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Panasonic F5 vs Panasonic FH7

Portability
96
Imaging
38
Features
23
Overall
32
Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH7 front
Portability
96
Imaging
39
Features
36
Overall
37

Panasonic F5 vs Panasonic FH7 Key Specs

Panasonic F5
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.2-6.5) lens
  • 121g - 97 x 58 x 22mm
  • Introduced January 2013
Panasonic FH7
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-112mm (F3.1-6.5) lens
  • 126g - 95 x 56 x 19mm
  • Introduced September 2011
  • Other Name is Lumix DMC-FS22
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Panasonic F5 vs Panasonic FH7 Overview

Here, we are comparing the Panasonic F5 and Panasonic FH7, both Small Sensor Compact cameras and both of them are manufactured by Panasonic. The sensor resolution of the F5 (14MP) and the FH7 (16MP) is fairly close and both cameras posses the identical sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The F5 was manufactured 17 months after the FH7 making them a generation away from one another. Each of these cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before diving straight to a in-depth comparison, here is a concise summation of how the F5 scores against the FH7 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic F5 over the Panasonic FH7

 F5 FH7 
IntroducedJanuary 2013September 2011Newer by 17 months

Reasons to pick Panasonic FH7 over the Panasonic F5

 FH7 F5 
Display size3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Touch display Easily navigate

Common features in the Panasonic F5 and Panasonic FH7

 F5 FH7 
Focus manually No manual focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display resolution230k230kSame display resolution
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen

Panasonic F5 vs Panasonic FH7 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is planning to travel with your camera regularly, you will have to factor its weight and measurements. The Panasonic F5 offers external measurements of 97mm x 58mm x 22mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.9") accompanied by a weight of 121 grams (0.27 lbs) while the Panasonic FH7 has proportions of 95mm x 56mm x 19mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7") accompanied by a weight of 126 grams (0.28 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you select during that time. Underneath is a front view proportions comparison of the F5 vs the FH7.

Panasonic F5 vs Panasonic FH7 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the F5 and FH7 is 96 and 96 respectively.

Panasonic F5 vs Panasonic FH7 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic F5 vs Panasonic FH7 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it is difficult to picture the gap in sensor dimensions only by researching technical specs. The picture here should give you a more clear sense of the sensor sizing in the F5 and FH7.

As you can tell, each of the cameras feature the identical sensor size but different megapixels. You can anticipate the Panasonic FH7 to render greater detail due to its extra 2MP. Greater resolution can also help you crop images way more aggressively. The newer F5 provides an advantage with regard to sensor technology.

Panasonic F5 vs Panasonic FH7 sensor size comparison

Panasonic F5 vs Panasonic FH7 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic F5 vs Panasonic FH7 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic F5 Portrait photography highlights
Panasonic FH7 Portrait photography highlights
29
MP count decent (14MP)
focusing manually not possible
manual mode not possible
cannot use external flash
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
34
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
provides face detection autofocus
focusing manually not possible
no manual control
can't use external flash
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
Photography Glossary

Street Comparison

Panasonic F5 as a Street photography camera
Panasonic FH7 as a Street photography camera
56
lighter than average (121 grams)
screen does not articulate
does not have image stabilization
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
67
has image stabilization (Optical)
boasts focus by touch
lighter than others in class (126g)
screen does not articulate
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic F5 Sports photography details
Panasonic FH7 Sports photography details
33
MP count decent (14MP)
has tracking autofocus
low frames per second (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority
does not have image stabilization
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
40
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16MP)
provides tracking autofocus
max frames per second low (4.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic F5 Travel photography info
Panasonic FH7 Travel photography info
68
lighter than average (121g)
MP count decent (14 megapixels)
flash built-in
rather wide (28mm)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.2)
71
lighter than others in class (126g)
boasts focus by touch
megapixel count good (16MP)
has built in flash
relatively wide (28mm)
lack of Timelapse mode
display is not selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic F5 Landscape photography highlights
Panasonic FH7 Landscape photography highlights
33
rather wide (28mm)
MP count decent (14 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.2)
small screen (2.7 inches)
manual mode not possible
does not have image stabilization
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
doesn't have Timelapse recording
43
relatively wide (28mm)
screen size is good (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.1)
no manual control
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
lack of Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic F5 Vlogging highlights
Panasonic FH7 Vlogging highlights
28
rather wide (28mm)
lighter than average (121 grams)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.2)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
does not have image stabilization
low res video (1280 x 720 pixels)
doesn't have external microphone socket
34
relatively wide (28mm)
has touchscreen
has image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detection autofocus
lighter than others in class (126 grams)
slow max aperture (f3.1)
display is not selfie friendly
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pxls)
lack of external microphone support
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Panasonic F5 vs Panasonic FH7 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic F5 and Panasonic FH7
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH7
General Information
Make Panasonic Panasonic
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH7
Also called as - Lumix DMC-FS22
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Introduced 2013-01-07 2011-09-07
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip - Venus Engine IV
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 14MP 16MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio - 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4320 x 3240 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 6400 6400
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points - 11
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-140mm (5.0x) 28-112mm (4.0x)
Maximal aperture f/3.2-6.5 f/3.1-6.5
Macro focusing range 5cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 5.9
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 2.7 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 230 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Display tech TFT LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 8 seconds 60 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/1600 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 1.0 frames per sec 4.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 5.70 m 3.30 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
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)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video data format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Microphone support
Headphone support
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 proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 121 grams (0.27 lbs) 126 grams (0.28 lbs)
Physical dimensions 97 x 58 x 22mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.9") 95 x 56 x 19mm (3.7" x 2.2" 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 250 images 260 images
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots 1 1
Price at launch $100 $149