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Panasonic FH3 vs Panasonic FH7

Portability
94
Imaging
37
Features
21
Overall
30
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH3 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH7 front
Portability
96
Imaging
39
Features
36
Overall
37

Panasonic FH3 vs Panasonic FH7 Key Specs

Panasonic FH3
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F2.8-6.9) lens
  • 165g - 98 x 55 x 24mm
  • Launched January 2010
  • Alternative Name is Lumix DMC-FS11
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
  • Released September 2011
  • Alternative Name is Lumix DMC-FS22
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Panasonic FH3 vs Panasonic FH7 Overview

Its time to look a little more closely at the Panasonic FH3 and Panasonic FH7, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras and both of them are manufactured by Panasonic. The sensor resolution of the FH3 (14MP) and the FH7 (16MP) is very well matched and they enjoy the exact same sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The FH3 was revealed 20 months earlier than the FH7 making the cameras a generation away from one another. Both the cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before going in to a in-depth comparison, below is a simple summary of how the FH3 scores vs the FH7 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FH3 over the Panasonic FH7

 FH3 FH7 

Reasons to pick Panasonic FH7 over the Panasonic FH3

 FH7 FH3 
ReleasedSeptember 2011January 2010More modern by 20 months
Display dimension3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Panasonic FH3 and Panasonic FH7

 FH3 FH7 
Manual focus No manual focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display resolution230k230kEqual display resolution
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen

Panasonic FH3 vs Panasonic FH7 Physical Comparison

If you're going to carry around your camera regularly, you'll have to consider its weight and proportions. The Panasonic FH3 comes with exterior measurements of 98mm x 55mm x 24mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.9") along with a weight of 165 grams (0.36 lbs) and the Panasonic FH7 has measurements of 95mm x 56mm x 19mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7") having a weight of 126 grams (0.28 lbs).

Contrast the Panasonic FH3 and Panasonic FH7 in the latest Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary dependant on the lens you are using at the time. The following is the front view proportions comparison of the FH3 versus the FH7.

Panasonic FH3 vs Panasonic FH7 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the FH3 and FH7 is 94 and 96 respectively.

Panasonic FH3 vs Panasonic FH7 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FH3 vs Panasonic FH7 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, its hard to picture the difference between sensor sizes just by checking specs. The picture here should provide you a greater sense of the sensor measurements in the FH3 and FH7.

As you can plainly see, each of the cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements but different resolution. You should expect to see the Panasonic FH7 to give extra detail because of its extra 2MP. Greater resolution can also let you crop photos much more aggressively. The more aged FH3 is going to be behind when it comes to sensor innovation.

Panasonic FH3 vs Panasonic FH7 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FH3 vs Panasonic FH7 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FH3 vs Panasonic FH7 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Panasonic FH3
Portrait photography with Panasonic FH7
28
resolution is good (14MP)
no manual focus
lack of manual mode
can't use external flash
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
34
good resolution (16MP)
has face detect focusing
focusing manually not possible
no manual control
can't use external flash
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FH3 as a Street photography camera
Panasonic FH7 as a Street photography camera
57
built in image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
67
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports touch to focus
lighter than others (126 grams)
no articulating screen
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Panasonic FH3
Sports photography with Panasonic FH7
35
built in image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (14 megapixels)
low fps (6.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
40
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (16MP)
has tracking focus
very slow continuous shooting (4.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FH3 as a Travel photography camera
Panasonic FH7 as a Travel photography camera
65
resolution is good (14 megapixels)
flash built-in
quite wide (28mm)
missing Timelapse mode
display is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
71
lighter than others (126 grams)
supports touch to focus
good resolution (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
fairly wide (28mm)
lack of Time Lapse function
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Panasonic FH3
Landscape photography with Panasonic FH7
37
quite wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (14MP)
no manual focus
can't switch lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
screen is somewhat small (2.7")
lack of manual mode
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
missing Timelapse mode
43
fairly wide (28mm)
screen is a good size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (16MP)
focusing manually not possible
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)
no manual control
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
lack of Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FH3 Vlogging factors
Panasonic FH7 Vlogging factors
29
quite wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
display is not selfie friendly
low res video (1280 x 720 pxls)
missing external microphone support
34
fairly wide (28mm)
touchscreen capability
built in image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect focusing
lighter than others (126g)
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)
display isn't selfie friendly
low res video (1280 x 720 pixels)
lack of mic socket
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Panasonic FH3 vs Panasonic FH7 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FH3 and Panasonic FH7
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH3Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH7
General Information
Make Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH3 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH7
Also referred to as Lumix DMC-FS11 Lumix DMC-FS22
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Launched 2010-01-06 2011-09-07
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor - 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 area 27.7mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 14MP 16MP
Anti aliasing 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
Lowest native ISO 80 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points 9 11
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-140mm (5.0x) 28-112mm (4.0x)
Max aperture f/2.8-6.9 f/3.1-6.5
Macro focus distance 5cm 5cm
Crop factor 5.9 5.9
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 2.7 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 230 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Min shutter speed 60s 60s
Max shutter speed 1/1600s 1/1600s
Continuous shutter rate 6.0 frames/s 4.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 6.80 m 3.30 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
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
Mic port
Headphone port
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 sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 165g (0.36 lbs) 126g (0.28 lbs)
Dimensions 98 x 55 x 24mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.9") 95 x 56 x 19mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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 - 260 photos
Battery type - Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC card, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots One One
Retail pricing $160 $149