The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1 is mostly gets compared to boutiques and entry-level DSLRs. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1's top rivals come from Leica (such as the D-Lux (Typ 109)) and Canon (such as the Rebel SL1)

Competitor classes

compared toBoutique competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ1 compared to boutique competitors include: it has way more more zoom (12x vs 3.1x) and has a built-in flash.

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (35 mm vs 24 mm), has a much smaller screen (1.5" vs 3"), has a significantly lower resolution screen (114k dots vs 921k dots), is slightly larger (prosumer size (125×70×83 mm) vs mid size (118×66×55 mm)) and takes slightly lower resolution photos (1.9 MP vs 12.7 MP).

Leica D-Lux (Typ 109)

Leica D-Lux (Typ 109)
12 years newer
$895 - $966

Significant advantages of the D-Lux (Typ 109) (vs the DMC-FZ1)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 1.5"
  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 35 mm
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 114k dots

Significant disadvantages of the D-Lux (Typ 109) (vs the DMC-FZ1)

  • Much less zoom: 3.1x vs 12x
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the D-Lux (Typ 109) and DMC-FZ1

  • Great zoom: 3.1x vs 12x
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Light weight: 405 g vs 354 g

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ1 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has image stabilization (lens vs none).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (320 x 240 @ 10fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a much smaller screen (1.5" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (114k dots vs 1,040k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (1.9 MP vs 17.9 MP) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Canon Rebel SL1

Canon Rebel SL1
10 years newer
$550 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the SL1 (vs the DMC-FZ1)

  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 1.9 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 114k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 1.5"

Significant disadvantages of the SL1 (vs the DMC-FZ1)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the SL1 and DMC-FZ1

  • Very small: Prosumer size (117×91×69 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×70×83 mm)
  • Light weight: 407 g vs 354 g