Olympus E-620 vs Panasonic FH2

Olympus E-620 front
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH2 front

Olympus E-620 vs Panasonic FH2 Key Specs

Olympus E-620
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 2.7" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 500g - 130 x 94 x 60mm
  • Launched July 2009
Panasonic FH2
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-112mm (F3.1-6.5) lens
  • 121g - 94 x 54 x 19mm
  • Launched January 2011
  • Alternative Name is Lumix DMC-FS16
Photography Glossary

Olympus E-620 vs Panasonic FH2 Overview

Let's look a bit more in depth at the Olympus E-620 versus Panasonic FH2, one is a Entry-Level DSLR and the latter is a Small Sensor Compact by competitors Olympus and Panasonic. The resolution of the E-620 (12MP) and the FH2 (14MP) is pretty comparable but the E-620 (Four Thirds) and FH2 (1/2.3") use different sensor dimensions.

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The E-620 was introduced 18 months before the FH2 which makes the cameras a generation away from one another. Both of these cameras offer different body type with the Olympus E-620 being a Compact SLR camera and the Panasonic FH2 being a Compact camera.

Before going straight into a step-by-step comparison, below is a quick highlight of how the E-620 scores against the FH2 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-620 over the Panasonic FH2

 E-620 FH2 
Manual focus Very exact focus
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Panasonic FH2 over the Olympus E-620

 FH2 E-620 
LaunchedJanuary 2011July 2009Newer by 18 months

Common features in the Olympus E-620 and Panasonic FH2

 E-620 FH2 
Screen sizing2.7"2.7"Equivalent screen sizing
Screen resolution230k230kExact same screen resolution
Touch friendly screen Neither offers Touch friendly screen

Olympus E-620 vs Panasonic FH2 Physical Comparison

In case you're aiming to travel with your camera often, you should think about its weight and dimensions. The Olympus E-620 offers physical measurements of 130mm x 94mm x 60mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 2.4") along with a weight of 500 grams (1.10 lbs) whilst the Panasonic FH2 has dimensions of 94mm x 54mm x 19mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.7") accompanied by a weight of 121 grams (0.27 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you are using during that time. Following is the front view over all size comparison of the E-620 vs the FH2.

Olympus E-620 vs Panasonic FH2 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability score of the E-620 and FH2 is 71 and 96 respectively.

Olympus E-620 vs Panasonic FH2 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-620 vs Panasonic FH2 Sensor Comparison

Typically, its hard to picture the contrast in sensor dimensions only by checking out specs. The image here will offer you a clearer sense of the sensor sizing in the E-620 and FH2.

As you can plainly see, both of these cameras enjoy different resolutions and different sensor dimensions. The E-620 having a bigger sensor is going to make achieving shallow DOF easier and the Panasonic FH2 will provide more detail using its extra 2 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also let you crop pictures far more aggressively. The more aged E-620 will be disadvantaged with regard to sensor technology.

Olympus E-620 vs Panasonic FH2 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-620 vs Panasonic FH2 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-620 vs Panasonic FH2 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus E-620
Portrait photography with Panasonic FH2
focusing manually
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
features face detect focusing
exports RAW files
low MP (12MP)
decent megapixels (14MP)
offers face detection focus
manual focus not available
manual exposure not possible
can't use external flash
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-620 Street photography features
Panasonic FH2 Street photography features
screen can move to multiple angles
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
image stabilization (Optical)
includes touch focus
lighter than average in class (121 grams)
screen does not articulate
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-620 Sports photography features
Panasonic FH2 Sports photography features
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
has phase detect AF
continuous shooting slow (4.0 frames per second)
low MP (12MP)
low battery power (500 CIPA)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
offers tracking autofocus
great battery power (270 CIPA)
slow fps (4.0 fps)
no shutter priority
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-620 Travel photography details
Panasonic FH2 Travel photography details
flash built-in
screen is selfie friendly
no Time Lapse mode
low battery power (500 per charge)
low MP (12 megapixels)
great battery power (270 shots)
lighter than average in class (121g)
includes touch focus
decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
flash built-in
really wide (28mm)
doesn't have Timelapse function
screen isn't selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-620 as a Landscape photography camera
Panasonic FH2 as a Landscape photography camera
focusing manually
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inch)
low MP (12 megapixels)
low battery power (500 CIPA)
no Time Lapse mode
really wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (14MP)
great battery power (270 CIPA)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
tiny screen (2.7 inches)
manual exposure not possible
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
doesn't have Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-620 Vlogging details
Panasonic FH2 Vlogging details
can't record video
really wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detection focus
lighter than average in class (121g)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
screen isn't selfie friendly
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pxls)
doesn't have external microphone port
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Olympus E-620 vs Panasonic FH2 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-620 and Panasonic FH2
 Olympus E-620Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH2
General Information
Brand Olympus Panasonic
Model Olympus E-620 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH2
Also called as - Lumix DMC-FS16
Category Entry-Level DSLR Small Sensor Compact
Launched 2009-07-06 2011-01-05
Body design Compact SLR Compact
Sensor Information
Chip TruePic III+ Venus Engine IV
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 14MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4032 x 3024 4320 x 3240
Maximum native ISO 3200 6400
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW files
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points 7 11
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens focal range - 28-112mm (4.0x)
Maximal aperture - f/3.1-6.5
Macro focus distance - 5cm
Amount of lenses 45 -
Focal length multiplier 2.1 5.9
Range of screen Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen size 2.7 inch 2.7 inch
Resolution of screen 230k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Screen tech HyperCrystal LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentamirror) None
Viewfinder coverage 95 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.48x -
Lowest shutter speed 60 seconds 60 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/1600 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 4.0 frames per second 4.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 12.00 m 3.30 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Front curtain, Rear curtain, Fill-in, Manual Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Highest flash sync 1/180 seconds -
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions - 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution None 1280x720
Video data format - Motion JPEG
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Wireless None None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 500g (1.10 lb) 121g (0.27 lb)
Dimensions 130 x 94 x 60mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 2.4") 94 x 54 x 19mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.7")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 55 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 21.3 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 10.3 not tested
DXO Low light score 536 not tested
Battery life 500 shots 270 shots
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model BLS-1 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media Compact Flash (Type I or II), xD Picture Card SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots 1 1
Launch cost $799 $149