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Panasonic FP7 vs Sony WX9

Portability
95
Imaging
39
Features
32
Overall
36
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP7 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX9 front
Portability
99
Imaging
39
Features
37
Overall
38

Panasonic FP7 vs Sony WX9 Key Specs

Panasonic FP7
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 35-140mm (F3.5-5.9) lens
  • 147g - 101 x 59 x 18mm
  • Announced January 2011
Sony WX9
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-125mm (F2.6-6.3) lens
  • n/ag - 95 x 56 x 20mm
  • Launched January 2011
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Panasonic FP7 vs Sony WX9 Overview

Let's look closer at the Panasonic FP7 versus Sony WX9, both Ultracompact digital cameras by competitors Panasonic and Sony. The resolution of the FP7 (16MP) and the WX9 (16MP) is fairly well matched and both cameras posses the same sensor sizing (1/2.3").

Photography Glossary

The FP7 was unveiled around the same time to the WX9 which means that they are both of a similar generation. Both the cameras have the same body design (Ultracompact).

Before going straight to a comprehensive comparison, here is a concise view of how the FP7 matches up against the WX9 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FP7 over the Sony WX9

 FP7 WX9 
Display dimensions3.5"3"Larger display (+0.5")
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Sony WX9 over the Panasonic FP7

 WX9 FP7 
Display resolution921k230kSharper display (+691k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic FP7 and Sony WX9

 FP7 WX9 
LaunchedJanuary 2011January 2011Similar generation
Manual focus Lack of manual focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen

Panasonic FP7 vs Sony WX9 Physical Comparison

If you are intending to lug around your camera often, you'll have to think about its weight and proportions. The Panasonic FP7 comes with exterior dimensions of 101mm x 59mm x 18mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 0.7") with a weight of 147 grams (0.32 lbs) and the Sony WX9 has measurements of 95mm x 56mm x 20mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.8") accompanied by a weight of n/a grams (0.00 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you are utilizing at that moment. Here is a front view measurements comparison of the FP7 versus the WX9.

Panasonic FP7 vs Sony WX9 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the FP7 and WX9 is 95 and 99 respectively.

Panasonic FP7 vs Sony WX9 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FP7 vs Sony WX9 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, its difficult to visualise the contrast between sensor measurements merely by looking at a spec sheet. The photograph below will provide you a stronger sense of the sensor sizes in the FP7 and WX9.

Clearly, both of those cameras provide the same sensor dimensions and the same megapixels therefore you should expect similar quality of pictures although you should always consider the release date of the products into consideration.

Panasonic FP7 vs Sony WX9 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FP7 vs Sony WX9 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FP7 vs Sony WX9 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FP7 Portrait photography details
Sony WX9 Portrait photography details
34
good megapixels (16MP)
provides face detection autofocus
focusing manually not possible
no manual exposure
can't use external flash
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
30
good MP (16MP)
manual focus not available
manual mode not possible
no external flash support
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FP7 Street photography highlights
Sony WX9 Street photography highlights
60
image stabilization (Optical)
offers focus by touch
no moving screen
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
heavier than average (147g)
59
image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FP7 Sports photography info
Sony WX9 Sports photography info
44
image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16MP)
provides tracking autofocus
better than average battery life (240 shots)
slow frames per second (4.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
39
image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (16MP)
no shutter priority mode
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic FP7
Travel photography with Sony WX9
63
better than average battery life (240 CIPA)
offers focus by touch
good megapixels (16MP)
has built in flash
does not have Time Lapse recording
heavier than average (147g)
does not posses selfie friendly display
wide angle not good (35mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
67
good MP (16MP)
flash built-in
decently wide (25mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.6)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FP7 Landscape photography details
Sony WX9 Landscape photography details
41
bigger than average screen (3.5 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16MP)
better than average battery life (240 per charge)
focusing manually not possible
cannot change lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (35mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
no manual exposure
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
does not have Time Lapse recording
43
decently wide (25mm)
good sized screen (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (16 megapixels)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.6)
manual mode not possible
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FP7 as a Vlogging camera
Sony WX9 as a Vlogging camera
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has touchscreen
image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detection autofocus
wide angle not good (35mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
does not posses selfie friendly display
low res video (1280 x 720 resolution)
does not have external mic support
heavier than average (147g)
33
decently wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.6)
display is not selfie friendly
doesn't have external mic support
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Panasonic FP7 vs Sony WX9 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FP7 and Sony WX9
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP7Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX9
General Information
Company Panasonic Sony
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP7 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX9
Category Ultracompact Ultracompact
Announced 2011-01-05 2011-01-06
Physical type Ultracompact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Chip Venus Engine IV BIONZ
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Full resolution 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 6400 3200
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points 11 9
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 35-140mm (4.0x) 25-125mm (5.0x)
Maximal aperture f/3.5-5.9 f/2.6-6.3
Macro focusing range 10cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 5.8
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3.5" 3"
Display resolution 230k dots 921k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Display technology TFT Touch Screen LCD XtraFine LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60s 2s
Maximum shutter speed 1/1600s 1/1600s
Continuous shooting rate 4.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 4.90 m 5.30 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
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 (24 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
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 147g (0.32 pounds) -
Physical dimensions 101 x 59 x 18mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 0.7") 95 x 56 x 20mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.8")
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 240 photographs -
Battery style Battery Pack -
Battery ID - NP-BN1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Card slots 1 1
Retail cost $227 $188