• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 18.1 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

Panasonic ZS40 advantages over Panasonic ZS50

  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • More pixels
    18.1 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos

Panasonic ZS50 advantages over Panasonic ZS40

  • Less expensive
    $199 vs $380
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.54 vs 1.26 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Higher effective ISO
    138 vs 117 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

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 HDMI output 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
  • 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
  • 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 Canon SX280 HS

Panasonic ZS40
Canon SX280 HS
  • $380
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
Panasonic ZS50
Canon SX280 HS
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in GPS
  • Faster JPEG shooting

Compared to Panasonic ZS35

Panasonic ZS40
Panasonic ZS35
  • $380
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $338
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
Panasonic ZS50
Panasonic ZS35
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $338
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • More pixels

Compared to Canon SX700 HS

Panasonic ZS40
Canon SX700 HS
  • $380
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Faster shutter
Panasonic ZS50
Canon SX700 HS
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More pixels
  • Faster shutter

Compared to Canon SX710 HS

Panasonic ZS40
Canon SX710 HS
  • $380
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $317
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Faster shutter
Panasonic ZS50
Canon SX710 HS
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $317
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More pixels
  • Faster shutter

Compared to Panasonic ZS60

Panasonic ZS40
Panasonic ZS60
  • $380
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in GPS
  • $374
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Shoot 4K video
Panasonic ZS50
Panasonic ZS60
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $374
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
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