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Panasonic FH3 vs Sony A200

Portability
94
Imaging
37
Features
21
Overall
30
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH3 front
 
Sony Alpha DSLR-A200 front
Portability
66
Imaging
50
Features
38
Overall
45

Panasonic FH3 vs Sony A200 Key Specs

Panasonic FH3
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F2.8-6.9) lens
  • 165g - 98 x 55 x 24mm
  • Released January 2010
  • Other Name is Lumix DMC-FS11
Sony A200
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 572g - 131 x 99 x 71mm
  • Introduced July 2008
  • Updated by Sony A230
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Panasonic FH3 vs Sony A200 Overview

Let's look a little more in depth at the Panasonic FH3 and Sony A200, one is a Small Sensor Compact and the other is a Entry-Level DSLR by brands Panasonic and Sony. There is a big difference among the resolutions of the FH3 (14MP) and A200 (10MP) and the FH3 (1/2.3") and A200 (APS-C) feature totally different sensor sizing.

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The FH3 was brought out 18 months after the A200 making the cameras a generation away from each other. Both the cameras come with different body type with the Panasonic FH3 being a Compact camera and the Sony A200 being a Compact SLR camera.

Before getting in to a detailed comparison, below is a concise overview of how the FH3 grades versus the A200 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FH3 over the Sony A200

 FH3 A200 
IntroducedJanuary 2010July 2008Newer by 18 months

Reasons to pick Sony A200 over the Panasonic FH3

 A200 FH3 
Manual focus More exact focusing

Common features in the Panasonic FH3 and Sony A200

 FH3 A200 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display dimension2.7"2.7"Identical display measurement
Display resolution230k230kEqual display resolution
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen
Touch friendly display No Touch friendly display

Panasonic FH3 vs Sony A200 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is planning to travel with your camera frequently, you will want to factor in its weight and measurements. The Panasonic FH3 has outer measurements of 98mm x 55mm x 24mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.9") with a weight of 165 grams (0.36 lbs) whilst the Sony A200 has proportions of 131mm x 99mm x 71mm (5.2" x 3.9" x 2.8") with a weight of 572 grams (1.26 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you use during that time. The following is the front view proportions comparison of the FH3 against the A200.

Panasonic FH3 vs Sony A200 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability rating of the FH3 and A200 is 94 and 66 respectively.

Panasonic FH3 vs Sony A200 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FH3 vs Sony A200 Sensor Comparison

Generally, its difficult to visualise the gap in sensor dimensions just by checking out specs. The image here will give you a greater sense of the sensor measurements in the FH3 and A200.

As you can plainly see, both of those cameras have got different megapixel count and different sensor dimensions. The FH3 because of its smaller sensor will make getting shallower depth of field more difficult and the Panasonic FH3 will provide more detail having its extra 4MP. Greater resolution will also make it easier to crop photos much more aggressively. The more recent FH3 will have a benefit with regard to sensor technology.

Panasonic FH3 vs Sony A200 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FH3 vs Sony A200 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FH3 vs Sony A200 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FH3 Portrait photography factors
Sony A200 Portrait photography factors
28
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
focusing manually not possible
lack of manual mode
can't use external flash
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
54
manual focus
decent sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
does not have liveview
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FH3 as a Street photography camera
Sony A200 as a Street photography camera
57
built in image stabilization (Optical)
no moving screen
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
66
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
screen is fixed
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Panasonic FH3
Sports photography with Sony A200
35
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
very slow continuous shooting (6.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF
50
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports phase detect auto focus
does not have liveview
painfully slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames/s)
sensor resolution low (10MP)
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic FH3
Travel photography with Sony A200
65
decent sensor resolution (14 megapixels)
built-in flash
reasonably wide (28mm)
does not have Timelapse recording
does not offer selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
46
built-in flash
does not have Timelapse mode
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Panasonic FH3
Landscape photography with Sony A200
37
reasonably wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
small screen (2.7 inches)
lack of manual mode
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
does not have Timelapse recording
54
manual focus
swap lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
small screen (2.7 inch)
does not have liveview
sensor resolution low (10MP)
does not have Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FH3 Vlogging factors
Sony A200 Vlogging factors
29
reasonably wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
does not have external microphone socket
9
lack of video recording
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Panasonic FH3 vs Sony A200 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FH3 and Sony A200
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH3Sony Alpha DSLR-A200
General Information
Company Panasonic Sony
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH3 Sony Alpha DSLR-A200
Otherwise known as Lumix DMC-FS11 -
Class Small Sensor Compact Entry-Level DSLR
Released 2010-01-06 2008-07-17
Body design Compact Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" APS-C
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 23.6 x 15.8mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 372.9mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixel 10 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 -
Highest resolution 4320 x 3240 3872 x 2592
Highest native ISO 6400 3200
Min native ISO 80 100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens support fixed lens Sony/Minolta Alpha
Lens zoom range 28-140mm (5.0x) -
Highest aperture f/2.8-6.9 -
Macro focusing range 5cm -
Number of lenses - 143
Crop factor 5.9 1.5
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 2.7" 2.7"
Screen resolution 230 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage - 95%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.55x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60s 30s
Highest shutter speed 1/1600s 1/4000s
Continuous shooting speed 6.0 frames/s 3.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 6.80 m 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro Auto, Red-Eye, Slow, Red-Eye Slow, Rear curtain, wireless
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) -
Highest video resolution 1280x720 None
Video data format 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 165 gr (0.36 lb) 572 gr (1.26 lb)
Dimensions 98 x 55 x 24mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.9") 131 x 99 x 71mm (5.2" x 3.9" x 2.8")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested 63
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 22.3
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 11.3
DXO Low light rating not tested 521
Other
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC card, Internal Compact Flash
Storage slots One One
Pricing at launch $160 $100