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Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Panasonic FP7

Portability
92
Imaging
36
Features
37
Overall
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Olympus TG-820 iHS front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP7 front
Portability
95
Imaging
39
Features
32
Overall
36

Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Panasonic FP7 Key Specs

Olympus TG-820 iHS
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.9-5.9) lens
  • 206g - 101 x 65 x 26mm
  • Released February 2012
Panasonic FP7
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 35-140mm (F3.5-5.9) lens
  • 147g - 101 x 59 x 18mm
  • Revealed January 2011
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Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Panasonic FP7 Overview

Lets examine more closely at the Olympus TG-820 iHS and Panasonic FP7, former being a Waterproof while the latter is a Ultracompact by manufacturers Olympus and Panasonic. There is a substantial difference between the sensor resolutions of the TG-820 iHS (12MP) and FP7 (16MP) but they use the same exact sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The TG-820 iHS was brought out 14 months later than the FP7 which makes the cameras a generation apart from each other. The two cameras offer different body type with the Olympus TG-820 iHS being a Compact camera and the Panasonic FP7 being a Ultracompact camera.

Before we go in to a complete comparison, below is a short introduction of how the TG-820 iHS scores against the FP7 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus TG-820 iHS over the Panasonic FP7

 TG-820 iHS FP7 
RevealedFebruary 2012January 2011Fresher by 14 months
Screen resolution1030k230kClearer screen (+800k dot)

Reasons to pick Panasonic FP7 over the Olympus TG-820 iHS

 FP7 TG-820 iHS 
Screen sizing3.5"3"Bigger screen (+0.5")
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Olympus TG-820 iHS and Panasonic FP7

 TG-820 iHS FP7 
Focus manually Lack of manual focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Neither provides selfie screen

Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Panasonic FP7 Physical Comparison

When you are going to carry your camera, you'll need to take into account its weight and proportions. The Olympus TG-820 iHS provides outside measurements of 101mm x 65mm x 26mm (4.0" x 2.6" x 1.0") accompanied by a weight of 206 grams (0.45 lbs) and the Panasonic FP7 has measurements of 101mm x 59mm x 18mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 0.7") and a weight of 147 grams (0.32 lbs).

Compare the Olympus TG-820 iHS and Panasonic FP7 in our brand new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you have attached at that time. The following is the front view proportions comparison of the TG-820 iHS against the FP7.

Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Panasonic FP7 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability score of the TG-820 iHS and FP7 is 92 and 95 respectively.

Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Panasonic FP7 top view buttons comparison

Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Panasonic FP7 Sensor Comparison

Often, it is hard to visualize the difference between sensor sizing purely by reading through a spec sheet. The photograph here might offer you a far better sense of the sensor sizing in the TG-820 iHS and FP7.

As you can see, both of the cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing albeit different resolution. You can expect the Panasonic FP7 to give greater detail having its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also allow you to crop pictures far more aggressively. The more recent TG-820 iHS provides a benefit with regard to sensor tech.

Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Panasonic FP7 sensor size comparison

Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Panasonic FP7 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Panasonic FP7 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus TG-820 iHS Portrait photography information
Panasonic FP7 Portrait photography information
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features face detect autofocus
focusing manually not possible
lack of manual exposure
cannot use external flash
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
34
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
provides face detection autofocus
no manual focus
no manual mode
external flash not possible
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Olympus TG-820 iHS as a Street photography camera
Panasonic FP7 as a Street photography camera
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has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
weather proofing
no moving screen
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
60
built in image stabilization (Optical)
features focus by touch
screen is fixed
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW format
heavier than others (147 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Olympus TG-820 iHS
Sports photography with Panasonic FP7
34
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
features tracking focus
weather proofing
continuous shooting slow (5.0 fps)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
not so great battery pack (220 per charge)
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
44
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
provides tracking autofocus
better than average battery pack (240 CIPA)
max frames per second very slow (4.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus TG-820 iHS Travel photography information
Panasonic FP7 Travel photography information
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weather proofing
has built in flash
really wide (28mm)
no Timelapse function
not so great battery pack (220 per charge)
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.9)
63
better than average battery pack (240 per charge)
features focus by touch
good megapixels (16MP)
built-in flash
doesn't have Time Lapse function
heavier than others (147 grams)
does not contain selfie friendly display
wide angle not the best (35mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Olympus TG-820 iHS
Landscape photography with Panasonic FP7
38
really wide (28mm)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
weather proofing
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.9)
lack of manual exposure
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
not so great battery pack (220 shots)
no Timelapse function
41
screen larger than average (3.5 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16MP)
better than average battery pack (240 shots)
no manual focus
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not the best (35mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
no manual mode
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW format
doesn't have Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus TG-820 iHS Vlogging features
Panasonic FP7 Vlogging features
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really wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
features face detect autofocus
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
slow maximum aperture (f3.9)
screen is not selfie friendly
no microphone socket
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built-in touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detection autofocus
wide angle not the best (35mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
does not contain selfie friendly display
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
doesn't have external mic jack
heavier than others (147 grams)
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Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Panasonic FP7 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus TG-820 iHS and Panasonic FP7
 Olympus TG-820 iHSPanasonic Lumix DMC-FP7
General Information
Make Olympus Panasonic
Model type Olympus TG-820 iHS Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP7
Category Waterproof Ultracompact
Released 2012-02-08 2011-01-05
Body design Compact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Powered by TruePic VI Venus Engine IV
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio - 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 3968 x 2976 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 6400 6400
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW data
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points - 11
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-140mm (5.0x) 35-140mm (4.0x)
Largest aperture f/3.9-5.9 f/3.5-5.9
Macro focusing range 1cm 10cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.9
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3 inch 3.5 inch
Resolution of display 1,030k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Display technology HyperCrystal III TFT Color LCD TFT Touch Screen LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Min shutter speed 4 secs 60 secs
Max shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/1600 secs
Continuous shutter speed 5.0 frames/s 4.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 3.50 m 4.90 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction
External flash
AE bracketing
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 (24 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 Motion JPEG
Mic input
Headphone input
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 proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 206 gr (0.45 pounds) 147 gr (0.32 pounds)
Dimensions 101 x 65 x 26mm (4.0" x 2.6" x 1.0") 101 x 59 x 18mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 0.7")
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 220 pictures 240 pictures
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID LI-50B -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec, pet auto shutter) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots Single Single
Retail pricing $500 $227