Size and weight is a big decision factor when you are trying to find the ideal camera for your needs.
In this section, We are going to illustrate Panasonic FH2 and Canon SX30 IS side-by-side from the front, back and top in their relative dimensions. Panasonic FH2 has external dimensions of 94 x 54 x 19 mm (3.7 x 2.13 x 0.75″) and weighs 121 g (0.27 lb / 4.27 oz) (including batteries). Canon SX30 IS has external dimensions of 123 x 92 x 108 mm (4.84 x 3.62 x 4.25″) and weighs 601 g (1.32 lb / 21.20 oz) (including batteries).
Below you can see the front view size comparison of Panasonic FH2 and Canon SX30 IS. Panasonic FH2 is clearly the smaller of the two cameras. Its body is 29mm narrower, 38mm shorter and 89mm thinner than Canon SX30 IS.
Weight is another important factor especially when deciding on a camera that you want to carry with you all day.
Panasonic FH2 is significantly lighter (480g ) than the Canon SX30 IS which may become a big advantage especially on long walking trips.
Unfortunately neither Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH2 (Lumix DMC-FS16) nor Canon PowerShot SX30 IS provides any type of weather sealing in their body, so you have to give extra care especially when you are shooting outdoors. If weather sealing is a must-have feature for you, check these sections: Top Compact Cameras with Weather Sealing Top Bridge Cameras with Weather Sealing
LCD Screen Size and Features
Panasonic FH2 and Canon SX30 IS's LCD screens has the same diagonal size of 2.7".
On the other hand, Canon SX30 IS sports a Fully Articulated screen
which you can change the angle and position of the screen almost freely, making it possible to shoot from waist or over the head levels, and especially very useful for shooting selfies and video. Panasonic FH2's LCD screen is a fixed type which provides almost no flexibility in shooting positions compared to SX30 IS.