Panasonic FH7 overview
Panasonic FH7 is Panasonic's Small Sensor Compact digital camera originally launched on September of 2011. The camera includes a 16MP, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a maximum resolution of 4608 x 3456. The camera is also known as "Lumix DMC-FS22" in certain regions.
The FH7 stands at #51 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & all-around #737 out of 1422 for cameras in our list. Remember to try our Advanced camera search to find camera results based on your customized criteria.
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Panasonic FH7 history
The Panasonic FH7 has a history of related cameras. Listed below, you can identify all past and current models along with key features.
Panasonic FH7 Gallery
You can view the FH7 from various angles in the gallery here.
Panasonic FH7 Pros and Cons
Here is a shortlist of benefits and drawbacks of the Panasonic FH7 based on features which are generally viewed as useful in a digital camera.
Panasonic FH7 Sensor information
The Panasonic FH7 houses the Venus Engine IV chip. The sensor measurement in the Panasonic FH7 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can resolve 4608 x 3456 pixels with aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera features Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is superior than digital stabilization as the latter might produce cropping.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The CCD sensor has 16 megapixels and features a standard ISO range of 100 - 6400. Sadly, RAW files are not saved therefore the user has less margin for error.
The graphic underneath displays the FH7's sensor size when compared to other popular sizes. The FH7 sensor has a crop factor of 5.9 and is showcased in green.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
To get an idea of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
Panasonic FH7 dimensions
Panasonic FH7 weighs in at 0.28 lb (126 grams or 4.44 ounces) & the size of the camera is 95mm x 56mm x 19mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7"). The weight of normal Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 grams so the Panasonic FH7 is lighter compared to other rivals.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
Here is a picture of the Panasonic FH7 beside a soda to help you to get a sense of its size.
The top view just below will illustrate the button layout on the FH7.
Panasonic FH7 Lens information
The FH7 includes an inbuilt lens giving a focal range of 28-112mm giving it a 4.0 x zoom which isn't ideal but it will be useful in certain circumstances.
At it's widest 28mm, the lens features an aperture of f3.1 which is fairly sluggish and not ideal for low light events and you might find it difficult to get a shallow depth of field. You could also have to boost your ISO setting which causes noisy photos. On the long end, 112mm comes with f6.5 which is pretty slow and you would have to set slower shutter speeds.
Panasonic FH7 Connectivity
The FH7 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
Cameras that incorporate NFC or Bluetooth connectivity are able to be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You can copy files and at times alter settings with no need to connect directly with the camera.
Several apps also enable a Liveview and click the shutter in case you aren't near the camera. If the camera has a HDMI port, it can easily be connected to an external display. A lot of cameras enable you to recharge the battery with the USB port.
Panasonic FH7 Video information
The maximum video quality in the Panasonic FH7 is 1280 x 720 and you can save in Motion JPEG file format. 720p is low for today's standards. You should really go for at least 1080p quality for decent video. The body doesn't feature a microphone or headphone socket which means that you get zero control over the audio. It is perhaps a better idea to consider another model in case you need decent audio for your videos.
Panasonic FH7 Weather Sealing
There is no weather sealing for the Panasonic FH7 so you have to be cautious in wet or dusty conditions.
Panasonic FH7 Screen and Viewfinder
The Panasonic FH7 includes a 3" fixed display with a resolution of 230k dots.
Additionally the display is touch friendly which means you are able to change focus points plus change settings with your fingers.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
The ViewFinder details for Panasonic FH7 are the following:
- ViewFinder None
For sunny outdoor conditions that make the camera screens washed out and challenging to see, viewfinders can be quite valuable.
Panasonic FH7 Shutter information
Panasonic FH7 can shoot continuously at 4.0 frames per second. The maximum shutter speed is 1/1600 seconds.
Panasonic FH7 Flash and Hot shoe information
Panasonic FH7 features just integrated flash with no external flash ability.
Panasonic FH7 Autofocus information
Panasonic FH7 features only Contrast Detect Auto Focus & does not have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot faster and exact compared to Contrast Detect focusing. The camera includes Face detection which is useful for people photography.
The AF system includes 11 focus points to pick from. Panasonic FH7 has tap to focus. You can use your fingers in order to switch where you focus. It also comes with Tracking Auto Focus for moving subjects. Panasonic FH7 has not got manual focus. Manual focus is good during low light conditions or you need more accurate depth of field control.
Panasonic FH7 Battery life
The battery for the Panasonic FH7 is made to last for 260 pictures with respect to the CIPA benchmarks which is comparable with it's competitors. The general Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 has got the highest possible (470) battery life within this type of cameras.
Listed below is a collection of Small Sensor Compact cameras which have the highest battery life:
Panasonic FH7 for specific forms of photography
The following diagram displays a summation of the Panasonic FH7 for specific forms of photography. To find out more, check out the specific section underneath.
Panasonic FH7 Portrait photography details
The Panasonic FH7 gets a rating of 36 which is lousy, and means the camera is simply not appropriate for portraits. Photographing portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor size, RAW support along with the capability to use external flash.
Panasonic FH7 Street photography highlights
With a very good rating of 67, the Panasonic FH7 is a good fit to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera comes with a perfect balance of picture quality and portability.
Panasonic FH7 Sports photography highlights
A lousy sports photography points tally of 41 means the Panasonic FH7 is simply not appropriate for taking pictures of sports. A camera really should have fantastic focusing and shutter speeds for sports photography.
Panasonic FH7 Travel photography info
Weight is extremely important in buying a travel camera. On the whole, the Panasonic FH7 gets a above average 71 for a travelling camera which makes it a fine choice to purchase for your vacations.
Panasonic FH7 Landscape photography information
For anyone planning to pick a camera for landscape photography, the most vital aspect is going to be image quality. The Panasonic FH7 and it's lousy score of 44 as a landscape camera is simply not appropriate compared to its rivals.
Panasonic FH7 as a Vlogging camera
A vlogging camera ought to offer a moving screen, mic input and if possible image stabilization. Considering all things, the Panasonic FH7 is simply not appropriate as a vlog camera as it gets a lousy rating of 34.
Panasonic FH7 Alternatives
If you are looking for replacements to the FH7, below is a range of the highest rated cameras which fall in to the class of Small Sensor Compact.
The graph here will give you a bird's eye view of the FH7 vs it's highest scored rivals listed above.
These are some more cameras you might have a look at as alternate options. To review a complete comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.