Panasonic FH1

 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH1 front
 
  • 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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  • Alternatives
Portability
95
Imaging
36
Features
17
Overall
28

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 #216 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & over all #1141 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our collection. Please try out our Advanced camera search to get camera ratings based on your personalized criteria.

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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.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH10 front thumbnailPanasonic FH10
FH1 vs FH10
26-130mm
F2.8-6.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-F5 front thumbnailPanasonic F5
FH1 vs F5
28-140mm
F3.2-6.5
14MP1/2.3"2013
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH8 front thumbnailPanasonic FH8
FH1 vs FH8
24-120mm
F2.5-6.4
16MP1/2.3"2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH6 front thumbnailPanasonic FH6
FH1 vs FH6
24-120mm
F2.5-6.4
14MP1/2.3"2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH7 front thumbnailPanasonic FH7
FH1 vs FH7
28-112mm
F3.1-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FX90 front thumbnailPanasonic FX90
FH1 vs FX90
24-120mm
F2.5-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FX78 front thumbnailPanasonic FX78
FH1 vs FX78
24-120mm
F2.5-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH2 front thumbnailPanasonic FH2
FH1 vs FH2
28-112mm
F3.1-6.5
14MP1/2.3"2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH25 front thumbnailPanasonic FH25
FH1 vs FH25
28-224mm
F3.3-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH5 front thumbnailPanasonic FH5
FH1 vs FH5
28-112mm
F3.1-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH27 front thumbnailPanasonic FH27
FH1 vs FH27
28-224mm
F3.3-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2011
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FX700 front thumbnailPanasonic FX700
FH1 vs FX700
24-120mm
F2.2-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FX75 front thumbnailPanasonic FX75
FH1 vs FX75
24-120mm
F2.2-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH1 front thumbnailPanasonic FH128-140mm
F2.8-6.9
12MP1/2.3"2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH22 front thumbnailPanasonic FH22
FH1 vs FH22
28-224mm
F3.3-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH3 front thumbnailPanasonic FH3
FH1 vs FH3
28-140mm
F2.8-6.9
14MP1/2.3"2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH20 front thumbnailPanasonic FH20
FH1 vs FH20
28-224mm
F3.3-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FS25 front thumbnailPanasonic FS25
FH1 vs FS25
29-145mm
F3.3-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2009
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FX580 front thumbnailPanasonic FX580
FH1 vs FX580
25-125mm
F2.8-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2009
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FX48 front thumbnailPanasonic FX48
FH1 vs FX48
25-125mm
F2.8-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2009
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ28 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ28
FH1 vs FZ28
27-486mm
F2.8-4.4
10MP1/2.3"2009

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.

built-in flash
built in zoom lens (28-140mm 5.0 x zoom)
good minimum ISO (80)
image stabilization (Optical)
pretty wide (28mm)
can't swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
does not have phase detect autofocus
does not have RAW support
does not have selfie friendly screen
external flash not possible
fixed screen
focusing manually not possible
lack of aperture priority mode
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
low resolution screen (230 k dot)
low res video (1280 x 720 pxls)
max zoom aperture not good (f6.9)
no external microphone jack
no HDMI support
no headphone jack
no manual exposure
no shutter priority mode
no Timelapse mode
painfully slow continuous shooting (6.0 frames/s)
screen is small (2.7 inch)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
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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.

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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.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH1 sensor size 400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100

To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

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.

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The following is a photo of the Panasonic FH1 beside a soft drink so you can get a sense of its size.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH1 dimensions scale

The top view here will illustrate the button layout on the FH1.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH1 topview buttons dials

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH1 screen and viewfinder Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business

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.

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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.

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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:

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.

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lack of manual focus
no manual control
no external flash support
sensor resolution low (12MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW format

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.

400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
has image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW format

Panasonic FH1 Sports photography highlights

A really bad sports photography score of 26 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.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
max frames per second very slow (6.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
MP count low (12 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus

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.

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flash built-in
decently wide (28mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
megapixel count low (12MP)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)

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.

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fairly wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
manual focus not available
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inches)
lack of manual mode
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
doesn't have Time Lapse recording

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.

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pretty wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pxls)
doesn't have external microphone jack

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.

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Specifications

General Information
Company
Panasonic
Model type
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH1
Also Known as
Lumix DMC-FS10
Category
Small Sensor Compact
Released
2010-01-06
Body design
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CCD
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor measurements
6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area
27.7mm²
Sensor resolution
12 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW data
Max native ISO
6400
Minimum native ISO
80
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points
9
Lens
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
28-140mm (5.0x)
Max aperture
f/2.8-6.9
Macro focusing distance
5cm
Crop factor
5.9
Screen
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen size
2.7 inch
Resolution of screen
230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
None
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Features
Minimum shutter speed
60s
Fastest shutter speed
1/1600s
Continuous shutter speed
6.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
6.80 m
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution
1280x720
Video file format
Motion JPEG
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
163 gr (0.36 lb)
Dimensions
98 x 55 x 23mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.9")
Other
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC card, Internal
Storage slots
One
Price at release
$150