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Panasonic S1R vs Sony H20

Portability
54
Imaging
79
Features
84
Overall
81
Panasonic Lumix DC-S1R front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20 front
Portability
87
Imaging
33
Features
29
Overall
31

Panasonic S1R vs Sony H20 Key Specs

Panasonic S1R
(Full Review)
  • 47MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600 (Bump to 51200)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Leica L Mount
  • 1020g - 149 x 110 x 97mm
  • Announced February 2019
Sony H20
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 38-380mm (F3.5-4.4) lens
  • 250g - 107 x 69 x 47mm
  • Released May 2009
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Panasonic S1R vs Sony H20 Overview

Below is a thorough comparison of the Panasonic S1R vs Sony H20, one being a Pro Mirrorless and the latter is a Small Sensor Compact by companies Panasonic and Sony. There exists a sizeable gap among the image resolutions of the S1R (47MP) and H20 (10MP) and the S1R (Full frame) and H20 (1/2.3") boast totally different sensor sizes.

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The S1R was announced 9 years later than the H20 and that is a fairly large gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Both the cameras feature different body design with the Panasonic S1R being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Sony H20 being a Compact camera.

Before getting into a complete comparison, here is a quick highlight of how the S1R scores versus the H20 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic S1R over the Sony H20

 S1R H20 
ReleasedFebruary 2019May 2009More recent by 119 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen size3.2"3"Bigger screen (+0.2")
Screen resolution2100k230kSharper screen (+1870k dot)
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Sony H20 over the Panasonic S1R

 H20 S1R 

Common features in the Panasonic S1R and Sony H20

 S1R H20 
Manually focus Dial exact focus
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen

Panasonic S1R vs Sony H20 Physical Comparison

For those who are going to lug around your camera regularly, you'll need to take into account its weight and size. The Panasonic S1R has got external dimensions of 149mm x 110mm x 97mm (5.9" x 4.3" x 3.8") with a weight of 1020 grams (2.25 lbs) and the Sony H20 has specifications of 107mm x 69mm x 47mm (4.2" x 2.7" x 1.9") accompanied by a weight of 250 grams (0.55 lbs).

See the Panasonic S1R vs Sony H20 in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you use at that time. The following is a front view scale comparison of the S1R compared to the H20.

Panasonic S1R vs Sony H20 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability score of the S1R and H20 is 54 and 87 respectively.

Panasonic S1R vs Sony H20 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic S1R vs Sony H20 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it is very tough to envision the gap in sensor measurements merely by viewing technical specs. The graphic below might offer you a more clear sense of the sensor sizes in the S1R and H20.

As you have seen, each of the cameras feature different megapixels and different sensor measurements. The S1R having a bigger sensor will make shooting bokeh easier and the Panasonic S1R will render greater detail with its extra 37 Megapixels. Higher resolution will allow you to crop photographs way more aggressively. The younger S1R is going to have a benefit with regard to sensor innovation.

Panasonic S1R vs Sony H20 sensor size comparison

Panasonic S1R vs Sony H20 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic S1R vs Sony H20 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic S1R Portrait photography highlights
Sony H20 Portrait photography highlights
87
focusing manually
high flash sync speed (1/320 seconds)
MP count amazing (47MP)
large sensor size (Full frame)
includes face detect autofocus
saves RAW files
27
you can focus manually
can't use external flash
low resolution (10 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Street Comparison

Panasonic S1R Street photography info
Sony H20 Street photography info
71
tilting screen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
large sensor size (Full frame)
saves RAW files
provides focus by touch
environment proofing
good ISO range (25,600)
heavier than others in class (1,020g)
51
image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
more heavy than average in class (250 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic S1R Sports photography features
Sony H20 Sports photography features
78
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000s)
quiet mode (1/16,000s)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
MP count amazing (47 megapixels)
large sensor size (Full frame)
includes tracking focus
environment proofing
low battery (360 shots)
no phase detect autofocus
26
image stabilization (Optical)
slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames per second)
low resolution (10MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic S1R as a Travel photography camera
Sony H20 as a Travel photography camera
60
environment proofing
supports bluetooth
provides focus by touch
MP count amazing (47 megapixels)
low battery (360 shots)
heavier than others in class (1,020g)
display isn't selfie friendly
51
flash built-in
great zoom (380mm)
missing Timelapse mode
more heavy than average in class (250 grams)
low resolution (10 megapixels)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
wide angle not great (38mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic S1R Landscape photography highlights
Sony H20 Landscape photography highlights
82
focusing manually
switch lenses (Leica L mount)
screen size is good (3.2 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
MP count amazing (47 megapixels)
large sensor size (Full frame)
no anti aliasing filter
good ISO range (25,600)
saves RAW files
environment proofing
has dual storage slots
low battery (360 CIPA)
36
you can focus manually
screen size is good (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not great (38mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
low resolution (10MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
missing Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic S1R as a Vlogging camera
Sony H20 as a Vlogging camera
32
touchscreen functionality
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
includes face detect autofocus
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 pixels)
does have mic jack
display isn't selfie friendly
heavier than others in class (1,020g)
23
image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not great (38mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
video res low (1280 x 720 pxls)
missing external microphone support
more heavy than average in class (250g)
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Panasonic S1R vs Sony H20 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic S1R and Sony H20
 Panasonic Lumix DC-S1RSony Cyber-shot DSC-H20
General Information
Make Panasonic Sony
Model Panasonic Lumix DC-S1R Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20
Category Pro Mirrorless Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2019-02-01 2009-05-14
Physical type SLR-style mirrorless Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Venus Engine -
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size Full frame 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 36 x 24mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 864.0mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 47MP 10MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 8000 x 6000 3648 x 2736
Max native ISO 25600 3200
Max boosted ISO 51200 -
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW pictures
Min boosted ISO 50 -
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points 225 9
Lens
Lens mount Leica L fixed lens
Lens focal range - 38-380mm (10.0x)
Maximum aperture - f/3.5-4.4
Macro focus range - 2cm
Amount of lenses 30 -
Focal length multiplier 1 5.8
Screen
Display type Tilting Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3.2 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 2,100k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 5,760k dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.78x -
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Maximum quiet shutter speed 1/16000 seconds -
Continuous shooting rate 9.0 frames/s 2.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range no built-in flash 7.10 m
Flash options Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync w/Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Front Curtain, Rear Curtain
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize 1/320 seconds -
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 150 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 3840x2160 1280x720
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 -
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB Yes (can be charged with high-power laptop/tablet chargers or portable power banks) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 1020 gr (2.25 lb) 250 gr (0.55 lb)
Physical dimensions 149 x 110 x 97mm (5.9" x 4.3" x 3.8") 107 x 69 x 47mm (4.2" x 2.7" x 1.9")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 100 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 26.4 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 14.1 not tested
DXO Low light score 3525 not tested
Other
Battery life 360 pictures -
Battery style Battery Pack -
Battery model - NP-BG1
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage - Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, Internal
Card slots 2 One
Retail cost $3,698 $249