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Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic FH2

Portability
85
Imaging
38
Features
67
Overall
49
Olympus XZ-2 iHS front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH2 front
Portability
96
Imaging
38
Features
33
Overall
36

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic FH2 Key Specs

Olympus XZ-2 iHS
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-112mm (F1.8-2.5) lens
  • 346g - 113 x 65 x 48mm
  • Introduced December 2012
Panasonic FH2
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-112mm (F3.1-6.5) lens
  • 121g - 94 x 54 x 19mm
  • Announced January 2011
  • Also Known as Lumix DMC-FS16
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Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic FH2 Overview

On this page, we are looking at the Olympus XZ-2 iHS versus Panasonic FH2, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras by manufacturers Olympus and Panasonic. The resolution of the XZ-2 iHS (12MP) and the FH2 (14MP) is very well matched but the XZ-2 iHS (1/1.7") and FH2 (1/2.3") offer totally different sensor size.

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The XZ-2 iHS was manufactured 24 months later than the FH2 making them a generation apart from one another. Both the cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before delving right into a more detailed comparison, here is a simple summation of how the XZ-2 iHS matches up against the FH2 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus XZ-2 iHS over the Panasonic FH2

 XZ-2 iHS FH2 
AnnouncedDecember 2012January 2011More recent by 24 months
Manual focus Very exact focusing
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display dimensions3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution920k230kSharper display (+690k dot)
Touch display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Panasonic FH2 over the Olympus XZ-2 iHS

 FH2 XZ-2 iHS 

Common features in the Olympus XZ-2 iHS and Panasonic FH2

 XZ-2 iHS FH2 
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic FH2 Physical Comparison

If you're looking to lug around your camera regularly, you will want to consider its weight and dimensions. The Olympus XZ-2 iHS provides external dimensions of 113mm x 65mm x 48mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.9") along with a weight of 346 grams (0.76 lbs) while the Panasonic FH2 has dimensions of 94mm x 54mm x 19mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.7") having a weight of 121 grams (0.27 lbs).

Check the Olympus XZ-2 iHS versus Panasonic FH2 in the latest Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into account, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you are employing at that time. Here is a front view scale comparison of the XZ-2 iHS compared to the FH2.

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic FH2 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the XZ-2 iHS and FH2 is 85 and 96 respectively.

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic FH2 top view buttons comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic FH2 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it's difficult to envision the difference between sensor measurements purely by looking at specifications. The visual here will offer you a much better sense of the sensor dimensions in the XZ-2 iHS and FH2.

Plainly, the two cameras provide different megapixel count and different sensor measurements. The XZ-2 iHS because of its larger sensor will make shooting shallow depth of field simpler and the Panasonic FH2 will give you greater detail due to its extra 2 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also make it easier to crop images more aggressively. The fresher XZ-2 iHS is going to have a benefit when it comes to sensor tech.

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic FH2 sensor size comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic FH2 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic FH2 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus XZ-2 iHS
Portrait photography with Panasonic FH2
46
you can focus manually
offers face detection focusing
exports RAW files
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/1.7")
34
decent MP (14MP)
supports face detection focusing
focusing manually not possible
manual exposure not available
no external flash support
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS Street photography information
Panasonic FH2 Street photography information
66
screen tilts
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
exports RAW files
sensor size is small (1/1.7")
heavier than others (346g)
67
built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes focus via touch
lighter than average in class (121g)
no articulating screen
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Olympus XZ-2 iHS
Sports photography with Panasonic FH2
44
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
offers tracking autofocus
better than average battery power (340 CIPA)
low MP (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/1.7")
does not have phase detect AF
44
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (14 megapixels)
supports tracking autofocus
better than average battery pack (270 CIPA)
slow fps (4.0 fps)
no shutter priority
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS Travel photography information
Panasonic FH2 Travel photography information
61
better than average battery power (340 shots)
built-in flash
decently wide (28mm)
very good max aperture (f1.8)
missing Time Lapse mode
heavier than others (346 grams)
low MP (12MP)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
72
better than average battery pack (270 per charge)
lighter than average in class (121g)
includes focus via touch
decent MP (14 megapixels)
has built in flash
rather wide (28mm)
lack of Timelapse function
screen isn't selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS Landscape photography factors
Panasonic FH2 Landscape photography factors
55
you can focus manually
decently wide (28mm)
very good max aperture (f1.8)
screen size is good (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
exports RAW files
better than average battery power (340 shots)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/1.7")
missing Time Lapse mode
41
rather wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (14MP)
better than average battery pack (270 CIPA)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
small screen (2.7")
manual exposure not available
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
lack of Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS Vlogging highlights
Panasonic FH2 Vlogging highlights
36
decently wide (28mm)
very good max aperture (f1.8)
touch screen
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
offers face detection focusing
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
includes external mic port
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
heavier than others (346 grams)
33
rather wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detection focusing
lighter than average in class (121g)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
screen isn't selfie friendly
video res low (1280 x 720 resolution)
lack of external microphone socket
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Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic FH2 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus XZ-2 iHS and Panasonic FH2
 Olympus XZ-2 iHSPanasonic Lumix DMC-FH2
General Information
Company Olympus Panasonic
Model Olympus XZ-2 iHS Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH2
Also called as - Lumix DMC-FS16
Category Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Introduced 2012-12-18 2011-01-05
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by - Venus Engine IV
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/1.7" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 7.44 x 5.58mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 41.5mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 14 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 3968 x 2976 4320 x 3240
Max native ISO 12800 6400
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points 35 11
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-112mm (4.0x) 28-112mm (4.0x)
Maximal aperture f/1.8-2.5 f/3.1-6.5
Macro focus distance 1cm 5cm
Crop factor 4.8 5.9
Screen
Type of screen Tilting Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3" 2.7"
Resolution of screen 920k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic (optional) None
Features
Min shutter speed 60s 60s
Max shutter speed 1/2000s 1/1600s
Continuous shutter rate - 4.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 8.60 m (ISO 800) 3.30 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Wireless Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction
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) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 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
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 346 gr (0.76 lbs) 121 gr (0.27 lbs)
Physical dimensions 113 x 65 x 48mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.9") 94 x 54 x 19mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.7")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 49 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 20.4 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 11.3 not tested
DXO Low light score 216 not tested
Other
Battery life 340 shots 270 shots
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model Li-90B -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots One One
Cost at release $450 $149