Panasonic FH22

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH22 front
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-224mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 170g - 100 x 57 x 27mm
  • Launched January 2010
  • Additionally referred to as Lumix DMC-FS33
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Panasonic FH22 summary

Panasonic FH22 is Panasonic's Small Sensor Compact digital camera originally introduced on January of 2010. It features a 14 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a full resolution of 4320 x 3240. The camera is also known as "Lumix DMC-FS33" in some regions.

The FH22 comes in at #118 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & overall #982 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our collection. Please check out our Smart camera finder to see camera rankings based on your personalized factors.

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Here is a diagram of specific factors used in the rating system.

Panasonic FH22 history

The Panasonic FH22 is part of a family of cameras. You can see the complete range underneath.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH10 front thumbnailPanasonic FH10
FH22 vs FH10
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-F5 front thumbnailPanasonic F5
FH22 vs F5
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH8 front thumbnailPanasonic FH8
FH22 vs FH8
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH6 front thumbnailPanasonic FH6
FH22 vs FH6
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH7 front thumbnailPanasonic FH7
FH22 vs FH7
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FX90 front thumbnailPanasonic FX90
FH22 vs FX90
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FX78 front thumbnailPanasonic FX78
FH22 vs FX78
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH2 front thumbnailPanasonic FH2
FH22 vs FH2
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH25 front thumbnailPanasonic FH25
FH22 vs FH25
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH5 front thumbnailPanasonic FH5
FH22 vs FH5
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH27 front thumbnailPanasonic FH27
FH22 vs FH27
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FX700 front thumbnailPanasonic FX700
FH22 vs FX700
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FX75 front thumbnailPanasonic FX75
FH22 vs FX75
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH1 front thumbnailPanasonic FH1
FH22 vs FH1
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH22 front thumbnailPanasonic FH2228-224mm
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH3 front thumbnailPanasonic FH3
FH22 vs FH3
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH20 front thumbnailPanasonic FH20
FH22 vs FH20
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FS25 front thumbnailPanasonic FS25
FH22 vs FS25
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FX580 front thumbnailPanasonic FX580
FH22 vs FX580
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FX48 front thumbnailPanasonic FX48
FH22 vs FX48
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ28 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ28
FH22 vs FZ28

Panasonic FH22 Pros and Cons

Below is a checklist of positives and negatives of the Panasonic FH22 based on criterias which are normally regarded as useful in a digital camera.

built-in flash
great minimum ISO (80)
has image stabilization (Optical)
in built lens has zoom (28-224mm 8.0 x zoom)
includes focus via touch
MP count decent (14MP)
rather wide (28mm)
screen is a decent size (3")
touchscreen functionality
does not have a selfie friendly screen
does not have external microphone support
does not have HDMI out
does not have headphone support
does not have phase detect auto focus
does not have RAW format
does not have Timelapse recording
external flash not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
lack of manual focus
lack of shutter priority mode
low fps (5.0 frames/s)
low quality video (1280 x 720 pixels)
max zoom aperture not good (f5.9)
no aperture priority
no manual control
screen has low resolution (230 k dots)
screen is fixed
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
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Panasonic FH22 Sensor specifications

The measurement of the sensor in the Panasonic FH22 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to capture 4320 x 3240 pixels at aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is superior than digital stabilization as the latter can cause cropping.

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The CCD sensor has 14MP and includes a standard ISO range of 80 - 6400. Sadly, RAW files are not supported so you have less margin for error.

The graphic underneath illustrates the FH22's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The FH22 sensor has a crop factor of 5.9 and is presented in green.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH22 sensor size Photography Glossary

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

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Panasonic FH22 dimensions

Panasonic FH22 weighs 0.37 pounds (170g or 6.00 ounces) & the over all size of the camera is 100mm x 57mm x 27mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.1"). The weight of average Small Sensor Compact camera is 174g so the Panasonic FH22 is similar when compared with its competitors.

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Here is a picture of the Panasonic FH22 beside a soda so you can get a feel for its scale.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH22 dimensions scale

The top view underneath will show the button layout on the FH22.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH22 topview buttons dials

Panasonic FH22 Lens specifications

The FH22 comes with a built-in lens and a focal range of 28-224mm giving it a 8.0 x zoom which is definitely not ideal but it will surely be useful in some situations.

At the widest 28mm, the lens comes with an aperture of f3.3 which is somewhat slow and not good for low light occasions and you might struggle to get good bokeh. You could also need to increase the ISO producing noisy shots. For the tele end, 224mm comes to f5.9 making it quite sluggish and you might need to choose slower shutter speeds.

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Panasonic FH22 Connectivity

The FH22 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Digital cameras that consist of NFC or Bluetooth connectivity can be used wirelessly with smartphones. You are able to send images and usually change camera settings without connecting directly to the camera.

A few applications even allow a Liveview and release the shutter whenever you are not close to the camera. If the camera has a HDMI port, it can be attached to an external monitor. Nearly all cameras enable you to charge the battery pack using the USB port.

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Panasonic FH22 Video specifications

The highest possible video resolution in the Panasonic FH22 is 1280 x 720 and you can capture in Motion JPEG file format. 720p is terrible for today's requirements. You should strive for a minimum 1080p resolution for video recording. The camera does not offer a microphone or headphone port so you have got no control over the audio. It is probably a better idea to consider a different model if you need decent audio for your videos.

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Panasonic FH22 Weather Sealing

Panasonic FH22 does not include environment proofing so rainy conditions might affect the camera.

Panasonic FH22 Screen and Viewfinder

The Panasonic FH22 features a 3" fixed screen boasting a resolution of 230k dots.

Moreover the screen is touch friendly so you can change focus points plus change settings by using your finger.

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The View Finder specs for Panasonic FH22 are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders can be really beneficial during sunny outdoor situations which might make the camera screen washed out and difficult to see.

Panasonic FH22 Shutter specifications

Panasonic FH22 is able to shoot continuously at 5.0 frames/s. The max shutter speed is 1/1600s.

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Panasonic FH22 Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Panasonic FH22 comes with only built in flash without external flash support.

Panasonic FH22 Autofocusing specifications

Panasonic FH22 comes with just Contrast Detect AF & is missing Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot snappier and accurate compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing.

The Sensor features 9 focus points to pick from. Panasonic FH22 has tap to focus. You can use your fingers in order to change focus points. Panasonic FH22 has no manual focus. Manual focus option is useful during low light or you need more exact focusing control.

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Panasonic FH22 Battery life

The average Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 has the best (470) battery life within this class of cameras.

Here is a number of Small Sensor Compact cameras which have the best battery life:

Panasonic FH22 for varying categories of photography

The following illustration gives a rundown of the Panasonic FH22 for varying categories of photography. To read more, scroll to the specific paragraph underneath.

Panasonic FH22 as a Portrait photography camera

The Panasonic FH22 receives a score of 28 which is awful, and means the camera is just not good to use for portraits. Taking portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor specs, RAW support & flexibility to work with off-camera flash.

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MP count good (14 megapixels)
no manual focus
no manual mode
can't use external flash
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support

Panasonic FH22 Street photography information

With a above average rating of 62, the Panasonic FH22 is a respectable option to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera gives a good balance of picture quality plus portability.

Photography Glossary
built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides touch to focus
no moving screen
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files

Panasonic FH22 Sports photography factors

A awful sports photography score of 35 indicates the Panasonic FH22 is just not good for taking photos of sports. A camera needs to have fantastic focusing and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
painfully slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF

Travel photography with Panasonic FH22

Portability is pretty crucial in selecting a camera for travel. In general, the Panasonic FH22 gets a nice 67 for a travelling camera which makes it a very decent pick to take with you on your holidays.

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boasts touch to focus
MP count decent (14 megapixels)
flash built-in
rather wide (28mm)
lack of Timelapse function
does not have selfie friendly screen
slow max aperture (f3.3)

Panasonic FH22 Landscape photography information

For anyone who is planning to buy a camera for landscape photos, the most important aspect will be image quality. The Panasonic FH22 at it's awful rating of 42 for a landscape camera is just not good amongst its rivals.

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quite wide (28mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (14MP)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
no manual control
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
missing Time Lapse recording

Vlogging with Panasonic FH22

A vlogging camera should posses a moving display screen, microphone input and ideally image stabilization. Considering every thing, the Panasonic FH22 is just not good for vlogging as it delivers a awful rating of 31.

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reasonably wide (28mm)
touch screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
screen isn't selfie friendly
low quality video (1280 x 720 resolution)
doesn't have microphone support

Panasonic FH22 Alternatives

If you are trying to find alternatives to the FH22, below is a list of the top scored cameras which fall within the class of Small Sensor Compact.

The graph here gives you an overview of the FH22 vs it's top ranking competitors mentioned earlier.

Following are several cameras you might look into as alternative options. To read a thorough comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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General Information
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH22
Also Known as
Lumix DMC-FS33
Small Sensor Compact
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
14 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution
4320 x 3240
RAW pictures
Maximum native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
28-224mm (8.0x)
Largest aperture
Macro focus range
Focal length multiplier
Type of screen
Fixed Type
Screen size
Resolution of screen
230k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Minimum shutter speed
60 secs
Fastest shutter speed
1/1600 secs
Continuous shutter rate
5.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
5.80 m
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
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)
Maximum video resolution
Video data format
Motion JPEG
Microphone support
Headphone support
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
170g (0.37 pounds)
Physical dimensions
100 x 57 x 27mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.1")
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots
Cost at release