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Panasonic LS5 vs Panasonic ZS50

Portability
94
Imaging
37
Features
25
Overall
32
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS5 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 front
Portability
90
Imaging
37
Features
57
Overall
45

Panasonic LS5 vs Panasonic ZS50 Key Specs

Panasonic LS5
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 26-130mm (F2.8-6.5) lens
  • 126g - 97 x 62 x 27mm
  • Introduced July 2011
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
  • Released January 2015
  • Alternate Name is Lumix DMC-TZ70
  • Succeeded the Panasonic ZS45
  • Updated by Panasonic ZS60
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Panasonic LS5 vs Panasonic ZS50 Overview

The following is a extensive overview of the Panasonic LS5 versus Panasonic ZS50, one is a Small Sensor Compact and the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom and both are created by Panasonic. The resolution of the LS5 (14MP) and the ZS50 (12MP) is relatively well matched and both cameras offer the same sensor size (1/2.3").

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The LS5 was unveiled 4 years earlier than the ZS50 which is quite a serious gap as far as technology is concerned. Each of the cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before going into a detailed comparison, here is a brief view of how the LS5 grades versus the ZS50 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic LS5 over the Panasonic ZS50

 LS5 ZS50 

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS50 over the Panasonic LS5

 ZS50 LS5 
ReleasedJanuary 2015July 2011Newer by 42 months
Manual focus Dial exact focus
Screen dimensions3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution1040k230kCrisper screen (+810k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic LS5 and Panasonic ZS50

 LS5 ZS50 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Neither provides selfie screen
Touch screen Neither provides Touch screen

Panasonic LS5 vs Panasonic ZS50 Physical Comparison

If you are planning to travel with your camera, you need to factor its weight and size. The Panasonic LS5 provides physical dimensions of 97mm x 62mm x 27mm (3.8" x 2.4" x 1.1") along with a weight of 126 grams (0.28 lbs) and the Panasonic ZS50 has specifications of 111mm x 65mm x 34mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.3") having a weight of 243 grams (0.54 lbs).

Analyze the Panasonic LS5 versus Panasonic ZS50 in the all new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you are using at that moment. Below is a front view sizing comparison of the LS5 compared to the ZS50.

Panasonic LS5 vs Panasonic ZS50 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the LS5 and ZS50 is 94 and 90 respectively.

Panasonic LS5 vs Panasonic ZS50 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic LS5 vs Panasonic ZS50 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it is tough to picture the contrast between sensor dimensions purely by reading through specifications. The image underneath will offer you a better sense of the sensor sizes in the LS5 and ZS50.

Plainly, the two cameras provide the same sensor dimensions albeit different megapixels. You should count on the Panasonic LS5 to give more detail having an extra 2 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also let you crop shots more aggressively. The more aged LS5 is going to be behind when it comes to sensor innovation.

Panasonic LS5 vs Panasonic ZS50 sensor size comparison

Panasonic LS5 vs Panasonic ZS50 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic LS5 vs Panasonic ZS50 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic LS5 Portrait photography features
Panasonic ZS50 Portrait photography features
33
resolution is good (14 megapixels)
has face detection autofocus
lack of manual focus
no manual control
no external flash support
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
42
manual focus
comes with face detect autofocus
exports RAW files
no external flash support
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Panasonic LS5 as a Street photography camera
Panasonic ZS50 as a Street photography camera
62
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than average (126g)
no moving screen
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
68
has image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW files
lighter than competitors (243g)
fixed screen
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic LS5 Sports photography factors
Panasonic ZS50 Sports photography factors
32
built in image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (14 megapixels)
slow fps (1.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
low battery life (160 CIPA)
lack of phase detect autofocus
43
long zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
comes with tracking focus
low MP (12MP)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic LS5 Travel photography features
Panasonic ZS50 Travel photography features
65
lighter than average (126 grams)
resolution is good (14 megapixels)
built-in flash
relatively wide (26mm)
no Timelapse mode
low battery life (160 per charge)
does not contain selfie friendly display
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
66
lighter than competitors (243g)
built-in flash
really wide (24mm)
long zoom (720mm)
low MP (12 megapixels)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic LS5 Landscape photography info
Panasonic ZS50 Landscape photography info
36
relatively wide (26mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (14 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inch)
no manual control
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
low battery life (160 shots)
no Timelapse mode
51
manual focus
really wide (24mm)
screen size is decent (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW files
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic LS5 as a Vlogging camera
Panasonic ZS50 as a Vlogging camera
32
relatively wide (26mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection autofocus
lighter than average (126g)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
does not contain selfie friendly display
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pixels)
no external microphone jack
34
really wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detect autofocus
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than competitors (243g)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
lack of mic socket
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Panasonic LS5 vs Panasonic ZS50 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic LS5 and Panasonic ZS50
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS5Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50
General Information
Make Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS5 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50
Otherwise known as - Lumix DMC-TZ70
Category Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Introduced 2011-07-21 2015-01-06
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 14MP 12MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4320 x 3240 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 6400 6400
Lowest native ISO 100 80
RAW data
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points 9 23
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 26-130mm (5.0x) 24-720mm (30.0x)
Maximum aperture f/2.8-6.5 f/3.3-6.4
Macro focus range - 3cm
Crop factor 5.9 5.8
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 2.7 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 230k dots 1,040k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Screen technology TFT Color LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 1,166k dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.46x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 8 seconds 4 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 1.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 4.60 m 6.40 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60p/60i/30p), 1280 x 720 (60p/30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic port
Headphone port
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 sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 126g (0.28 lbs) 243g (0.54 lbs)
Physical dimensions 97 x 62 x 27mm (3.8" x 2.4" x 1.1") 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 160 images 300 images
Form of battery AA Battery Pack
Battery model 2 x AA -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Price at launch $294 $350