Panasonic FP7

 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP7 front
 
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 35-140mm (F3.5-5.9) lens
  • 147g - 101 x 59 x 18mm
  • Revealed January 2011
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
95
Imaging
40
Features
32
Overall
36

Panasonic FP7 summary

Panasonic FP7 is Panasonic's Ultracompact digital camera originally launched on January of 2011. The camera comes with a 16MP, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a max resolution of 4608 x 3456.

The FP7 is ranked #41 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras and over all #879 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our database. You should look at our Advanced camera filter to get camera results based on your custom criteria.

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Panasonic FP7 history

The Panasonic FP7 is part of a family of cameras. You can read the full list below.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FP5 front thumbnailPanasonic FP5
FP7 vs FP5
35-140mm
F3.5-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FP7 front thumbnailPanasonic FP735-140mm
F3.5-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2011
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FP3 front thumbnailPanasonic FP3
FP7 vs FP3
35-140mm
F3.5-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FP1 front thumbnailPanasonic FP1
FP7 vs FP1
35-140mm
F3.5-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FP2 front thumbnailPanasonic FP2
FP7 vs FP2
35-140mm
F3.5-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FP8 front thumbnailPanasonic FP8
FP7 vs FP8
28-128mm
F3.3-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2009
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FS12 front thumbnailPanasonic FS12
FP7 vs FS12
31-124mm
F2.8-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2009
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FS15 front thumbnailPanasonic FS15
FP7 vs FS15
29-145mm
F3.3-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2009

Panasonic FP7 Pros and Cons

Here is a shortlist of benefits and drawbacks of the Panasonic FP7 based on features that are typically considered essential in a digital camera.

built-in flash
built in lens has zoom (35-140mm 4.0 x zoom)
decent megapixels (16MP)
features focus by touch
great battery pack (240 per charge)
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detect focus
includes tracking focus
touch screen
very good minimum ISO (100)
very good size screen (3.5")
cannot use external flash
continuous shooting slow (4.0 fps)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
does not have phase detect auto focus
does not have RAW format
fixed screen
heavier than others in class (147 grams)
lack of aperture priority mode
lack of shutter priority mode
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
missing HDMI port
missing headphone port
missing mic port
missing Time Lapse mode
no manual control
no manual focus
screen has low resolution (230 k dot)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
sluggish at long end (f5.9)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pixels)
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
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Panasonic FP7 Sensor features

The Panasonic FP7 houses the Venus Engine IV processor chip. The size of the sensor in the Panasonic FP7 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 4608 x 3456 pixels using aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera has got Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is superior than digital stabilization as the latter can easily lead to cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 16MP and gives a standard ISO range of 100 - 6400. Sadly, RAW photos are not saved which means that the user has less margin for error.

The graphic below displays the FP7's sensor size compared to other popular sizes. The FP7 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.9 and is pointed out in green.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP7 sensor size Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down

To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Panasonic FP7 dimensions

Panasonic FP7 has a weight of 0.32 pounds (147 gr or 5.19 ounces) and features outside dimensions of 101mm x 59mm x 18mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 0.7"). The weight of typical Ultracompact camera is 121 gr so the Panasonic FP7 is more heavy as compared with its competitors.

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Listed below is a pic of the Panasonic FP7 alongside a soft drink so you're able to have a sense of its size.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP7 dimensions scale

The top view here will illustrate the button design on the FP7.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP7 topview buttons dials

Panasonic FP7 Lens features

The FP7 comes with a built in lens having a focal range of 35-140mm giving it a 4.0 x zoom which is definitely not significant nevertheless it will be handy in some cases.

At it's widest 35mm, the lens provides an aperture of f3.5 which is kind of sluggish and not great in low light conditions and you will probably find it difficult to capture a shallow depth of field. You will also need to boost your ISO resulting in noisy shots. With the long end, 140mm comes to f5.9 which is very slow and you may have to go with slower shutter speeds.

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Panasonic FP7 Connectivity

The FP7 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Digital cameras which include NFC and Bluetooth compatibility can easily be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You can easily send images and in some cases adjust camera settings with no need to connect straight with the camera.

A few apps also provide a Liveview and hit the shutter in case you are not near the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI out, it could be hooked up to an external screen. Many cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack using the USB port.

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Panasonic FP7 Video features

The max video quality in the Panasonic FP7 is 1280 x 720 and it can record in Motion JPEG file format. 720p is awful by today's standards. You should really shoot for at least FUll HD quality for good video. The body does not have a mic and headphone socket which means you have got absolutely no control over your sound. It is perhaps a better idea to look at another camera in case you want better sound in your videos.

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Panasonic FP7 Weather Sealing

There is no environment sealing for the Panasonic FP7 so you have to be careful in rainy or dusty conditions.

Panasonic FP7 Screen and Viewfinder

The Panasonic FP7 comes with a 3.5" fixed screen having a resolution of 230k dots.

Additionally the screen is touch friendly which means that you can easily switch focus point plus change settings by using your fingers.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP7 screen and viewfinder Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month

The ViewFinder specs regarding Panasonic FP7 are below:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders can be very beneficial during bright outdoor conditions which may make the camera screen washed out and difficult to view.

Panasonic FP7 Shutter features

Panasonic FP7 continuous shooting speed is 4.0 fps. The max shutter speed is 1/1600 seconds.

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Panasonic FP7 Flash and Hot shoe features

Panasonic FP7 has got just built-in flash lacking external flash support.

Panasonic FP7 Autofocus features

Panasonic FP7 has got only Contrast Based Auto Focus and doesn't have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more quicker and exact as compared with Contrast Based focusing. The camera comes with Face detection which is handy for portraits.

It comes with 11 focus points to pick from. Panasonic FP7 has touch to focus. You are able to use your fingers in order to change where you focus. It also has Tracking Auto Focus for things on the move. Panasonic FP7 does not have manual focusing. Manual focusing mode is good during low light scenarios or you want to have more exact control on depth of field.

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Panasonic FP7 Battery life

The battery pack for the Panasonic FP7 is made to last for 240 photos according to the CIPA benchmarks which is above standard ın comparison with its category. The usual Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 has the maximum (320) battery life within this category of cameras.

Underneath is a list of Ultracompact cameras that come with the best battery life:

Panasonic FP7 for different forms of photography

The following illustration provides a outline of the Panasonic FP7 for different forms of photography. To view more, have a look at the specific section below.

Panasonic FP7 Portrait photography information

The Panasonic FP7 receives a points tally of 35 which is dreadful, meaning that it is not really good for portrait photos. Photographing portrait photos leans heavily to sensor dimension, support for RAW photos and potential to use off-camera lighting.

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good resolution (16MP)
includes face detection focusing
no manual focus
manual exposure not possible
no external flash support
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support

Street photography with Panasonic FP7

Getting a above average points tally of 61, the Panasonic FP7 is a fine pick 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)
provides focus via touch
screen does not articulate
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
more heavy than average in class (147 grams)

Panasonic FP7 Sports photography factors

A dreadful sports photography points tally of 45 suggests the Panasonic FP7 is not really good for taking photos of sports. A camera needs to have fantastic focusing and continuous shooting for sports photography.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
provides tracking focus
good battery pack (240 per charge)
continuous shooting slow (4.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus

Panasonic FP7 Travel photography information

Portability is extremely critical when getting a camera for travel. All round, the Panasonic FP7 gets a nice 63 as a travel camera which is a fine pick to purchase for your travels.

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good battery pack (240 CIPA)
has focus by touch
decent MP (16MP)
has built in flash
lack of Time Lapse recording
heavier than average (147 grams)
screen isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not great (35mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)

Panasonic FP7 as a Landscape photography camera

If you're planning to choose a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most vital factor will be image quality. The Panasonic FP7 and it's dreadful rating of 42 as a landscape camera is not really good among it's rivals.

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very good size screen (3.5")
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
better than average battery (240 shots)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
no manual control
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
lack of Time Lapse recording

Panasonic FP7 Vlogging features

A camera for vlogging should really come with a articulating display, microphone port and ideally image stabilization. Taking everything into account, the Panasonic FP7 is not really good for vlogging as it comes to a dreadful score of 29.

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has touchscreen
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detect focus
wide angle not the best (35mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
display is not selfie friendly
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pixels)
lack of mic jack
heavier than competition in class (147 grams)

Panasonic FP7 Alternatives

If you are searching for alternatives to the FP7, here is a number of the highest placed cameras that fall under the class of Ultracompact.

The diagram here shows you an overview of the FP7 compared to it's top scoring rivals mentioned earlier.

Here are a few more cameras you may consider as alternate options. To see a full comparison, click the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Company
Panasonic
Model type
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP7
Type
Ultracompact
Revealed
2011-01-05
Body design
Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CCD
Processor
Venus Engine IV
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions
6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area
27.7mm²
Sensor resolution
16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW pictures
Highest native ISO
6400
Minimum native ISO
100
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points
11
Lens
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
35-140mm (4.0x)
Maximal aperture
f/3.5-5.9
Macro focusing distance
10cm
Focal length multiplier
5.9
Screen
Range of screen
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
3.5"
Resolution of screen
230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Screen technology
TFT Touch Screen LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
None
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
Features
Min shutter speed
60 seconds
Max shutter speed
1/1600 seconds
Continuous shutter speed
4.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
4.90 m
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1280 x 720 (24 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution
1280x720
Video format
Motion JPEG
Mic jack
Headphone jack
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
147 grams (0.32 lb)
Physical dimensions
101 x 59 x 18mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 0.7")
Other
Battery life
240 pictures
Battery form
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media
SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots
One
Launch pricing
$227