• 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 10.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • 1/2.33 inch 28.2mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 128.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Nikon S1 advantages over Panasonic TS5

  • Larger sensor
    1 inch vs 1/2.33 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Less expensive
    $199 vs $249
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 3.41 vs 1.33 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    60.0 fps vs 10.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/1300 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Panasonic TS5 advantages over Nikon S1

  • Waterproof
    Yes vs No
    Take photos underwater without destroying your camera!
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • More pixels
    16.1 vs 10.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video

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
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • 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
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • 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 Nikon J1

Nikon S1
Nikon J1
  • $199
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • $399
  • 1 inch
  • Wider angle kit lens
Panasonic TS5
Nikon J1
  • $249
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Waterproof
  • $399
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Nikon J2

Nikon S1
Nikon J2
  • $199
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • $550
  • 1 inch
  • More dots on screen
  • Wider angle kit lens
Panasonic TS5
Nikon J2
  • $249
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Waterproof
  • $550
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Pentax Q7

Nikon S1
Pentax Q7
  • $199
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $195
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Panasonic TS5
Pentax Q7
  • $249
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Waterproof
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $195
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking

Compared to Olympus TG-850

Nikon S1
Olympus TG-850
  • $199
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Slower slow-motion
  • $249
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
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 Panasonic TS6

Nikon S1
Panasonic TS6
  • $199
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $229
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Waterproof
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Panasonic TS5
Panasonic TS6
  • $249
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • $229
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Newer
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