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Panasonic S1H vs Panasonic FH2

Portability
52
Imaging
77
Features
87
Overall
81
Panasonic Lumix DC-S1H front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH2 front
Portability
96
Imaging
38
Features
33
Overall
36

Panasonic S1H vs Panasonic FH2 Key Specs

Panasonic S1H
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Boost to 204800)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 5952 x 3988 video
  • Leica L Mount
  • 1052g - 151 x 114 x 110mm
  • Revealed August 2019
Panasonic FH2
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-112mm (F3.1-6.5) lens
  • 121g - 94 x 54 x 19mm
  • Revealed January 2011
  • Other Name is Lumix DMC-FS16
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Panasonic S1H vs Panasonic FH2 Overview

The following is a extensive assessment of the Panasonic S1H and Panasonic FH2, former is a Pro Mirrorless while the latter is a Small Sensor Compact and both of them are offered by Panasonic. There exists a substantial gap among the resolutions of the S1H (24MP) and FH2 (14MP) and the S1H (Full frame) and FH2 (1/2.3") have different sensor measurements.

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The S1H was introduced 8 years after the FH2 which is a fairly big difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Each of these cameras feature different body design with the Panasonic S1H being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Panasonic FH2 being a Compact camera.

Before getting straight to a comprehensive comparison, here is a concise view of how the S1H scores vs the FH2 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic S1H over the Panasonic FH2

 S1H FH2 
RevealedAugust 2019January 2011Newer by 106 months
Manually focus Dial accurate focus
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen size3.2"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.5")
Screen resolution2330k230kSharper screen (+2100k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Panasonic FH2 over the Panasonic S1H

 FH2 S1H 

Common features in the Panasonic S1H and Panasonic FH2

 S1H FH2 

Panasonic S1H vs Panasonic FH2 Physical Comparison

In case you're looking to travel with your camera frequently, you need to factor its weight and dimensions. The Panasonic S1H enjoys external dimensions of 151mm x 114mm x 110mm (5.9" x 4.5" x 4.3") having a weight of 1052 grams (2.32 lbs) and 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).

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Take into account, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you are working with during that time. Following is a front view size comparison of the S1H vs the FH2.

Panasonic S1H vs Panasonic FH2 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the S1H and FH2 is 52 and 96 respectively.

Panasonic S1H vs Panasonic FH2 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic S1H vs Panasonic FH2 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it's difficult to visualize the gap in sensor dimensions only by researching specs. The image below may give you a greater sense of the sensor dimensions in the S1H and FH2.

As you can plainly see, both cameras feature different megapixel count and different sensor dimensions. The S1H with its bigger sensor is going to make achieving shallower depth of field simpler and the Panasonic S1H will result in greater detail using its extra 10MP. Higher resolution can also let you crop photographs way more aggressively. The younger S1H should have a benefit in sensor technology.

Panasonic S1H vs Panasonic FH2 sensor size comparison

Panasonic S1H vs Panasonic FH2 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic S1H vs Panasonic FH2 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic S1H as a Portrait photography camera
Panasonic FH2 as a Portrait photography camera
86
focusing manually
flash sync is higher than normal (1/320 seconds)
MP count decent (24MP)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
comes with face detection focus
delivers RAW formats
34
resolution is good (14MP)
comes with face detection focus
lack of manual focus
manual mode not available
can't use external flash
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Panasonic S1H Street photography features
Panasonic FH2 Street photography features
70
fully articulated screen
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
delivers RAW formats
includes focus by touch
environment sealing
above average ISO range (51,200)
heavier than competitors (1,052 grams)
67
built in image stabilization (Optical)
has touch to focus
lighter than competition (121 grams)
screen does not articulate
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Panasonic S1H
Sports photography with Panasonic FH2
77
great max shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
silent mode (1/8,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
MP count decent (24MP)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
comes with tracking autofocus
environment sealing
not so great battery life (400 shots)
lacks phase detect auto focus
44
built in image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (14MP)
comes with tracking autofocus
better than average battery (270 per charge)
low fps (4.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic S1H as a Travel photography camera
Panasonic FH2 as a Travel photography camera
64
environment sealing
connects via bluetooth
includes focus by touch
MP count decent (24MP)
selfie friendly display
not so great battery life (400 shots)
heavier than competitors (1,052g)
72
better than average battery (270 shots)
lighter than competition (121 grams)
has touch to focus
resolution is good (14MP)
built-in flash
quite wide (28mm)
no Time Lapse function
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic S1H Landscape photography features
Panasonic FH2 Landscape photography features
81
focusing manually
swap lenses (Leica L mount)
pretty good screen size (3.2 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
MP count decent (24MP)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
above average ISO range (51,200)
delivers RAW formats
environment sealing
two card slots
not so great battery life (400 per charge)
41
quite wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (14 megapixels)
better than average battery (270 CIPA)
lack of manual focus
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
small screen (2.7 inch)
manual mode not available
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
no Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Panasonic S1H
Vlogging with Panasonic FH2
70
selfie friendly display
touchscreen enabled
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
comes with face detection focus
video resolution high (5952 x 3988 resolution)
has external mic socket
heavier than competitors (1,052g)
33
quite wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection focus
lighter than competition (121 grams)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
display is not selfie friendly
low res video (1280 x 720 pixels)
no external mic socket
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Panasonic S1H vs Panasonic FH2 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic S1H and Panasonic FH2
 Panasonic Lumix DC-S1HPanasonic Lumix DMC-FH2
General Information
Make Panasonic Panasonic
Model type Panasonic Lumix DC-S1H Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH2
Also called - Lumix DMC-FS16
Category Pro Mirrorless Small Sensor Compact
Revealed 2019-08-28 2011-01-05
Physical type SLR-style mirrorless Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Venus Engine Venus Engine IV
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size Full frame 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 35.6 x 23.8mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 847.3mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 24 megapixel 14 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 6000 x 4000 4320 x 3240
Highest native ISO 51200 6400
Highest boosted ISO 204800 -
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW files
Minimum boosted ISO 50 -
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points 225 11
Lens
Lens support Leica L fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 28-112mm (4.0x)
Maximal aperture - f/3.1-6.5
Macro focusing range - 5cm
Amount of lenses 30 -
Crop factor 1 5.9
Screen
Display type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display sizing 3.2 inch 2.7 inch
Resolution of display 2,330k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 5,760k dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.78x -
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60 secs 60 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 secs 1/1600 secs
Maximum quiet shutter speed 1/8000 secs -
Continuous shooting rate 9.0 frames/s 4.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance no built-in flash 3.30 m
Flash settings Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize 1/320 secs -
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 5952 x 3988 @ 23.98p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 5952x3988 1280x720
Video format MPEG-4, H.264, H.265 Motion JPEG
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB Yes USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 1052 gr (2.32 pounds) 121 gr (0.27 pounds)
Physical dimensions 151 x 114 x 110mm (5.9" x 4.5" x 4.3") 94 x 54 x 19mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.7")
DXO scores
DXO All around 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 400 shots 270 shots
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC slots (UHS-II supported) SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots 2 One
Price at launch $3,998 $149