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Panasonic FH2 vs Panasonic FH7

Portability
96
Imaging
37
Features
33
Overall
35
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH2 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH7 front
Portability
96
Imaging
39
Features
36
Overall
37

Panasonic FH2 vs Panasonic FH7 Key Specs

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
  • Announced January 2011
  • Alternative Name is Lumix DMC-FS16
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
  • Additionally referred to as Lumix DMC-FS22
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Panasonic FH2 vs Panasonic FH7 Overview

In this write-up, we will be analyzing the Panasonic FH2 and Panasonic FH7, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras and both are built by Panasonic. The resolution of the FH2 (14MP) and the FH7 (16MP) is pretty well matched and they possess the same exact sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The FH2 was brought out 8 months earlier than the FH7 which means that they are of a similar age. Each of these cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before going straight into a thorough comparison, below is a brief highlight of how the FH2 scores against the FH7 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FH2 over the Panasonic FH7

 FH2 FH7 

Reasons to pick Panasonic FH7 over the Panasonic FH2

 FH7 FH2 
AnnouncedSeptember 2011January 2011More modern by 8 months
Screen sizing3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Panasonic FH2 and Panasonic FH7

 FH2 FH7 
Focus manually Lack of manual focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen resolution230k230kSame screen resolution
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen

Panasonic FH2 vs Panasonic FH7 Physical Comparison

If you are looking to carry around your camera often, you will have to take into account its weight and volume. The Panasonic FH2 comes with exterior measurements of 94mm x 54mm x 19mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.7") and a weight of 121 grams (0.27 lbs) while the Panasonic FH7 has sizing of 95mm x 56mm x 19mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7") along with a weight of 126 grams (0.28 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you are utilizing during that time. Underneath is the front view dimensions comparison of the FH2 compared to the FH7.

Panasonic FH2 vs Panasonic FH7 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability rating of the FH2 and FH7 is 96 and 96 respectively.

Panasonic FH2 vs Panasonic FH7 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FH2 vs Panasonic FH7 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it is very difficult to see the contrast between sensor sizes only by reading through specifications. The picture below will provide you a much better sense of the sensor measurements in the FH2 and FH7.

Plainly, the two cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing albeit not the same resolution. You can expect the Panasonic FH7 to give extra detail having its extra 2 Megapixels. Higher resolution will make it easier to crop pictures far more aggressively. The more aged FH2 is going to be behind when it comes to sensor innovation.

Panasonic FH2 vs Panasonic FH7 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FH2 vs Panasonic FH7 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FH2 vs Panasonic FH7 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FH2 Portrait photography details
Panasonic FH7 Portrait photography details
33
resolution is good (14MP)
includes face detect autofocus
focusing manually not possible
manual exposure not possible
external flash not possible
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
34
decent MP (16 megapixels)
includes face detect autofocus
manual focus not available
no manual control
cannot use external flash
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FH2 Street photography highlights
Panasonic FH7 Street photography highlights
67
image stabilization (Optical)
supports touch focus
lighter than average (121g)
screen is fixed
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
67
built in image stabilization (Optical)
offers focus via touch
lighter than average (126g)
no articulating screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FH2 Sports photography advice
Panasonic FH7 Sports photography advice
43
image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (14 megapixels)
includes tracking focus
better than average battery life (270 shots)
slow frames per second (4.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus
40
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
includes tracking focus
max frames per second very slow (4.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FH2 as a Travel photography camera
Panasonic FH7 as a Travel photography camera
72
better than average battery life (270 shots)
lighter than average (121 grams)
supports touch focus
resolution is good (14 megapixels)
has built in flash
decently wide (28mm)
missing Timelapse recording
does not posses selfie friendly display
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)
71
lighter than average (126 grams)
offers focus via touch
decent MP (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
pretty wide (28mm)
lack of Time Lapse recording
screen is not selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FH2 Landscape photography advice
Panasonic FH7 Landscape photography advice
41
decently wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (14 megapixels)
better than average battery life (270 per charge)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)
small screen (2.7 inches)
manual exposure not possible
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
missing Timelapse recording
43
pretty wide (28mm)
decent sized screen (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.1)
no manual control
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW files
lack of Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FH2 Vlogging details
Panasonic FH7 Vlogging details
32
decently wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detect autofocus
lighter than average (121g)
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)
does not posses selfie friendly display
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pixels)
missing microphone socket
34
pretty wide (28mm)
screen is touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detect autofocus
lighter than average (126g)
slow max aperture (f3.1)
screen is not selfie friendly
low res video (1280 x 720 resolution)
lack of mic port
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Panasonic FH2 vs Panasonic FH7 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FH2 and Panasonic FH7
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH2Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH7
General Information
Brand Name Panasonic Panasonic
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH2 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH7
Also Known as Lumix DMC-FS16 Lumix DMC-FS22
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2011-01-05 2011-09-07
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Venus Engine IV Venus Engine IV
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixel 16 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 Possible resolution 4320 x 3240 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 6400 6400
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points 11 11
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-112mm (4.0x) 28-112mm (4.0x)
Maximal aperture f/3.1-6.5 f/3.1-6.5
Macro focusing range 5cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 5.9
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 2.7" 3"
Resolution of screen 230k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60 secs 60 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/1600 secs 1/1600 secs
Continuous shutter speed 4.0 frames/s 4.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 3.30 m 3.30 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Mic jack
Headphone jack
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 seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 121 grams (0.27 lbs) 126 grams (0.28 lbs)
Dimensions 94 x 54 x 19mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.7") 95 x 56 x 19mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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 270 shots 260 shots
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots One One
Launch cost $149 $149