• 1/2.33 inch 28.2mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 480.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 18.2 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 720.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Panasonic ZS45 advantages over Sony WX500

  • Less expensive
    $199 vs $348
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.

Sony WX500 advantages over Panasonic ZS45

  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • More telephoto lens reach
    720 mm vs 480 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • In-camera panoramas
    Both provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • RAW file ability
    Neither provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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The Competition

Compared to Panasonic ZS25

Panasonic ZS45
Panasonic ZS25
  • $199
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $199
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Shoots 60p video
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
Sony WX500
Panasonic ZS25
  • $348
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $199
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger JPEG buffer

Compared to Nikon S9500

Panasonic ZS45
Nikon S9500
  • $199
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $230
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in GPS
  • Shoots 60p video
Sony WX500
Nikon S9500
  • $348
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $230
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in GPS

Compared to Panasonic ZS35

Panasonic ZS45
Panasonic ZS35
  • $199
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Manual focus
  • $300
  • 1/2.33 inch
Sony WX500
Panasonic ZS35
  • $348
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Newer
  • $300
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive

Compared to Sony HX90V

Panasonic ZS45
Sony HX90V
  • $199
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • $448
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Sony WX500
Sony HX90V
  • $348
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • $448
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Sony HX80

Panasonic ZS45
Sony HX80
  • $199
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Manual focus
  • $338
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • NFC
Sony WX500
Sony HX80
  • $348
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • $338
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Newer
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