• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 720.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 20.1 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 200.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Panasonic ZS50 advantages over Sony RX100 VI

  • Less expensive
    $279 vs $1198
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • More telephoto lens reach
    720 mm vs 200 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 300 vs 240 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

Sony RX100 VI advantages over Panasonic ZS50

  • Larger sensor
    1 inch vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Slower slow-motion
    1000 fps vs 240 fps
    Supports slower slow-mo
  • 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
  • Larger lens aperture
    f/2.8 vs f/3.3
    Take photos in low-light or isolate your subject
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Newer
    3 years vs 7 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.59x vs 0.46x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • More pixels
    20.1 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    23.8 fps vs 10.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    229 vs 6 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/32000 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

  • 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
  • NFC
    Both provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • 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
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • 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

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The Competition

Compared to Panasonic ZS40

Panasonic ZS50
Panasonic ZS40
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $380
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in GPS
  • More pixels
Sony RX100 VI
Panasonic ZS40
  • $1204
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Slower slow-motion
  • $380
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Panasonic ZS35

Panasonic ZS50
Panasonic ZS35
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $300
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • More pixels
Sony RX100 VI
Panasonic ZS35
  • $1204
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $300
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Canon SX700 HS

Panasonic ZS50
Canon SX700 HS
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More pixels
  • Faster shutter
Sony RX100 VI
Canon SX700 HS
  • $1204
  • 1 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Focus peaking
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Panasonic ZS100

Panasonic ZS50
Panasonic ZS100
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Slower slow-motion
  • $398
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Sony RX100 VI
Panasonic ZS100
  • $1204
  • 1 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $398
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Sony RX100 VII

Panasonic ZS50
Sony RX100 VII
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $1298
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Slower slow-motion
Sony RX100 VI
Sony RX100 VII
  • $1204
  • 1 inch
  • Faster JPEG shooting
  • Faster RAW shooting
  • $1298
  • 1 inch
  • External Mic Jack
  • Newer
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