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Panasonic ZS80 vs Sony H50

Portability
86
Imaging
47
Features
70
Overall
56
Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50 front
Portability
69
Imaging
32
Features
25
Overall
29

Panasonic ZS80 vs Sony H50 Key Specs

Panasonic ZS80
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200 (Boost to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-720mm (F3.3-6.4) lens
  • 327g - 112 x 69 x 42mm
  • Revealed February 2018
  • Also Known as Lumix DC-TZ95
  • Earlier Model is Panasonic ZS70
Sony H50
(Full Review)
  • 9MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 31-465mm (F2.7-4.5) lens
  • 547g - 116 x 81 x 86mm
  • Revealed January 2009
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Panasonic ZS80 vs Sony H50 Overview

Let's look a bit more in depth at the Panasonic ZS80 versus Sony H50, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras by competitors Panasonic and Sony. There exists a large gap among the sensor resolutions of the ZS80 (20MP) and H50 (9MP) but both cameras have the same sensor size (1/2.3").

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The ZS80 was announced 9 years later than the H50 and that is a fairly serious difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Each of these cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before we go right into a step-by-step comparison, here is a concise overview of how the ZS80 grades versus the H50 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS80 over the Sony H50

 ZS80 H50 
RevealedFebruary 2018January 2009Fresher by 111 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution1040k230kCrisper screen (+810k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Sony H50 over the Panasonic ZS80

 H50 ZS80 

Common features in the Panasonic ZS80 and Sony H50

 ZS80 H50 
Focus manually More accurate focus
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen size

Panasonic ZS80 vs Sony H50 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is going to carry your camera often, you're going to have to consider its weight and volume. The Panasonic ZS80 features physical measurements of 112mm x 69mm x 42mm (4.4" x 2.7" x 1.7") with a weight of 327 grams (0.72 lbs) and the Sony H50 has sizing of 116mm x 81mm x 86mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 3.4") and a weight of 547 grams (1.21 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you are using at the time. Following is a front view size comparison of the ZS80 versus the H50.

Panasonic ZS80 vs Sony H50 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the ZS80 and H50 is 86 and 69 respectively.

Panasonic ZS80 vs Sony H50 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic ZS80 vs Sony H50 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it can be hard to visualize the gap in sensor sizing purely by researching specs. The visual below will give you a clearer sense of the sensor measurements in the ZS80 and H50.

All in all, each of these cameras provide the same sensor dimensions albeit different megapixels. You can expect the Panasonic ZS80 to result in extra detail with its extra 11MP. Higher resolution will let you crop photographs more aggressively. The newer ZS80 should have an edge with regard to sensor innovation.

Panasonic ZS80 vs Sony H50 sensor size comparison

Panasonic ZS80 vs Sony H50 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic ZS80 vs Sony H50 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic ZS80 Portrait photography advice
Sony H50 Portrait photography advice
54
you can focus manually
MP count good (20MP)
provides face detection autofocus
delivers RAW files
external flash not possible
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
27
has manual focus
can't use external flash
MP count low (9 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic ZS80 as a Street photography camera
Sony H50 as a Street photography camera
75
has a tilting screen
image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW files
boasts touch focus
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
43
image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
heavier than competition (547 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Panasonic ZS80
Sports photography with Sony H50
61
amazing zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
quiet mode (1/16,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (20MP)
provides tracking autofocus
better than average battery life (380 per charge)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus
32
amazing zoom range (31-465mm 15.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
continuous shooting slow (2.0 fps)
MP count low (9MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic ZS80 as a Travel photography camera
Sony H50 as a Travel photography camera
79
better than average battery life (380 per charge)
supports bluetooth
boasts touch focus
MP count good (20 megapixels)
built-in flash
screen is selfie friendly
decently wide (24mm)
very long zoom (720mm)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
44
built-in flash
long reach (465mm)
does not have Time Lapse function
heavier than competition (547 grams)
MP count low (9 megapixels)
display is not selfie friendly
wide angle not fantastic (31mm)
sluggish max aperture (f2.7)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic ZS80 Landscape photography factors
Sony H50 Landscape photography factors
62
you can focus manually
decently wide (24mm)
nice screen size (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (20 megapixels)
delivers RAW files
better than average battery life (380 per charge)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
34
has manual focus
screen size is good (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not fantastic (31mm)
sluggish max aperture (f2.7)
MP count low (9MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
does not have Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic ZS80 as a Vlogging camera
Sony H50 as a Vlogging camera
73
decently wide (24mm)
screen is selfie friendly
built-in touchscreen
image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detection autofocus
high res video (3840 x 2160 pxls)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
lack of external microphone support
19
image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not fantastic (31mm)
sluggish max aperture (f2.7)
display is not selfie friendly
video res low (640 x 480 resolution)
does not have external mic port
heavier than competition (547 grams)
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Panasonic ZS80 vs Sony H50 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic ZS80 and Sony H50
 Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50
General Information
Brand Name Panasonic Sony
Model type Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50
Also Known as Lumix DC-TZ95 -
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2018-02-18 2009-01-15
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by Venus Engine -
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixels 9 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 3:2
Highest Possible resolution 5184 x 3888 3456 x 2592
Maximum native ISO 3200 3200
Maximum enhanced ISO 6400 -
Min native ISO 80 80
RAW files
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points - 9
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 24-720mm (30.0x) 31-465mm (15.0x)
Highest aperture f/3.3-6.4 f/2.7-4.5
Macro focusing distance 3cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Tilting Fixed Type
Display size 3" 3"
Resolution of display 1,040 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 2,330 thousand dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.53x -
Features
Minimum shutter speed 4 seconds 30 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Fastest quiet shutter speed 1/16000 seconds -
Continuous shutter speed 10.0 frames/s 2.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 5.60 m (with Auto ISO) 9.10 m
Flash options Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Front Curtain, Rear Curtain
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 3840 x 2160 (30p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p) 640 x 480, 30 fps, 320 x 240, 8 fps
Maximum video resolution 3840x2160 640x480
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 -
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 327 grams (0.72 lb) 547 grams (1.21 lb)
Physical dimensions 112 x 69 x 42mm (4.4" x 2.7" x 1.7") 116 x 81 x 86mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 3.4")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 380 photos -
Style of battery Battery Pack -
Battery ID - NP-BG1
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I supported) Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, Internal
Storage slots 1 1
Retail price $448 $80