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Olympus XZ-1 vs Panasonic FH7

Portability
88
Imaging
35
Features
51
Overall
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Olympus XZ-1 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH7 front
Portability
96
Imaging
39
Features
36
Overall
37

Olympus XZ-1 vs Panasonic FH7 Key Specs

Olympus XZ-1
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/1.63" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-112mm (F1.8-2.5) lens
  • 275g - 111 x 65 x 42mm
  • Launched January 2011
Panasonic FH7
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-112mm (F3.1-6.5) lens
  • 126g - 95 x 56 x 19mm
  • Announced September 2011
  • Alternate Name is Lumix DMC-FS22
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Olympus XZ-1 vs Panasonic FH7 Overview

The following is a extended comparison of the Olympus XZ-1 and Panasonic FH7, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras by rivals Olympus and Panasonic. There is a substantial difference between the image resolutions of the XZ-1 (10MP) and FH7 (16MP) and the XZ-1 (1/1.63") and FH7 (1/2.3") enjoy totally different sensor sizing.

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The XZ-1 was revealed 7 months earlier than the FH7 which means that they are of a similar age. The two cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before delving straight into a full comparison, below is a concise overview of how the XZ-1 grades vs the FH7 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus XZ-1 over the Panasonic FH7

 XZ-1 FH7 
Manual focus More exact focus
Screen resolution614k230kCrisper screen (+384k dot)

Reasons to pick Panasonic FH7 over the Olympus XZ-1

 FH7 XZ-1 
AnnouncedSeptember 2011January 2011Newer by 7 months
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Olympus XZ-1 and Panasonic FH7

 XZ-1 FH7 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen measurement
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen

Olympus XZ-1 vs Panasonic FH7 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is looking to travel with your camera often, you will need to take into account its weight and proportions. The Olympus XZ-1 provides outside measurements of 111mm x 65mm x 42mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.7") having a weight of 275 grams (0.61 lbs) and the Panasonic FH7 has measurements of 95mm x 56mm x 19mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7") along with a weight of 126 grams (0.28 lbs).

Examine the Olympus XZ-1 and Panasonic FH7 in our brand new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you have attached during that time. Here is the front view measurements comparison of the XZ-1 compared to the FH7.

Olympus XZ-1 vs Panasonic FH7 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability grade of the XZ-1 and FH7 is 88 and 96 respectively.

Olympus XZ-1 vs Panasonic FH7 top view buttons comparison

Olympus XZ-1 vs Panasonic FH7 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, its difficult to see the difference between sensor dimensions merely by going over specs. The pic here will help offer you a stronger sense of the sensor sizing in the XZ-1 and FH7.

All in all, both of the cameras have got different resolutions and different sensor dimensions. The XZ-1 with its bigger sensor will make achieving shallower depth of field less difficult and the Panasonic FH7 will offer you extra detail because of its extra 6MP. Higher resolution can also help you crop shots much more aggressively. The more aged XZ-1 is going to be behind with regard to sensor tech.

Olympus XZ-1 vs Panasonic FH7 sensor size comparison

Olympus XZ-1 vs Panasonic FH7 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus XZ-1 vs Panasonic FH7 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus XZ-1 Portrait photography features
Panasonic FH7 Portrait photography features
45
manual focus
has face detect autofocus
saves RAW formats
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/1.63")
34
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
provides face detect focus
manual focus not available
lack of manual exposure
cannot use external flash
sensor is small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Olympus XZ-1
Street photography with Panasonic FH7
59
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
saves RAW formats
screen is fixed
tiny sensor (1/1.63")
heavier than others in class (275g)
67
built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides focus via touch
lighter than competitors in class (126 grams)
no articulating screen
sensor is small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Olympus XZ-1 Sports photography information
Panasonic FH7 Sports photography information
38
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
has tracking focus
great battery (320 CIPA)
slow frames per second (2.0 frames/s)
low megapixels (10MP)
tiny sensor (1/1.63")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
40
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
provides tracking focus
slow fps (4.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
sensor is small (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus XZ-1 Travel photography information
Panasonic FH7 Travel photography information
62
great battery (320 CIPA)
has built in flash
quite wide (28mm)
fast max aperture (f1.8)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
heavier than others in class (275g)
low megapixels (10MP)
display is not selfie friendly
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lighter than competitors in class (126 grams)
provides focus via touch
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
reasonably wide (28mm)
lack of Time Lapse recording
does not have a selfie friendly screen
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus XZ-1 as a Landscape photography camera
Panasonic FH7 as a Landscape photography camera
54
manual focus
quite wide (28mm)
fast max aperture (f1.8)
nice screen size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
saves RAW formats
great battery (320 per charge)
can't switch lens (fixed lens mount)
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/1.63")
doesn't have Time Lapse function
43
reasonably wide (28mm)
nice screen size (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
manual focus not available
cannot switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
lack of manual exposure
sensor is small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
lack of Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus XZ-1 as a Vlogging camera
Panasonic FH7 as a Vlogging camera
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quite wide (28mm)
fast max aperture (f1.8)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
has face detect autofocus
display is not selfie friendly
video resolution low (1280 x 720 resolution)
doesn't have mic socket
heavier than others in class (275 grams)
34
reasonably wide (28mm)
screen is touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detect focus
lighter than competitors in class (126 grams)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pixels)
lack of mic socket
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Olympus XZ-1 vs Panasonic FH7 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus XZ-1 and Panasonic FH7
 Olympus XZ-1Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH7
General Information
Make Olympus Panasonic
Model Olympus XZ-1 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH7
Otherwise known as - Lumix DMC-FS22
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Launched 2011-01-26 2011-09-07
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor TruePic V Venus Engine IV
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/1.63" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 8.07 x 5.56mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 44.9mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 3664 x 2752 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 6400 6400
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points 11 11
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-112mm (4.0x) 28-112mm (4.0x)
Largest aperture f/1.8-2.5 f/3.1-6.5
Macro focus distance 1cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 4.5 5.9
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3" 3"
Screen resolution 614 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Screen technology OLED -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic (optional) None
Features
Min shutter speed 60 seconds 60 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/1600 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 2.0 frames per second 4.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 8.60 m (ISO 800) 3.30 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction
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 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video data format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None 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 275 grams (0.61 pounds) 126 grams (0.28 pounds)
Dimensions 111 x 65 x 42mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.7") 95 x 56 x 19mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 34 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 18.8 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 10.4 not tested
DXO Low light score 117 not tested
Other
Battery life 320 images 260 images
Battery type Battery Pack 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 Single Single
Cost at release $567 $149