The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX5 is mostly gets compared to compacts. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX5's top rivals come from Pentax (such as the Optio M20)

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FX5 compared to compact competitors include: it has a significantly wider wide angle lens (35 mm vs 38 mm), has image stabilization (lens vs none) and has a viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

However, on average it has a much smaller screen (1.5" vs 2.5"), takes slightly lower resolution photos (4 MP vs 7.1 MP) and is older (october 2003 vs august 2006).

Pentax Optio M20

Pentax Optio M20
2 years newer
$378

Significant advantages of the M20 (vs the DMC-FX5)

  • Much larger screen: 2.5" vs 1.5"

Significant disadvantages of the M20 (vs the DMC-FX5)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 38 mm vs 35 mm
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the M20 and DMC-FX5

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Light weight: 180 g vs 185 g