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Panasonic FS7 vs Panasonic GH2

Portability
95
Imaging
33
Features
17
Overall
26
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS7 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 front
Portability
70
Imaging
51
Features
65
Overall
56

Panasonic FS7 vs Panasonic GH2 Key Specs

Panasonic FS7
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.5" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • 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
  • Launched January 2009
Panasonic GH2
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 160 - 12800
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 442g - 124 x 90 x 76mm
  • Released March 2011
  • Superseded the Panasonic GH1
  • Updated by Panasonic GH3
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Panasonic FS7 vs Panasonic GH2 Overview

Here is a extended overview of the Panasonic FS7 and Panasonic GH2, former being a Ultracompact while the latter is a Advanced Mirrorless and both are created by Panasonic. There exists a noticeable gap between the sensor resolutions of the FS7 (10MP) and GH2 (16MP) and the FS7 (1/2.5") and GH2 (Four Thirds) use totally different sensor size.

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The FS7 was manufactured 3 years prior to the GH2 and that is quite a sizable difference as far as technology is concerned. Each of these cameras offer different body type with the Panasonic FS7 being a Ultracompact camera and the Panasonic GH2 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera.

Before diving in to a in depth comparison, below is a brief synopsis of how the FS7 scores vs the GH2 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FS7 over the Panasonic GH2

 FS7 GH2 

Reasons to pick Panasonic GH2 over the Panasonic FS7

 GH2 FS7 
ReleasedMarch 2011January 2009Fresher by 26 months
Focus manually Very accurate focusing
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen sizing3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution460k230kCrisper screen (+230k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Panasonic FS7 and Panasonic GH2

 FS7 GH2 

Panasonic FS7 vs Panasonic GH2 Physical Comparison

When you are planning to carry your camera regularly, you have to consider its weight and size. The Panasonic FS7 features exterior measurements of 97mm x 54mm x 22mm (3.8" x 2.1" x 0.9") and a weight of 139 grams (0.31 lbs) whilst the Panasonic GH2 has specifications of 124mm x 90mm x 76mm (4.9" x 3.5" x 3.0") accompanied by a weight of 442 grams (0.97 lbs).

Examine the Panasonic FS7 and Panasonic GH2 in our completely new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you are utilising during that time. The following is the front view sizing comparison of the FS7 and the GH2.

Panasonic FS7 vs Panasonic GH2 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the FS7 and GH2 is 95 and 70 respectively.

Panasonic FS7 vs Panasonic GH2 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FS7 vs Panasonic GH2 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it's hard to see the contrast between sensor sizing only by reading a spec sheet. The graphic below will help offer you a greater sense of the sensor sizing in the FS7 and GH2.

Clearly, each of these cameras offer different megapixels and different sensor sizing. The FS7 because of its tinier sensor will make achieving shallow DOF more difficult and the Panasonic GH2 will deliver extra detail due to its extra 6MP. Higher resolution will also let you crop photographs a little more aggressively. The older FS7 is going to be behind in sensor tech.

Panasonic FS7 vs Panasonic GH2 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FS7 vs Panasonic GH2 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FS7 vs Panasonic GH2 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Panasonic FS7
Portrait photography with Panasonic GH2
19
manual focus not available
no manual control
cannot use external flash
low resolution sensor (10 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.5")
has no RAW format
70
has manual focus
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
offers face detect focusing
exports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FS7 Street photography advice
Panasonic GH2 Street photography advice
56
built in image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
very small sensor (1/2.5")
has no RAW format
68
screen can move to multiple angles
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
lack of image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FS7 as a Sports photography camera
Panasonic GH2 as a Sports photography camera
24
built in image stabilization (Optical)
low frames per second (3.0 fps)
lack of shutter priority mode
low resolution sensor (10MP)
very small sensor (1/2.5")
has no phase detect AF
46
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
offers tracking focus
slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames/s)
lack of image stabilization
not so great battery power (330 shots)
lack of phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FS7 Travel photography info
Panasonic GH2 Travel photography info
51
flash built-in
doesn't have Timelapse function
low resolution sensor (10MP)
screen isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not good (33mm)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
62
resolution is good (16MP)
has built in flash
display is selfie friendly
doesn't have Timelapse function
not so great battery power (330 shots)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FS7 as a Landscape photography camera
Panasonic GH2 as a Landscape photography camera
27
built in image stabilization (Optical)
manual focus not available
cannot switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (33mm)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
screen is small (2.7 inches)
no manual control
low resolution sensor (10MP)
very small sensor (1/2.5")
has no RAW format
doesn't have Timelapse function
60
has manual focus
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
lack of image stabilization
not so great battery power (330 per charge)
doesn't have Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FS7 Vlogging factors
Panasonic GH2 Vlogging factors
25
built in image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not good (33mm)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
screen isn't selfie friendly
low quality video (640 x 480 pxls)
doesn't have external microphone support
71
display is selfie friendly
has touchscreen
offers face detect focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
includes microphone support
lack of image stabilization
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Panasonic FS7 vs Panasonic GH2 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FS7 and Panasonic GH2
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS7Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS7 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2
Class Ultracompact Advanced Mirrorless
Launched 2009-01-16 2011-03-23
Physical type Ultracompact SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor - Venus Engine FHD
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.5" Four Thirds
Sensor measurements 5.744 x 4.308mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor surface area 24.7mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 3648 x 2736 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 1600 12800
Maximum boosted ISO 6400 -
Minimum native ISO 80 160
RAW data
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points 9 23
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens Micro Four Thirds
Lens focal range 33-132mm (4.0x) -
Max aperture f/2.8-5.9 -
Macro focus distance 5cm -
Available lenses - 107
Focal length multiplier 6.3 2.1
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Display size 2.7 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 230k dots 460k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Display tech - TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.71x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60s 60s
Highest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/4000s
Continuous shooting rate 3.0 frames per sec 3.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range - 15.60 m
Flash settings Auto, Auto Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced Off Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Highest flash synchronize - 1/160s
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (24, 30, 60fps) 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30fps), 320 x 240 (30fps)
Maximum video resolution 640x480 1920x1080
Video format Motion JPEG AVCHD, Motion JPEG
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
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 139g (0.31 lbs) 442g (0.97 lbs)
Dimensions 97 x 54 x 22mm (3.8" x 2.1" x 0.9") 124 x 90 x 76mm (4.9" x 3.5" x 3.0")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested 60
DXO Color Depth score not tested 21.2
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 11.3
DXO Low light score not tested 655
Other
Battery life - 330 photographs
Style of battery - Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots 1 1
Cost at launch $160 $1,000