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Panasonic FH20 vs Sony W830

Portability
93
Imaging
37
Features
21
Overall
30
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH20 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830 front
Portability
96
Imaging
45
Features
26
Overall
37

Panasonic FH20 vs Sony W830 Key Specs

Panasonic FH20
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • 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 referred to as Lumix DMC-FS30
Sony W830
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-200mm (F3.3-6.3) lens
  • 122g - 93 x 52 x 23mm
  • Launched January 2014
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Panasonic FH20 vs Sony W830 Overview

Its time to look closer at the Panasonic FH20 vs Sony W830, former being a Small Sensor Compact while the other is a Ultracompact by manufacturers Panasonic and Sony. There exists a noticeable gap among the resolutions of the FH20 (14MP) and W830 (20MP) but they come with the same exact sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The FH20 was brought out 5 years prior to the W830 and that is a fairly sizable difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Each of the cameras offer different body type with the Panasonic FH20 being a Compact camera and the Sony W830 being a Ultracompact camera.

Before we go straight into a step-by-step comparison, below is a quick summary of how the FH20 grades against the W830 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FH20 over the Sony W830

 FH20 W830 

Reasons to pick Sony W830 over the Panasonic FH20

 W830 FH20 
LaunchedJanuary 2014January 2010Fresher by 48 months

Common features in the Panasonic FH20 and Sony W830

 FH20 W830 
Manual focus Lack of manual focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display sizing2.7"2.7"Equivalent display measurement
Display resolution230k230kIdentical display resolution
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen
Touch display Missing Touch display

Panasonic FH20 vs Sony W830 Physical Comparison

If you're planning to carry your camera, you'll need to think about its weight and dimensions. The Panasonic FH20 has outside dimensions of 100mm x 56mm x 28mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.1") having a weight of 178 grams (0.39 lbs) whilst the Sony W830 has dimensions of 93mm x 52mm x 23mm (3.7" x 2.0" x 0.9") with a weight of 122 grams (0.27 lbs).

Take a look at the Panasonic FH20 vs Sony W830 in our brand new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember that, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you are utilizing at that time. Here is the front view dimensions comparison of the FH20 against the W830.

Panasonic FH20 vs Sony W830 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the FH20 and W830 is 93 and 96 respectively.

Panasonic FH20 vs Sony W830 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FH20 vs Sony W830 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it's tough to see the difference in sensor sizing just by going through specifications. The visual below will help provide you a clearer sense of the sensor sizes in the FH20 and W830.

To sum up, both cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing but not the same MP. You can expect to see the Sony W830 to produce extra detail having its extra 6 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also enable you to crop images a little more aggressively. The older FH20 will be behind with regard to sensor innovation.

Panasonic FH20 vs Sony W830 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FH20 vs Sony W830 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FH20 vs Sony W830 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Panasonic FH20
Portrait photography with Sony W830
28
good megapixels (14MP)
focusing manually not possible
manual mode not available
cannot use external flash
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
38
resolution is good (20MP)
provides face detection autofocus
no manual focus
manual mode not available
can't use external flash
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FH20 as a Street photography camera
Sony W830 as a Street photography camera
56
built in image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
59
has image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FH20 Sports photography highlights
Sony W830 Sports photography highlights
35
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
continuous shooting slow (5.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus
43
has image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (20MP)
provides tracking autofocus
slow frames per second (1.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic FH20
Travel photography with Sony W830
64
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
has built in flash
quite wide (28mm)
does not have Timelapse function
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
67
resolution is good (20 megapixels)
flash built-in
quite wide (25mm)
doesn't have Timelapse mode
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Panasonic FH20
Landscape photography with Sony W830
37
quite wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
screen is small (2.7 inches)
manual mode not available
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
does not have Timelapse function
41
quite wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (20 megapixels)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inches)
manual mode not available
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
doesn't have Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FH20 as a Vlogging camera
Sony W830 as a Vlogging camera
28
quite wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
display isn't selfie friendly
low res video (1280 x 720 pxls)
does not have external microphone socket
32
quite wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detection autofocus
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pixels)
doesn't have external microphone port
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Panasonic FH20 vs Sony W830 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FH20 and Sony W830
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH20Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830
General Information
Brand Panasonic Sony
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH20 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830
Also referred to as Lumix DMC-FS30 -
Category Small Sensor Compact Ultracompact
Announced 2010-01-06 2014-01-07
Body design Compact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Chip - Bionz
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixel 20 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4320 x 3240 5152 x 3864
Maximum native ISO 6400 3200
Min native ISO 80 80
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points 9 -
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-224mm (8.0x) 25-200mm (8.0x)
Highest aperture f/3.3-5.9 f/3.3-6.3
Macro focus range 5cm -
Crop factor 5.9 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 2.7 inches 2.7 inches
Resolution of display 230 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Display tech - Clear Photo LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60s 2s
Maximum shutter speed 1/1600s 1/1600s
Continuous shooting speed 5.0fps 1.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 5.80 m (Auto ISO) 2.80 m (with ISO auto)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro Auto / Flash On / Slow Synchro / Flash Off / Advanced Flash
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
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)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video data format Motion JPEG H.264
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 proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 178 gr (0.39 lb) 122 gr (0.27 lb)
Dimensions 100 x 56 x 28mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.1") 93 x 52 x 23mm (3.7" x 2.0" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery model - NP-BN
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 secs)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo, microSD/microSDHC
Storage slots Single Single
Retail price $179 $128