Panasonic FH7 vs Sony NEX-5N

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH7 front
Sony Alpha NEX-5N front

Panasonic FH7 vs Sony NEX-5N 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
  • Announced September 2011
  • Alternate Name is Lumix DMC-FS22
Sony NEX-5N
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 269g - 111 x 59 x 38mm
  • Announced October 2011
  • Superseded the Sony NEX-5
  • Successor is Sony NEX-5R
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Panasonic FH7 vs Sony NEX-5N Overview

The following is a detailed review of the Panasonic FH7 and Sony NEX-5N, former is a Small Sensor Compact while the other is a Entry-Level Mirrorless by companies Panasonic and Sony. The image resolution of the FH7 (16MP) and the NEX-5N (16MP) is fairly close but the FH7 (1/2.3") and NEX-5N (APS-C) use different sensor sizing.

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The FH7 was announced about the same time to the NEX-5N which means that they are of a similar age. Both of these cameras offer different body type with the Panasonic FH7 being a Compact camera and the Sony NEX-5N being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before we go through a thorough comparison, below is a simple overview of how the FH7 matches up vs the NEX-5N in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FH7 over the Sony NEX-5N

 FH7 NEX-5N 

Reasons to pick Sony NEX-5N over the Panasonic FH7

 NEX-5N FH7 
Focus manually More accurate focus
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display resolution920k230kSharper display (+690k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic FH7 and Sony NEX-5N

 FH7 NEX-5N 
AnnouncedSeptember 2011October 2011Same age
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display measurement
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Panasonic FH7 vs Sony NEX-5N Physical Comparison

In case you're going to travel with your camera frequently, you will need to consider its weight and proportions. The Panasonic FH7 has external measurements of 95mm x 56mm x 19mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7") and a weight of 126 grams (0.28 lbs) while the Sony NEX-5N has measurements of 111mm x 59mm x 38mm (4.4" x 2.3" x 1.5") accompanied by a weight of 269 grams (0.59 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you have attached during that time. The following is the front view size comparison of the FH7 compared to the NEX-5N.

Panasonic FH7 vs Sony NEX-5N size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability score of the FH7 and NEX-5N is 96 and 89 respectively.

Panasonic FH7 vs Sony NEX-5N top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FH7 vs Sony NEX-5N Sensor Comparison

Often, its hard to visualize the gap in sensor dimensions merely by researching a spec sheet. The picture underneath will help offer you a more clear sense of the sensor sizing in the FH7 and NEX-5N.

Clearly, both of the cameras enjoy the same exact MP but different sensor dimensions. The FH7 contains the smaller sensor which will make achieving bokeh more challenging.

Panasonic FH7 vs Sony NEX-5N sensor size comparison

Panasonic FH7 vs Sony NEX-5N Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FH7 vs Sony NEX-5N Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FH7 Portrait photography info
Sony NEX-5N Portrait photography info
MP count decent (16MP)
offers face detection focus
lack of manual focus
no manual control
external flash not possible
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
focusing manually
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
offers face detection focusing
exports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FH7 Street photography factors
Sony NEX-5N Street photography factors
image stabilization (Optical)
boasts touch to focus
lighter than others (126 grams)
fixed screen
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
screen tilts
good sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
boasts focus via touch
above average high ISO (25,600)
lack of image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FH7 Sports photography details
Sony NEX-5N Sports photography details
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
offers tracking autofocus
very slow continuous shooting (4.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
good megapixels (16MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
good battery power (460 CIPA)
lack of image stabilization
lack of phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FH7 as a Travel photography camera
Sony NEX-5N as a Travel photography camera
lighter than others (126 grams)
boasts touch to focus
MP count decent (16MP)
flash built-in
pretty wide (28mm)
no Timelapse function
does not have selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.1)
good battery power (460 CIPA)
boasts focus via touch
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
no Timelapse function
display is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FH7 Landscape photography info
Sony NEX-5N Landscape photography info
pretty wide (28mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.1)
no manual control
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
no Timelapse function
focusing manually
switch lenses (Sony E mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
above average high ISO (25,600)
exports RAW formats
good battery power (460 shots)
lack of image stabilization
no Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Panasonic FH7
Vlogging with Sony NEX-5N
pretty wide (28mm)
touchscreen functionality
image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detection focus
lighter than others (126 grams)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.1)
does not have selfie friendly screen
low res video (1280 x 720 pxls)
no external microphone jack
touchscreen enabled
offers face detection focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
display is not selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
no external microphone socket
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Panasonic FH7 vs Sony NEX-5N Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FH7 and Sony NEX-5N
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH7Sony Alpha NEX-5N
General Information
Brand Name Panasonic Sony
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH7 Sony Alpha NEX-5N
Also Known as Lumix DMC-FS22 -
Type Small Sensor Compact Entry-Level Mirrorless
Announced 2011-09-07 2011-10-03
Physical type Compact Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Powered by Venus Engine IV Bionz
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" APS-C
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 23.4 x 15.6mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 365.0mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 4608 x 3456 4912 x 3264
Max native ISO 6400 25600
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW support
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points 11 25
Lens mount type fixed lens Sony E
Lens zoom range 28-112mm (4.0x) -
Maximal aperture f/3.1-6.5 -
Macro focusing range 5cm -
Number of lenses - 121
Focal length multiplier 5.9 1.5
Display type Fixed Type Tilting
Display sizing 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 230 thousand dots 920 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Display tech - Tilt Up 80°, Down 45° TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic (optional)
Lowest shutter speed 60 secs 30 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/1600 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting rate 4.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 3.30 m 12.00 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Highest flash synchronize - 1/160 secs
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) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video file format Motion JPEG AVCHD
Microphone port
Headphone port
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 126 grams (0.28 pounds) 269 grams (0.59 pounds)
Dimensions 95 x 56 x 19mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7") 111 x 59 x 38mm (4.4" x 2.3" x 1.5")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested 77
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 23.6
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 12.7
DXO Low light rating not tested 1079
Battery life 260 images 460 images
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID - NPFW50
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10sec (3 images))
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Card slots 1 1
Retail cost $149 $550