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Panasonic FH7 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV

Portability
96
Imaging
39
Features
36
Overall
37
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH7 front
 
Ricoh GR Digital IV front
Portability
92
Imaging
35
Features
47
Overall
39

Panasonic FH7 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Key Specs

Panasonic FH7
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • 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 referred to as Lumix DMC-FS22
Ricoh GR Digital IV
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 28mm (F1.9) lens
  • 190g - 109 x 59 x 33mm
  • Launched September 2011
  • Succeeded the Ricoh GR Digital III
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Panasonic FH7 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Overview

The following is a detailed comparison of the Panasonic FH7 and Ricoh GR Digital IV, both Small Sensor Compact cameras by competitors Panasonic and Ricoh. There exists a sizeable gap among the image resolutions of the FH7 (16MP) and GR Digital IV (10MP) and the FH7 (1/2.3") and GR Digital IV (1/1.7") have different sensor sizing.

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The FH7 was revealed about the same time to the GR Digital IV which means that they are of a similar generation. Each of these cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before we go into a detailed comparison, here is a quick summary of how the FH7 scores against the GR Digital IV with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FH7 over the Ricoh GR Digital IV

 FH7 GR Digital IV 
Touch display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Ricoh GR Digital IV over the Panasonic FH7

 GR Digital IV FH7 
Focus manually More precise focus
Display resolution1230k230kSharper display (+1000k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic FH7 and Ricoh GR Digital IV

 FH7 GR Digital IV 
LaunchedSeptember 2011September 2011Same generation
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display measurement
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen

Panasonic FH7 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Physical Comparison

If you are aiming to travel with your camera regularly, you're going to have to factor in its weight and volume. The Panasonic FH7 comes with outside dimensions of 95mm x 56mm x 19mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7") having a weight of 126 grams (0.28 lbs) and the Ricoh GR Digital IV has sizing of 109mm x 59mm x 33mm (4.3" x 2.3" x 1.3") along with a weight of 190 grams (0.42 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you are working with during that time. Here is a front view overall size comparison of the FH7 against the GR Digital IV.

Panasonic FH7 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the FH7 and GR Digital IV is 96 and 92 respectively.

Panasonic FH7 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FH7 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Sensor Comparison

Normally, it's tough to picture the difference in sensor dimensions simply by viewing specifications. The pic here might provide you a better sense of the sensor dimensions in the FH7 and GR Digital IV.

Plainly, both of the cameras provide different megapixels and different sensor dimensions. The FH7 using its smaller sensor is going to make getting shallower DOF harder and the Panasonic FH7 will result in more detail because of its extra 6MP. Greater resolution will let you crop images more aggressively.

Panasonic FH7 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV sensor size comparison

Panasonic FH7 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FH7 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FH7 Portrait photography highlights
Ricoh GR Digital IV Portrait photography highlights
34
MP count good (16 megapixels)
includes face detection focusing
lack of manual focus
manual exposure not possible
no external flash support
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
41
has manual focus
exports RAW files
MP count low (10 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/1.7")
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Panasonic FH7
Street photography with Ricoh GR Digital IV
67
built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes touch to focus
lighter than competition (126 grams)
screen is fixed
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
65
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
exports RAW files
no articulating screen
sensor size is tiny (1/1.7")
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Panasonic FH7
Sports photography with Ricoh GR Digital IV
40
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (16MP)
includes tracking autofocus
slow fps (4.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
34
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good battery power (390 shots)
fixed focal length (28mm)
MP count low (10MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/1.7")
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic FH7
Travel photography with Ricoh GR Digital IV
71
lighter than competition (126g)
includes touch to focus
MP count good (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
relatively wide (28mm)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
display is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
67
good battery power (390 CIPA)
flash built-in
very good max aperture (f1.9)
MP count low (10MP)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FH7 as a Landscape photography camera
Ricoh GR Digital IV as a Landscape photography camera
43
relatively wide (28mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
manual exposure not possible
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
doesn't have Timelapse recording
53
has manual focus
very good max aperture (f1.9)
screen is a good size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
exports RAW files
good battery power (390 CIPA)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
fixed focal length (28mm)
MP count low (10 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/1.7")
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Panasonic FH7
Vlogging with Ricoh GR Digital IV
34
relatively wide (28mm)
touchscreen functionality
built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection focusing
lighter than competition (126 grams)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
display is not selfie friendly
low res video (1280 x 720 pxls)
doesn't have external microphone jack
29
very good max aperture (f1.9)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
low quality video (640 x 480 pixels)
doesn't have external mic port
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Panasonic FH7 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FH7 and Ricoh GR Digital IV
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH7Ricoh GR Digital IV
General Information
Make Panasonic Ricoh
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH7 Ricoh GR Digital IV
Also called as Lumix DMC-FS22 -
Category Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Launched 2011-09-07 2011-09-15
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Venus Engine IV -
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/1.7"
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 7.44 x 5.58mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 41.5mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 10 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3 and 3:2
Maximum resolution 4608 x 3456 3648 x 2736
Maximum native ISO 6400 3200
Lowest native ISO 100 80
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points 11 -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-112mm (4.0x) 28mm (1x)
Largest aperture f/3.1-6.5 f/1.9
Macro focus range 5cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 4.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 230k dot 1,230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Optical (optional)
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60s 1s
Highest shutter speed 1/1600s 1/2000s
Continuous shooting speed 4.0 frames per sec -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 3.30 m 3.00 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Manual
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Maximum 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 proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 126g (0.28 lb) 190g (0.42 lb)
Physical dimensions 95 x 56 x 19mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7") 109 x 59 x 33mm (4.3" x 2.3" x 1.3")
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 260 shots 390 shots
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model - DB65
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC, Internal
Storage slots One One
Retail price $149 $599