As well as being compared against other super zooms, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2 is also often compared to waterproofs, compacts and entry-level DSLRs. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2's top rivals come from Fujifilm (such as the FinePix Z37) and Sony (such as the Cyber-shot DSC-U60)

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, compared to other super zoom competitors the Panasonic DMC-FZ2 has a slightly smaller screen (1.5" vs 1.8"), takes slightly lower resolution photos (1.9 MP vs 4.9 MP) and is older (august 2003 vs february 2005).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5

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1 year newer

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ5 (vs the DMC-FZ2)

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Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ5 (vs the DMC-FZ2)

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common strengths of the DMC-FZ5 and DMC-FZ2

  • Very small: Standard size (108×68×85 mm) vs Prosumer size (114×70×83 mm)
  • Very light: 326 g vs 350 g
  • Thin: 3.3" vs 3.3"

compared toWaterproof competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ2 compared to waterproof competitors include: it has a significantly larger screen (1.5" vs 1"), has image stabilization (lens vs none), is newer (august 2003 vs may 2003) and has a viewfinder (digital vs none).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (35 mm vs 33 mm), is thicker (3.3" vs 1.7"), is slightly heavier (350 g vs 200 g) and is not waterproof.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-U60

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similar age

Significant advantages of the DSC-U60 (vs the DMC-FZ2)

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Significant disadvantages of the DSC-U60 (vs the DMC-FZ2)

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common strengths of the DSC-U60 and DMC-FZ2

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compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ2 compared to compact competitors include: it has image stabilization (lens vs none), has a viewfinder (digital vs none) and has a faster max shutter speed (1/2000 of a second vs 1/1000 of a second).

However, on average it has a much smaller screen (1.5" vs 2.7"), is much larger (prosumer size (114×70×83 mm) vs compact (90×58×24 mm)), takes significantly lower resolution photos (1.9 MP vs 9.8 MP), is older (august 2003 vs july 2009) and is thicker (3.3" vs 0.9").

Fujifilm FinePix Z37

Fujifilm FinePix Z37
6 years newer

Significant advantages of the Z37 (vs the DMC-FZ2)

  • Much smaller: Compact (90×58×24 mm) vs Prosumer size (114×70×83 mm)
  • Much thinner: 0.9" vs 3.3"
  • Much larger screen: 2.7" vs 1.5"

Significant disadvantages of the Z37 (vs the DMC-FZ2)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/1000 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the Z37 and DMC-FZ2

  • Each has a built-in flash

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ2 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has image stabilization (lens vs none), is much smaller (prosumer size (114×70×83 mm) vs prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)) and is slightly lighter (350 g vs 505 g).

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 921k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (1.9 MP vs 24.1 MP) and doesn't record movies in 24p.

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
8 years newer
$550 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D3200 (vs the DMC-FZ2)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24.1 MP vs 1.9 MP
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 1.5"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 114k dots

Significant disadvantages of the D3200 (vs the DMC-FZ2)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much larger: Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm) vs Prosumer size (114×70×83 mm)

common strengths of the D3200 and DMC-FZ2

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