Panasonic S2 summary
Panasonic S2 is Panasonic's Small Sensor Compact digital camera initially revealed on January of 2012. The camera features a 14MP, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a full resolution of 4320 x 3240.
The S2 is ranked #108 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and over-all #958 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our list. Please try out our Smart camera filter to get camera rankings based on your personalized requirements.
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Panasonic S2 history
The Panasonic S2 is part of a family of products. You can see the detailed list underneath.
Panasonic S2 Gallery
You can look at the S2 from several angles in the gallery below.
Panasonic S2 Pros and Cons
Here is a collection of pros and cons of the Panasonic S2 based on criterias which are oftentimes regarded as necessary in a digital camera.
Panasonic S2 Sensor features
The sensor measurement on the Panasonic S2 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can capture 4320 x 3240 pixels using aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is superior than digital stabilization since the latter may cause cropping.Sony Japan Introduces 5G Transmitter for Alpha Cameras
The CCD sensor boasts 14MP and includes a standard ISO range of 100 to 6400. Unfortunately, RAW format is not saved so you have less margin for error.
The graphic underneath displays the S2's sensor size when compared to other popular sizes. The S2 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.9 and is presented in green.European Users Can Now Disconnect Accounts to Comply with EU Regulations
To get an understanding of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.
Panasonic S2 dimensions
Panasonic S2 has a weight of 0.25 pounds (112g or 3.95 ounces) and features exterior proportions of 98mm x 57mm x 21mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.8"). The weight of average Small Sensor Compact camera is 174g and the Panasonic S2 is less heavy as compared with other competitors.OM System OM-1 Set to Enhance Autofocus
Here is a picture of the Panasonic S2 beside a softdrink to help you to have a feel for its size.
The top view underneath will show the button design on the S2.
Panasonic S2 Lens features
The S2 includes an inbuilt lens having a focal range of 28-112mm giving it a 4.0 x zoom which might not be very good however it will probably be convenient in some conditions.
At it's widest 28mm, it offers an aperture of f3.1 and that's fairly sluggish and not great in low light circumstances and you may find it hard to capture a shallow depth of field. You could also need to increase your ISO which causes noisy photos. With the long end, 112mm comes to f6.5 making it fairly sluggish and you will have to go with slower shutter speeds.
Panasonic S2 Connectivity
The S2 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
Digital cameras which include NFC or Bluetooth compatibility can easily be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You are able to send files and in some cases alter settings without connecting physically with the camera.
Certain apps also give a Liveview and release the shutter when you are not close to the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI out, it could be connected to an external screen. Many cameras enable you to charge the battery pack using the USB port.
Panasonic S2 Video features
The highest possible video quality on the Panasonic S2 is 1280 x 720 and it can record in Motion JPEG file format. 720p is terrible by today's requirements. You should really aim for at least 1080p quality for decent video. The body does not offer a mic or headphone port so you have absolutely no control over your audio. It is probably best to have a look at an alternative model should you require good audio in your videos.
Panasonic S2 Weather Sealing
There is no environment proofing on the Panasonic S2 so you have to be careful in wet and dusty conditions.
Panasonic S2 Screen and Viewfinder
The Panasonic S2 features a 2.7" fixed screen having a resolution of 230k dots.
Please be aware that the screen offers no touch support.Sony Japan Introduces 5G Transmitter for Alpha Cameras
The ViewFinder specifications regarding Panasonic S2 are the following:
- ViewFinder None
In those sunny outdoor conditions that make the camera displays washed out and tricky to view, viewfinders can be particularly useful.
Panasonic S2 Shutter features
Panasonic S2 can shoot continuously at 2.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/1600 sec.
Panasonic S2 Flash and Hot shoe features
Panasonic S2 includes just built in flash with missing external flash support.
Panasonic S2 Autofocus features
Panasonic S2 includes only Contrast Detect AF and does not have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is more snappier and accurate as compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera features Face detection which makes it useful for people photography.
The Sensor features 23 focus points to select from. Panasonic S2 doesn't have manual focus. Manual focus can be good in low light occasions or you need more exact focusing control.
Panasonic S2 Battery life
The battery life on the Panasonic S2 is designed to last for 280 photographs as per the CIPA benchmarks which is higher than average ın comparison with its class. The average Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 features the best (470) battery life in this class of cameras.
Here is a list of Small Sensor Compact cameras which have the highest battery life:
Panasonic S2 for specific categories of photography
The following graph displays a outline of the Panasonic S2 for specific categories of photography. To view more, check out the specific section underneath.
Panasonic S2 Portrait photography information
The Panasonic S2 gets a score of 34 which is horrible, and means the camera is not acceptable for portrait photography. Taking portraits favors greatly towards sensor dimensions, RAW support plus the potential to use external lighting.
Panasonic S2 Street photography info
Coming in at a above average points tally of 63, the Panasonic S2 is a good pick to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera features a good balance of picture quality and portability.
Sports photography with Panasonic S2
A horrible sports photography score of 40 means the Panasonic S2 is not acceptable for taking photos of sports. A camera needs great focusing and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.
Panasonic S2 Travel photography information
Size is very crucial when getting a camera for travel. In general, the Panasonic S2 gets a nice 71 as a travel camera which is a fine pick to take on your trips.
Panasonic S2 as a Landscape photography camera
If you're looking to purchase a camera for landscape photos, the most vital aspect will be image quality. The Panasonic S2 at it's horrible rating of 41 as a landscape camera is not acceptable in the current market.
Panasonic S2 Vlogging info
A camera for vlogging preferably should posses a articulating display screen, microphone input and if possible IBIS. Taking everything in to account, the Panasonic S2 is not acceptable as a vlog camera as it delivers a horrible score of 33.
Panasonic S2 Alternatives
If you want replacements to the S2, below is a range of the highest ranked cameras that fall within the category of Small Sensor Compact.
The diagram underneath offers you an overview of the S2 compared to it's top scoring rivals shown earlier.
Following are several cameras you may take a look at as alternatives. To read a complete comparison, just click on the "compare" link.