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Panasonic FH3 vs Sony A7 III

Portability
94
Imaging
37
Features
21
Overall
30
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH3 front
 
Sony Alpha A7 III front
Portability
63
Imaging
74
Features
92
Overall
81

Panasonic FH3 vs Sony A7 III 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
  • Introduced January 2010
  • Alternative Name is Lumix DMC-FS11
Sony A7 III
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Increase to 204800)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 650g - 127 x 96 x 74mm
  • Announced February 2018
  • Older Model is Sony A7 II
  • Newer Model is Sony A7 IV
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Panasonic FH3 vs Sony A7 III Overview

Here is a thorough analysis of the Panasonic FH3 and Sony A7 III, former being a Small Sensor Compact while the other is a Pro Mirrorless by manufacturers Panasonic and Sony. There is a sizable difference among the sensor resolutions of the FH3 (14MP) and A7 III (24MP) and the FH3 (1/2.3") and A7 III (Full frame) use totally different sensor sizes.

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The FH3 was manufactured 9 years prior to the A7 III and that is a fairly significant difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Each of these cameras offer different body type with the Panasonic FH3 being a Compact camera and the Sony A7 III being a SLR-style mirrorless camera.

Before diving through a complete comparison, below is a short summary of how the FH3 matches up against the A7 III in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FH3 over the Sony A7 III

 FH3 A7 III 

Reasons to pick Sony A7 III over the Panasonic FH3

 A7 III FH3 
AnnouncedFebruary 2018January 2010Fresher by 99 months
Manual focus Dial precise focusing
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display sizing3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution922k230kCrisper display (+692k dot)
Touch display Easily navigate

Common features in the Panasonic FH3 and Sony A7 III

 FH3 A7 III 
Selfie screen No selfie screen

Panasonic FH3 vs Sony A7 III Physical Comparison

In case you're looking to carry your camera often, you will need to factor in its weight and measurements. The Panasonic FH3 offers exterior dimensions of 98mm x 55mm x 24mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.9") and a weight of 165 grams (0.36 lbs) while the Sony A7 III has proportions of 127mm x 96mm x 74mm (5.0" x 3.8" x 2.9") along with a weight of 650 grams (1.43 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you are utilizing at that time. Below is the front view dimension comparison of the FH3 compared to the A7 III.

Panasonic FH3 vs Sony A7 III size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability score of the FH3 and A7 III is 94 and 63 respectively.

Panasonic FH3 vs Sony A7 III top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FH3 vs Sony A7 III Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it is very hard to envision the gap in sensor sizing purely by researching specifications. The graphic underneath should give you a better sense of the sensor dimensions in the FH3 and A7 III.

Plainly, both cameras enjoy different resolutions and different sensor sizing. The FH3 due to its smaller sensor will make shooting bokeh harder and the Sony A7 III will provide you with more detail due to its extra 10MP. Greater resolution will help you crop pics far more aggressively. The older FH3 will be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor innovation.

Panasonic FH3 vs Sony A7 III sensor size comparison

Panasonic FH3 vs Sony A7 III Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FH3 vs Sony A7 III Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FH3 Portrait photography details
Sony A7 III Portrait photography details
28
decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
lack of manual mode
cannot use external flash
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
84
focusing manually
good megapixels (24 megapixels)
large sensor size (Full frame)
offers face detect focus
exports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FH3 Street photography advice
Sony A7 III Street photography advice
57
built in image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
78
screen tilts up and down
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
large sensor size (Full frame)
exports RAW files
includes touch to focus
environment sealing
great ISO range (51,200)
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FH3 Sports photography details
Sony A7 III Sports photography details
35
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
slow frames per second (6.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
87
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good megapixels (24MP)
large sensor size (Full frame)
offers tracking focus
environment sealing
better than average battery power (610 shots)
has phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FH3 Travel photography factors
Sony A7 III Travel photography factors
65
decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
has built in flash
reasonably wide (28mm)
no Time Lapse function
does not have selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
73
better than average battery power (610 per charge)
environment sealing
has bluetooth
includes touch to focus
good megapixels (24 megapixels)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FH3 Landscape photography information
Sony A7 III Landscape photography information
37
reasonably wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (14MP)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
screen is small (2.7 inches)
lack of manual mode
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
no Time Lapse function
85
focusing manually
switch lenses (Sony E mount)
screen size is good (3 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good megapixels (24MP)
large sensor size (Full frame)
great ISO range (51,200)
exports RAW files
environment sealing
better than average battery power (610 CIPA)
2 card slots
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FH3 Vlogging factors
Sony A7 III Vlogging factors
29
reasonably wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
does not have selfie friendly screen
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pixels)
no external mic jack
36
screen is touchscreen
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
offers face detect focus
good video quality (3840 x 2160 pxls)
has mic support
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
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Panasonic FH3 vs Sony A7 III Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FH3 and Sony A7 III
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH3Sony Alpha A7 III
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Sony
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH3 Sony Alpha A7 III
Alternate name Lumix DMC-FS11 -
Class Small Sensor Compact Pro Mirrorless
Introduced 2010-01-06 2018-02-27
Physical type Compact SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor - Bionz X
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" Full frame
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 35.8 x 23.8mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 852.0mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixel 24 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4320 x 3240 6000 x 4000
Maximum native ISO 6400 51200
Maximum boosted ISO - 204800
Min native ISO 80 100
RAW images
Min boosted ISO - 50
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points 9 693
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens Sony E
Lens focal range 28-140mm (5.0x) -
Max aperture f/2.8-6.9 -
Macro focus range 5cm -
Available lenses - 121
Focal length multiplier 5.9 1
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Tilting
Display size 2.7 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 230 thousand dots 922 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,359 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.78x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60 seconds 30 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/1600 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 6.0 frames per second 10.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 6.80 m no built-in flash
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro no built-in flash
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance 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) 3840 x 2160 (30p, 24p) 1920 x 1080 (120p, 60p, 60i, 24p), 1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 3840x2160
Video file format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S, H.264
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 165 grams (0.36 lbs) 650 grams (1.43 lbs)
Dimensions 98 x 55 x 24mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.9") 127 x 96 x 74mm (5.0" x 3.8" x 2.9")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested 96
DXO Color Depth score not tested 25.0
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 14.7
DXO Low light score not tested 3730
Other
Battery life - 610 pictures
Form of battery - Battery Pack
Battery model - NP-FZ100
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec; continuous (3 or 5 exposures))
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC card, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Card slots 1 2
Retail price $160 $1,998