Panasonic FH6

 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH6 front
 
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-120mm (F2.5-6.4) lens
  • 119g - 96 x 56 x 20mm
  • Released January 2012
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Portability
96
Imaging
39
Features
29
Overall
35

Panasonic FH6 overview

Panasonic FH6 is Panasonic's Small Sensor Compact digital camera initially announced on January of 2012. The camera has got a 14MP, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a peak resolution of 4320 x 3240.

The FH6 is ranked #106 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and all-around #907 out of 1422 for cameras in our list. You can check our Smart camera filter to see camera rankings based on your personalized factors.

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Here is a chart of different criteria used in the scoring system.

Panasonic FH6 history

The Panasonic FH6 comes with a history of related cameras. Underneath, you can take a look at all previous and more recent models alongside main specs.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH10 front thumbnailPanasonic FH10
FH6 vs FH10
26-130mm
F2.8-6.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-F5 front thumbnailPanasonic F5
FH6 vs F5
28-140mm
F3.2-6.5
14MP1/2.3"2013
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH8 front thumbnailPanasonic FH8
FH6 vs FH8
24-120mm
F2.5-6.4
16MP1/2.3"2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH6 front thumbnailPanasonic FH624-120mm
F2.5-6.4
14MP1/2.3"2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH7 front thumbnailPanasonic FH7
FH6 vs FH7
28-112mm
F3.1-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FX90 front thumbnailPanasonic FX90
FH6 vs FX90
24-120mm
F2.5-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FX78 front thumbnailPanasonic FX78
FH6 vs FX78
24-120mm
F2.5-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH2 front thumbnailPanasonic FH2
FH6 vs FH2
28-112mm
F3.1-6.5
14MP1/2.3"2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH25 front thumbnailPanasonic FH25
FH6 vs FH25
28-224mm
F3.3-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH5 front thumbnailPanasonic FH5
FH6 vs FH5
28-112mm
F3.1-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH27 front thumbnailPanasonic FH27
FH6 vs FH27
28-224mm
F3.3-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2011
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FX700 front thumbnailPanasonic FX700
FH6 vs FX700
24-120mm
F2.2-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FX75 front thumbnailPanasonic FX75
FH6 vs FX75
24-120mm
F2.2-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH1 front thumbnailPanasonic FH1
FH6 vs FH1
28-140mm
F2.8-6.9
12MP1/2.3"2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH22 front thumbnailPanasonic FH22
FH6 vs FH22
28-224mm
F3.3-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH3 front thumbnailPanasonic FH3
FH6 vs FH3
28-140mm
F2.8-6.9
14MP1/2.3"2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH20 front thumbnailPanasonic FH20
FH6 vs FH20
28-224mm
F3.3-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FS25 front thumbnailPanasonic FS25
FH6 vs FS25
29-145mm
F3.3-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2009
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FX580 front thumbnailPanasonic FX580
FH6 vs FX580
25-125mm
F2.8-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2009
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FX48 front thumbnailPanasonic FX48
FH6 vs FX48
25-125mm
F2.8-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2009
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ28 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ28
FH6 vs FZ28
27-486mm
F2.8-4.4
10MP1/2.3"2009

Panasonic FH6 Pros and Cons

Here is a collection of pluses and minuses of the Panasonic FH6 based on factors that are oftentimes seen as necessary in a digital camera.

built in image stabilization (Optical)
flash built-in
good min ISO (100)
good zoom range (24-120mm 5.0 x zoom)
great battery power (280 shots)
lighter than competitors (119g)
MP count decent (14MP)
offers face detect focusing
really wide (24mm)
cannot use external flash
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
fixed screen
has no phase detect AF
has no RAW format
lack of manual mode
lack of shutter priority mode
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low frames per second (2.0 frames/s)
low quality video (1280 x 720 pxls)
manual focus not available
no aperture priority
no HDMI support
no headphone jack
no mic jack
no Time Lapse recording
screen has low resolution (230 thousand dot)
screen is small (2.7 inches)
slow max aperture (f2.5)
sluggish at full zoom (f6.4)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
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Panasonic FH6 Sensor information

The sensor size on the Panasonic FH6 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can resolve 4320 x 3240 pixels with aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is superior than digital stabilization since the latter may lead to cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 14MP and provides a standard ISO range of 100 to 6400. Sadly, RAW files are not saved which means that you have less margin for error.

The picture below displays the FH6's sensor size compared to other popular sizes. The FH6 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.9 and is displayed in green.

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To get an idea of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Panasonic FH6 dimensions

Panasonic FH6 weighs 0.26 lb (119 grams / 4.20 ounces) and features exterior proportions of 96mm x 56mm x 20mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.8"). The weight of general Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 grams and the Panasonic FH6 is lighter compared to other competitors.

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Listed below is a visual of the Panasonic FH6 besides a soda to help you to have a feel for its size.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH6 dimensions scale

The top view below will highlight the button layout on the FH6.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH6 topview buttons dials

Panasonic FH6 Lens information

The FH6 has an inbuilt lens giving a focal range of 24-120mm giving it a 5.0 x zoom which might not be great nevertheless it could be convenient in some cases.

At it's widest 24mm, it offers an aperture of f2.5 which is quite sluggish and not good in low light occasions and you will struggle to capture a shallow depth of field. You will also have to increase your ISO setting resulting in noisy shots. For the long end, 120mm comes with f6.4 making it fairly sluggish and you will have to apply slower shutter speeds.

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Panasonic FH6 Connectivity

The FH6 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Cameras that feature NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility can be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You can easily send files and usually alter settings without connecting directly with the camera.

Many apps also enable a Liveview and press the shutter if you aren't close to the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI out, it can be attached to an external display. A lot of cameras will allow you to charge the battery with the USB port.

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Panasonic FH6 Video information

The highest video quality on the Panasonic FH6 is 1280 x 720 and it can save in Motion JPEG file format. 720p is terrible by today's requirements. You really should go for at least FUll HD quality for good video. The body doesn't include a mic and / or headphone socket which means you have zero control over your sound. It is probably a better idea to take a look at a different camera if you want better sound in your videos.

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Panasonic FH6 Weather Sealing

There is no weather proofing on the Panasonic FH6 so you have to be cautious in rainy and dusty conditions.

Panasonic FH6 Screen and Viewfinder

The Panasonic FH6 has got a 2.7 inch fixed screen with a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Sadly the screen isn't a touch screen.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH6 screen and viewfinder Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down

The ViewFinder specs regarding Panasonic FH6 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders can be rather helpful for bright outdoor conditions which might make the camera screen washed out and hard to view.

Panasonic FH6 Shutter information

Panasonic FH6 can shoot continuously at 2.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/1600 seconds.

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Panasonic FH6 Flash and Hot shoe information

Panasonic FH6 includes just integrated flash without external flash ability.

Panasonic FH6 Autofocus information

Panasonic FH6 includes only Contrast Based AF and doesn't have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot faster & exact compared to Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera has got Face detection which makes it handy for portraits.

The Sensor has got 9 focus points to choose from. Panasonic FH6 doesn't have manual focusing. Manual focusing ability can be good for low light or you need more exact control on focus.

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Panasonic FH6 Battery life

The battery power on the Panasonic FH6 is designed to last for 280 photos as per the CIPA benchmarks which is above average ın comparison with its category. The typical Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 offers the highest (470) battery life for this kind of cameras.

Here is a collection of Small Sensor Compact cameras having the strongest battery life:

Panasonic FH6 for different styles of photography

The following bar chart provides a analysis of the Panasonic FH6 for different styles of photography. To find out more, browse to the specific section below.

Portrait photography with Panasonic FH6

The Panasonic FH6 gets a score of 34 which is lousy, and means the camera is not good for portrait photography. Taking portraits leans greatly towards sensor specs, RAW support plus the ability to work with off-camera lighting.

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MP count good (14 megapixels)
has face detect focus
focusing manually not possible
manual exposure not possible
cannot use external flash
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format

Panasonic FH6 as a Street photography camera

With a above average points tally of 63, the Panasonic FH6 is a fine option for street photography. A good street photography camera has a good balance of picture quality plus portability.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than average (119 grams)
fixed screen
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
no RAW files

Panasonic FH6 Sports photography highlights

A lousy sports photography points total of 40 means the Panasonic FH6 is not good for taking pictures of sports. A camera really should have great focusing and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (14MP)
better than average battery power (280 shots)
slow continuous shooting (2.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus

Panasonic FH6 Travel photography information

Portability is super crucial when buying a camera for travel. In general, the Panasonic FH6 gets a above average 71 as a travel camera which is a good choice for your holidays.

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good battery life (280 shots)
lighter than competition in class (119 grams)
decent sensor resolution (14 megapixels)
built-in flash
really wide (24mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
does not posses selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.5)

Landscape photography with Panasonic FH6

When you're looking to choose a camera for landscape pictures, the most significant aspect will be image quality. The Panasonic FH6 and it's lousy rating of 41 for a landscape camera is not good within the current market.

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fairly wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (14 megapixels)
better than average battery pack (280 CIPA)
no manual focus
can't switch lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.5)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inch)
lack of manual mode
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
no RAW support
does not have Time Lapse function

Vlogging with Panasonic FH6

A camera for vlogging ought to have a articulating display screen, microphone port and preferably image stabilization. Taking all things into account, the Panasonic FH6 is not good as a vlog camera as it receives a lousy score of 33.

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quite wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detection focus
lighter than average (119g)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.5)
display isn't selfie friendly
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pxls)
doesn't have external microphone port

Panasonic FH6 Alternatives

If you want replacements to the FH6, here is a collection of the top rated cameras which fall into the class of Small Sensor Compact.

The graph here provides you a bird's eye view of the FH6 compared to it's top scoring rivals shown earlier.

There are a bunch of cameras you might consider as alternate options. To browse through a full comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Brand
Panasonic
Model type
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH6
Category
Small Sensor Compact
Released
2012-01-09
Body design
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CCD
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions
6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area
27.7mm²
Sensor resolution
14MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Highest resolution
4320 x 3240
RAW files
Highest native ISO
6400
Lowest native ISO
100
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points
9
Lens
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
24-120mm (5.0x)
Maximum aperture
f/2.5-6.4
Macro focusing range
5cm
Focal length multiplier
5.9
Screen
Range of screen
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
2.7 inches
Resolution of screen
230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Screen technology
TFT Color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
None
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Features
Lowest shutter speed
8s
Highest shutter speed
1/1600s
Continuous shooting speed
2.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
4.60 m
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution
1280x720
Video file format
Motion JPEG
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
119 gr (0.26 lb)
Physical dimensions
96 x 56 x 20mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.8")
Other
Battery life
280 shots
Style of battery
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media
SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots
One
Price at launch
$129