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Olympus SZ-30MR vs Panasonic FH22

Portability
89
Imaging
39
Features
39
Overall
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Olympus SZ-30MR front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH22 front
Portability
94
Imaging
37
Features
30
Overall
34

Olympus SZ-30MR vs Panasonic FH22 Key Specs

Olympus SZ-30MR
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-600mm (F3.0-6.9) lens
  • 226g - 106 x 69 x 40mm
  • Released March 2011
Panasonic FH22
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-224mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 170g - 100 x 57 x 27mm
  • Released January 2010
  • Other Name is Lumix DMC-FS33
Photography Glossary

Olympus SZ-30MR vs Panasonic FH22 Overview

Let's look more closely at the Olympus SZ-30MR versus Panasonic FH22, former is a Small Sensor Superzoom while the other is a Small Sensor Compact by brands Olympus and Panasonic. The image resolution of the SZ-30MR (16MP) and the FH22 (14MP) is fairly close and both cameras offer the identical sensor size (1/2.3").

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The SZ-30MR was introduced 14 months after the FH22 making them a generation away from one another. Each of these cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before diving right into a comprehensive comparison, here is a brief synopsis of how the SZ-30MR grades against the FH22 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus SZ-30MR over the Panasonic FH22

 SZ-30MR FH22 
ReleasedMarch 2011January 2010Newer by 14 months
Display resolution460k230kSharper display (+230k dot)

Reasons to pick Panasonic FH22 over the Olympus SZ-30MR

 FH22 SZ-30MR 
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Olympus SZ-30MR and Panasonic FH22

 SZ-30MR FH22 
Manual focus Lack of manual focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display size3"3"Same display size
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen

Olympus SZ-30MR vs Panasonic FH22 Physical Comparison

If you're intending to travel with your camera often, you are going to need to consider its weight and volume. The Olympus SZ-30MR has exterior measurements of 106mm x 69mm x 40mm (4.2" x 2.7" x 1.6") with a weight of 226 grams (0.50 lbs) and the Panasonic FH22 has sizing of 100mm x 57mm x 27mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.1") and a weight of 170 grams (0.37 lbs).

Take a look at the Olympus SZ-30MR versus Panasonic FH22 in our brand new Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Always remember, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you have during that time. Following is a front view physical size comparison of the SZ-30MR versus the FH22.

Olympus SZ-30MR vs Panasonic FH22 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the SZ-30MR and FH22 is 89 and 94 respectively.

Olympus SZ-30MR vs Panasonic FH22 top view buttons comparison

Olympus SZ-30MR vs Panasonic FH22 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it can be difficult to picture the difference in sensor dimensions only by researching a spec sheet. The image here will offer you a greater sense of the sensor measurements in the SZ-30MR and FH22.

Clearly, both of those cameras come with the identical sensor size but different megapixels. You can anticipate the Olympus SZ-30MR to render extra detail using its extra 2 Megapixels. Greater resolution will enable you to crop pics a good deal more aggressively. The newer SZ-30MR should have an edge with regard to sensor technology.

Olympus SZ-30MR vs Panasonic FH22 sensor size comparison

Olympus SZ-30MR vs Panasonic FH22 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus SZ-30MR vs Panasonic FH22 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus SZ-30MR Portrait photography information
Panasonic FH22 Portrait photography information
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sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
supports face detection focus
manual focus not available
no manual mode
external flash not possible
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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decent megapixels (14MP)
manual focus not available
manual exposure not possible
can't use external flash
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Olympus SZ-30MR as a Street photography camera
Panasonic FH22 as a Street photography camera
60
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than average (226g)
no moving screen
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
62
has image stabilization (Optical)
has touch focus
no articulating screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Olympus SZ-30MR as a Sports photography camera
Panasonic FH22 as a Sports photography camera
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excellent zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
supports tracking autofocus
low fps (2.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
bad battery (220 shots)
does not have phase detect auto focus
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has image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (14MP)
continuous shooting slow (5.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Olympus SZ-30MR
Travel photography with Panasonic FH22
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lighter than average (226g)
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
pretty wide (25mm)
great reach (600mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
bad battery (220 CIPA)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
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has touch focus
decent megapixels (14MP)
has built in flash
pretty wide (28mm)
doesn't have Timelapse function
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus SZ-30MR Landscape photography info
Panasonic FH22 Landscape photography info
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pretty wide (25mm)
decent sized screen (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
no manual mode
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
bad battery (220 per charge)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
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pretty wide (28mm)
screen is a decent size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (14MP)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
manual exposure not possible
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
doesn't have Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Olympus SZ-30MR
Vlogging with Panasonic FH22
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pretty wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports face detection focus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than average (226 grams)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
doesn't have external mic port
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pretty wide (28mm)
touchscreen
has image stabilization (Optical)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
low quality video (1280 x 720 pxls)
doesn't have external microphone socket
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Olympus SZ-30MR vs Panasonic FH22 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus SZ-30MR and Panasonic FH22
 Olympus SZ-30MRPanasonic Lumix DMC-FH22
General Information
Brand Olympus Panasonic
Model Olympus SZ-30MR Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH22
Also called - Lumix DMC-FS33
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Compact
Released 2011-03-02 2010-01-06
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by TruePic III+ -
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 14 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 4608 x 3456 4320 x 3240
Max native ISO 3200 6400
Lowest native ISO 80 80
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points - 9
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-600mm (24.0x) 28-224mm (8.0x)
Maximum aperture f/3.0-6.9 f/3.3-5.9
Macro focus distance 1cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.9
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 460 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen tech TFT Hypercrystal III Color LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 4s 60s
Maximum shutter speed 1/1700s 1/1600s
Continuous shooting rate 2.0 frames/s 5.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 4.00 m 5.80 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps)1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 180 (30fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video file format MPEG-4 Motion JPEG
Microphone port
Headphone port
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
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 226 grams (0.50 lbs) 170 grams (0.37 lbs)
Physical dimensions 106 x 69 x 40mm (4.2" x 2.7" x 1.6") 100 x 57 x 27mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.1")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 220 pictures -
Form of battery Battery Pack -
Battery model LI-50B -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots 1 1
Cost at launch $279 $200