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Panasonic FZ2500 vs Sony RX10 IV

Portability
53
Imaging
54
Features
81
Overall
64
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV front
Portability
52
Imaging
55
Features
82
Overall
65

Panasonic FZ2500 vs Sony RX10 IV Key Specs

Panasonic FZ2500
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 125 - 12800 (Expand to 25600)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 4096 x 2160 video
  • 24-480mm (F2.8-4.5) lens
  • 915g - 138 x 102 x 135mm
  • Announced September 2016
  • Other Name is Lumix DMC-FZ2000
  • Earlier Model is Panasonic FZ1000
Sony RX10 IV
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 125 - 12800 (Bump to 25600)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-600mm (F2.4-4.0) lens
  • 1095g - 133 x 94 x 145mm
  • Announced September 2017
  • Previous Model is Sony RX10 III
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Panasonic FZ2500 vs Sony RX10 IV Overview

Let's look a little more in depth at the Panasonic FZ2500 and Sony RX10 IV, both Large Sensor Superzoom cameras by companies Panasonic and Sony. The resolution of the FZ2500 (20MP) and the RX10 IV (20MP) is fairly close and they feature the exact same sensor size (1").

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The FZ2500 was launched 11 months earlier than the RX10 IV so they are of a similar age. The two cameras come with the identical body type (SLR-like (bridge)).

Before diving straight into a full comparison, below is a simple summation of how the FZ2500 grades against the RX10 IV in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FZ2500 over the Sony RX10 IV

 FZ2500 RX10 IV 
Display typeFully ArticulatedTiltingFully Articulating display
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Sony RX10 IV over the Panasonic FZ2500

 RX10 IV FZ2500 
AnnouncedSeptember 2017September 2016Newer by 11 months
Display resolution1440k1040kClearer display (+400k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic FZ2500 and Sony RX10 IV

 FZ2500 RX10 IV 
Manual focus More exact focusing
Display dimension3"3"Identical display size
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Panasonic FZ2500 vs Sony RX10 IV Physical Comparison

For those who are planning to travel with your camera, you will have to consider its weight and measurements. The Panasonic FZ2500 provides exterior dimensions of 138mm x 102mm x 135mm (5.4" x 4.0" x 5.3") having a weight of 915 grams (2.02 lbs) while the Sony RX10 IV has proportions of 133mm x 94mm x 145mm (5.2" x 3.7" x 5.7") along with a weight of 1095 grams (2.41 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you are employing at the time. The following is the front view measurements comparison of the FZ2500 against the RX10 IV.

Panasonic FZ2500 vs Sony RX10 IV size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the FZ2500 and RX10 IV is 53 and 52 respectively.

Panasonic FZ2500 vs Sony RX10 IV top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FZ2500 vs Sony RX10 IV Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it's hard to envision the contrast in sensor dimensions simply by looking through a spec sheet. The pic here will offer you a greater sense of the sensor dimensions in the FZ2500 and RX10 IV.

As you can see, both of those cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements and the same megapixels so you can expect comparable quality of pictures though you should factor the launch date of the cameras into account. The more aged FZ2500 will be disadvantaged in sensor technology.

Panasonic FZ2500 vs Sony RX10 IV sensor size comparison

Panasonic FZ2500 vs Sony RX10 IV Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FZ2500 vs Sony RX10 IV Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FZ2500 Portrait photography details
Sony RX10 IV Portrait photography details
72
has manual focus
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
decent sensor size (1")
features face detect autofocus
saves RAW formats
73
has manual focus
flash sync is higher than normal (1/2,000s)
resolution is good (20MP)
sensor size is decent (1")
has face detect autofocus
supports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Panasonic FZ2500
Street photography with Sony RX10 IV
70
screen articulates
image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor size (1")
saves RAW formats
provides focus via touch
65
tilting screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is decent (1")
supports RAW formats
supports focus by touch
weather proof
heavier than competition in class (1,095g)
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FZ2500 Sports photography details
Sony RX10 IV Sports photography details
69
excellent zoom range (24-480mm 20.0 x zoom)
quiet mode (1/16,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
decent sensor size (1")
features tracking focus
does not have phase detect autofocus
77
great zoom range (24-600mm 25.0 x zoom)
quiet mode (1/32,000 seconds)
fast continuous shooting (24.0 frames per second)
has image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (20 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (1")
has tracking focus
weather proof
supports phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FZ2500 as a Travel photography camera
Sony RX10 IV as a Travel photography camera
66
provides focus via touch
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
flash built-in
selfie friendly screen
quite wide (24mm)
great reach (480mm)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
57
weather proof
supports bluetooth
supports focus by touch
resolution is good (20MP)
built-in flash
relatively wide (24mm)
very long reach (600mm)
does not have Time Lapse mode
heavier than competition in class (1,095g)
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f2.4)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Panasonic FZ2500
Landscape photography with Sony RX10 IV
65
has manual focus
quite wide (24mm)
good sized screen (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
decent sensor size (1")
saves RAW formats
can't switch lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
63
has manual focus
relatively wide (24mm)
screen is a good size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (20 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (1")
supports RAW formats
weather proof
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.4)
does not have Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Panasonic FZ2500
Vlogging with Sony RX10 IV
67
quite wide (24mm)
selfie friendly screen
touch screen
image stabilization (Optical)
features face detect autofocus
high video quality (4096 x 2160 pixels)
does have microphone socket
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
29
relatively wide (24mm)
built-in touchscreen
has image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect autofocus
high quality video (3840 x 2160 pixels)
comes with mic jack
sluggish max aperture (f2.4)
display is not selfie friendly
heavier than competition in class (1,095g)
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Panasonic FZ2500 vs Sony RX10 IV Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FZ2500 and Sony RX10 IV
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV
General Information
Company Panasonic Sony
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV
Also called Lumix DMC-FZ2000 -
Class Large Sensor Superzoom Large Sensor Superzoom
Announced 2016-09-19 2017-09-12
Body design SLR-like (bridge) SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Venus Engine Bionz X
Sensor type BSI-CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1" 1"
Sensor dimensions 13.2 x 8.8mm 13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor area 116.2mm² 116.2mm²
Sensor resolution 20MP 20MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 5472 x 3648 5472 x 3648
Highest native ISO 12800 12800
Highest enhanced ISO 25600 25600
Lowest native ISO 125 125
RAW photos
Lowest enhanced ISO 80 64
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points 49 315
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 24-480mm (20.0x) 24-600mm (25.0x)
Maximal aperture f/2.8-4.5 f/2.4-4.0
Macro focusing distance 3cm 3cm
Crop factor 2.7 2.7
Screen
Display type Fully Articulated Tilting
Display diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 1,040k dot 1,440k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 2,360k dot 2,359k dot
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.74x 0.7x
Features
Min shutter speed 60s 30s
Max shutter speed 1/4000s 1/2000s
Max quiet shutter speed 1/16000s 1/32000s
Continuous shutter speed 12.0fps 24.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 13.20 m (at Auto ISO) 10.80 m (at Auto ISO)
Flash settings Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off Auto, fill-flash, slow sync, rear sync, off
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Max flash sync - 1/2000s
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 4096 x 2060 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 (30p, 25p, 24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p) ,1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Highest video resolution 4096x2160 3840x2160
Video format MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
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 915 gr (2.02 pounds) 1095 gr (2.41 pounds)
Dimensions 138 x 102 x 135mm (5.4" x 4.0" x 5.3") 133 x 94 x 145mm (5.2" x 3.7" x 5.7")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 70 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 23.0 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 12.6 not tested
DXO Low light rating 538 not tested
Other
Battery life 350 images 400 images
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID DMW-BLC12 NP-FW50
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, 3 shots @ 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, continuous)
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots 1 1
Retail price $998 $1,698