Panasonic FZ28 vs Panasonic GH2

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28 front
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 front

Panasonic FZ28 vs Panasonic GH2 Key Specs

Panasonic FZ28
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 27-486mm (F2.8-4.4) lens
  • 417g - 118 x 75 x 89mm
  • Introduced January 2009
Panasonic GH2
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 160 - 12800
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 442g - 124 x 90 x 76mm
  • Released March 2011
  • Superseded the Panasonic GH1
  • Replacement is Panasonic GH3
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Panasonic FZ28 vs Panasonic GH2 Overview

Following is a in-depth comparison of the Panasonic FZ28 vs Panasonic GH2, former is a Small Sensor Superzoom while the other is a Advanced Mirrorless and both of them are sold by Panasonic. There exists a substantial gap among the sensor resolutions of the FZ28 (10MP) and GH2 (16MP) and the FZ28 (1/2.3") and GH2 (Four Thirds) feature totally different sensor sizing.

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The FZ28 was announced 3 years earlier than the GH2 which is a fairly big difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Each of these cameras offer different body type with the Panasonic FZ28 being a Compact camera and the Panasonic GH2 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera.

Before delving straight into a in depth comparison, below is a simple view of how the FZ28 grades vs the GH2 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FZ28 over the Panasonic GH2

 FZ28 GH2 

Reasons to pick Panasonic GH2 over the Panasonic FZ28

 GH2 FZ28 
ReleasedMarch 2011January 2009More modern by 26 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display sizing3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution460k230kClearer display (+230k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Panasonic FZ28 and Panasonic GH2

 FZ28 GH2 
Manually focus Very exact focus

Panasonic FZ28 vs Panasonic GH2 Physical Comparison

If you're going to carry around your camera, you will have to take into account its weight and measurements. The Panasonic FZ28 offers outer measurements of 118mm x 75mm x 89mm (4.6" x 3.0" x 3.5") along with a weight of 417 grams (0.92 lbs) and the Panasonic GH2 has proportions of 124mm x 90mm x 76mm (4.9" x 3.5" x 3.0") and a weight of 442 grams (0.97 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you are utilising at that moment. Here is the front view sizing comparison of the FZ28 against the GH2.

Panasonic FZ28 vs Panasonic GH2 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the FZ28 and GH2 is 72 and 70 respectively.

Panasonic FZ28 vs Panasonic GH2 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FZ28 vs Panasonic GH2 Sensor Comparison

Normally, its difficult to envision the gap in sensor sizes purely by going through a spec sheet. The image underneath may provide you a clearer sense of the sensor measurements in the FZ28 and GH2.

As you can see, each of the cameras enjoy different megapixel count and different sensor sizes. The FZ28 having a smaller sensor will make getting shallower depth of field trickier and the Panasonic GH2 will produce extra detail with its extra 6 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also allow you to crop pics far more aggressively. The more aged FZ28 will be behind when it comes to sensor tech.

Panasonic FZ28 vs Panasonic GH2 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FZ28 vs Panasonic GH2 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FZ28 vs Panasonic GH2 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FZ28 Portrait photography highlights
Panasonic GH2 Portrait photography highlights
manual focus
delivers RAW formats
external flash not possible
MP count low (10 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
focusing manually
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
comes with face detect autofocus
delivers RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FZ28 Street photography information
Panasonic GH2 Street photography information
built in image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW formats
fixed screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
screen articulates fully
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Panasonic FZ28
Sports photography with Panasonic GH2
incredible zoom range (27-486mm 18.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
max frames per second low (3.0 fps)
MP count low (10 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
comes with tracking focus
slow fps (3.0 frames per second)
does not have image stabilization
low battery life (330 shots)
does not have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic FZ28
Travel photography with Panasonic GH2
built-in flash
decently wide (27mm)
very long reach (486mm)
no Time Lapse recording
MP count low (10 megapixels)
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
has built in flash
screen is selfie friendly
no Time Lapse mode
low battery life (330 CIPA)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FZ28 Landscape photography details
Panasonic GH2 Landscape photography details
manual focus
decently wide (27mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW formats
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
screen is small (2.7 inch)
MP count low (10 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no Time Lapse recording
focusing manually
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
nice screen size (3 inch)
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
does not have image stabilization
low battery life (330 per charge)
no Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FZ28 Vlogging advice
Panasonic GH2 Vlogging advice
decently wide (27mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
display is not selfie friendly
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pixels)
no mic support
screen is selfie friendly
touch screen
comes with face detect autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
has mic jack
does not have image stabilization
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Panasonic FZ28 vs Panasonic GH2 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FZ28 and Panasonic GH2
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Advanced Mirrorless
Introduced 2009-01-15 2011-03-23
Body design Compact SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor - Venus Engine FHD
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 3648 x 2736 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 6400 12800
Min native ISO 100 160
RAW format
Manual focus
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points - 23
Lens mounting type fixed lens Micro Four Thirds
Lens focal range 27-486mm (18.0x) -
Maximum aperture f/2.8-4.4 -
Macro focus distance 1cm -
Available lenses - 107
Crop factor 5.9 2.1
Range of screen Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Screen diagonal 2.7 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 230 thousand dot 460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Screen technology - TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.71x
Minimum shutter speed 60 secs 60 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shutter speed 3.0 frames/s 3.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 8.50 m (Auto ISO) 15.60 m
Flash settings Auto, Red-Eye Auto, On, Red-Eye On, Red-Eye Slow Sync, Off, Slow Sync (1&2) Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
WB bracketing
Fastest flash sync - 1/160 secs
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps, 848 x 480, 640 x 480, 320 x 240 @ 30fps, 320 x 240 @ 10fps 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)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video format - AVCHD, Motion JPEG
Mic input
Headphone input
Wireless None None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 417g (0.92 lbs) 442g (0.97 lbs)
Dimensions 118 x 75 x 89mm (4.6" x 3.0" x 3.5") 124 x 90 x 76mm (4.9" x 3.5" x 3.0")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 27 60
DXO Color Depth score 17.9 21.2
DXO Dynamic range score 10.1 11.3
DXO Low light score 79 655
Battery life - 330 photos
Battery format - Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots One One
Cost at release $599 $1,000