Panasonic FH27

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH27 front
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-224mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 152g - 99 x 57 x 28mm
  • Announced January 2011
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Panasonic FH27 summary

Panasonic FH27 is Panasonic's Small Sensor Compact camera initially introduced on January of 2011. It uses a 16 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a full resolution of 4608 x 3456.

The FH27 places at #72 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & overall #854 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our database. Please test our Advanced camera filter to get camera results based on your custom requirements.

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

Panasonic FH27 family

The Panasonic FH27 has a history of related digital cameras. Down below, you can identify all previous and brand new models along with important specs.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH10 front thumbnailPanasonic FH10
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH8 front thumbnailPanasonic FH8
FH27 vs FH8
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH6 front thumbnailPanasonic FH6
FH27 vs FH6
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH7 front thumbnailPanasonic FH7
FH27 vs FH7
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FX90 front thumbnailPanasonic FX90
FH27 vs FX90
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FX78 front thumbnailPanasonic FX78
FH27 vs FX78
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH2 front thumbnailPanasonic FH2
FH27 vs FH2
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH25 front thumbnailPanasonic FH25
FH27 vs FH25
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH5 front thumbnailPanasonic FH5
FH27 vs FH5
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH27 front thumbnailPanasonic FH2728-224mm
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FX700 front thumbnailPanasonic FX700
FH27 vs FX700
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FX75 front thumbnailPanasonic FX75
FH27 vs FX75
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH1 front thumbnailPanasonic FH1
FH27 vs FH1
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH22 front thumbnailPanasonic FH22
FH27 vs FH22
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH3 front thumbnailPanasonic FH3
FH27 vs FH3
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH20 front thumbnailPanasonic FH20
FH27 vs FH20
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FS25 front thumbnailPanasonic FS25
FH27 vs FS25
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FX580 front thumbnailPanasonic FX580
FH27 vs FX580
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FX48 front thumbnailPanasonic FX48
FH27 vs FX48
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ28 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ28
FH27 vs FZ28

Panasonic FH27 Pros and Cons

Below is a selection of pros and cons of the Panasonic FH27 based on criterias that are usually regarded as important in a camera.

built in lens has zoom (28-224mm 8.0 x zoom)
features face detection autofocus
features tracking autofocus
good megapixels (16MP)
great minimum ISO (100)
has built in flash
image stabilization (Optical)
provides touch to focus
quite wide (28mm)
screen size is good (3")
touchscreen capability
can't use external flash
continuous shooting slow (4.0 frames per second)
does not have a selfie friendly display
focusing manually not possible
has no phase detect autofocus
has no RAW format
lack of manual exposure
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low resolution screen (230 thousand dots)
max zoom aperture not good (f5.9)
no aperture priority
no external microphone support
no HDMI out
no headphone support
no shutter priority mode
no Timelapse function
screen does not articulate
sensor is small (1/2.3")
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pixels)
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Panasonic FH27 Sensor info

The Panasonic FH27 features the Venus Engine VI chip. The sensor measurement on the Panasonic FH27 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 4608 x 3456 pixels . The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization since the latter might lead to cropping.

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The CCD sensor has 16MP and supports a native ISO range of 100 to 6400. Unfortunately, RAW files are not supported therefore the user has less room to maneuver in post.

The image below shows the FH27's sensor dimensions in comparison to other common sizes. The FH27 sensor has a crop factor of 5.9 and is pointed out in green.

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To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Panasonic FH27 dimensions

Panasonic FH27 weighs about 0.34 pounds (152g / 5.36 oz) & the over all size of the camera is 99mm x 57mm x 28mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.1"). The weight of average Small Sensor Compact camera is 174g and the Panasonic FH27 is less heavy compared with other competitors.

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Listed below is a photo of the Panasonic FH27 next to a softdrink to help you get a sense of its scale.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH27 dimensions scale

The top view below will show you the button layout on the FH27.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH27 topview buttons dials

Panasonic FH27 Lens info

The FH27 provides a fixed lens and a focal range of 28-224mm making it a 8.0 x zoom which is not very good however it will definitely be very helpful in certain circumstances.

At the widest 28mm, it comes with an aperture of f3.3 which will be kind of slow and not good for low light situations and you might find it difficult to get good bokeh. You will likely also need to boost the ISO which results in noisy files. On the tele end, 224mm comes with f5.9 which is pretty slow and you would need to utilize slow shutter speeds.

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Panasonic FH27 Connectivity

The FH27 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Digital cameras that come with NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity are able to be used wirelessly with smartphones. You are able to copy pictures and in some cases adjust settings with no need to connect physically to the camera.

A few applications even allow a Liveview and release the shutter when you are not near the camera. If the camera has a HDMI port, it can easily be attached to an external screen. Nearly all cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack with the USB socket.

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Panasonic FH27 Video info

The highest possible video resolution on the Panasonic FH27 is 1280 x 720 and you can capture in Motion JPEG format. 720p is low for today's standards. You really should shoot for a minimum FUll HD resolution for good video. The camera does not offer a microphone and / or headphone port which means that you have got no control over the sound. It is perhaps best to take a look at another camera if you want better sound for your video clips.

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Panasonic FH27 Weather Sealing

Panasonic FH27 does not include environment sealing so rainy conditions can damage the camera.

Panasonic FH27 Display and Viewfinder

The Panasonic FH27 houses a 3 inch fixed display boasting a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Additionally the display is touch friendly which means you are able to set focus point as well as adjust settings with your fingertips.

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The View Finder specs for Panasonic FH27 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are quite handy for bright outdoor situations which can make the camera display washed out and difficult to see.

Panasonic FH27 Shutter info

Panasonic FH27 continuous shooting speed is 4.0 frames per second. The maximum shutter speed is 1/1600 sec.

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Panasonic FH27 Flash and Hot shoe info

Panasonic FH27 comes with only in-built flash with missing external flash support.

Panasonic FH27 Autofocusing info

Panasonic FH27 comes with just Contrast Based Autofocus & doesn't have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more quicker & exact compared with Contrast Based focusing. The camera boasts Face detect which is handy for taking photos of people.

It boasts 11 focus points to pick from. Panasonic FH27 has tap to focus. You can easily use your fingers to adjust focus points. It also has Tracking Autofocus for objects on the move. Panasonic FH27 doesn't have manual focusing. Manual focusing can be useful for low light situations or you need to have more accurate control on focusing.

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Panasonic FH27 Battery life

The battery life on the Panasonic FH27 is made to last for 250 photographs according to the CIPA benchmarks making it about the same as it's competitors. The average Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 has the best (470) battery life for this type of cameras.

Following is a number of Small Sensor Compact cameras that have the highest battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
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Panasonic FH27 for varying kinds of photography

The following chart shows a rundown of the Panasonic FH27 for varying kinds of photography. To read more, scroll to the specific paragraph below.

Panasonic FH27 Portrait photography factors

The Panasonic FH27 has a points tally of 34 which is awful, meaning that it is simply not acceptable to use for portrait images. Taking portrait images favors heavily to sensor dimensions, RAW support along with the option to work with external flash.

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decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
comes with face detection autofocus
focusing manually not possible
no manual control
cannot use external flash
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW format

Panasonic FH27 Street photography factors

Coming in at a very good points total of 63, the Panasonic FH27 is a good choice to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera provides a perfect balance of image quality and portability.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports touch focus
screen does not articulate
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format

Panasonic FH27 Sports photography factors

A awful sports photography score of 40 suggests the Panasonic FH27 is simply not acceptable for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs to have fantastic tracking plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16MP)
features tracking focus
continuous shooting slow (4.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus

Panasonic FH27 Travel photography information

Weight is very critical when getting a camera for travel. In general, the Panasonic FH27 gets a above average 68 as a travelling camera which is a very decent choice to take on your journeys.

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boasts focus by touch
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
really wide (28mm)
no Timelapse recording
does not offer selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)

Panasonic FH27 Landscape photography details

In case you're planning to buy a digital camera for landscape photos, the most important factor is going to be image quality. The Panasonic FH27 and it's awful grade of 43 for a landscape camera is simply not acceptable among its rivals.

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really wide (28mm)
nice screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16MP)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
lack of manual exposure
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW files
doesn't have Time Lapse recording

Vlogging with Panasonic FH27

A vlogging camera ought to posses a moving display screen, microphone input and if possible IBIS. Taking all things in to account, the Panasonic FH27 is simply not acceptable for vlogging as it delivers a awful rating of 32.

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really wide (28mm)
screen is touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detect autofocus
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
screen isn't selfie friendly
video quality not great (1280 x 720 resolution)
does not have microphone support

Panasonic FH27 Alternatives

If you need alternatives to the FH27, below is a list of the top scored cameras which fall within the family of Small Sensor Compact.

The line chart underneath offers you a summary of the FH27 vs it's top scored competitors mentioned previously.

Following are several cameras you might take a look at as alternatives. To read a comprehensive comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH27
Small Sensor Compact
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Powered by
Venus Engine VI
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Peak resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW data
Highest native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
28-224mm (8.0x)
Maximal aperture
Macro focusing distance
Focal length multiplier
Display type
Fixed Type
Display size
Display resolution
230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch operation
Display tech
TFT Touch Screen LCD
Viewfinder Information
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
Minimum shutter speed
60 secs
Fastest shutter speed
1/1600 secs
Continuous shutter rate
4.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
5.80 m
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
1280 x 720 (24 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution
Video data format
Motion JPEG
Microphone support
Headphone support
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
152g (0.34 pounds)
99 x 57 x 28mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.1")
Battery life
250 shots
Battery style
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots
Pricing at release