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Panasonic FH3 vs Sony HX30V

Portability
94
Imaging
37
Features
21
Overall
30
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH3 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V front
Portability
90
Imaging
42
Features
50
Overall
45

Panasonic FH3 vs Sony HX30V 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
  • Revealed January 2010
  • Other Name is Lumix DMC-FS11
Sony HX30V
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-500mm (F3.2-5.8) lens
  • 254g - 107 x 62 x 35mm
  • Launched February 2012
  • Replaced the Sony HX20V
  • Later Model is Sony HX50V
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Panasonic FH3 vs Sony HX30V Overview

Following is a in-depth analysis of the Panasonic FH3 versus Sony HX30V, one is a Small Sensor Compact and the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom by companies Panasonic and Sony. There exists a significant gap between the resolutions of the FH3 (14MP) and HX30V (18MP) but they come with the same exact sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The FH3 was brought out 3 years before the HX30V which is quite a sizable gap as far as technology is concerned. The two cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before getting through a complete comparison, below is a concise overview of how the FH3 grades vs the HX30V for portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FH3 over the Sony HX30V

 FH3 HX30V 

Reasons to pick Sony HX30V over the Panasonic FH3

 HX30V FH3 
LaunchedFebruary 2012January 2010More modern by 26 months
Manual focus Dial precise focusing
Display sizing3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution922k230kSharper display (+692k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic FH3 and Sony HX30V

 FH3 HX30V 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither contains selfie screen
Touch friendly display No Touch friendly display

Panasonic FH3 vs Sony HX30V Physical Comparison

When you are intending to carry around your camera frequently, you have to factor its weight and dimensions. The Panasonic FH3 has got external measurements of 98mm x 55mm x 24mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.9") and a weight of 165 grams (0.36 lbs) whilst the Sony HX30V has dimensions of 107mm x 62mm x 35mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.4") having a weight of 254 grams (0.56 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change dependant on the lens you have at the time. Following is the front view proportions comparison of the FH3 against the HX30V.

Panasonic FH3 vs Sony HX30V size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the FH3 and HX30V is 94 and 90 respectively.

Panasonic FH3 vs Sony HX30V top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FH3 vs Sony HX30V Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, its hard to visualise the contrast between sensor sizes only by reviewing a spec sheet. The picture underneath will help offer you a stronger sense of the sensor measurements in the FH3 and HX30V.

As you can see, both of the cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing but not the same MP. You should expect to see the Sony HX30V to offer you greater detail having its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will enable you to crop pics a little more aggressively. The more aged FH3 is going to be disadvantaged in sensor technology.

Panasonic FH3 vs Sony HX30V sensor size comparison

Panasonic FH3 vs Sony HX30V Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FH3 vs Sony HX30V Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FH3 Portrait photography info
Sony HX30V Portrait photography info
28
sensor resolution is decent (14MP)
manual focus not available
no manual exposure
no external flash support
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
45
focusing manually
megapixel count decent (18 megapixels)
features face detect autofocus
no external flash support
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FH3 Street photography features
Sony HX30V Street photography features
57
has image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
61
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (254g)
screen is fixed
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FH3 as a Sports photography camera
Sony HX30V as a Sports photography camera
35
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (14 megapixels)
max frames per second very slow (6.0 fps)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect AF
49
great zoom range (25-500mm 20.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (18MP)
features tracking focus
lack of shutter priority mode
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FH3 Travel photography advice
Sony HX30V Travel photography advice
65
sensor resolution is decent (14 megapixels)
built-in flash
really wide (28mm)
no Timelapse mode
does not contain selfie friendly screen
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
69
lighter than competition (254g)
megapixel count decent (18MP)
built-in flash
pretty wide (25mm)
very long zoom (500mm)
does not have Timelapse recording
screen isn't selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f3.2)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FH3 as a Landscape photography camera
Sony HX30V as a Landscape photography camera
37
really wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (14MP)
manual focus not available
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inch)
no manual exposure
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
no Timelapse mode
50
focusing manually
pretty wide (25mm)
decent sized screen (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (18MP)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.2)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
does not have Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FH3 Vlogging info
Sony HX30V Vlogging info
29
really wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
no external microphone jack
34
pretty wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
features face detect autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competition (254g)
slow max aperture (f3.2)
screen isn't selfie friendly
does not have microphone port
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Panasonic FH3 vs Sony HX30V Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FH3 and Sony HX30V
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH3Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Sony
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH3 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V
Alternative name Lumix DMC-FS11 -
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2010-01-06 2012-02-28
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip - BIONZ
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
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 megapixels 18 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Full resolution 4320 x 3240 4896 x 3672
Max native ISO 6400 12800
Minimum native ISO 80 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-140mm (5.0x) 25-500mm (20.0x)
Maximal aperture f/2.8-6.9 f/3.2-5.8
Macro focus distance 5cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.9 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 2.7" 3"
Resolution of screen 230k dot 922k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Screen tech - XtraFine TruBlack TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60s 30s
Maximum shutter speed 1/1600s 1/1600s
Continuous shooting speed 6.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 6.80 m 7.10 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure 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) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 165 gr (0.36 lb) 254 gr (0.56 lb)
Dimensions 98 x 55 x 24mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.9") 107 x 62 x 35mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.4")
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 - 320 shots
Type of battery - Battery Pack
Battery model - NP-BG1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC card, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots 1 1
Launch price $160 $420