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Panasonic ZS15 vs Sony H50

Portability
92
Imaging
36
Features
37
Overall
36
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50 front
Portability
69
Imaging
32
Features
25
Overall
29

Panasonic ZS15 vs Sony H50 Key Specs

Panasonic ZS15
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-384mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 208g - 105 x 58 x 33mm
  • Launched June 2012
  • Additionally Known as Lumix DMC-TZ25
  • Replacement is Panasonic ZS20
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
Photography Glossary

Panasonic ZS15 vs Sony H50 Overview

Let's look more in depth at the Panasonic ZS15 versus Sony H50, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras by competitors Panasonic and Sony. There exists a substantial gap among the resolutions of the ZS15 (12MP) and H50 (9MP) but both cameras posses the same sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The ZS15 was revealed 3 years after the H50 which is a fairly big difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Each of the cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before going right into a step-by-step comparison, here is a short view of how the ZS15 grades versus the H50 for portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS15 over the Sony H50

 ZS15 H50 
ReleasedJune 2012January 2009Newer by 43 months
Screen resolution460k230kClearer screen (+230k dot)

Reasons to pick Sony H50 over the Panasonic ZS15

 H50 ZS15 
Manual focus More accurate focus

Common features in the Panasonic ZS15 and Sony H50

 ZS15 H50 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen dimensions
Selfie screen Neither contains selfie screen
Touch screen Absent Touch screen

Panasonic ZS15 vs Sony H50 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is going to travel with your camera regularly, you'll need to factor in its weight and measurements. The Panasonic ZS15 has got outer measurements of 105mm x 58mm x 33mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3") and a weight of 208 grams (0.46 lbs) and the Sony H50 has proportions of 116mm x 81mm x 86mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 3.4") accompanied by a weight of 547 grams (1.21 lbs).

Check out the Panasonic ZS15 versus Sony H50 in our completely new Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember that, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you have at the time. The following is a front view scale comparison of the ZS15 compared to the H50.

Panasonic ZS15 vs Sony H50 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the ZS15 and H50 is 92 and 69 respectively.

Panasonic ZS15 vs Sony H50 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic ZS15 vs Sony H50 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it can be difficult to picture the difference in sensor dimensions only by researching technical specs. The pic below might offer you a far better sense of the sensor sizing in the ZS15 and H50.

As you can tell, both of the cameras have the same sensor dimensions albeit different megapixels. You can count on the Panasonic ZS15 to result in extra detail because of its extra 3 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also let you crop shots a bit more aggressively. The more recent ZS15 provides an advantage in sensor tech.

Panasonic ZS15 vs Sony H50 sensor size comparison

Panasonic ZS15 vs Sony H50 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic ZS15 vs Sony H50 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic ZS15 Portrait photography details
Sony H50 Portrait photography details
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manual focus not available
external flash not possible
sensor resolution low (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
27
has manual focus
no external flash support
sensor resolution not great (9 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Panasonic ZS15 Street photography advice
Sony H50 Street photography advice
61
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors (208 grams)
fixed screen
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
43
has image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
more heavy than competition in class (547g)
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic ZS15 Sports photography factors
Sony H50 Sports photography factors
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long zoom range (24-384mm 16.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
comes with tracking focus
slow continuous shooting (2.0 fps)
sensor resolution low (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
not so great battery (260 shots)
does not have phase detect autofocus
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incredible zoom range (31-465mm 15.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
max fps low (2.0 frames per second)
sensor resolution not great (9 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic ZS15 Travel photography features
Sony H50 Travel photography features
61
lighter than competitors (208 grams)
flash built-in
relatively wide (24mm)
very long reach (384mm)
does not have Time Lapse mode
not so great battery (260 CIPA)
sensor resolution low (12MP)
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
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built-in flash
very long reach (465mm)
no Timelapse mode
more heavy than competition in class (547g)
sensor resolution not great (9 megapixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
wide angle not the best (31mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.7)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic ZS15 Landscape photography info
Sony H50 Landscape photography info
37
relatively wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
manual focus not available
can't switch lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
not so great battery (260 shots)
does not have Time Lapse mode
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has manual focus
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not the best (31mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.7)
sensor resolution not great (9 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
no Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic ZS15 as a Vlogging camera
Sony H50 as a Vlogging camera
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relatively wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than competitors (208 grams)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
display is not selfie friendly
does not have mic jack
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has image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not the best (31mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.7)
screen is not selfie friendly
low quality video (640 x 480 resolution)
no external microphone socket
more heavy than competition in class (547 grams)
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Panasonic ZS15 vs Sony H50 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic ZS15 and Sony H50
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50
General Information
Make Panasonic Sony
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50
Also referred to as Lumix DMC-TZ25 -
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Launched 2012-06-29 2009-01-15
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
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 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
Peak resolution 4000 x 3000 3456 x 2592
Highest native ISO 6400 3200
Lowest native ISO 100 80
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points 23 9
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 24-384mm (16.0x) 31-465mm (15.0x)
Max aperture f/3.3-5.9 f/2.7-4.5
Macro focusing distance 3cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 460 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Electronic
Features
Minimum shutter speed 15s 30s
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Continuous shutter rate 2.0fps 2.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 6.40 m 9.10 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Front Curtain, Rear Curtain
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 640 x 480, 30 fps, 320 x 240, 8 fps
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 640x480
Video file format MPEG-4, AVCHD -
Microphone port
Headphone port
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 sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 208g (0.46 lbs) 547g (1.21 lbs)
Physical dimensions 105 x 58 x 33mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3") 116 x 81 x 86mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 3.4")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 260 shots -
Battery type Battery Pack -
Battery ID - NP-BG1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Price at release $279 $80