As well as being compared against other super zooms, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 is also often compared to pro digicams, entry-level DSLRs and mirrorless. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100's top rivals come from Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-FZ200 and the Lumix DMC-FZ70) and Nikon (such as the Coolpix P500 and the Coolpix P520)

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ100 compared to other super zoom competitors include: it is slightly smaller (prosumer size 124x81x95 mm vs professional size 125x87x110 mm), records even higher-speed movies (220 fps vs none), has a screen which flips out, has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD) and is slightly less expensive ($319.95 vs $543.99).

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 3840 x 2160 @ 25fps), takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 20.9 MP), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (1,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO), doesn't record movies in 24p and has a marginally smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.1x4.6mm vs nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
2 years newer
$350 - $561

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ200 (vs the DMC-FZ100)

  • Takes 3D photos
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Can create panoramas in-camera

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ200 (vs the DMC-FZ100)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-FZ200 and DMC-FZ100

  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 220 fps
  • Fast continuous shooting: 12 fps vs 11 fps
  • Flip-out screens

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70
3 years newer
$248 - $330

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ70 (vs the DMC-FZ100)

  • Much more zoom: 60x vs 24x
  • Takes 3D photos
  • Significantly better wide angle: 20 mm vs 25 mm

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ70 (vs the DMC-FZ100)

  • Significantly larger: Large 130x97x118 mm vs Prosumer size 124x81x95 mm
  • Screen does not flip out
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 220 fps

common strengths of the DMC-FZ70 and DMC-FZ100

  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • RAW support
  • Support external flash

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150
1 year newer
$373

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ150 (vs the DMC-FZ100)

  • Takes 3D photos
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Can create panoramas in-camera

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ150 (vs the DMC-FZ100)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-FZ150 and DMC-FZ100

  • Very high speed movies: 220 fps vs 220 fps
  • Fast continuous shooting: 12 fps vs 11 fps
  • Flip-out screens

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000
similar age
$796 - $898

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ1000 (vs the DMC-FZ100)

  • Higher resolution movies: 3840 x 2160 @ 25fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much higher true resolution: 20.9 MP vs 9.8 MP
  • Much larger sensor: Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.1x4.6mm

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ1000 (vs the DMC-FZ100)

  • Significantly larger: Large 136x98x130 mm vs Prosumer size 124x81x95 mm
  • Significantly heavier: 780 g vs 539 g
  • Thicker: 5.1" vs 3.7"

common strengths of the DMC-FZ1000 and DMC-FZ100

  • Fast continuous shooting: 12 fps vs 11 fps
  • Flip-out screens
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35
1 year older
$544

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ35 (vs the DMC-FZ100)

  • Has in-camera HDR

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ35 (vs the DMC-FZ100)

  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the DMC-FZ35 and DMC-FZ100

  • RAW support
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40
similar age
$399

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ40 (vs the DMC-FZ100)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ40 (vs the DMC-FZ100)

  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the DMC-FZ40 and DMC-FZ100

  • RAW support
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ100 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it shoots RAW, has slightly more zoom (24x vs 3x), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps), has a slightly wider wide angle lens (25 mm vs 34 mm) and has a significantly larger screen (3.0" vs 1.8").

However, on average it has a significantly smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.1x4.6mm vs nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm), has a significantly narrower aperture (f/2.8 vs f/1.8), is significantly larger (prosumer size 124x81x95 mm vs compact 101x58x41 mm), takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 20 MP) and slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (1,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO).

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S85

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9 years older

Significant advantages of the DSC-S85 (vs the DMC-FZ100)

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2.0 vs f/2.8
  • Significantly smaller: Mid size 125x52x65 mm vs Prosumer size 124x81x95 mm

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-S85 (vs the DMC-FZ100)

  • No RAW support
  • Much smaller screen: 1.8" vs 3.0"
  • No image stabilization: None vs Lens

common strengths of the DSC-S85 and DMC-FZ100

  • Support external flash
  • Viewfinders: Tunnel vs Digital

Leica D-LUX 5

Leica D-LUX 5
similar age
$858

Significant advantages of the D-LUX 5 (vs the DMC-FZ100)

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2.0 vs f/2.8
  • Significantly larger sensor: 1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm vs 1/2.3" 6.1x4.6mm
  • Significantly smaller: Compact 110x65x25 mm vs Prosumer size 124x81x95 mm

Significant disadvantages of the D-LUX 5 (vs the DMC-FZ100)

  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the D-LUX 5 and DMC-FZ100

  • Supports RAW
  • Good macro capabilities: 1 cm vs 1 cm
  • Support external flash

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III
3 years newer
$798

Significant advantages of the DSC-RX100 III (vs the DMC-FZ100)

  • Much larger sensor: Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.1x4.6mm
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/2.8
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-RX100 III (vs the DMC-FZ100)

  • Significantly worse macro capability: 5 cm vs 1 cm

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 III and DMC-FZ100

  • Supports RAW
  • Flip-out screens
  • Support external flash

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ100 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 24fps), records high-speed movies (220 fps vs none), has better image stabilization (lens vs none), shoots faster continuously (11 fps vs 4.5 fps) and has a screen which flips out.

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 921k dots), takes significantly lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 16.1 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p, has a much smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.1x4.6mm vs APS-C 23.1x15.4mm) and has a lower quality type of viewfinder (digital vs pentaprism).

Nikon D90

Nikon D90
1 year older
$929 (body only)
$900 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D90 (vs the DMC-FZ100)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 930k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the D90 (vs the DMC-FZ100)

  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 24fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 220 fps
  • Shoots much slower: 4.5 fps vs 11 fps

common strengths of the D90 and DMC-FZ100

  • None found

Pentax K-5 II

Pentax K-5 II
2 years newer
$663 - $700 (body only)
$837 - $1,000 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the K-5 II (vs the DMC-FZ100)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the K-5 II (vs the DMC-FZ100)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 220 fps
  • Shoots much slower: 7 fps vs 11 fps
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the K-5 II and DMC-FZ100

  • Good image stabilization: Sensor shift vs Lens
  • Fast continuous shooting: 7 fps vs 11 fps

Olympus E-420

Olympus E-420
2 years older
$999 (body only)
$325 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-420 (vs the DMC-FZ100)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • Much less shutter lag: 138 ms vs 300 ms
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the E-420 (vs the DMC-FZ100)

  • Does not take movies: None vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Shoots much slower: 3.5 fps vs 11 fps
  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3.0"

common strengths of the E-420 and DMC-FZ100

  • Inexpensive: $324.99 vs $319.95
  • Very long exposure times: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100
similar age
$240 - $280 (body only)
$389 - $410 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3100 (vs the DMC-FZ100)

  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Supports 24p
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital

Significant disadvantages of the D3100 (vs the DMC-FZ100)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 220 fps
  • Shoots much slower: 3 fps vs 11 fps
  • No image stabilization: None vs Lens

common strengths of the D3100 and DMC-FZ100

  • Inexpensive: $239.69 vs $319.95

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200
2 years newer
$480 - $547 (body only)
$480 - $647 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5200 (vs the DMC-FZ100)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 9.8 MP

Significant disadvantages of the D5200 (vs the DMC-FZ100)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 220 fps
  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 11 fps
  • No image stabilization: None vs Lens

common strengths of the D5200 and DMC-FZ100

  • Flip-out screens
  • Inexpensive: $479.88 vs $319.95

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ100 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it records high-speed movies (220 fps vs none), has better image stabilization (lens vs none), has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs LIVEMOS), is slightly less expensive ($319.95 vs $699.00) and slightly longer exposures (60 seconds vs 30 seconds).

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 921k dots), takes significantly lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 24 MP), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't record movies in 24p and has a slightly smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.1x4.6mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3
2 years newer
$699 - $898 (body only)
$1,550 - $1,899 12-35mm lens

Significant advantages of the DMC-GH3 (vs the DMC-FZ100)

  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD
  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-GH3 (vs the DMC-FZ100)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: LIVEMOS vs CMOS

common strengths of the DMC-GH3 and DMC-FZ100

  • Very good image stabilization: Lens vs Lens
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Flip-out screens

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
3 years newer
$548 (body only)
$675 - $698 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the DMC-FZ100)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 9.8 MP
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Can create panoramas in-camera

Significant disadvantages of the A6000 (vs the DMC-FZ100)

  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the A6000 and DMC-FZ100

  • Very good image stabilization: Lens vs Lens
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Flip-out screens

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2
similar age
$730 (body only)
$999 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the DMC-GH2 (vs the DMC-FZ100)

  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Takes 3D photos
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-GH2 (vs the DMC-FZ100)

  • No image stabilization: None vs Lens

common strengths of the DMC-GH2 and DMC-FZ100

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Flip-out screens
  • Each supports an external flash