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Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic FH7

Portability
85
Imaging
37
Features
67
Overall
49
Olympus XZ-2 iHS front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH7 front
Portability
96
Imaging
39
Features
36
Overall
37

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic FH7 Key Specs

Olympus XZ-2 iHS
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • 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 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
  • Also referred to as Lumix DMC-FS22
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Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic FH7 Overview

On this page, we will be matching up the Olympus XZ-2 iHS and Panasonic FH7, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras by manufacturers Olympus and Panasonic. There is a sizable difference between the resolutions of the XZ-2 iHS (12MP) and FH7 (16MP) and the XZ-2 iHS (1/1.7") and FH7 (1/2.3") have totally different sensor measurements.

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The XZ-2 iHS was introduced 16 months after the FH7 which makes them a generation away from each other. Both of the cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before diving into a in-depth comparison, here is a quick view of how the XZ-2 iHS grades versus the FH7 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus XZ-2 iHS over the Panasonic FH7

 XZ-2 iHS FH7 
AnnouncedDecember 2012September 2011Newer by 16 months
Manually focus Very accurate focus
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution920k230kCrisper screen (+690k dot)

Reasons to pick Panasonic FH7 over the Olympus XZ-2 iHS

 FH7 XZ-2 iHS 

Common features in the Olympus XZ-2 iHS and Panasonic FH7

 XZ-2 iHS FH7 
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen measurements
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic FH7 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is looking to travel with your camera, you have to factor in its weight and proportions. The Olympus XZ-2 iHS has exterior dimensions 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 FH7 has measurements of 95mm x 56mm x 19mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7") accompanied by a weight of 126 grams (0.28 lbs).

Examine the Olympus XZ-2 iHS and Panasonic FH7 in our newest Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you are working with during that time. Following is a front view dimension comparison of the XZ-2 iHS against the FH7.

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic FH7 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability rating of the XZ-2 iHS and FH7 is 85 and 96 respectively.

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic FH7 top view buttons comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic FH7 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it is very tough to visualise the difference between sensor dimensions simply by looking at specifications. The picture here will provide you a far better sense of the sensor sizes in the XZ-2 iHS and FH7.

Plainly, the 2 cameras have different megapixels and different sensor dimensions. The XZ-2 iHS using its bigger sensor will make getting bokeh simpler and the Panasonic FH7 will resolve more detail using its extra 4MP. Higher resolution will let you crop photographs a bit more aggressively. The more recent XZ-2 iHS is going to have an edge with regard to sensor innovation.

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic FH7 sensor size comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic FH7 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic FH7 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS Portrait photography features
Panasonic FH7 Portrait photography features
46
you can focus manually
includes face detection autofocus
exports RAW formats
sensor resolution low (12MP)
sensor size is very small (1/1.7")
34
good MP (16MP)
supports face detection focusing
no manual focus
manual exposure not possible
external flash not possible
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Olympus XZ-2 iHS
Street photography with Panasonic FH7
66
screen tilts up and down
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
exports RAW formats
sensor size is very small (1/1.7")
heavier than competition in class (346 grams)
67
has image stabilization (Optical)
provides focus via touch
lighter than others in class (126g)
no articulating screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS Sports photography information
Panasonic FH7 Sports photography information
43
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
includes tracking autofocus
good battery power (340 per charge)
sensor resolution low (12MP)
sensor size is very small (1/1.7")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
40
has image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (16MP)
supports tracking autofocus
max fps low (4.0 fps)
no shutter priority
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS Travel photography details
Panasonic FH7 Travel photography details
61
good battery power (340 shots)
flash built-in
reasonably wide (28mm)
very good max aperture (f1.8)
missing Time Lapse mode
heavier than competition in class (346 grams)
sensor resolution low (12MP)
screen is not selfie friendly
71
lighter than others in class (126 grams)
provides focus via touch
good MP (16MP)
flash built-in
fairly wide (28mm)
does not have Time Lapse recording
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS as a Landscape photography camera
Panasonic FH7 as a Landscape photography camera
55
you can focus manually
reasonably wide (28mm)
very good max aperture (f1.8)
screen size is good (3 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
exports RAW formats
good battery power (340 CIPA)
can't swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/1.7")
missing Time Lapse mode
43
fairly wide (28mm)
screen is a good size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (16 megapixels)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
manual exposure not possible
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
does not have Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus XZ-2 iHS Vlogging info
Panasonic FH7 Vlogging info
36
reasonably wide (28mm)
very good max aperture (f1.8)
screen is touchscreen
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
includes face detection autofocus
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
comes with external mic port
screen is not selfie friendly
heavier than competition in class (346 grams)
34
fairly wide (28mm)
built-in touchscreen
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detection focusing
lighter than others in class (126g)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
display is not selfie friendly
low quality video (1280 x 720 pxls)
does not have external mic socket
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Olympus XZ-2 iHS vs Panasonic FH7 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus XZ-2 iHS and Panasonic FH7
 Olympus XZ-2 iHSPanasonic Lumix DMC-FH7
General Information
Manufacturer Olympus Panasonic
Model type Olympus XZ-2 iHS Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH7
Otherwise known as - Lumix DMC-FS22
Category Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Introduced 2012-12-18 2011-09-07
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by - Venus Engine IV
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 16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 3968 x 2976 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 12800 6400
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points 35 11
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-112mm (4.0x) 28-112mm (4.0x)
Largest aperture f/1.8-2.5 f/3.1-6.5
Macro focusing distance 1cm 5cm
Crop factor 4.8 5.9
Screen
Type of display Tilting Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3" 3"
Resolution of display 920 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic (optional) None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60s 60s
Highest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/1600s
Continuous shooting rate - 4.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 8.60 m (ISO 800) 3.30 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Wireless Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction
Hot shoe
Auto exposure 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) 1280 x 720 (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
Mic 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 proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 346 grams (0.76 lb) 126 grams (0.28 lb)
Physical dimensions 113 x 65 x 48mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.9") 95 x 56 x 19mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 49 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 20.4 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 11.3 not tested
DXO Low light rating 216 not tested
Other
Battery life 340 photographs 260 photographs
Battery type Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID Li-90B -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Retail price $450 $149