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Panasonic L1 vs Panasonic ZS50

Portability
65
Imaging
42
Features
38
Overall
40
Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 front
Portability
90
Imaging
37
Features
57
Overall
45

Panasonic L1 vs Panasonic ZS50 Key Specs

Panasonic L1
(Full Review)
  • 7MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • No Video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 606g - 146 x 87 x 77mm
  • Announced April 2007
Panasonic ZS50
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-720mm (F3.3-6.4) lens
  • 243g - 111 x 65 x 34mm
  • Announced January 2015
  • Also referred to as Lumix DMC-TZ70
  • Succeeded the Panasonic ZS45
  • Newer Model is Panasonic ZS60
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Panasonic L1 vs Panasonic ZS50 Overview

The following is a detailed analysis of the Panasonic L1 and Panasonic ZS50, one is a Advanced DSLR and the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom and they are both sold by Panasonic. There is a huge difference among the image resolutions of the L1 (7MP) and ZS50 (12MP) and the L1 (Four Thirds) and ZS50 (1/2.3") have different sensor sizing.

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The L1 was revealed 8 years earlier than the ZS50 which is a fairly significant gap as far as camera tech is concerned. The two cameras have different body design with the Panasonic L1 being a Mid-size SLR camera and the Panasonic ZS50 being a Compact camera.

Before getting straight to a thorough comparison, here is a quick introduction of how the L1 matches up versus the ZS50 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic L1 over the Panasonic ZS50

 L1 ZS50 

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS50 over the Panasonic L1

 ZS50 L1 
AnnouncedJanuary 2015April 2007Newer by 94 months
Screen dimensions3"2.5"Bigger screen (+0.5")
Screen resolution1040k207kSharper screen (+833k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic L1 and Panasonic ZS50

 L1 ZS50 
Manually focus Very precise focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither includes Touch friendly screen

Panasonic L1 vs Panasonic ZS50 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is looking to travel with your camera, you have to take into account its weight and proportions. The Panasonic L1 features external measurements of 146mm x 87mm x 77mm (5.7" x 3.4" x 3.0") along with a weight of 606 grams (1.34 lbs) while the Panasonic ZS50 has measurements of 111mm x 65mm x 34mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.3") along with a weight of 243 grams (0.54 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change dependant on the lens you are utilising during that time. Here is a front view physical size comparison of the L1 versus the ZS50.

Panasonic L1 vs Panasonic ZS50 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability score of the L1 and ZS50 is 65 and 90 respectively.

Panasonic L1 vs Panasonic ZS50 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic L1 vs Panasonic ZS50 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it can be hard to picture the difference in sensor dimensions only by checking out a spec sheet. The pic underneath will provide you a clearer sense of the sensor measurements in the L1 and ZS50.

As you can see, each of these cameras have different resolutions and different sensor dimensions. The L1 having a bigger sensor is going to make achieving shallower DOF less difficult and the Panasonic ZS50 will provide greater detail because of its extra 5 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also allow you to crop pictures a bit more aggressively. The more aged L1 will be behind when it comes to sensor innovation.

Panasonic L1 vs Panasonic ZS50 sensor size comparison

Panasonic L1 vs Panasonic ZS50 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic L1 vs Panasonic ZS50 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic L1 as a Portrait photography camera
Panasonic ZS50 as a Portrait photography camera
55
focusing manually
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW formats
low MP (7 megapixels)
42
focusing manually
includes face detection focus
saves RAW files
cannot use external flash
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Panasonic L1 as a Street photography camera
Panasonic ZS50 as a Street photography camera
58
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW formats
lighter than competition in class (606g)
screen does not articulate
no image stabilization
68
has image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW files
lighter than average (243 grams)
fixed screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic L1 as a Sports photography camera
Panasonic ZS50 as a Sports photography camera
41
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
sensor has phase detect autofocus
max frames per second low (3.0 frames per second)
no image stabilization
low MP (7MP)
43
great zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes tracking autofocus
low megapixels (12MP)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic L1 Travel photography highlights
Panasonic ZS50 Travel photography highlights
50
lighter than competition in class (606g)
flash built-in
lack of Timelapse recording
low MP (7MP)
display is not selfie friendly
66
lighter than average (243g)
flash built-in
reasonably wide (24mm)
long zoom (720mm)
low megapixels (12MP)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic L1 Landscape photography details
Panasonic ZS50 Landscape photography details
48
focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW formats
screen is somewhat small (2.5 inches)
no image stabilization
low MP (7 megapixels)
lack of Timelapse recording
51
focusing manually
reasonably wide (24mm)
pretty good screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW files
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Panasonic L1
Vlogging with Panasonic ZS50
9
no video recording
34
reasonably wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than average (243 grams)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
doesn't have external mic jack
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Panasonic L1 vs Panasonic ZS50 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic L1 and Panasonic ZS50
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50
Also Known as - Lumix DMC-TZ70
Type Advanced DSLR Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced 2007-04-11 2015-01-06
Body design Mid-size SLR Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 17.3 x 13mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 224.9mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 7 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 3136 x 2352 4000 x 3000
Max native ISO 1600 6400
Min native ISO 100 80
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points 3 23
Lens
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens focal range - 24-720mm (30.0x)
Maximum aperture - f/3.3-6.4
Macro focus distance - 3cm
Amount of lenses 45 -
Crop factor 2.1 5.8
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 2.5" 3"
Resolution of screen 207 thousand dot 1,040 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentamirror) Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 1,166 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage 95% 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.46x 0.46x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60 seconds 4 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 3.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 13.00 m 6.40 m
Flash options Auto, Red-Eye Auto, On, Red-Eye On, Red-Eye Slow Sync, Off, Slow Sync (1&2) Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash sync 1/160 seconds -
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions - 1920 x 1080 (60p/60i/30p), 1280 x 720 (60p/30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Max video resolution None 1920x1080
Video file format - MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None 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 proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 606 gr (1.34 lbs) 243 gr (0.54 lbs)
Physical dimensions 146 x 87 x 77mm (5.7" x 3.4" x 3.0") 111 x 65 x 34mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested 44
DXO Color Depth score not tested 20.0
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 11.2
DXO Low light score not tested 138
Other
Battery life - 300 photos
Form of battery - Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/MMC card SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots One One
Cost at launch $1,500 $350