• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 720.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 20.1 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 250.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Panasonic ZS50 advantages over Panasonic ZS100

  • Less expensive
    $291 vs $648
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Slower slow-motion
    240 fps vs 120 fps
    Supports slower slow-mo
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • More telephoto lens reach
    720 mm vs 250 mm
    Capture objects farther away

Panasonic ZS100 advantages over Panasonic ZS50

  • Larger sensor
    1 inch vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 2.41 vs 1.54 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • 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
  • Better color depth
    22.8 vs 20.0 bits
    Capture richer, more accurate colors
  • Higher effective ISO
    559 vs 138 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    12.5 vs 11.2 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Newer
    18 months vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • More pixels
    20.1 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 6 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 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
  • In-camera panoramas
    Both provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • 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
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • 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

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Review Excerpt

  • Compact camera body; versatile 10x zoom lens; relatively good high ISO performance; fast autofocus; many good 4K video and photo features.

  • Soft lens at longer focal lengths; no tilting display; small electronic viewfinder; slippery finish on the camera body.

The Competition

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
Panasonic ZS100
Canon SX280 HS
  • $648
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach

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
Panasonic ZS100
Olympus Stylus 1
  • $648
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $639
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Slower slow-motion

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
Panasonic ZS100
Panasonic ZS40
  • $648
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $380
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Slower slow-motion

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
Panasonic ZS100
Canon SX700 HS
  • $648
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $344
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Slower slow-motion

Compared to Olympus Stylus 1s

Panasonic ZS50
Olympus Stylus 1s
  • $291
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • NFC
  • $549
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Panasonic ZS100
Olympus Stylus 1s
  • $648
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $549
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Tiltable Screen
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