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Panasonic FH6 vs Panasonic FH7

Portability
96
Imaging
38
Features
29
Overall
34
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH6 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH7 front
Portability
96
Imaging
39
Features
36
Overall
37

Panasonic FH6 vs Panasonic FH7 Key Specs

Panasonic FH6
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-120mm (F2.5-6.4) lens
  • 119g - 96 x 56 x 20mm
  • Revealed January 2012
Panasonic FH7
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-112mm (F3.1-6.5) lens
  • 126g - 95 x 56 x 19mm
  • Announced September 2011
  • Additionally referred to as Lumix DMC-FS22
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Panasonic FH6 vs Panasonic FH7 Overview

Its time to take a more detailed look at the Panasonic FH6 and Panasonic FH7, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras and they are both produced by Panasonic. The sensor resolution of the FH6 (14MP) and the FH7 (16MP) is pretty well matched and they come with the same exact sensor measurements (1/2.3").

Photography Glossary

The FH6 was announced 5 months after the FH7 and they are of a similar generation. Both of these cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before delving in to a comprehensive comparison, below is a short overview of how the FH6 matches up vs the FH7 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FH6 over the Panasonic FH7

 FH6 FH7 

Reasons to pick Panasonic FH7 over the Panasonic FH6

 FH7 FH6 
Screen sizing3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Panasonic FH6 and Panasonic FH7

 FH6 FH7 
AnnouncedJanuary 2012September 2011Similar generation
Manual focus No manual focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen resolution230k230kExact same screen resolution
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen

Panasonic FH6 vs Panasonic FH7 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is intending to carry around your camera frequently, you should think about its weight and dimensions. The Panasonic FH6 comes with exterior dimensions of 96mm x 56mm x 20mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.8") with a weight of 119 grams (0.26 lbs) while the Panasonic FH7 has dimensions of 95mm x 56mm x 19mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7") having a weight of 126 grams (0.28 lbs).

Check out the Panasonic FH6 and Panasonic FH7 in the all new Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ depending on the lens you are employing at that moment. Following is the front view physical size comparison of the FH6 versus the FH7.

Panasonic FH6 vs Panasonic FH7 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability grade of the FH6 and FH7 is 96 and 96 respectively.

Panasonic FH6 vs Panasonic FH7 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FH6 vs Panasonic FH7 Sensor Comparison

Often, it is hard to picture the difference between sensor sizes just by reading through a spec sheet. The image underneath will help give you a greater sense of the sensor dimensions in the FH6 and FH7.

As you can see, both of the cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing albeit different megapixels. You should expect the Panasonic FH7 to give you more detail with its extra 2MP. Higher resolution will also help you crop shots far more aggressively.

Panasonic FH6 vs Panasonic FH7 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FH6 vs Panasonic FH7 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FH6 vs Panasonic FH7 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FH6 Portrait photography highlights
Panasonic FH7 Portrait photography highlights
34
megapixel count good (14 megapixels)
has face detection focus
manual focus not available
manual mode not available
can't use external flash
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
34
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
has face detect autofocus
lack of manual focus
no manual control
external flash not possible
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FH6 Street photography factors
Panasonic FH7 Street photography factors
63
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (119 grams)
screen does not articulate
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
67
image stabilization (Optical)
has touch to focus
lighter than average (126 grams)
no articulating screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FH6 Sports photography features
Panasonic FH7 Sports photography features
40
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (14 megapixels)
good battery pack (280 per charge)
max frames per second very slow (2.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
40
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
has tracking focus
continuous shooting slow (4.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FH6 Travel photography features
Panasonic FH7 Travel photography features
71
good battery pack (280 shots)
lighter than competition (119g)
megapixel count good (14MP)
built-in flash
decently wide (24mm)
does not have Time Lapse recording
does not offer selfie friendly display
slow max aperture (f2.5)
71
lighter than average (126g)
has touch to focus
MP count decent (16MP)
flash built-in
really wide (28mm)
lack of Timelapse mode
screen isn't selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Panasonic FH6
Landscape photography with Panasonic FH7
41
decently wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (14MP)
good battery pack (280 per charge)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.5)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inch)
manual mode not available
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
does not have Time Lapse recording
43
really wide (28mm)
decent sized screen (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16MP)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
no manual control
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
lack of Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FH6 as a Vlogging camera
Panasonic FH7 as a Vlogging camera
33
decently wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection focus
lighter than competition (119g)
slow max aperture (f2.5)
does not offer selfie friendly display
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pixels)
does not have external mic support
34
really wide (28mm)
touchscreen functionality
image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect autofocus
lighter than average (126g)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
screen isn't selfie friendly
low res video (1280 x 720 pxls)
lack of microphone socket
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Panasonic FH6 vs Panasonic FH7 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FH6 and Panasonic FH7
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH6Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH7
General Information
Brand Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH6 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH7
Also referred to as - Lumix DMC-FS22
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Revealed 2012-01-09 2011-09-07
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip - Venus Engine IV
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 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 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4320 x 3240 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 6400 6400
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points 9 11
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 24-120mm (5.0x) 28-112mm (4.0x)
Highest aperture f/2.5-6.4 f/3.1-6.5
Macro focus distance 5cm 5cm
Crop factor 5.9 5.9
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 2.7 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 230 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Screen tech TFT Color LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 8s 60s
Maximum shutter speed 1/1600s 1/1600s
Continuous shooting rate 2.0fps 4.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 4.60 m 3.30 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (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)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video data format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Microphone 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 119 grams (0.26 pounds) 126 grams (0.28 pounds)
Dimensions 96 x 56 x 20mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.8") 95 x 56 x 19mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7")
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 280 images 260 images
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Pricing at launch $129 $149