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Panasonic FH6 vs Sony A900

Portability
96
Imaging
38
Features
29
Overall
34
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH6 front
 
Sony Alpha DSLR-A900 front
Portability
54
Imaging
67
Features
62
Overall
65

Panasonic FH6 vs Sony A900 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
  • Released January 2012
Sony A900
(Full Review)
  • 25MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • No Video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 895g - 156 x 117 x 82mm
  • Launched October 2008
  • Later Model is Sony A99
Photography Glossary

Panasonic FH6 vs Sony A900 Overview

Its time to look more closely at the Panasonic FH6 versus Sony A900, former being a Small Sensor Compact while the latter is a Advanced DSLR by brands Panasonic and Sony. There is a large difference between the image resolutions of the FH6 (14MP) and A900 (25MP) and the FH6 (1/2.3") and A900 (Full frame) provide totally different sensor measurements.

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The FH6 was manufactured 3 years later than the A900 and that is quite a serious difference as far as tech is concerned. Each of the cameras feature different body design with the Panasonic FH6 being a Compact camera and the Sony A900 being a Mid-size SLR camera.

Before getting right into a in depth comparison, here is a quick highlight of how the FH6 scores vs the A900 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FH6 over the Sony A900

 FH6 A900 
LaunchedJanuary 2012October 2008More recent by 40 months

Reasons to pick Sony A900 over the Panasonic FH6

 A900 FH6 
Manually focus More exact focusing
Screen size3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution922k230kClearer screen (+692k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic FH6 and Sony A900

 FH6 A900 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Missing Touch friendly screen

Panasonic FH6 vs Sony A900 Physical Comparison

When you are going to lug around your camera frequently, you need to think about its weight and size. The Panasonic FH6 features physical measurements of 96mm x 56mm x 20mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.8") and a weight of 119 grams (0.26 lbs) whilst the Sony A900 has specifications of 156mm x 117mm x 82mm (6.1" x 4.6" x 3.2") with a weight of 895 grams (1.97 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you have attached at that time. Underneath is a front view proportions comparison of the FH6 and the A900.

Panasonic FH6 vs Sony A900 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability score of the FH6 and A900 is 96 and 54 respectively.

Panasonic FH6 vs Sony A900 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FH6 vs Sony A900 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it can be difficult to see the gap between sensor measurements simply by reading a spec sheet. The photograph here should give you a clearer sense of the sensor sizing in the FH6 and A900.

As you can see, the two cameras feature different megapixel count and different sensor measurements. The FH6 due to its tinier sensor will make achieving bokeh tougher and the Sony A900 will deliver more detail due to its extra 11 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also help you crop shots way more aggressively. The fresher FH6 will have an advantage with regard to sensor innovation.

Panasonic FH6 vs Sony A900 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FH6 vs Sony A900 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FH6 vs Sony A900 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Panasonic FH6
Portrait photography with Sony A900
34
sensor resolution is decent (14 megapixels)
has face detection focusing
lack of manual focus
lack of manual exposure
external flash not possible
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
72
manual focus
excellent megapixels (25MP)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
saves RAW formats
doesn't have liveview
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FH6 Street photography advice
Sony A900 Street photography advice
63
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (119 grams)
screen is fixed
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
66
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
saves RAW formats
environment proofing
no articulating screen
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FH6 as a Sports photography camera
Sony A900 as a Sports photography camera
40
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (14MP)
good battery (280 per charge)
slow fps (2.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
71
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000s)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
excellent megapixels (25MP)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
environment proofing
has phase detect AF
doesn't have liveview
slow continuous shooting (5.0 fps)
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FH6 Travel photography info
Sony A900 Travel photography info
71
good battery (280 per charge)
lighter than competition in class (119 grams)
sensor resolution is decent (14 megapixels)
built-in flash
reasonably wide (24mm)
lack of Time Lapse recording
screen is not selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f2.5)
55
environment proofing
excellent megapixels (25 megapixels)
no Time Lapse mode
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FH6 as a Landscape photography camera
Sony A900 as a Landscape photography camera
41
reasonably wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (14 megapixels)
good battery (280 CIPA)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.5)
tiny screen (2.7")
lack of manual exposure
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
lack of Time Lapse recording
73
manual focus
swap lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
excellent megapixels (25MP)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
saves RAW formats
environment proofing
2 card slots
doesn't have liveview
no Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Panasonic FH6
Vlogging with Sony A900
33
reasonably wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection focusing
lighter than competition in class (119g)
slow maximum aperture (f2.5)
screen is not selfie friendly
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
lack of external mic jack
9
lack of video recording
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Panasonic FH6 vs Sony A900 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FH6 and Sony A900
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH6Sony Alpha DSLR-A900
General Information
Brand Panasonic Sony
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH6 Sony Alpha DSLR-A900
Type Small Sensor Compact Advanced DSLR
Released 2012-01-09 2008-10-22
Physical type Compact Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Processor - Bionz
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" Full frame
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 35.9 x 24mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 861.6mm²
Sensor resolution 14MP 25MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4320 x 3240 6048 x 4032
Highest native ISO 6400 6400
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens Sony/Minolta Alpha
Lens zoom range 24-120mm (5.0x) -
Highest aperture f/2.5-6.4 -
Macro focusing range 5cm -
Available lenses - 143
Focal length multiplier 5.9 1
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 2.7" 3"
Resolution of screen 230k dots 922k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Screen technology TFT Color LCD TFT Xtra Fine color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.74x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 8 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/1600 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 2.0 frames per second 5.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 4.60 m no built-in flash
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in, Wireless
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize - 1/250 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) -
Highest video resolution 1280x720 None
Video data format Motion JPEG -
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 119 gr (0.26 lb) 895 gr (1.97 lb)
Physical dimensions 96 x 56 x 20mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.8") 156 x 117 x 82mm (6.1" x 4.6" x 3.2")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested 79
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 23.7
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 12.3
DXO Low light rating not tested 1431
Other
Battery life 280 shots 880 shots
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID - NP-FM500H
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal Compact Flash (Type I or II), Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, UDMA Mode 5, Supports FAT12 / FAT16 / FAT32
Card slots 1 2
Launch pricing $129 $2,736