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Panasonic FS7 vs Panasonic GH1

Portability
95
Imaging
34
Features
17
Overall
27
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS7 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 front
Portability
81
Imaging
50
Features
57
Overall
52

Panasonic FS7 vs Panasonic GH1 Key Specs

Panasonic FS7
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.5" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600 (Push to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 33-132mm (F2.8-5.9) lens
  • 139g - 97 x 54 x 22mm
  • Released January 2009
Panasonic GH1
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600 (Raise to 3200)
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 385g - 124 x 90 x 45mm
  • Released July 2009
  • Later Model is Panasonic GH2
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Panasonic FS7 vs Panasonic GH1 Overview

On this page, we will be evaluating the Panasonic FS7 and Panasonic GH1, former is a Ultracompact while the latter is a Advanced Mirrorless and both are designed by Panasonic. The image resolution of the FS7 (10MP) and the GH1 (12MP) is relatively similar but the FS7 (1/2.5") and GH1 (Four Thirds) posses different sensor sizing.

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The FS7 was unveiled 5 months prior to the GH1 and they are of a similar age. Each of these cameras have different body design with the Panasonic FS7 being a Ultracompact camera and the Panasonic GH1 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera.

Before delving right into a thorough comparison, here is a quick highlight of how the FS7 matches up versus the GH1 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FS7 over the Panasonic GH1

 FS7 GH1 

Reasons to pick Panasonic GH1 over the Panasonic FS7

 GH1 FS7 
Manual focus More accurate focus
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen dimensions3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution460k230kClearer screen (+230k dot)
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Common features in the Panasonic FS7 and Panasonic GH1

 FS7 GH1 
ReleasedJanuary 2009July 2009Similar age
Touch friendly screen Neither contains Touch friendly screen

Panasonic FS7 vs Panasonic GH1 Physical Comparison

When you are planning to travel with your camera often, you will need to take into account its weight and dimensions. The Panasonic FS7 has got outside dimensions of 97mm x 54mm x 22mm (3.8" x 2.1" x 0.9") having a weight of 139 grams (0.31 lbs) while the Panasonic GH1 has dimensions of 124mm x 90mm x 45mm (4.9" x 3.5" x 1.8") accompanied by a weight of 385 grams (0.85 lbs).

Contrast the Panasonic FS7 and Panasonic GH1 in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you are working with at that time. The following is a front view measurements comparison of the FS7 against the GH1.

Panasonic FS7 vs Panasonic GH1 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability rating of the FS7 and GH1 is 95 and 81 respectively.

Panasonic FS7 vs Panasonic GH1 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FS7 vs Panasonic GH1 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it can be hard to imagine the contrast between sensor dimensions purely by going over a spec sheet. The picture here may offer you a far better sense of the sensor dimensions in the FS7 and GH1.

Clearly, each of the cameras provide different megapixels and different sensor dimensions. The FS7 using its tinier sensor is going to make getting shallow DOF harder and the Panasonic GH1 will deliver greater detail having an extra 2 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also make it easier to crop photographs more aggressively.

Panasonic FS7 vs Panasonic GH1 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FS7 vs Panasonic GH1 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FS7 vs Panasonic GH1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FS7 Portrait photography factors
Panasonic GH1 Portrait photography factors
20
no manual focus
lack of manual mode
cannot use external flash
low MP (10 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.5")
does not have RAW format
60
has manual focus
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FS7 as a Street photography camera
Panasonic GH1 as a Street photography camera
56
built in image stabilization (Optical)
no moving screen
sensor is very small (1/2.5")
does not have RAW format
72
fully articulated screen
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FS7 Sports photography features
Panasonic GH1 Sports photography features
25
built in image stabilization (Optical)
slow frames per second (3.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
low MP (10 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.5")
does not have phase detect auto focus
33
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
slow fps (3.0 frames/s)
does not have image stabilization
low megapixels (12MP)
terrible battery life (320 shots)
does not have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FS7 Travel photography information
Panasonic GH1 Travel photography information
51
built-in flash
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
low MP (10MP)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
wide angle not great (33mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
58
flash built-in
display is selfie friendly
doesn't have Timelapse mode
terrible battery life (320 CIPA)
low megapixels (12MP)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Panasonic FS7
Landscape photography with Panasonic GH1
27
built in image stabilization (Optical)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not great (33mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inches)
lack of manual mode
low MP (10 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.5")
does not have RAW format
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
55
has manual focus
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is decent (3")
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
does not have image stabilization
low megapixels (12MP)
terrible battery life (320 shots)
doesn't have Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FS7 Vlogging factors
Panasonic GH1 Vlogging factors
25
built in image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not great (33mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
video res low (640 x 480 pixels)
doesn't have mic support
72
display is selfie friendly
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does have microphone support
does not have image stabilization
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Panasonic FS7 vs Panasonic GH1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FS7 and Panasonic GH1
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS7Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1
General Information
Make Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS7 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1
Type Ultracompact Advanced Mirrorless
Released 2009-01-16 2009-07-10
Physical type Ultracompact SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor - Venus Engine HD
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.5" Four Thirds
Sensor measurements 5.744 x 4.308mm 18.89 x 14.48mm
Sensor surface area 24.7mm² 273.5mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 3648 x 2736 4000 x 3000
Highest native ISO 1600 1600
Highest enhanced ISO 6400 3200
Min native ISO 80 100
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points 9 -
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens Micro Four Thirds
Lens focal range 33-132mm (4.0x) -
Highest aperture f/2.8-5.9 -
Macro focus distance 5cm -
Available lenses - 107
Crop factor 6.3 1.9
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Screen sizing 2.7 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 230 thousand dots 460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Electronic
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60 secs 60 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 3.0 frames per second 3.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range - 10.50 m
Flash modes Auto, Auto Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced Off Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize - 1/160 secs
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 640x480 1920x1080
Video file format Motion JPEG AVCHD
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 139g (0.31 lb) 385g (0.85 lb)
Physical dimensions 97 x 54 x 22mm (3.8" x 2.1" x 0.9") 124 x 90 x 45mm (4.9" x 3.5" x 1.8")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested 64
DXO Color Depth score not tested 21.6
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 11.6
DXO Low light score not tested 772
Other
Battery life - 320 shots
Style of battery - Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal SD/SDHC
Card slots Single Single
Pricing at release $160 $949