Canon S80 vs. Panasonic DMC-FZ5?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by joe.weinstein, Oct 7, 2005.

  1. I see that the FZ5 would be more ergonomic when shooting,
    and the S80 would be more ergonomic when not shooting.
    (It seems truly pocketable).
    The FZ5 has image stabilizaton. The S80 has more
    pixels, has a real view-finder, and a bigger LCD
    screen. The FZ has a much better zoom range.
    Now that I've been pointed to the dpreview site,
    I'm impatient to hear what they say about the S80,
    though the slightly bigger, older S70 was much admired.
    Have I missed anything obvious or predictable?
    thanks for your thoughts,

    PS: Apparently Panasonic ships the first S80s today.
    joe.weinstein, Oct 7, 2005
    1. Advertisements

  2. They're different cameras, aimed at different markets. Better to compare
    the FZ5 with the Canon S2IS, or compare the S80 with the Panasonic LX1.
    Those would be apples-to-apples comparisons (5 Mp superzooms for the
    first pair, 8 Mp compacts for the second pair).

    Daniel Silevitch, Oct 7, 2005
    1. Advertisements

  3. thanks, but there is only one market, it's me; and
    in my ignorance, I am trying to collect the differences
    to make my choice between these two cameras.
    joe.weinstein, Oct 7, 2005
  4. The primary difference between the two is the lens. Do you anticipate
    needing/wanting a long optical zoom, or would you prefer a smaller,
    lighter lens (the weight of the S80 is half that of the FZ5)? I have an
    FZ5 and I'm very happy with it, but even though it's small compared to
    an SLR, it's larger than a lot of compact cameras.

    Some other things to bear in mind, some of which may be irrelevant
    based on the sorts of pictures you envision taking:

    The S80 has a wider wide-angle limit than the FZ5, so if landscapes and
    other panoramic shots will make up a large chunk of your photography,
    that's a point in favor of the Canon.

    The FZ5 has a faster (wider aperture) lens over most of the zoom range.
    Combined with the image stabilizer, this means that the FZ5 will cope
    better for handheld photos in lower light conditions.

    Canon makes a waterproof case that will install over the S80, allowing
    simple underwater photography. As far as I know, nothing of the sort is
    available for the FZ5.

    The FZ5 has a fairly fast (for a consumer camera) burst mode, about 3
    frames per second. The S80, according to Canon's spec sheet, is somewhat
    slower, topping out at 1.8 fps.

    FZ5 movie mode is low resolution (320x240), whereas the S80 supports
    higher-res movies.

    Price. Street price for the FZ5 is around $450-500, for the S80 around
    $550 or so.

    Daniel Silevitch, Oct 7, 2005
  5. thanks very much for the points!
    joe.weinstein, Oct 7, 2005
  6. joe.weinstein

    Jem Raid Guest

    A bit OT but .........

    I belong to a small digital photography group we have two people with
    Panasonics one with an FZ30 (just bought it) and one with an FZ5. Looking at
    two portraits last week, not of the same person alas, the FZ5 one is more
    detailed and sharper.

    They are going to do a side by side comparison and some A4 prints.

    I'm saving up to buy an FZ5.

    Jem Raid, Oct 8, 2005
  7. joe.weinstein

    tiresia2 Guest

  8. joe.weinstein

    tiresia2 Guest

    excuse me for mistakes....but in site you can to find a right
    tiresia2, Oct 8, 2005
  9. You won't regret the FZ5 - it's a delight.

    When comparing the portraits, were they taken under identical conditions?
    Perhaps not. The FZ30 has twice the pixels of the FZ5 so, given a tripod
    and adequate stopped-down lens, should produce the sharper image.

    David J Taylor, Oct 9, 2005
  10. joe.weinstein

    measekite Guest

    The choice is simple and difficult. If the FZ5 is still larger and more
    bulky where you would be far more inclined to leave it home then the S80
    is the better choice; however, if that is not the case then the FZ5 will
    produce better results in more situations and the 5mp will produce 8x10
    enlargements without much difference as the S80.

    The FZ5 appears more flexible and versatile as long as you use it.
    measekite, Oct 10, 2005
  11. joe.weinstein

    measekite Guest

    Good point.
    The S70 will do about as well as the S80. for less money
    measekite, Oct 10, 2005
  12. joe.weinstein

    measekite Guest

    Most people will not use a tripod with either camera. The question I
    have is with the same settings would you see any significant difference
    in a moderately cropped 8.5x11?
    measekite, Oct 10, 2005
  13. joe.weinstein

    ASAAR Guest

    See the recent news items at Evidently there have
    been problems with some sensors in S60's and S70's. It may pay to
    check with Canon to determine if S70's beyond a certain serial
    number can be assumed to have the improved/fixed sensor. Said to be
    about wires delaminating, or something like that. If I had lots of
    disposable cash I wouldn't mind having either one.
    ASAAR, Oct 10, 2005
  14. measekite wrote:
    No, a tripod would not be used, but if you want to make precise
    comparisons between two cameras using a tripod eliminates one variable. I
    was referring specifically to the print comparison.

    I would expect that, other things being equal, an 8MPB image would look
    better than a 5MP image. But if you needed the extra zoom of the FZ5, or
    the image stabilisation, then the image from the FZ5 would likely be
    better than that from the S80!

    David J Taylor, Oct 10, 2005
  15. That was supposed to be the "protrait" comparison!
    and that was supposed to be 8MP!

    David J Taylor, Oct 10, 2005
  16. joe.weinstein

    Baron Sloan Guest

    "David J Taylor"
    Are you sure it wasn't meant to be "portrait" comparison?

    Baron Sloan, Oct 10, 2005
  17. There is a gremlin in this system somewhere, or perhaps it is sitting at
    the keyboard!

    David J Taylor, Oct 10, 2005
  18. joe.weinstein

    per Guest

    The digic II processor alone is worth the update. Much faster focusing and
    almost no trigger delay when prefocused, which cannot be said about the
    previous Digic on the S70.
    per, Oct 12, 2005
    1. Advertisements

Ask a Question

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments (here). After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.