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Panasonic FH27 vs Panasonic FX90

Portability
94
Imaging
39
Features
34
Overall
37
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH27 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 front
Portability
95
Imaging
36
Features
34
Overall
35

Panasonic FH27 vs Panasonic FX90 Key Specs

Panasonic FH27
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-224mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 152g - 99 x 57 x 28mm
  • Announced January 2011
Panasonic FX90
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-120mm (F2.5-5.9) lens
  • 149g - 102 x 56 x 22mm
  • Introduced August 2011
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Panasonic FH27 vs Panasonic FX90 Overview

Here is a comprehensive analysis of the Panasonic FH27 and Panasonic FX90, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras and both are created by Panasonic. There is a considerable difference between the image resolutions of the FH27 (16MP) and FX90 (12MP) but both cameras posses the same sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The FH27 was introduced 7 months prior to the FX90 and they are both of a similar age. Both cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before diving right into a in-depth comparison, here is a concise summation of how the FH27 grades vs the FX90 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FH27 over the Panasonic FX90

 FH27 FX90 

Reasons to pick Panasonic FX90 over the Panasonic FH27

 FX90 FH27 
IntroducedAugust 2011January 2011Fresher by 7 months
Display resolution460k230kCrisper display (+230k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic FH27 and Panasonic FX90

 FH27 FX90 
Manual focus No manual focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display dimensions
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Panasonic FH27 vs Panasonic FX90 Physical Comparison

In case you're going to carry your camera often, you will want to think about its weight and dimensions. The Panasonic FH27 enjoys physical dimensions of 99mm x 57mm x 28mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.1") with a weight of 152 grams (0.34 lbs) while the Panasonic FX90 has dimensions of 102mm x 56mm x 22mm (4.0" x 2.2" x 0.9") with a weight of 149 grams (0.33 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you are utilizing at the time. Underneath is a front view dimensions comparison of the FH27 vs the FX90.

Panasonic FH27 vs Panasonic FX90 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability score of the FH27 and FX90 is 94 and 95 respectively.

Panasonic FH27 vs Panasonic FX90 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FH27 vs Panasonic FX90 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it can be difficult to imagine the contrast between sensor sizing only by reading a spec sheet. The photograph below might provide you a more clear sense of the sensor dimensions in the FH27 and FX90.

As you can see, each of the cameras provide the same sensor dimensions but different resolution. You can anticipate the Panasonic FH27 to offer extra detail using its extra 4MP. Greater resolution will let you crop images more aggressively. The older FH27 is going to be disadvantaged with regard to sensor technology.

Panasonic FH27 vs Panasonic FX90 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FH27 vs Panasonic FX90 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FH27 vs Panasonic FX90 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Panasonic FH27
Portrait photography with Panasonic FX90
34
good MP (16MP)
includes face detect focus
manual focus not available
manual mode not available
cannot use external flash
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
21
manual focus not available
lack of manual exposure
cannot use external flash
MP count low (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FH27 Street photography details
Panasonic FX90 Street photography details
63
image stabilization (Optical)
provides focus by touch
screen is fixed
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
62
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes focus by touch
fixed screen
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FH27 as a Sports photography camera
Panasonic FX90 as a Sports photography camera
40
image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (16 megapixels)
includes tracking focus
max fps very slow (4.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
30
has image stabilization (Optical)
provides tracking focus
continuous shooting slow (4.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
MP count low (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
not so great battery (200 CIPA)
lacks phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FH27 as a Travel photography camera
Panasonic FX90 as a Travel photography camera
68
provides focus by touch
good MP (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
relatively wide (28mm)
missing Time Lapse function
display is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
60
includes focus by touch
built-in flash
reasonably wide (24mm)
no Time Lapse recording
not so great battery (200 CIPA)
MP count low (12 megapixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FH27 as a Landscape photography camera
Panasonic FX90 as a Landscape photography camera
43
relatively wide (28mm)
good sized screen (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (16MP)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
manual mode not available
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
missing Time Lapse function
36
reasonably wide (24mm)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
manual focus not available
cannot swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.5)
lack of manual exposure
MP count low (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
not so great battery (200 per charge)
no Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FH27 Vlogging highlights
Panasonic FX90 Vlogging highlights
32
relatively wide (28mm)
touchscreen
image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detect focus
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
display is not selfie friendly
low quality video (1280 x 720 pxls)
missing mic jack
34
reasonably wide (24mm)
touchscreen
has image stabilization (Optical)
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.5)
screen isn't selfie friendly
no mic jack
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Panasonic FH27 vs Panasonic FX90 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FH27 and Panasonic FX90
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH27Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90
General Information
Brand Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH27 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2011-01-05 2011-08-26
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Venus Engine VI -
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 16 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio - 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4608 x 3456 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 6400 6400
Min native ISO 100 80
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points 11 23
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-224mm (8.0x) 24-120mm (5.0x)
Maximum aperture f/3.3-5.9 f/2.5-5.9
Macro focus distance 5cm 3cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 5.9
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 3" 3"
Screen resolution 230 thousand dot 460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Screen technology TFT Touch Screen LCD TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60s 60s
Maximum shutter speed 1/1600s 1/4000s
Continuous shooting speed 4.0fps 4.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 5.80 m 5.90 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync
External flash
Auto exposure 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 (24 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video data format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 152g (0.34 lb) 149g (0.33 lb)
Physical dimensions 99 x 57 x 28mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.1") 102 x 56 x 22mm (4.0" x 2.2" 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 life 250 images 200 images
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots Single Single
Launch cost $229 $227