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Panasonic FH7 vs Pentax E85

Portability
96
Imaging
39
Features
36
Overall
37
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH7 front
 
Pentax Optio E85 front
Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
10
Overall
25

Panasonic FH7 vs Pentax E85 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
  • Launched September 2011
  • Also Known as Lumix DMC-FS22
Pentax E85
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 32-96mm (F2.9-5.2) lens
  • 145g - 93 x 58 x 24mm
  • Launched September 2009
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Panasonic FH7 vs Pentax E85 Overview

In this write-up, we are looking at the Panasonic FH7 and Pentax E85, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras by brands Panasonic and Pentax. There exists a big gap between the image resolutions of the FH7 (16MP) and E85 (12MP) but they enjoy the same exact sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The FH7 was manufactured 24 months later than the E85 making the cameras a generation apart from one another. Both cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before diving through a thorough comparison, below is a short summation of how the FH7 matches up versus the E85 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FH7 over the Pentax E85

 FH7 E85 
LaunchedSeptember 2011September 2009More recent by 24 months
Display sizing3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Pentax E85 over the Panasonic FH7

 E85 FH7 

Common features in the Panasonic FH7 and Pentax E85

 FH7 E85 
Focus manually Lack of manual focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display resolution230k230kEqual display resolution
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen

Panasonic FH7 vs Pentax E85 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is going to lug around your camera often, you will need to factor its weight and size. The Panasonic FH7 features physical 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 Pentax E85 has specifications of 93mm x 58mm x 24mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 0.9") having a weight of 145 grams (0.32 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you are employing at that time. Following is the front view over all size comparison of the FH7 and the E85.

Panasonic FH7 vs Pentax E85 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the FH7 and E85 is 96 and 95 respectively.

Panasonic FH7 vs Pentax E85 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FH7 vs Pentax E85 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it is difficult to imagine the contrast between sensor measurements merely by going over a spec sheet. The visual underneath will give you a far better sense of the sensor sizing in the FH7 and E85.

Clearly, each of these cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing but different resolution. You should anticipate the Panasonic FH7 to deliver extra detail due to its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also let you crop photos a little more aggressively. The fresher FH7 provides an edge when it comes to sensor technology.

Panasonic FH7 vs Pentax E85 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FH7 vs Pentax E85 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FH7 vs Pentax E85 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FH7 Portrait photography information
Pentax E85 Portrait photography information
34
MP count good (16 megapixels)
provides face detect focus
focusing manually not possible
no manual exposure
no external flash support
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW support
21
manual focus not available
no manual mode
can't use external flash
low megapixels (12MP)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FH7 Street photography factors
Pentax E85 Street photography factors
67
has image stabilization (Optical)
boasts touch to focus
lighter than average in class (126g)
no moving screen
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW support
47
no moving screen
does not have image stabilization
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FH7 as a Sports photography camera
Pentax E85 as a Sports photography camera
40
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
provides tracking focus
painfully slow continuous shooting (4.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus
17
low frames per second (1.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
does not have image stabilization
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FH7 as a Travel photography camera
Pentax E85 as a Travel photography camera
71
lighter than average in class (126g)
boasts touch to focus
MP count good (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
decently wide (28mm)
does not have Timelapse function
does not have a selfie friendly display
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.1)
51
built-in flash
no Time Lapse mode
low megapixels (12MP)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
wide angle not the best (32mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.9)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FH7 Landscape photography features
Pentax E85 Landscape photography features
43
decently wide (28mm)
good sized screen (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (16MP)
focusing manually not possible
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.1)
no manual exposure
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW support
does not have Timelapse function
23
manual focus not available
can't switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not the best (32mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.9)
screen is somewhat small (2.7")
no manual mode
does not have image stabilization
low megapixels (12MP)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
no Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FH7 Vlogging features
Pentax E85 Vlogging features
34
decently wide (28mm)
has touchscreen
has image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detect focus
lighter than average in class (126 grams)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.1)
does not have a selfie friendly display
low video resolution (1280 x 720 resolution)
does not have microphone socket
22
wide angle not the best (32mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.9)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
does not have image stabilization
video res low (640 x 480 resolution)
no external mic port
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Panasonic FH7 vs Pentax E85 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FH7 and Pentax E85
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH7Pentax Optio E85
General Information
Brand Panasonic Pentax
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH7 Pentax Optio E85
Also referred to as Lumix DMC-FS22 -
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Launched 2011-09-07 2009-09-17
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Venus Engine IV -
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4608 x 3456 4000 x 3000
Highest native ISO 6400 3200
Lowest native ISO 100 80
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points 11 -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-112mm (4.0x) 32-96mm (3.0x)
Highest aperture f/3.1-6.5 f/2.9-5.2
Macro focusing range 5cm 10cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 5.8
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inch 2.7 inch
Resolution of screen 230k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60s 2s
Highest shutter speed 1/1600s 1/2000s
Continuous shooting speed 4.0 frames/s 1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 3.30 m 3.00 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction -
External flash
AEB
WB 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) 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 640x480
Video file format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Mic 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
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 126 gr (0.28 pounds) 145 gr (0.32 pounds)
Dimensions 95 x 56 x 19mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7") 93 x 58 x 24mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO All around 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 photos -
Battery form Battery Pack -
Battery ID - D-LI95
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC, Internal
Storage slots One One
Launch pricing $149 $0