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Panasonic FZ200 vs Sony H50

Portability
65
Imaging
36
Features
64
Overall
47
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50 front
Portability
69
Imaging
32
Features
25
Overall
29

Panasonic FZ200 vs Sony H50 Key Specs

Panasonic FZ200
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Expand to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-600mm (F2.8) lens
  • 588g - 125 x 87 x 110mm
  • Released July 2012
  • Replaced the Panasonic FZ100
  • Replacement is Panasonic FZ300
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
  • Released January 2009
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Panasonic FZ200 vs Sony H50 Overview

Below is a extended analysis of the Panasonic FZ200 and Sony H50, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras by manufacturers Panasonic and Sony. There exists a sizeable gap between the image resolutions of the FZ200 (12MP) and H50 (9MP) but they enjoy the same exact sensor sizes (1/2.3").

Photography Glossary

The FZ200 was announced 3 years later than the H50 and that is quite a large gap as far as technology is concerned. Both of the cameras offer different body type with the Panasonic FZ200 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Sony H50 being a Compact camera.

Before going straight into a detailed comparison, below is a short summary of how the FZ200 matches up vs the H50 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FZ200 over the Sony H50

 FZ200 H50 
ReleasedJuly 2012January 2009More recent by 43 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen resolution460k230kCrisper screen (+230k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Sony H50 over the Panasonic FZ200

 H50 FZ200 

Common features in the Panasonic FZ200 and Sony H50

 FZ200 H50 
Manually focus Very exact focus
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen dimensions
Touch screen Lacking Touch screen

Panasonic FZ200 vs Sony H50 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is planning to lug around your camera frequently, you will have to think about its weight and dimensions. The Panasonic FZ200 has outside dimensions of 125mm x 87mm x 110mm (4.9" x 3.4" x 4.3") accompanied by a weight of 588 grams (1.30 lbs) and the Sony H50 has dimensions 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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Take into account, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you are using at that time. Following is the front view dimension comparison of the FZ200 compared to the H50.

Panasonic FZ200 vs Sony H50 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability score of the FZ200 and H50 is 65 and 69 respectively.

Panasonic FZ200 vs Sony H50 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FZ200 vs Sony H50 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it's difficult to envision the gap between sensor measurements merely by reading through specifications. The photograph underneath will help provide you a far better sense of the sensor dimensions in the FZ200 and H50.

Plainly, the 2 cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing albeit not the same resolution. You should count on the Panasonic FZ200 to give extra detail with its extra 3MP. Higher resolution can also allow you to crop shots a little more aggressively. The fresher FZ200 will have an advantage with regard to sensor innovation.

Panasonic FZ200 vs Sony H50 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FZ200 vs Sony H50 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FZ200 vs Sony H50 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Panasonic FZ200
Portrait photography with Sony H50
48
you can focus manually
above average flash sync (1/4,000 seconds)
includes face detection autofocus
delivers RAW formats
MP count low (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
27
focusing manually
no external flash support
resolution not great (9MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FZ200 Street photography highlights
Sony H50 Street photography highlights
57
screen articulates
has image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW formats
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
heavier than competition in class (588g)
43
image stabilization (Optical)
no moving screen
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
more heavy than competitors (547g)
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FZ200 as a Sports photography camera
Sony H50 as a Sports photography camera
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excellent zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes tracking autofocus
good battery life (540 per charge)
MP count low (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus
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amazing zoom range (31-465mm 15.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
continuous shooting slow (2.0 frames per second)
resolution not great (9MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic FZ200
Travel photography with Sony H50
55
good battery life (540 shots)
built-in flash
selfie friendly display
quite wide (25mm)
long reach (600mm)
does not have Time Lapse function
heavier than competition in class (588g)
MP count low (12 megapixels)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
44
has built in flash
very long reach (465mm)
no Timelapse recording
more heavy than competitors (547g)
resolution not great (9 megapixels)
display is not selfie friendly
wide angle not the best (31mm)
slow maximum aperture (f2.7)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FZ200 as a Landscape photography camera
Sony H50 as a Landscape photography camera
48
you can focus manually
quite wide (25mm)
screen is a good size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW formats
good battery life (540 per charge)
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
MP count low (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have Time Lapse function
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focusing manually
screen size is good (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not the best (31mm)
slow maximum aperture (f2.7)
resolution not great (9 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
no Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Panasonic FZ200
Vlogging with Sony H50
63
quite wide (25mm)
selfie friendly display
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
has external mic port
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
heavier than competition in class (588g)
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image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not the best (31mm)
slow maximum aperture (f2.7)
display is not selfie friendly
video res low (640 x 480 resolution)
no external microphone port
more heavy than competitors (547g)
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Panasonic FZ200 vs Sony H50 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FZ200 and Sony H50
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50
General Information
Company Panasonic Sony
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2012-07-18 2009-01-15
Body design SLR-like (bridge) Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by Venus Engine VII FHD -
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 9 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 3:2
Maximum resolution 4000 x 3000 3456 x 2592
Maximum native ISO 3200 3200
Maximum boosted ISO 6400 -
Min native ISO 100 80
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points 23 9
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 25-600mm (24.0x) 31-465mm (15.0x)
Max aperture f/2.8 f/2.7-4.5
Macro focusing distance 1cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Range of display Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 460k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Display tech Free-Angle TFT Screen LCD Display -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 1,312k dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60 seconds 30 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 12.0 frames per second 2.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 13.50 m 9.10 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Front Curtain, Rear Curtain
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Highest flash sync 1/4000 seconds -
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 1280 x 720p (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 640 x 480 (240, 120, 30, 25 fps) 640 x 480, 30 fps, 320 x 240, 8 fps
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 640x480
Video data format MPEG-4, AVCHD -
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None 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 588 grams (1.30 lbs) 547 grams (1.21 lbs)
Dimensions 125 x 87 x 110mm (4.9" x 3.4" x 4.3") 116 x 81 x 86mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 3.4")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 37 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 19.1 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 10.8 not tested
DXO Low light rating 114 not tested
Other
Battery life 540 pictures -
Battery form Battery Pack -
Battery ID - NP-BG1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, Internal
Storage slots One One
Price at launch $499 $80