• APS-C 369.0mm2
  • 20.9 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 20.3 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600

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Differences

Nikon Z50 advantages over Panasonic G100

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.22 vs 3.34 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • More telephoto lens reach
    75 mm vs 64 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • Higher extended ISO
    204800 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Panasonic G100 advantages over Nikon Z50

  • Less expensive
    $698 vs $997
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • More dots on screen
    1840k vs 1037k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

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
  • Shoot 4K video
    Both provide
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Both provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Both provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Common Weaknesses

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

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The Competition

Compared to Olympus E-M10 III

Nikon Z50
Olympus E-M10 III
  • $857
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $649
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Panasonic G100
Olympus E-M10 III
  • $698
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $649
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Canon EOS M50

Nikon Z50
Canon EOS M50
  • $857
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $579
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Panasonic G100
Canon EOS M50
  • $698
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $579
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Sony A6400

Nikon Z50
Sony A6400
  • $857
  • APS-C
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $898
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • NFC
Panasonic G100
Sony A6400
  • $698
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $898
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sony A6100

Nikon Z50
Sony A6100
  • $857
  • APS-C
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $748
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
Panasonic G100
Sony A6100
  • $698
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $748
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Olympus E-M5 III

Nikon Z50
Olympus E-M5 III
  • $857
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $1099
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Panasonic G100
Olympus E-M5 III
  • $698
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $1099
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • High resolution composite
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