• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 224.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.33 inch 28.2mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 128.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon N advantages over Panasonic TS5

  • Less expensive
    $129 vs $249
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.54 vs 1.33 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • More telephoto lens reach
    224 mm vs 128 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/2000 vs 1/1300 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Panasonic TS5 advantages over Canon N

  • Waterproof
    Yes vs No
    Take photos underwater without destroying your camera!
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 370 vs 200 shots
    Capture more photos
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • More pixels
    16.1 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 15 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.0 fps vs 2.3 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • RAW file ability
    Neither provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Manual focus
    Neither provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Head-turning (funky, but cool) design and solid build; 8x optical zoom lens with 28-224m-equivalent reach; Built-in Wi-Fi for easy image sharing (Facebook Ready version posts directly to the social site); Full HD 1080p video at 24fps.

  • Unintuitive (almost clumsy) physical controls; Inconsistent exposure and decision-making in Auto mode; Image quality not that much better than good smartphone cameras; Poor battery life (just 200 shots); Only uses microSD cards; Weak LED flash.

  • Advanced Wi-Fi and Near-Field Communications for easy image sharing and even remote shooting (a first for a waterproof compact); Improved ruggedness; Manual exposure mode; Fast cycle times; 10fps continuous burst shooting at full resolution; Full 1080p HD video at up to 60p; Excellent battery life.

  • Mediocre still image quality; Slow startup; Slower-than-average autofocus; Choppy MP4 (most Web-friendly format) video quality.

The Competition

Compared to Canon 310 HS

Canon N
Canon 310 HS
  • $205
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $250
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Thinner
  • HDMI out
Panasonic TS5
Canon 310 HS
  • $249
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Waterproof
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $250
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Pentax WG-2 GPS

Canon N
Pentax WG-2 GPS
  • $205
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $330
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Built-in GPS
Panasonic TS5
Pentax WG-2 GPS
  • $249
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $330
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Manual focus
  • Faster shutter

Compared to Canon 330 HS

Canon N
Canon 330 HS
  • $205
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $169
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Thinner
  • HDMI out
Panasonic TS5
Canon 330 HS
  • $249
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Waterproof
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $169
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Olympus TG-850

Canon N
Olympus TG-850
  • $205
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $249
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • In-camera panoramas
Panasonic TS5
Olympus TG-850
  • $249
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • NFC
  • $249
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Wider angle lens

Compared to Canon N2

Canon N
Canon N2
  • $205
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Shoots 24p video
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Newer
  • More pixels
Panasonic TS5
Canon N2
  • $249
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Waterproof
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Tiltable Screen
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