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Panasonic FH20 vs Panasonic FH7

Portability
93
Imaging
37
Features
21
Overall
30
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH20 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH7 front
Portability
96
Imaging
39
Features
36
Overall
37

Panasonic FH20 vs Panasonic FH7 Key Specs

Panasonic FH20
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-224mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 178g - 100 x 56 x 28mm
  • Announced January 2010
  • Also Known as Lumix DMC-FS30
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
  • Launched September 2011
  • Also Known as Lumix DMC-FS22
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Panasonic FH20 vs Panasonic FH7 Overview

Its time to look a little more closely at the Panasonic FH20 and Panasonic FH7, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras and both are manufactured by Panasonic. The image resolution of the FH20 (14MP) and the FH7 (16MP) is fairly similar and both cameras boast the same sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The FH20 was manufactured 20 months before the FH7 making them a generation apart from one another. Both of these cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before going straight to a in-depth comparison, here is a simple synopsis of how the FH20 scores versus the FH7 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FH20 over the Panasonic FH7

 FH20 FH7 

Reasons to pick Panasonic FH7 over the Panasonic FH20

 FH7 FH20 
LaunchedSeptember 2011January 2010Fresher by 20 months
Display dimensions3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Touch display Easily navigate

Common features in the Panasonic FH20 and Panasonic FH7

 FH20 FH7 
Manually focus Lack of manual focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display resolution230k230kSame display resolution
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen

Panasonic FH20 vs Panasonic FH7 Physical Comparison

When you are looking to carry your camera, you should consider its weight and measurements. The Panasonic FH20 has exterior measurements of 100mm x 56mm x 28mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.1") accompanied by a weight of 178 grams (0.39 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 Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you select at the time. The following is a front view measurements comparison of the FH20 vs the FH7.

Panasonic FH20 vs Panasonic FH7 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability score of the FH20 and FH7 is 93 and 96 respectively.

Panasonic FH20 vs Panasonic FH7 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FH20 vs Panasonic FH7 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it's tough to visualise the contrast between sensor sizing merely by going over specifications. The photograph below will provide you a better sense of the sensor measurements in the FH20 and FH7.

Plainly, the 2 cameras provide the same sensor dimensions but not the same megapixels. You should anticipate the Panasonic FH7 to deliver more detail due to its extra 2 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also let you crop pics more aggressively. The older FH20 is going to be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor technology.

Panasonic FH20 vs Panasonic FH7 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FH20 vs Panasonic FH7 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FH20 vs Panasonic FH7 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FH20 Portrait photography details
Panasonic FH7 Portrait photography details
28
good resolution (14MP)
focusing manually not possible
no manual control
can't use external flash
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
34
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
includes face detection focus
no manual focus
lack of manual mode
no external flash support
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FH20 Street photography advice
Panasonic FH7 Street photography advice
56
image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
67
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes focus by touch
lighter than competition in class (126g)
screen does not articulate
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FH20 as a Sports photography camera
Panasonic FH7 as a Sports photography camera
35
image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (14 megapixels)
slow fps (5.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
40
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
includes tracking autofocus
very slow continuous shooting (4.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FH20 Travel photography factors
Panasonic FH7 Travel photography factors
64
good resolution (14 megapixels)
has built in flash
relatively wide (28mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
doesn't have selfie friendly display
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
71
lighter than competition in class (126g)
includes focus by touch
megapixel count decent (16MP)
flash built-in
rather wide (28mm)
does not have Timelapse recording
screen is not selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FH20 Landscape photography advice
Panasonic FH7 Landscape photography advice
37
relatively wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (14MP)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
tiny screen (2.7 inch)
no manual control
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
43
rather wide (28mm)
screen is a decent size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
lack of manual mode
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
does not have Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Panasonic FH20
Vlogging with Panasonic FH7
28
relatively wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
low quality video (1280 x 720 pxls)
doesn't have external mic port
34
rather wide (28mm)
touch screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection focus
lighter than competition in class (126g)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
screen is not selfie friendly
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pixels)
does not have external microphone port
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Panasonic FH20 vs Panasonic FH7 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FH20 and Panasonic FH7
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH20Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH7
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Panasonic
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH20 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH7
Also called as Lumix DMC-FS30 Lumix DMC-FS22
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2010-01-06 2011-09-07
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by - 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 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4320 x 3240 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 6400 6400
Minimum native ISO 80 100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points 9 11
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-224mm (8.0x) 28-112mm (4.0x)
Largest aperture f/3.3-5.9 f/3.1-6.5
Macro focusing range 5cm 5cm
Crop factor 5.9 5.9
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 2.7 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 230k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60s 60s
Fastest shutter speed 1/1600s 1/1600s
Continuous shutter speed 5.0fps 4.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 5.80 m (Auto ISO) 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
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 848 x 480 (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)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Microphone 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
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 178 gr (0.39 lbs) 126 gr (0.28 lbs)
Physical dimensions 100 x 56 x 28mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.1") 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 - 260 images
Battery form - 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 1 1
Pricing at release $179 $149