Panasonic FH7

 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH7 front
 
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-112mm (F3.1-6.5) lens
  • 126g - 95 x 56 x 19mm
  • Introduced September 2011
  • Alternate Name is Lumix DMC-FS22
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
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Imaging
41
Features
36
Overall
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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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Here is a diagram of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.

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.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH10 front thumbnailPanasonic FH10
FH7 vs FH10
26-130mm
F2.8-6.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-F5 front thumbnailPanasonic F5
FH7 vs F5
28-140mm
F3.2-6.5
14MP1/2.3"2013
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH8 front thumbnailPanasonic FH8
FH7 vs FH8
24-120mm
F2.5-6.4
16MP1/2.3"2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH6 front thumbnailPanasonic FH6
FH7 vs FH6
24-120mm
F2.5-6.4
14MP1/2.3"2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH7 front thumbnailPanasonic FH728-112mm
F3.1-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FX90 front thumbnailPanasonic FX90
FH7 vs FX90
24-120mm
F2.5-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FX78 front thumbnailPanasonic FX78
FH7 vs FX78
24-120mm
F2.5-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH2 front thumbnailPanasonic FH2
FH7 vs FH2
28-112mm
F3.1-6.5
14MP1/2.3"2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH25 front thumbnailPanasonic FH25
FH7 vs FH25
28-224mm
F3.3-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH5 front thumbnailPanasonic FH5
FH7 vs FH5
28-112mm
F3.1-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH27 front thumbnailPanasonic FH27
FH7 vs FH27
28-224mm
F3.3-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2011
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FX700 front thumbnailPanasonic FX700
FH7 vs FX700
24-120mm
F2.2-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FX75 front thumbnailPanasonic FX75
FH7 vs FX75
24-120mm
F2.2-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH1 front thumbnailPanasonic FH1
FH7 vs FH1
28-140mm
F2.8-6.9
12MP1/2.3"2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH22 front thumbnailPanasonic FH22
FH7 vs FH22
28-224mm
F3.3-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH3 front thumbnailPanasonic FH3
FH7 vs FH3
28-140mm
F2.8-6.9
14MP1/2.3"2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH20 front thumbnailPanasonic FH20
FH7 vs FH20
28-224mm
F3.3-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FS25 front thumbnailPanasonic FS25
FH7 vs FS25
29-145mm
F3.3-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2009
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FX580 front thumbnailPanasonic FX580
FH7 vs FX580
25-125mm
F2.8-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2009
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FX48 front thumbnailPanasonic FX48
FH7 vs FX48
25-125mm
F2.8-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2009
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ28 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ28
FH7 vs FZ28
27-486mm
F2.8-4.4
10MP1/2.3"2009

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.

built in zoom lens (28-112mm 4.0 x zoom)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
good min ISO (100)
has image stabilization (Optical)
has touchscreen
lighter than average (126 grams)
provides focus via touch
reasonably wide (28mm)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
supports face detect focus
supports tracking focus
can't use external flash
cannot swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
does not have phase detect auto focus
does not have RAW files
focusing manually not possible
lack of HDMI support
lack of headphone jack
lack of mic jack
lack of Time Lapse mode
low quality video (1280 x 720 resolution)
manual exposure not possible
max fps low (4.0 frames per second)
max zoom aperture not good (f6.5)
no aperture priority
no articulating screen
no shutter priority
pixelated screen (230 k dot)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
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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.

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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.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH7 sensor size 400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100

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

Camera sensor aspect ratios

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.

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Here is a picture of the Panasonic FH7 beside a soda to help you to get a sense of its size.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH7 dimensions scale

The top view just below will illustrate the button layout on the FH7.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH7 topview buttons dials

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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good MP (16 megapixels)
has face detection autofocus
focusing manually not possible
lack of manual mode
can't use external flash
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW files

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.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
supports touch to focus
lighter than others (126g)
screen does not articulate
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files

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.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (16 megapixels)
provides tracking autofocus
very slow continuous shooting (4.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus

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.

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lighter than average in class (126 grams)
offers touch to focus
megapixel count decent (16MP)
has built in flash
really wide (28mm)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.1)

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.

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relatively wide (28mm)
good sized screen (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16MP)
focusing manually not possible
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.1)
manual mode not possible
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
does not have Timelapse recording

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.

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pretty wide (28mm)
built-in touchscreen
has image stabilization (Optical)
features face detect focus
lighter than average in class (126g)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.1)
screen isn't selfie friendly
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pixels)
lack of mic socket

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.

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Specifications

General Information
Manufacturer
Panasonic
Model
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH7
Also called as
Lumix DMC-FS22
Category
Small Sensor Compact
Introduced
2011-09-07
Body design
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CCD
Processor Chip
Venus Engine IV
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions
6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area
27.7mm²
Sensor resolution
16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW images
Maximum native ISO
6400
Min native ISO
100
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points
11
Lens
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
28-112mm (4.0x)
Max aperture
f/3.1-6.5
Macro focus distance
5cm
Crop factor
5.9
Screen
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
3 inch
Screen resolution
230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
None
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Features
Slowest shutter speed
60s
Maximum shutter speed
1/1600s
Continuous shooting speed
4.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
3.30 m
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum 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
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
126 gr (0.28 lb)
Physical dimensions
95 x 56 x 19mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7")
Other
Battery life
260 shots
Type of battery
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots
Single
Cost at launch
$149