• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 720.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/1.7 inch 43.3mm2
  • 12.0 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 300.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Panasonic ZS50 advantages over Olympus Stylus 1s

  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • More telephoto lens reach
    720 mm vs 300 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Thinner
    34 mm vs 56 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    243g vs 402g
    Lighter weight
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Wider angle lens
    24 mm vs 28 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.0 fps vs 7.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)

Olympus Stylus 1s advantages over Panasonic ZS50

  • Larger sensor
    1/1.7 inch vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.92 vs 1.54 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Larger lens aperture
    f/2.8 vs f/3.3
    Take photos in low-light or isolate your subject
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 450 vs 300 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Integrated ND filter
    Yes vs No
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.58x vs 0.46x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Both provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • 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
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

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The Competition

Compared to Nikon P7100

Panasonic ZS50
Nikon P7100
  • $291
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $500
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Olympus Stylus 1s
Nikon P7100
  • $549
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Touchscreen
  • $500
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Shoots 24p video

Compared to Canon SX280 HS

Panasonic ZS50
Canon SX280 HS
  • $291
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in GPS
Olympus Stylus 1s
Canon SX280 HS
  • $549
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Built-in GPS

Compared to Olympus Stylus 1

Panasonic ZS50
Olympus Stylus 1
  • $291
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $639
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Olympus Stylus 1s
Olympus Stylus 1
  • $549
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Newer
  • $639
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Faster JPEG shooting

Compared to Panasonic ZS40

Panasonic ZS50
Panasonic ZS40
  • $291
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $380
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in GPS
  • More pixels
Olympus Stylus 1s
Panasonic ZS40
  • $549
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $380
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Canon SX700 HS

Panasonic ZS50
Canon SX700 HS
  • $291
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $344
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More pixels
  • Faster shutter
Olympus Stylus 1s
Canon SX700 HS
  • $549
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $344
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • NFC
  • More telephoto lens reach
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