• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 18.2 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 500.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 720.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Sony WX300 advantages over Panasonic ZS50

  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 500 vs 300 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Thinner
    25 mm vs 34 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    166g vs 243g
    Lighter weight
  • More pixels
    18.2 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Panasonic ZS50 advantages over Sony WX300

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.54 vs 1.26 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • More telephoto lens reach
    720 mm vs 500 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Newer
    4 years vs 6 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More dots on screen
    1040k vs 461k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 4 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • 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

  • 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
  • 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 Panasonic ZS25

Sony WX300
Panasonic ZS25
  • $223
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $199
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Shoots 1080p video
Panasonic ZS50
Panasonic ZS25
  • $229
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $199
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • More pixels
  • Bigger JPEG buffer

Compared to Canon SX280 HS

Sony WX300
Canon SX280 HS
  • $223
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Built-in GPS
Panasonic ZS50
Canon SX280 HS
  • $229
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in GPS
  • Faster JPEG shooting

Compared to Sony WX350

Sony WX300
Sony WX350
  • $223
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • $268
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • Shoots 60p video
Panasonic ZS50
Sony WX350
  • $229
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $268
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Thinner

Compared to Canon SX700 HS

Sony WX300
Canon SX700 HS
  • $223
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Manual focus
Panasonic ZS50
Canon SX700 HS
  • $229
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More pixels
  • Faster shutter

Compared to Nikon S7000

Sony WX300
Nikon S7000
  • $223
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Newer
Panasonic ZS50
Nikon S7000
  • $229
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Slower slow-motion
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lighter weight
  • More pixels
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