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Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic FH22

Portability
85
Imaging
37
Features
67
Overall
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Olympus XZ-2 iHS front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH22 front
Portability
94
Imaging
37
Features
30
Overall
34

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic FH22 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
  • Launched December 2012
Panasonic FH22
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-224mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 170g - 100 x 57 x 27mm
  • Introduced January 2010
  • Additionally Known as Lumix DMC-FS33
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Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic FH22 Overview

Here is a in depth assessment of the Olympus XZ-2 iHS versus Panasonic FH22, both Small Sensor Compact cameras by brands Olympus and Panasonic. The sensor resolution of the XZ-2 iHS (12MP) and the FH22 (14MP) is relatively close but the XZ-2 iHS (1/1.7") and FH22 (1/2.3") possess totally different sensor dimensions.

Photography Glossary

The XZ-2 iHS was launched 2 years later than the FH22 and that is a fairly sizable difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Both of these cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before we go through a in-depth comparison, below is a concise summation of how the XZ-2 iHS matches up against the FH22 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus XZ-2 iHS over the Panasonic FH22

 XZ-2 iHS FH22 
IntroducedDecember 2012January 2010Fresher by 36 months
Manually focus Very accurate focusing
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution920k230kClearer screen (+690k dot)

Reasons to pick Panasonic FH22 over the Olympus XZ-2 iHS

 FH22 XZ-2 iHS 

Common features in the Olympus XZ-2 iHS and Panasonic FH22

 XZ-2 iHS FH22 
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen sizing
Selfie screen Neither provides selfie screen
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic FH22 Physical Comparison

If you're aiming to carry your camera, you are going to need to think about its weight and dimensions. The Olympus XZ-2 iHS provides outer measurements of 113mm x 65mm x 48mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.9") and a weight of 346 grams (0.76 lbs) whilst the Panasonic FH22 has dimensions of 100mm x 57mm x 27mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.1") accompanied by a weight of 170 grams (0.37 lbs).

Take a look at the Olympus XZ-2 iHS versus Panasonic FH22 in our completely new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Always remember, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you use during that time. Following is the front view size comparison of the XZ-2 iHS compared to the FH22.

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic FH22 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability score of the XZ-2 iHS and FH22 is 85 and 94 respectively.

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic FH22 top view buttons comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic FH22 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it can be tough to see the gap in sensor sizing merely by looking through specifications. The graphic underneath may provide you a greater sense of the sensor measurements in the XZ-2 iHS and FH22.

Plainly, both the cameras offer different resolutions and different sensor sizing. The XZ-2 iHS due to its bigger sensor will make shooting shallow depth of field less difficult and the Panasonic FH22 will render greater detail utilizing its extra 2 Megapixels. Higher resolution will make it easier to crop photographs a little more aggressively. The fresher XZ-2 iHS will have an edge with regard to sensor innovation.

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic FH22 sensor size comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic FH22 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic FH22 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS Portrait photography highlights
Panasonic FH22 Portrait photography highlights
46
manual focus
provides face detection autofocus
exports RAW files
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/1.7")
28
megapixel count decent (14 megapixels)
no manual focus
manual mode not available
no external flash support
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS as a Street photography camera
Panasonic FH22 as a Street photography camera
66
tilting screen
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
exports RAW files
sensor size is tiny (1/1.7")
heavier than competition (346g)
62
has image stabilization (Optical)
provides touch focus
no moving screen
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS Sports photography advice
Panasonic FH22 Sports photography advice
43
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
provides tracking autofocus
better than average battery power (340 CIPA)
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/1.7")
lack of phase detect autofocus
35
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (14 megapixels)
low fps (5.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS Travel photography information
Panasonic FH22 Travel photography information
61
better than average battery power (340 per charge)
has built in flash
reasonably wide (28mm)
very good maximum aperture (f1.8)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
heavier than competition (346g)
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
67
provides touch focus
megapixel count decent (14MP)
has built in flash
really wide (28mm)
lack of Time Lapse function
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS Landscape photography info
Panasonic FH22 Landscape photography info
55
manual focus
reasonably wide (28mm)
very good maximum aperture (f1.8)
screen size is good (3 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
exports RAW files
better than average battery power (340 per charge)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
megapixel count low (12MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/1.7")
doesn't have Time Lapse function
42
really wide (28mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (14MP)
no manual focus
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
manual mode not available
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
lack of Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS Vlogging factors
Panasonic FH22 Vlogging factors
36
reasonably wide (28mm)
very good maximum aperture (f1.8)
touchscreen enabled
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
provides face detection autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does have external mic port
screen isn't selfie friendly
heavier than competition (346g)
31
really wide (28mm)
touch screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
video quality not great (1280 x 720 resolution)
lack of mic support
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Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic FH22 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus XZ-2 iHS and Panasonic FH22
 Olympus XZ-2 iHSPanasonic Lumix DMC-FH22
General Information
Manufacturer Olympus Panasonic
Model Olympus XZ-2 iHS Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH22
Also called - Lumix DMC-FS33
Category Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Launched 2012-12-18 2010-01-06
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/1.7" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 7.44 x 5.58mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 41.5mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 14 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 3968 x 2976 4320 x 3240
Maximum native ISO 12800 6400
Minimum native ISO 100 80
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points 35 9
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-112mm (4.0x) 28-224mm (8.0x)
Highest aperture f/1.8-2.5 f/3.3-5.9
Macro focus range 1cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 4.8 5.9
Screen
Type of screen Tilting Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 920k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic (optional) None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60s 60s
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000s 1/1600s
Continuous shooting rate - 5.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 8.60 m (ISO 800) 5.80 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Wireless Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 Motion JPEG
Mic support
Headphone support
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 346g (0.76 lbs) 170g (0.37 lbs)
Dimensions 113 x 65 x 48mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.9") 100 x 57 x 27mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.1")
DXO scores
DXO All around 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 images -
Battery style Battery Pack -
Battery model Li-90B -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots One One
Cost at launch $450 $200