- 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
- 2.7" Fixed Screen
- ISO 80 - 6400
- Optical Image Stabilization
- 1280 x 720 video
- 28-140mm (F2.8-6.9) lens
- 163g - 98 x 55 x 23mm
- Released January 2010
- Also Known as Lumix DMC-FS10
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- Size Comparison
Panasonic FH1 summary
Panasonic FH1 is Panasonic's Small Sensor Compact digital camera first announced on January of 2010. It has got a 12 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a full resolution of 4000 x 3000. The camera is also known as "Lumix DMC-FS10" in certain regions.
The FH1 is scored #222 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & over all #1188 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our collection. Please try out our Advanced camera search to get camera ratings based on your personalized criteria.
The following is a chart of various factors used in the rating system.
Panasonic FH1 history
The Panasonic FH1 is part of a family of products. You can view the detailed list below.
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Panasonic FH1 Gallery
You can view the FH1 from several angles in the gallery here.
Panasonic FH1 Pros and Cons
Here is a collection of pluses and minuses of the Panasonic FH1 based on criterias that are normally regarded as essential in a digital camera.
Panasonic FH1 Sensor features
The sensor dimension in the Panasonic FH1 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to capture 4000 x 3000 pixels with aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera has Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization as the latter might lead to cropping.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
The CCD sensor has 12 megapixels and provides a standard ISO range of 80 - 6400. Sadly, RAW format is not supported so the user has less margin for error.
The image below displays the FH1's sensor size compared to other popular sizes. The FH1 sensor has a crop factor of 5.9 and is shown in green.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
Panasonic FH1 dimensions
Panasonic FH1 weighs in at 0.36 lbs (163 grams or 5.75 ounces) & has outer measurements of 98mm x 55mm x 23mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.9"). The weight of average Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 grams so the Panasonic FH1 is similar as compared with its rivals.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
The following is a photo of the Panasonic FH1 beside a soft drink so you can get a sense of its size.
The top view here will illustrate the button layout on the FH1.
Panasonic FH1 Lens features
The FH1 houses a built-in lens giving a focal range of 28-140mm giving it a 5.0 x zoom which isn't really amazing however it is likely to be valuable in certain situations.
At it's widest 28mm, the lens has an aperture of f2.8 and that's quite sluggish and not very good for low light situations and you will find it hard to get good bokeh. You will also need to raise your ISO which results in noisy images. At the long end, 140mm comes to f6.9 which is quite slow and you would have to utilize slower shutter speeds.
Panasonic FH1 Connectivity
The FH1 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
Digital cameras that come with NFC and / or Bluetooth support can be used wirelessly with smartphones. You can copy images and sometimes alter camera settings without connecting straight with the camera.
Some apps also give a Liveview and release the shutter whenever you are not near the camera. If the camera features a HDMI port, it can be connected to an external display. A lot of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack using the USB port.
Panasonic FH1 Video features
The highest possible video resolution in the Panasonic FH1 is 1280 x 720 and you can save in Motion JPEG file format. 720p is low for today's requirements. You should aim for a minimum FUll HD resolution for good video. The body does not offer a microphone and / or headphone port so you have zero control over the sound. It is perhaps a better idea to get a different camera should you require good sound for your videos.
Panasonic FH1 Weather Sealing
There is no environment sealing for the Panasonic FH1 so you have to be careful in rainy or dusty situations.
Panasonic FH1 Screen and Viewfinder
The Panasonic FH1 has got a 2.7" fixed screen with a resolution of 230k dots.
Sadly the screen isn't a touch screen.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
The View Finder specs for Panasonic FH1 are the following:
- ViewFinder None
For bright outdoor situations that make the camera displays washed out and difficult to see, viewfinders will be rather valuable.
Panasonic FH1 Shutter features
Panasonic FH1 continuous shooting speed is 6.0 frames/s. The max shutter speed is 1/1600 sec.
Panasonic FH1 Flash and Hot shoe features
Panasonic FH1 has just built in flash with no external flash support.
Panasonic FH1 Autofocusing features
Panasonic FH1 has only Contrast Based Auto Focus & doesn't have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more quicker and exact compared to Contrast Based focusing.
The AF system has got 9 focus points to pick from. Panasonic FH1 does not have manual focusing. Manual focusing mode is good for low light situations or you want more exact control on depth of field.
Panasonic FH1 Battery life
The average Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 offers the best (470) battery life for this category of cameras.
Below is a collection of Small Sensor Compact cameras that have the highest battery life:
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Panasonic FH1 for various styles of photography
The following bar chart provides a outline of the Panasonic FH1 for various styles of photography. To find out more, scroll to the specific paragraph below.
Panasonic FH1 Portrait photography info
The Panasonic FH1 has a score of 21 which is really bad, and means the camera is simply not good to use for portraits. Shooting portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor specs, support for RAW photos along with the potential to use off-camera flash.
Panasonic FH1 Street photography highlights
Getting a average score of 57, the Panasonic FH1 is reasonably adequate for street photography. A very good street photography camera gives a fine balance of image quality plus portability.
Panasonic FH1 Sports photography highlights
A really bad sports photography score of 25 means the Panasonic FH1 is simply not good for photographing sports. A camera should have very good autofocus and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.
Panasonic FH1 Travel photography features
Portability is very critical in getting a camera for travel. On the whole, the Panasonic FH1 gets a average 58 for a travel camera which makes it relatively suited for your trips.
Panasonic FH1 Landscape photography advice
For anyone who is looking to purchase a camera for landscape photographs, the biggest aspect will be image quality. The Panasonic FH1 with it's really bad grade of 32 as a landscape camera is simply not good within the current market.
Panasonic FH1 as a Vlogging camera
A camera for vlogging really should come with a moving display screen, microphone port and preferably image stabilization. Considering every thing, the Panasonic FH1 is simply not good as a vlog camera as it comes to a really bad rating of 29.
Panasonic FH1 Alternatives
If you want replacements to the FH1, here is a collection of the highest rated cameras which fall under the family of Small Sensor Compact.
The line graph followed below provides you a bird's eye view of the FH1 vs it's top ranked rivals suggested above.
Here are a handful of other cameras you might regard as alternative options. To check out a extensive comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.