FujiFilm S1800 vs Panasonic GH2

Portability
78
Imaging
36
Features
26
Overall
32
FujiFilm FinePix S1800 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 front
Portability
70
Imaging
53
Features
65
Overall
57
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FujiFilm S1800 vs Panasonic GH2 Overview

On this page, we are looking at the FujiFilm S1800 versus Panasonic GH2, one is a Small Sensor Superzoom and the other is a Advanced Mirrorless by manufacturers FujiFilm and Panasonic. There exists a huge gap between the image resolutions of the S1800 (12MP) and GH2 (16MP) and the S1800 (1/2.3") and GH2 (Four Thirds) have totally different sensor sizes.

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The S1800 was brought out 13 months earlier than the GH2 making them a generation away from one another. Both of these cameras have different body design with the FujiFilm S1800 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Panasonic GH2 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera.

Before we go into a complete comparison, here is a concise overview of how the S1800 scores versus the GH2 for portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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FujiFilm S1800 vs Panasonic GH2 Key Specs

FujiFilm S1800
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600 (Push to 3200)
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-504mm (F3.1-5.6) lens
  • 337g - 110 x 73 x 81mm
  • Released February 2010
  • Alternative Name is FinePix S1880
Panasonic GH2
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 160 - 12800
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 442g - 124 x 90 x 76mm
  • Introduced March 2011
  • Succeeded the Panasonic GH1
  • Replacement is Panasonic GH3
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FujiFilm S1800 vs Panasonic GH2 Physical Comparison

For those who are looking to carry your camera often, you're going to have to factor in its weight and proportions. The FujiFilm S1800 has got physical dimensions of 110mm x 73mm x 81mm (4.3" x 2.9" x 3.2") along with a weight of 337 grams (0.74 lbs) while the Panasonic GH2 has measurements of 124mm x 90mm x 76mm (4.9" x 3.5" x 3.0") along with a weight of 442 grams (0.97 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you have during that time. Below is the front view overall size comparison of the S1800 and the GH2.

FujiFilm S1800 vs Panasonic GH2 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability grade of the S1800 and GH2 is 78 and 70 respectively.

FujiFilm S1800 vs Panasonic GH2 top view buttons comparison

FujiFilm S1800 vs Panasonic GH2 Sensor Comparison

Often, it is very hard to see the contrast in sensor sizing simply by going through specifications. The visual underneath should give you a far better sense of the sensor sizes in the S1800 and GH2.

To sum up, each of the cameras posses different resolutions and different sensor sizing. The S1800 with its smaller sensor will make getting shallow DOF tougher and the Panasonic GH2 will provide greater detail because of its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also help you crop photographs somewhat more aggressively. The older S1800 will be behind when it comes to sensor innovation.

FujiFilm S1800 vs Panasonic GH2 sensor size comparison

FujiFilm S1800 vs Panasonic GH2 Screen and ViewFinder

FujiFilm S1800 vs Panasonic GH2 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

FujiFilm S1800 Portrait photography factors
Panasonic GH2 Portrait photography factors
21
manual focus not available
cannot use external flash
low megapixels (12MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
71
manual focus
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
features face detection autofocus
supports RAW files
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Street Comparison

FujiFilm S1800 Street photography features
Panasonic GH2 Street photography features
49
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
fixed screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
68
screen articulates fully
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
no image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

FujiFilm S1800 Sports photography details
Panasonic GH2 Sports photography details
34
great zoom range (28-504mm 18.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
slow continuous shooting (1.0 fps)
low megapixels (12MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus
47
megapixel count good (16MP)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
features tracking autofocus
painfully slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames per second)
no image stabilization
not so great battery pack (330 CIPA)
no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with FujiFilm S1800
Travel photography with Panasonic GH2
55
flash built-in
rather wide (28mm)
very long reach (504mm)
lack of Timelapse mode
low megapixels (12MP)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
62
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
screen is selfie friendly
missing Time Lapse mode
not so great battery pack (330 per charge)
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Landscape Comparison

FujiFilm S1800 Landscape photography advice
Panasonic GH2 Landscape photography advice
37
rather wide (28mm)
pretty good screen size (3")
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
low megapixels (12MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
lack of Timelapse mode
61
manual focus
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
nice screen size (3 inch)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
no image stabilization
not so great battery pack (330 CIPA)
missing Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with FujiFilm S1800
Vlogging with Panasonic GH2
25
rather wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pixels)
lack of microphone socket
71
screen is selfie friendly
touchscreen
features face detection autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
includes external mic port
no image stabilization
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FujiFilm S1800 vs Panasonic GH2 Specifications

General Information
Brand Name
FujiFilm
Panasonic
Model
FujiFilm FinePix S1800
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2
Also referred to as
FinePix S1880
-
Class
Small Sensor Superzoom
Advanced Mirrorless
Released
2010-02-02
2011-03-23
Body design
SLR-like (bridge)
SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Powered by
-
Venus Engine FHD
Sensor type
CCD
CMOS
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
17.3 x 13mm
Sensor surface area
28.1mm²
224.9mm²
Sensor resolution
12 megapixels
16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution
4000 x 3000
4608 x 3456
Max native ISO
1600
12800
Max enhanced ISO
3200
-
Minimum native ISO
100
160
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points
-
23
Lens
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Micro Four Thirds
Lens focal range
28-504mm (18.0x)
-
Maximum aperture
f/3.1-5.6
-
Macro focus distance
2cm
-
Number of lenses
-
107
Crop factor
5.8
2.1
Screen
Display type
Fixed Type
Fully Articulated
Display sizing
3"
3"
Resolution of display
230 thousand dot
460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Display technology
-
TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
Electronic
Electronic
Viewfinder coverage
99%
100%
Viewfinder magnification
-
0.71x
Features
Min shutter speed
8 seconds
60 seconds
Max shutter speed
1/2000 seconds
1/4000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed
1.0fps
3.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation
Yes
Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
4.40 m
15.60 m
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Max flash sync
-
1/160 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
1920 x 1080 (24, 30, 60fps) 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30fps), 320 x 240 (30fps)
Max video resolution
1280x720
1920x1080
Video data format
Motion JPEG
AVCHD, Motion JPEG
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless
None
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
337 grams (0.74 pounds)
442 grams (0.97 pounds)
Dimensions
110 x 73 x 81mm (4.3" x 2.9" x 3.2")
124 x 90 x 76mm (4.9" x 3.5" x 3.0")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
60
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
21.2
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
11.3
DXO Low light score
not tested
655
Other
Battery life
-
330 photographs
Style of battery
-
Battery Pack
Battery model
4 x AA
-
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media
SD/SDHC, Internal
SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots
One
One
Price at release
$180
$1,000