• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 1200.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 20.1 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 250.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon SX50 advantages over Panasonic ZS100

  • Less expensive
    $459 vs $698
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Slower slow-motion
    240 fps vs 120 fps
    Supports slower slow-mo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • More telephoto lens reach
    1,200 mm vs 250 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    13.0 fps vs 9.9 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)

Panasonic ZS100 advantages over Canon SX50

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • 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
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Larger lens aperture
    f/2.8 vs f/3.4
    Take photos in low-light or isolate your subject
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Better color depth
    22.8 vs 20.3 bits
    Capture richer, more accurate colors
  • Higher effective ISO
    559 vs 179 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    12.5 vs 11.2 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Thinner
    44 mm vs 105 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    2 years vs 6 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Lighter weight
    309g vs 603g
    Lighter weight
  • More dots on screen
    1040k vs 461k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Less shutter lag
    0.10 vs 0.48 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More pixels
    20.1 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 15 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 10 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

  • 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
  • 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

  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • 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
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • 50x optical zoom with whopping 24-1200mm-equivalent reach; Excellent image quality for its class; 2.8-inch vari-angle LCD; Ergonomic design and controls; Improved image stabilization and Zoom Framing Assist; Shoots RAW; Full 1080p HD video.

  • Poor low-light AF performance; Image quality deteriorates at ISO 800 and above; Sluggish cycle times; Below average battery life.

  • 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 Olympus SP-820UZ

Canon SX50
Olympus SP-820UZ
  • $459
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More pixels
  • Shoots 60p video
Panasonic ZS100
Olympus SP-820UZ
  • $698
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Nikon P600

Canon SX50
Nikon P600
  • $459
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Bigger pixels
  • $497
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Panasonic ZS100
Nikon P600
  • $698
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $497
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Canon SX60

Canon SX50
Canon SX60
  • $459
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $429
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Panasonic ZS100
Canon SX60
  • $698
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $429
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Olympus Stylus 1s

Canon SX50
Olympus Stylus 1s
  • $459
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Shoots 24p video
  • $549
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Panasonic ZS100
Olympus Stylus 1s
  • $698
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $549
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Sony RX100 VI

Canon SX50
Sony RX100 VI
  • $459
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $1198
  • 1 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Focus peaking
Panasonic ZS100
Sony RX100 VI
  • $698
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $1198
  • 1 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Tiltable Screen
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