• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 600.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.33 inch 28.2mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 480.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Olympus SH-50 advantages over Panasonic ZS45

  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • More telephoto lens reach
    600 mm vs 480 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    17 vs 10 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Panasonic ZS45 advantages over Olympus SH-50

  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Thinner
    32 mm vs 42 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    4 years vs 6 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More dots on screen
    1040k vs 460k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 15 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • RAW file ability
    Neither provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • 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
  • 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 Olympus SZ-30MR

Olympus SH-50
Olympus SZ-30MR
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
Panasonic ZS45
Olympus SZ-30MR
  • $552
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Olympus SZ-31MR

Olympus SH-50
Olympus SZ-31MR
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More dots on screen
  • Shoots 60p video
Panasonic ZS45
Olympus SZ-31MR
  • $552
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Shoots 60p video

Compared to Panasonic ZS40

Olympus SH-50
Panasonic ZS40
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $380
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Panasonic ZS45
Panasonic ZS40
  • $552
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $380
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Panasonic ZS35

Olympus SH-50
Panasonic ZS35
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $338
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen
Panasonic ZS45
Panasonic ZS35
  • $552
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Manual focus
  • More dots on screen
  • $338
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive

Compared to Olympus SH-1

Olympus SH-50
Olympus SH-1
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Panasonic ZS45
Olympus SH-1
  • $552
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Manual focus
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • More telephoto lens reach
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