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Panasonic FH7 vs Panasonic SZ5

Portability
96
Imaging
39
Features
36
Overall
37
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH7 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5 front
Portability
95
Imaging
38
Features
34
Overall
36

Panasonic FH7 vs Panasonic SZ5 Key Specs

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
  • Alternate Name is Lumix DMC-FS22
Panasonic SZ5
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600 (Boost to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-250mm (F3.1-5.9) lens
  • 136g - 104 x 58 x 21mm
  • Released July 2012
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Panasonic FH7 vs Panasonic SZ5 Overview

Here is a in depth review of the Panasonic FH7 vs Panasonic SZ5, both Small Sensor Compact cameras and they are both manufactured by Panasonic. The sensor resolution of the FH7 (16MP) and the SZ5 (14MP) is pretty comparable and they use the exact same sensor size (1/2.3").

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The FH7 was announced 10 months earlier than the SZ5 so they are both of a similar generation. Each of the cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before we go through a in-depth comparison, below is a brief overview of how the FH7 grades versus the SZ5 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FH7 over the Panasonic SZ5

 FH7 SZ5 
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Reasons to pick Panasonic SZ5 over the Panasonic FH7

 SZ5 FH7 
ReleasedJuly 2012September 2011Fresher by 10 months

Common features in the Panasonic FH7 and Panasonic SZ5

 FH7 SZ5 
Manual focus No manual focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen size
Screen resolution230k230kEqual screen resolution
Selfie screen No selfie screen

Panasonic FH7 vs Panasonic SZ5 Physical Comparison

In case you're going to carry your camera, you will need to take into account its weight and proportions. The Panasonic FH7 provides external measurements of 95mm x 56mm x 19mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7") accompanied by a weight of 126 grams (0.28 lbs) whilst the Panasonic SZ5 has measurements of 104mm x 58mm x 21mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 0.8") along with a weight of 136 grams (0.30 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you have at that time. Underneath is the front view measurements comparison of the FH7 and the SZ5.

Panasonic FH7 vs Panasonic SZ5 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the FH7 and SZ5 is 96 and 95 respectively.

Panasonic FH7 vs Panasonic SZ5 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FH7 vs Panasonic SZ5 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it is difficult to see the gap in sensor sizing purely by checking out a spec sheet. The graphic below may offer you a far better sense of the sensor measurements in the FH7 and SZ5.

As you can see, the two cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements albeit not the same resolution. You should expect the Panasonic FH7 to provide greater detail with its extra 2MP. Higher resolution will also help you crop pictures much more aggressively. The older FH7 will be behind in sensor tech.

Panasonic FH7 vs Panasonic SZ5 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FH7 vs Panasonic SZ5 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FH7 vs Panasonic SZ5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FH7 as a Portrait photography camera
Panasonic SZ5 as a Portrait photography camera
34
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
comes with face detection autofocus
focusing manually not possible
no manual control
can't use external flash
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
34
megapixel count decent (14 megapixels)
comes with face detect focus
no manual focus
manual mode not possible
no external flash support
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Panasonic FH7
Street photography with Panasonic SZ5
67
built in image stabilization (Optical)
features touch focus
lighter than competition in class (126 grams)
fixed screen
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
63
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (136g)
no articulating screen
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FH7 Sports photography info
Panasonic SZ5 Sports photography info
40
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
comes with tracking autofocus
max frames per second low (4.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus
40
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (14 megapixels)
comes with tracking focus
slow frames per second (2.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FH7 Travel photography advice
Panasonic SZ5 Travel photography advice
71
lighter than competition in class (126 grams)
features touch focus
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
built-in flash
reasonably wide (28mm)
does not have Timelapse recording
screen isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)
70
lighter than competition (136 grams)
megapixel count decent (14 megapixels)
flash built-in
rather wide (25mm)
long reach (250mm)
missing Timelapse recording
does not have a selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FH7 Landscape photography information
Panasonic SZ5 Landscape photography information
43
reasonably wide (28mm)
pretty good screen size (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)
no manual control
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
does not have Timelapse recording
42
rather wide (25mm)
decent sized screen (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (14MP)
no manual focus
can't switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.1)
manual mode not possible
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
missing Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FH7 as a Vlogging camera
Panasonic SZ5 as a Vlogging camera
34
reasonably wide (28mm)
touchscreen capability
built in image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection autofocus
lighter than competition in class (126 grams)
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)
screen isn't selfie friendly
video res low (1280 x 720 pxls)
does not have external microphone port
32
rather wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detect focus
lighter than competition (136 grams)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.1)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pixels)
missing microphone support
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Panasonic FH7 vs Panasonic SZ5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FH7 and Panasonic SZ5
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH7Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5
General Information
Company Panasonic Panasonic
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH7 Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5
Other name Lumix DMC-FS22 -
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2011-09-07 2012-07-18
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor 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 surface area 27.7mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 14 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4608 x 3456 4320 x 3240
Highest native ISO 6400 1600
Highest enhanced ISO - 6400
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
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 11 23
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-112mm (4.0x) 25-250mm (10.0x)
Maximum aperture f/3.1-6.5 f/3.1-5.9
Macro focusing range 5cm 5cm
Crop factor 5.9 5.9
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 230k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Screen tech - TFT Screen LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60 seconds 8 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/1600 seconds 1/1600 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 4.0 frames/s 2.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 3.30 m 5.60 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1280 x 720p ( 30,25 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video data format Motion JPEG MPEG-4
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 126g (0.28 lb) 136g (0.30 lb)
Dimensions 95 x 56 x 19mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7") 104 x 58 x 21mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 0.8")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 260 photographs 250 photographs
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 secs)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots One One
Cost at release $149 $195