• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 37.00mm - 185.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.33 inch 28.2mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 35.00mm - 140.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon SD970 IS advantages over Panasonic DMC-FP1

  • More telephoto lens reach
    185 mm vs 140 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • More dots on screen
    461k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen

Panasonic DMC-FP1 advantages over Canon SD970 IS

  • Less expensive
    $150 vs $380 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Thinner
    18 mm vs 26 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    141g vs 189g
    Lighter weight
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 15 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    1.8 fps vs 1.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    6400 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • 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
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • RAW file ability
    Neither provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • 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
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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The Competition

Compared to Canon SD890 IS

Canon SD970 IS
Canon SD890 IS
  • $170
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • HDMI out
  • More dots on screen
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Faster JPEG shooting
Panasonic DMC-FP1
Canon SD890 IS
  • $150
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Manual focus
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Olympus FE-5010

Canon SD970 IS
Olympus FE-5010
  • $170
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • HDMI out
  • More dots on screen
  • $190
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Lighter weight
Panasonic DMC-FP1
Olympus FE-5010
  • $150
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Manual focus
  • $190
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Panasonic DMC-TS1

Canon SD970 IS
Panasonic DMC-TS1
  • $170
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • More dots on screen
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Wider angle lens
  • Longer exposure
Panasonic DMC-FP1
Panasonic DMC-TS1
  • $150
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Manual focus
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • HDMI out
  • Wider angle lens

Compared to Sony DSC-W290

Canon SD970 IS
Sony DSC-W290
  • $170
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • HDMI out
  • $249
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Manual focus
Panasonic DMC-FP1
Sony DSC-W290
  • $150
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer exposure
  • $249
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Wider angle lens

Compared to Pentax H90

Canon SD970 IS
Pentax H90
  • $170
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $180
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Manual focus
Panasonic DMC-FP1
Pentax H90
  • $150
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $180
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Wider angle lens
  • Faster JPEG shooting
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