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Canon G12 vs Panasonic FH7

Portability
83
Imaging
35
Features
50
Overall
41
Canon PowerShot G12 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH7 front
Portability
96
Imaging
39
Features
36
Overall
37

Canon G12 vs Panasonic FH7 Key Specs

Canon G12
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 2.8" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F2.8-4.5) lens
  • 401g - 112 x 76 x 48mm
  • Introduced January 2011
  • Previous Model is Canon G11
  • Replacement is Canon G15
Panasonic FH7
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-112mm (F3.1-6.5) lens
  • 126g - 95 x 56 x 19mm
  • Introduced September 2011
  • Alternative Name is Lumix DMC-FS22
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Canon G12 vs Panasonic FH7 Overview

Following is a in-depth assessment of the Canon G12 versus Panasonic FH7, both Small Sensor Compact cameras by brands Canon and Panasonic. There is a noticeable difference among the image resolutions of the G12 (10MP) and FH7 (16MP) and the G12 (1/1.7") and FH7 (1/2.3") enjoy totally different sensor sizing.

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The G12 was unveiled 7 months prior to the FH7 and they are of a similar age. Each of the cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before diving in to a detailed comparison, below is a simple highlight of how the G12 matches up against the FH7 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Canon G12 over the Panasonic FH7

 G12 FH7 
Manually focus Dial accurate focus
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen resolution461k230kSharper screen (+231k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Panasonic FH7 over the Canon G12

 FH7 G12 
IntroducedSeptember 2011January 2011More modern by 7 months
Screen sizing3"2.8"Bigger screen (+0.2")
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Canon G12 and Panasonic FH7

 G12 FH7 

Canon G12 vs Panasonic FH7 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is intending to carry around your camera, you'll have to take into account its weight and volume. The Canon G12 features outside dimensions of 112mm x 76mm x 48mm (4.4" x 3.0" x 1.9") and a weight of 401 grams (0.88 lbs) while the Panasonic FH7 has sizing of 95mm x 56mm x 19mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7") accompanied by a weight of 126 grams (0.28 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you are employing during that time. Below is the front view sizing comparison of the G12 compared to the FH7.

Canon G12 vs Panasonic FH7 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability rating of the G12 and FH7 is 83 and 96 respectively.

Canon G12 vs Panasonic FH7 top view buttons comparison

Canon G12 vs Panasonic FH7 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it can be hard to envision the contrast in sensor sizes simply by researching a spec sheet. The pic below will give you a clearer sense of the sensor sizes in the G12 and FH7.

As you can see, the two cameras offer different megapixels and different sensor sizes. The G12 using its bigger sensor will make achieving bokeh less difficult and the Panasonic FH7 will result in greater detail having an extra 6MP. Higher resolution will enable you to crop pictures a little more aggressively. The more aged G12 will be behind with regard to sensor tech.

Canon G12 vs Panasonic FH7 sensor size comparison

Canon G12 vs Panasonic FH7 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon G12 vs Panasonic FH7 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Canon G12
Portrait photography with Panasonic FH7
47
focusing manually
high flash sync speed (1/2,000 seconds)
has face detect focusing
saves RAW files
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/1.7")
34
decent MP (16MP)
features face detection focusing
no manual focus
no manual control
external flash not possible
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Canon G12 as a Street photography camera
Panasonic FH7 as a Street photography camera
64
screen articulates
has image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW files
tiny sensor size (1/1.7")
heavier than others in class (401 grams)
67
built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes touch focus
lighter than competition in class (126 grams)
no articulating screen
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Canon G12 as a Sports photography camera
Panasonic FH7 as a Sports photography camera
34
has image stabilization (Optical)
good battery (370 per charge)
continuous shooting slow (1.0 frames/s)
megapixel count low (10MP)
tiny sensor size (1/1.7")
has no phase detect AF
40
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16MP)
features tracking autofocus
slow continuous shooting (4.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Canon G12 Travel photography highlights
Panasonic FH7 Travel photography highlights
60
good battery (370 CIPA)
built-in flash
selfie friendly screen
quite wide (28mm)
no Time Lapse mode
heavier than others in class (401 grams)
megapixel count low (10MP)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
71
lighter than competition in class (126 grams)
includes touch focus
decent MP (16MP)
has built in flash
reasonably wide (28mm)
missing Time Lapse function
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon G12 Landscape photography features
Panasonic FH7 Landscape photography features
49
focusing manually
quite wide (28mm)
good sized screen (2.8 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW files
good battery (370 CIPA)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
megapixel count low (10MP)
tiny sensor size (1/1.7")
no Time Lapse mode
43
reasonably wide (28mm)
decent sized screen (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16MP)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
no manual control
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW format
missing Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon G12 Vlogging highlights
Panasonic FH7 Vlogging highlights
60
quite wide (28mm)
selfie friendly screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect focusing
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pxls)
no mic jack
heavier than others in class (401 grams)
34
reasonably wide (28mm)
built-in touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
features face detection focusing
lighter than competition in class (126 grams)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
low quality video (1280 x 720 pixels)
missing external mic port
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Canon G12 vs Panasonic FH7 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon G12 and Panasonic FH7
 Canon PowerShot G12Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH7
General Information
Company Canon Panasonic
Model Canon PowerShot G12 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH7
Otherwise known as - Lumix DMC-FS22
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Introduced 2011-01-19 2011-09-07
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Digic 4 Venus Engine IV
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/1.7" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 7.44 x 5.58mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 41.5mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 10MP 16MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 3648 x 2736 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 3200 6400
Lowest native ISO 80 100
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points 9 11
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-140mm (5.0x) 28-112mm (4.0x)
Max aperture f/2.8-4.5 f/3.1-6.5
Macro focus range 1cm 5cm
Crop factor 4.8 5.9
Screen
Range of screen Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen size 2.8" 3"
Screen resolution 461 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (tunnel) None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 15s 60s
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000s 1/1600s
Continuous shooting speed 1.0 frames/s 4.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 7.00 m 3.30 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Second Curtain Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash sync 1/2000s -
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (24 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video format H.264 Motion JPEG
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 401 grams (0.88 lbs) 126 grams (0.28 lbs)
Dimensions 112 x 76 x 48mm (4.4" x 3.0" x 1.9") 95 x 56 x 19mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 47 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 20.4 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 11.2 not tested
DXO Low light score 161 not tested
Other
Battery life 370 pictures 260 pictures
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NB-7L -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/MMCplus/HC MMCplus SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots Single Single
Price at launch $600 $149