Panasonic FZ200 vs Sony HX1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 front
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 front

Panasonic FZ200 vs Sony HX1 Key Specs

Panasonic FZ200
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Raise to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-600mm (F2.8) lens
  • 588g - 125 x 87 x 110mm
  • Released July 2012
  • Previous Model is Panasonic FZ100
  • Refreshed by Panasonic FZ300
Sony HX1
(Full Review)
  • 9MP - 1/2.4" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 125 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1440 x 1080 video
  • 28-560mm (F2.8-5.2) lens
  • 544g - 115 x 83 x 92mm
  • Launched April 2009
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Panasonic FZ200 vs Sony HX1 Overview

In this write-up, we will be contrasting the Panasonic FZ200 vs Sony HX1, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras by rivals Panasonic and Sony. There exists a big gap between the image resolutions of the FZ200 (12MP) and HX1 (9MP) and the FZ200 (1/2.3") and HX1 (1/2.4") come with different sensor sizes.

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The FZ200 was released 3 years later than the HX1 and that is quite a big gap as far as technology is concerned. Both of these cameras offer the identical body type (SLR-like (bridge)).

Before getting through a thorough comparison, below is a brief highlight of how the FZ200 matches up vs the HX1 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FZ200 over the Sony HX1

 FZ200 HX1 
LaunchedJuly 2012April 2009Fresher by 40 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedTiltingFully Articulating screen
Screen resolution460k230kSharper screen (+230k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Sony HX1 over the Panasonic FZ200

 HX1 FZ200 

Common features in the Panasonic FZ200 and Sony HX1

 FZ200 HX1 
Manually focus More exact focusing
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen dimensions
Touch screen Neither contains Touch screen

Panasonic FZ200 vs Sony HX1 Physical Comparison

If you're looking to carry your camera, you have to consider its weight and proportions. The Panasonic FZ200 has got exterior measurements of 125mm x 87mm x 110mm (4.9" x 3.4" x 4.3") with a weight of 588 grams (1.30 lbs) while the Sony HX1 has measurements of 115mm x 83mm x 92mm (4.5" x 3.3" x 3.6") having a weight of 544 grams (1.20 lbs).

Examine the Panasonic FZ200 vs Sony HX1 in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Always remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you use during that time. Below is the front view measurements comparison of the FZ200 versus the HX1.

Panasonic FZ200 vs Sony HX1 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability score of the FZ200 and HX1 is 65 and 67 respectively.

Panasonic FZ200 vs Sony HX1 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FZ200 vs Sony HX1 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it is difficult to picture the contrast between sensor sizing merely by reading specifications. The photograph underneath will help give you a far better sense of the sensor measurements in the FZ200 and HX1.

To sum up, the 2 cameras offer different resolutions and different sensor sizing. The FZ200 featuring a bigger sensor is going to make achieving shallow depth of field simpler and the Panasonic FZ200 will deliver extra detail as a result of its extra 3 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also enable you to crop shots a little more aggressively. The fresher FZ200 provides an advantage when it comes to sensor innovation.

Panasonic FZ200 vs Sony HX1 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FZ200 vs Sony HX1 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FZ200 vs Sony HX1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FZ200 Portrait photography features
Sony HX1 Portrait photography features
you can focus manually
above average flash sync speed (1/4,000s)
includes face detect autofocus
exports RAW formats
low megapixels (12MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
focusing manually
can't use external flash
MP count low (9MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.4")
lacks RAW format
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FZ200 Street photography information
Sony HX1 Street photography information
screen can move to multiple angles
image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW formats
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
heavier than competition in class (588g)
screen tilts up and down
image stabilization (Optical)
sensor is tiny (1/2.4")
lacks RAW format
more heavy than average in class (544 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FZ200 Sports photography highlights
Sony HX1 Sports photography highlights
excellent zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
includes tracking focus
great battery power (540 per charge)
low megapixels (12MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
excellent zoom range (28-560mm 20.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count low (9 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.4")
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FZ200 Travel photography advice
Sony HX1 Travel photography advice
great battery power (540 shots)
flash built-in
selfie friendly screen
decently wide (25mm)
great reach (600mm)
no Time Lapse recording
heavier than competition in class (588 grams)
low megapixels (12MP)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
has built in flash
really wide (28mm)
very long zoom (560mm)
no Timelapse recording
more heavy than average in class (544g)
MP count low (9 megapixels)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Panasonic FZ200
Landscape photography with Sony HX1
you can focus manually
decently wide (25mm)
screen is a good size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW formats
great battery power (540 per charge)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
low megapixels (12MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no Time Lapse recording
focusing manually
really wide (28mm)
decent sized screen (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
MP count low (9MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.4")
lacks RAW format
no Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FZ200 as a Vlogging camera
Sony HX1 as a Vlogging camera
decently wide (25mm)
selfie friendly screen
image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detect autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
comes with mic port
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
heavier than competition in class (588g)
really wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
video quality not great (1440 x 1080 pxls)
no external microphone support
more heavy than average in class (544g)
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Panasonic FZ200 vs Sony HX1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FZ200 and Sony HX1
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Sony
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2012-07-18 2009-04-22
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Powered by Venus Engine VII FHD Bionz
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.4"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.104 x 4.578mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 27.9mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 9MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4000 x 3000 3456 x 2592
Maximum native ISO 3200 3200
Maximum boosted ISO 6400 -
Lowest native ISO 100 125
RAW pictures
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points 23 9
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-600mm (24.0x) 28-560mm (20.0x)
Max aperture f/2.8 f/2.8-5.2
Macro focus range 1cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.9
Screen type Fully Articulated Tilting
Screen size 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 460 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Screen tech Free-Angle TFT Screen LCD Display -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 1,312 thousand dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Slowest shutter speed 60s 30s
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Continuous shooting rate 12.0 frames per second 10.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 13.50 m 9.20 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Front Curtain, Rear Curtain
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize 1/4000s -
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported 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) 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1440x1080
Video format MPEG-4, AVCHD H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
Wireless None None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 588 gr (1.30 pounds) 544 gr (1.20 pounds)
Dimensions 125 x 87 x 110mm (4.9" x 3.4" x 4.3") 115 x 83 x 92mm (4.5" x 3.3" x 3.6")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 37 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 19.1 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 10.8 not tested
DXO Low light score 114 not tested
Battery life 540 photos -
Form of battery Battery Pack -
Battery model - NP-FH50
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, Internal
Card slots One One
Price at launch $499 $47,999