As well as being compared against other compacts, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500 is also often compared to ultra compacts and travel zooms. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500's top rivals come from Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-TZ60 and the Lumix DMC-XS3) and Fujifilm (such as the FinePix F500 EXR)

Competitor classes

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, compared to other compact competitors the Panasonic DMC-FX500 is older (march 2008 vs january 2009).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX580

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX580
10 months newer
$499

Significant advantages of the DMC-FX580 (vs the DMC-FX500)

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Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FX580 (vs the DMC-FX500)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-FX580 and DMC-FX500

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Super compact (95×57×22 mm) vs Super compact (95×57×23 mm)

compared toUltra compact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FX500 compared to ultra compact competitors include: it has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.7"), has a significantly longer battery life (280 shots vs 230 shots), has a faster max shutter speed (1/2000 of a second vs 1/1500 of a second) and much longer exposures (60 seconds vs 8 seconds).

However, on average it is slightly larger (super compact (95×57×23 mm) vs ultra compact (92×56×18 mm)), has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS), is older (march 2008 vs july 2013), is thicker (0.9" vs 0.7") and is slightly heavier (175 g vs 103 g).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3
5 years newer
$165

Significant advantages of the DMC-XS3 (vs the DMC-FX500)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-XS3 (vs the DMC-FX500)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-XS3 and DMC-FX500

  • None found

Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS

Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS
1 year newer
$297

Significant advantages of the SD1400 IS (vs the DMC-FX500)

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Significant disadvantages of the SD1400 IS (vs the DMC-FX500)

  • None found

common strengths of the SD1400 IS and DMC-FX500

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compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FX500 compared to travel zoom competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.5), is significantly smaller (super compact (95×57×23 mm) vs compact (104×64×33 mm)), is thinner (0.9" vs 1.3"), is slightly lighter (175 g vs 249 g) and is much less expensive ($379.99 vs $2,192.19).

However, on average it has slightly less zoom (5x vs 30x), doesn't have a built-in GPS, has a significantly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 920k dots), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (1,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO) and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (2.5 fps vs 10 fps).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60
6 years newer
$2,192

Significant advantages of the DMC-TZ60 (vs the DMC-FX500)

  • Has a GPS
  • Significantly more zoom: 30x vs 5x
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-TZ60 (vs the DMC-FX500)

  • Much larger: Compact (111×64×34 mm) vs Super compact (95×57×23 mm)
  • Much thicker: 1.4" vs 0.9"
  • Much shorter max exposures: 4 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the DMC-TZ60 and DMC-FX500

  • Fairly small: Compact (111×64×34 mm) vs Super compact (95×57×23 mm)
  • Thin: 1.4" vs 0.9"
  • Very light: 214 g vs 175 g

Fujifilm FinePix F500 EXR

Fujifilm FinePix F500 EXR
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the F500 EXR (vs the DMC-FX500)

  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the F500 EXR (vs the DMC-FX500)

  • Significantly larger: Compact (104×64×33 mm) vs Super compact (95×57×23 mm)
  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Much thicker: 1.3" vs 0.9"

common strengths of the F500 EXR and DMC-FX500

  • Fairly small: Compact (104×64×33 mm) vs Super compact (95×57×23 mm)
  • Very thin: 1.3" vs 0.9"
  • Very light: 215 g vs 175 g

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS45

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS45
6 years newer
$552

Significant advantages of the DMC-ZS45 (vs the DMC-FX500)

  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-ZS45 (vs the DMC-FX500)

  • Significantly larger: Compact (108×60×32 mm) vs Super compact (95×57×23 mm)
  • Significantly thicker: 1.3" vs 0.9"
  • Significantly heavier: 249 g vs 175 g

common strengths of the DMC-ZS45 and DMC-FX500

  • Fairly small: Compact (108×60×32 mm) vs Super compact (95×57×23 mm)
  • Very thin: 1.3" vs 0.9"
  • Light weight: 249 g vs 175 g

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7v

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX7v (vs the DMC-FX500)

  • Has a GPS
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX7v (vs the DMC-FX500)

  • Thicker: 1.1" vs 0.9"
  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/1600 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

common strengths of the DSC-HX7v and DMC-FX500

  • Very small: Compact (102×58×28 mm) vs Super compact (95×57×23 mm)
  • Very thin: 1.1" vs 0.9"
  • Very light: 208 g vs 175 g