• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 9.1 megapixels
  • 31.00mm - 465.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 20.3 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 720.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Sony DSC-H50 advantages over Panasonic ZS80

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.79 vs 1.19 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Larger lens aperture
    f/2.7 vs f/3.3
    Take photos in low-light or isolate your subject
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 102 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Panasonic ZS80 advantages over Sony DSC-H50

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs No
    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
  • Fast startup
    ~1.40 vs 3.0 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • More telephoto lens reach
    720 mm vs 465 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 380 vs 300 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Thinner
    41 mm vs 86 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    15 months vs 12 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Lighter weight
    327g vs 442g
    Lighter weight
  • More dots on screen
    1040k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Less shutter lag
    0.16 vs 0.52 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More pixels
    20.3 vs 9.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Wider angle lens
    24 mm vs 31 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.1 fps vs 1.6 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    6400 vs 3200 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
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.

Common Weaknesses

  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • 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 Fujifilm S8100fd

Sony DSC-H50
Fujifilm S8100fd
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Longer exposure
  • $399
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Wider angle lens
  • Higher extended ISO
Panasonic ZS80
Fujifilm S8100fd
  • $448
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $399
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Larger lens aperture

Compared to Nikon P80

Sony DSC-H50
Nikon P80
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Wider angle lens
  • Higher extended ISO
Panasonic ZS80
Nikon P80
  • $448
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Larger lens aperture

Compared to Panasonic DMC-FZ35

Sony DSC-H50
Panasonic DMC-FZ35
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life
Panasonic ZS80
Panasonic DMC-FZ35
  • $448
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Larger lens aperture

Compared to Panasonic ZS70

Sony DSC-H50
Panasonic ZS70
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Larger lens aperture
  • $398
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
Panasonic ZS80
Panasonic ZS70
  • $448
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • Newer
  • $398
  • 1/2.3 inch

Compared to Canon SX740 HS

Sony DSC-H50
Canon SX740 HS
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Bigger pixels
  • $399
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Panasonic ZS80
Canon SX740 HS
  • $448
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $399
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
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