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Olympus SZ-31MR iHS vs Panasonic FH22

Portability
89
Imaging
39
Features
47
Overall
42
Olympus SZ-31MR iHS front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH22 front
Portability
94
Imaging
37
Features
30
Overall
34

Olympus SZ-31MR iHS vs Panasonic FH22 Key Specs

Olympus SZ-31MR iHS
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-600mm (F3.0-6.9) lens
  • 226g - 106 x 69 x 40mm
  • Launched February 2012
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
  • Launched January 2010
  • Also referred to as Lumix DMC-FS33
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Olympus SZ-31MR iHS vs Panasonic FH22 Overview

The following is a extended review of the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS and Panasonic FH22, former is a Small Sensor Superzoom while the other is a Small Sensor Compact by rivals Olympus and Panasonic. The resolution of the SZ-31MR iHS (16MP) and the FH22 (14MP) is fairly similar and both cameras offer the identical sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The SZ-31MR iHS was introduced 2 years after the FH22 which is quite a sizable difference as far as tech is concerned. Each of these cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before getting into a full comparison, here is a quick overview of how the SZ-31MR iHS grades against the FH22 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus SZ-31MR iHS over the Panasonic FH22

 SZ-31MR iHS FH22 
LaunchedFebruary 2012January 2010Newer by 26 months
Display resolution920k230kSharper display (+690k dot)

Reasons to pick Panasonic FH22 over the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

 FH22 SZ-31MR iHS 

Common features in the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS and Panasonic FH22

 SZ-31MR iHS FH22 
Focus manually Lack of manual focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display size3"3"Same display sizing
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen
Touch display Easily navigate

Olympus SZ-31MR iHS vs Panasonic FH22 Physical Comparison

For those who are planning to travel with your camera frequently, you need to factor its weight and proportions. The Olympus SZ-31MR iHS features physical dimensions of 106mm x 69mm x 40mm (4.2" x 2.7" x 1.6") and a weight of 226 grams (0.50 lbs) and the Panasonic FH22 has measurements of 100mm x 57mm x 27mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.1") and a weight of 170 grams (0.37 lbs).

Analyze the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS and Panasonic FH22 in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you have chosen at that moment. Following is a front view overall size comparison of the SZ-31MR iHS compared to the FH22.

Olympus SZ-31MR iHS vs Panasonic FH22 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability score of the SZ-31MR iHS and FH22 is 89 and 94 respectively.

Olympus SZ-31MR iHS vs Panasonic FH22 top view buttons comparison

Olympus SZ-31MR iHS vs Panasonic FH22 Sensor Comparison

Generally, its difficult to see the difference between sensor dimensions just by reading technical specs. The pic here might provide you a better sense of the sensor sizes in the SZ-31MR iHS and FH22.

As you have seen, the 2 cameras feature the identical sensor size but not the same MP. You can anticipate the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS to deliver greater detail using its extra 2 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also make it easier to crop pics way more aggressively. The newer SZ-31MR iHS will have an advantage with regard to sensor tech.

Olympus SZ-31MR iHS vs Panasonic FH22 sensor size comparison

Olympus SZ-31MR iHS vs Panasonic FH22 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus SZ-31MR iHS vs Panasonic FH22 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus SZ-31MR iHS
Portrait photography with Panasonic FH22
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sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
supports face detection autofocus
manual focus not available
no manual control
cannot use external flash
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
28
megapixel count good (14MP)
lack of manual focus
manual exposure not possible
cannot use external flash
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus SZ-31MR iHS Street photography details
Panasonic FH22 Street photography details
64
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
comes with focus via touch
lighter than others in class (226g)
no moving screen
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
62
image stabilization (Optical)
features focus via touch
screen is fixed
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Olympus SZ-31MR iHS Sports photography information
Panasonic FH22 Sports photography information
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long zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
supports tracking autofocus
no shutter priority
very small sensor (1/2.3")
terrible battery pack (200 per charge)
lack of phase detect autofocus
35
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (14 megapixels)
low frames per second (5.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Olympus SZ-31MR iHS
Travel photography with Panasonic FH22
67
lighter than others in class (226 grams)
comes with focus via touch
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
reasonably wide (25mm)
great zoom (600mm)
no Timelapse function
terrible battery pack (200 per charge)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
67
features focus via touch
megapixel count good (14MP)
flash built-in
quite wide (28mm)
lack of Timelapse function
does not have selfie friendly display
slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Olympus SZ-31MR iHS
Landscape photography with Panasonic FH22
41
reasonably wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
manual focus not available
cannot swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
no manual control
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
terrible battery pack (200 shots)
no Timelapse function
42
quite wide (28mm)
nice screen size (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (14 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
manual exposure not possible
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
lack of Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Olympus SZ-31MR iHS
Vlogging with Panasonic FH22
35
reasonably wide (25mm)
touchscreen
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports face detection autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than others in class (226 grams)
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
no external microphone support
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quite wide (28mm)
touchscreen functionality
image stabilization (Optical)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
does not have selfie friendly display
low res video (1280 x 720 pixels)
lack of external microphone jack
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Olympus SZ-31MR iHS vs Panasonic FH22 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus SZ-31MR iHS and Panasonic FH22
 Olympus SZ-31MR iHSPanasonic Lumix DMC-FH22
General Information
Brand Olympus Panasonic
Model type Olympus SZ-31MR iHS Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH22
Also referred to as - Lumix DMC-FS33
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Compact
Launched 2012-02-08 2010-01-06
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Dual TruePic V -
Sensor type BSI-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 alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 4608 x 3456 4320 x 3240
Max native ISO 6400 6400
Lowest native ISO 80 80
RAW images
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points - 9
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 25-600mm (24.0x) 28-224mm (8.0x)
Maximal aperture f/3.0-6.9 f/3.3-5.9
Macro focusing distance 1cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.9
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 920k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Display tech Hypercrystal III TFT Color LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Min shutter speed 4 seconds 60 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/1700 seconds 1/1600 seconds
Continuous shutter speed 7.0 frames per sec 5.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 9.30 m 5.80 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
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 format MPEG-4, H.264 Motion JPEG
Microphone input
Headphone input
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 seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 226 grams (0.50 pounds) 170 grams (0.37 pounds)
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 Overall rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 200 pictures -
Battery format Battery Pack -
Battery ID LI-50B -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec, pet auto shutter) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots Single Single
Retail price $0 $200