• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 20.4 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 720.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 720.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Sony QX30 advantages over Panasonic ZS50

  • More pixels
    20.4 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    10 vs 6 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Panasonic ZS50 advantages over Sony QX30

  • Rear display
    Yes vs No
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Less expensive
    $279 vs $450
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.54 vs 1.19 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 300 vs 200 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Thinner
    34 mm vs 57 mm
    Thinner
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly

Common Weaknesses

  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • 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
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

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The Competition

Compared to Panasonic ZS40

Sony QX30
Panasonic ZS40
  • $450
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $380
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Rear display
  • Focus peaking
Panasonic ZS50
Panasonic ZS40
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $380
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in GPS
  • More pixels

Compared to Panasonic ZS35

Sony QX30
Panasonic ZS35
  • $450
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • More pixels
  • $300
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Rear display
  • Less expensive
Panasonic ZS50
Panasonic ZS35
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $300
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • More pixels

Compared to Canon SX700 HS

Sony QX30
Canon SX700 HS
  • $450
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lighter weight
  • More pixels
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Rear display
  • Less expensive
Panasonic ZS50
Canon SX700 HS
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More pixels
  • Faster shutter

Compared to Canon SX710 HS

Sony QX30
Canon SX710 HS
  • $450
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lighter weight
  • Longer exposure
  • $292
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Rear display
  • Less expensive
Panasonic ZS50
Canon SX710 HS
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $292
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More pixels
  • Faster shutter

Compared to Canon SX720 HS

Sony QX30
Canon SX720 HS
  • $450
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lighter weight
  • Longer exposure
  • $298
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Rear display
  • Less expensive
Panasonic ZS50
Canon SX720 HS
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $298
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Newer
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