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Panasonic FS25 vs Sony H50

Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
24
Overall
30
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50 front
Portability
69
Imaging
32
Features
25
Overall
29

Panasonic FS25 vs Sony H50 Key Specs

Panasonic FS25
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600 (Expand to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 29-145mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 148g - 97 x 58 x 22mm
  • Launched January 2009
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 FS25 vs Sony H50 Overview

Lets look a bit more closely at the Panasonic FS25 versus Sony H50, one being a Small Sensor Compact and the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom by companies Panasonic and Sony. There exists a huge gap between the image resolutions of the FS25 (12MP) and H50 (9MP) but they feature the exact same sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The FS25 was revealed around the same time to the H50 so they are both of a similar generation. Each of the cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before going in to a step-by-step comparison, below is a concise overview of how the FS25 grades versus the H50 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FS25 over the Sony H50

 FS25 H50 

Reasons to pick Sony H50 over the Panasonic FS25

 H50 FS25 
Manually focus More accurate focus

Common features in the Panasonic FS25 and Sony H50

 FS25 H50 
RevealedJanuary 2009January 2009Similar generation
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen sizing
Screen resolution230k230kThe same screen resolution
Selfie screen No selfie screen
Touch friendly screen No Touch friendly screen

Panasonic FS25 vs Sony H50 Physical Comparison

When you are planning to lug around your camera, you will have to factor in its weight and measurements. The Panasonic FS25 provides exterior measurements of 97mm x 58mm x 22mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.9") having a weight of 148 grams (0.33 lbs) whilst the Sony H50 has proportions of 116mm x 81mm x 86mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 3.4") accompanied by a weight of 547 grams (1.21 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you are working with at that time. Underneath is the front view measurement comparison of the FS25 vs the H50.

Panasonic FS25 vs Sony H50 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability score of the FS25 and H50 is 95 and 69 respectively.

Panasonic FS25 vs Sony H50 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FS25 vs Sony H50 Sensor Comparison

Normally, its difficult to envision the contrast between sensor measurements purely by looking at specs. The photograph underneath will give you a better sense of the sensor sizing in the FS25 and H50.

As you can plainly see, both cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements albeit not the same resolution. You should expect the Panasonic FS25 to give greater detail because of its extra 3MP. Higher resolution will enable you to crop shots somewhat more aggressively.

Panasonic FS25 vs Sony H50 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FS25 vs Sony H50 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FS25 vs Sony H50 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FS25 Portrait photography advice
Sony H50 Portrait photography advice
26
comes with face detection focus
focusing manually not possible
no manual mode
no external flash support
MP count low (12MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support
27
focusing manually
no external flash support
MP count low (9 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FS25 Street photography information
Sony H50 Street photography information
57
built in image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support
43
built in image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
more heavy than competition in class (547 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FS25 Sports photography highlights
Sony H50 Sports photography highlights
25
built in image stabilization (Optical)
continuous shooting slow (2.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
MP count low (12MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus
32
long zoom range (31-465mm 15.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
very slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames/s)
MP count low (9 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FS25 Travel photography advice
Sony H50 Travel photography advice
51
has built in flash
doesn't have Timelapse mode
MP count low (12MP)
screen isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not great (29mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
44
flash built-in
long reach (465mm)
doesn't have Timelapse function
more heavy than competition in class (547g)
MP count low (9 megapixels)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
wide angle not fantastic (31mm)
slow max aperture (f2.7)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FS25 as a Landscape photography camera
Sony H50 as a Landscape photography camera
32
screen size is good (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not great (29mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
no manual mode
MP count low (12MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support
doesn't have Timelapse mode
34
focusing manually
screen is a good size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not fantastic (31mm)
slow max aperture (f2.7)
MP count low (9MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
doesn't have Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Panasonic FS25
Vlogging with Sony H50
28
built in image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection focus
wide angle not great (29mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
screen isn't selfie friendly
low res video (640 x 480 pxls)
doesn't have external microphone support
19
built in image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not fantastic (31mm)
slow max aperture (f2.7)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
video quality not great (640 x 480 resolution)
doesn't have microphone support
more heavy than competition in class (547 grams)
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Panasonic FS25 vs Sony H50 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FS25 and Sony H50
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50
General Information
Brand Name Panasonic Sony
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Launched 2009-01-27 2009-01-15
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 9 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2 4:3 and 3:2
Maximum resolution 4000 x 3000 3456 x 2592
Maximum native ISO 1600 3200
Maximum boosted ISO 6400 -
Min native ISO 80 80
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points 11 9
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 29-145mm (5.0x) 31-465mm (15.0x)
Max aperture f/3.3-5.9 f/2.7-4.5
Macro focusing range 5cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 5.8
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 230 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Electronic
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60s 30s
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000s 1/4000s
Continuous shooting rate 2.0 frames/s 2.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 5.30 m 9.10 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Front Curtain, Rear Curtain
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 640 x 480, 30 fps, 320 x 240, 8 fps
Maximum video resolution 640x480 640x480
Video data format Motion JPEG -
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 148 grams (0.33 lbs) 547 grams (1.21 lbs)
Dimensions 97 x 58 x 22mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.9") 116 x 81 x 86mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 3.4")
DXO scores
DXO All around 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 ID - NP-BG1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Retail price $230 $80