

 TS5 WB850F 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen measurements
Selfie screen Neither provides selfie screen
Touch screen Absent Touch screen

Panasonic TS5 vs Samsung WB850F Physical Comparison

For those who are going to carry around your camera frequently, you'll have to take into account its weight and size. The Panasonic TS5 provides physical dimensions of 110mm x 67mm x 29mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.1") accompanied by a weight of 214 grams (0.47 lbs) whilst the Samsung WB850F has specifications of 109mm x 62mm x 25mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.0") accompanied by a weight of 250 grams (0.55 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you select during that time. Here is a front view size comparison of the TS5 and the WB850F.

Panasonic TS5 vs Samsung WB850F size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability score of the TS5 and WB850F is 91 and 91 respectively.

Panasonic TS5 vs Samsung WB850F top view buttons comparison

Panasonic TS5 vs Samsung WB850F Sensor Comparison

Usually, it can be hard to see the gap between sensor sizes merely by going over specifications. The pic underneath will help provide you a better sense of the sensor dimensions in the TS5 and WB850F.

To sum up, each of the cameras provide the same sensor dimensions and the exact same megapixels and you can expect similar quality of pictures though you will need to take the age of the products into consideration. The fresher TS5 will have an edge when it comes to sensor technology.

Panasonic TS5 vs Samsung WB850F sensor size comparison

Panasonic TS5 vs Samsung WB850F Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic TS5 vs Samsung WB850F Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic TS5 as a Portrait photography camera
Samsung WB850F as a Portrait photography camera
32
MP count good (16MP)
manual focus not available
external flash not possible
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
43
focusing manually
decent MP (16 megapixels)
offers face detection focus
external flash not possible
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Panasonic TS5 as a Street photography camera
Samsung WB850F as a Street photography camera
61
built in image stabilization (Optical)
environment proof
screen does not articulate
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
61
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than average (250 grams)
no articulating screen
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic TS5 Sports photography details
Samsung WB850F Sports photography details
47
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (16MP)
supports tracking autofocus
environment proof
great battery life (370 per charge)
low max shutter speed (1/1,300 seconds)
lack of shutter priority mode
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
52
great zoom range (23-483mm 21.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16MP)
offers tracking autofocus
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic TS5
Travel photography with Samsung WB850F
72
great battery life (370 shots)
environment proof
MP count good (16MP)
has built in flash
fairly wide (28mm)
does not contain selfie friendly display
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
69
lighter than average (250 grams)
decent MP (16MP)
has built in flash
rather wide (23mm)
great reach (483mm)
missing Timelapse mode
screen is not selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Panasonic TS5
Landscape photography with Samsung WB850F
52
fairly wide (28mm)
screen is a good size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
environment proof
great battery life (370 shots)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
49
focusing manually
rather wide (23mm)
screen is a decent size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
can't change lenses (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
missing Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Panasonic TS5
Vlogging with Samsung WB850F
32
fairly wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
does not contain selfie friendly display
lack of external microphone jack
34
rather wide (23mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detection focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than average (250 grams)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
screen is not selfie friendly
missing external microphone support
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Panasonic TS5 vs Samsung WB850F Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic TS5 and Samsung WB850F
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5Samsung WB850F
General Information
Brand Name Panasonic Samsung
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5 Samsung WB850F
Also referred to as Lumix DMC-FT5 -
Category Waterproof Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2013-07-12 2012-01-09
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 6400 3200
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points 23 -
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-128mm (4.6x) 23-483mm (21.0x)
Highest aperture f/3.3-5.9 f/2.8-5.9
Macro focusing distance 5cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 5.8
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 460k dots 614k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Screen tech TFT LCD AMOLED display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60 seconds 8 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/1300 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 10.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 5.60 m 3.50 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 480fps (176 x 128), 240fps (384 x 288)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, H.264
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 BuiltIn BuiltIn
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 214 gr (0.47 lbs) 250 gr (0.55 lbs)
Physical dimensions 110 x 67 x 29mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.1") 109 x 62 x 25mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.0")
DXO scores
DXO All around 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 370 pictures -
Battery style Battery Pack -
Battery ID DMW-BCM13 SLB-10A
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Double)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots One One
Launch price $350 $599