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Panasonic ZS50 vs Pentax MX-1

Portability
90
Imaging
37
Features
57
Overall
45
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 front
 
Pentax MX-1 front
Portability
84
Imaging
37
Features
60
Overall
46

Panasonic ZS50 vs Pentax MX-1 Key Specs

Panasonic ZS50
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • 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
  • Other Name is Lumix DMC-TZ70
  • Replaced the Panasonic ZS45
  • Refreshed by Panasonic ZS60
Pentax MX-1
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-112mm (F1.8-2.5) lens
  • 391g - 122 x 61 x 51mm
  • Revealed July 2013
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Panasonic ZS50 vs Pentax MX-1 Overview

Following is a extended analysis of the Panasonic ZS50 versus Pentax MX-1, former is a Small Sensor Superzoom while the latter is a Small Sensor Compact by competitors Panasonic and Pentax. The sensor resolution of the ZS50 (12MP) and the MX-1 (12MP) is relatively well matched but the ZS50 (1/2.3") and MX-1 (1/1.7") boast totally different sensor measurements.

Photography Glossary

The ZS50 was launched 19 months after the MX-1 which makes them a generation away from each other. Both of the cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before diving straight to a thorough comparison, here is a simple summary of how the ZS50 scores vs the MX-1 for portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS50 over the Pentax MX-1

 ZS50 MX-1 
RevealedJanuary 2015July 2013More modern by 19 months
Screen resolution1040k920kCrisper screen (+120k dot)

Reasons to pick Pentax MX-1 over the Panasonic ZS50

 MX-1 ZS50 
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen

Common features in the Panasonic ZS50 and Pentax MX-1

 ZS50 MX-1 
Manually focus Very precise focusing
Screen size3"3"Same screen measurements
Selfie screen Neither contains selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither contains Touch friendly screen

Panasonic ZS50 vs Pentax MX-1 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is looking to carry around your camera frequently, you'll have to think about its weight and proportions. The Panasonic ZS50 has got exterior measurements of 111mm x 65mm x 34mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.3") and a weight of 243 grams (0.54 lbs) and the Pentax MX-1 has measurements of 122mm x 61mm x 51mm (4.8" x 2.4" x 2.0") having a weight of 391 grams (0.86 lbs).

Check out the Panasonic ZS50 versus Pentax MX-1 in our brand new Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you are employing at the time. Underneath is a front view dimension comparison of the ZS50 and the MX-1.

Panasonic ZS50 vs Pentax MX-1 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability score of the ZS50 and MX-1 is 90 and 84 respectively.

Panasonic ZS50 vs Pentax MX-1 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic ZS50 vs Pentax MX-1 Sensor Comparison

Often, it is tough to visualise the gap between sensor sizes simply by checking specs. The pic below will give you a more clear sense of the sensor sizing in the ZS50 and MX-1.

As you can plainly see, the 2 cameras feature the identical resolution albeit not the same sensor sizes. The ZS50 features the tinier sensor which should make obtaining shallower DOF tougher. The fresher ZS50 will have an advantage with regard to sensor innovation.

Panasonic ZS50 vs Pentax MX-1 sensor size comparison

Panasonic ZS50 vs Pentax MX-1 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic ZS50 vs Pentax MX-1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic ZS50 Portrait photography advice
Pentax MX-1 Portrait photography advice
42
manual focus
provides face detection focus
saves RAW files
external flash not possible
low MP (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
42
you can focus manually
offers face detect focus
delivers RAW formats
external flash not possible
sensor resolution low (12MP)
very small sensor size (1/1.7")
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Panasonic ZS50
Street photography with Pentax MX-1
68
built in image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW files
lighter than average in class (243 grams)
screen does not articulate
small sensor (1/2.3")
65
screen tilts
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
delivers RAW formats
very small sensor size (1/1.7")
heavier than average in class (391g)
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic ZS50 as a Sports photography camera
Pentax MX-1 as a Sports photography camera
43
amazing zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides tracking autofocus
low MP (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
43
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000s)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
offers tracking focus
great battery life (290 CIPA)
low fps (1.0 frames per second)
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/1.7")
lack of phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic ZS50 Travel photography info
Pentax MX-1 Travel photography info
66
lighter than average in class (243g)
built-in flash
quite wide (24mm)
long zoom (720mm)
low MP (12 megapixels)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
61
great battery life (290 CIPA)
flash built-in
fairly wide (28mm)
good maximum aperture (f1.8)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
heavier than average in class (391 grams)
sensor resolution low (12MP)
display is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic ZS50 Landscape photography advice
Pentax MX-1 Landscape photography advice
51
manual focus
quite wide (24mm)
good sized screen (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW files
cannot change lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
low MP (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
55
you can focus manually
fairly wide (28mm)
good maximum aperture (f1.8)
good sized screen (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
delivers RAW formats
great battery life (290 per charge)
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
sensor resolution low (12MP)
very small sensor size (1/1.7")
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic ZS50 Vlogging features
Pentax MX-1 Vlogging features
34
quite wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detection focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than average in class (243g)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
lack of external mic socket
33
fairly wide (28mm)
good maximum aperture (f1.8)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
offers face detect focus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
display is not selfie friendly
doesn't have mic jack
heavier than average in class (391g)
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Panasonic ZS50 vs Pentax MX-1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic ZS50 and Pentax MX-1
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50Pentax MX-1
General Information
Make Panasonic Pentax
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 Pentax MX-1
Otherwise known as Lumix DMC-TZ70 -
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Compact
Released 2015-01-06 2013-07-01
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/1.7"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 7.44 x 5.58mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 41.5mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4000 x 3000 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 6400 12800
Min native ISO 80 100
RAW data
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points 23 25
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 24-720mm (30.0x) 28-112mm (4.0x)
Max aperture f/3.3-6.4 f/1.8-2.5
Macro focusing range 3cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.8 4.8
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Tilting
Display diagonal 3" 3"
Resolution of display 1,040k dot 920k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Display technology - TFT LCD with AR coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 1,166k dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.46x -
Features
Minimum shutter speed 4 seconds 30 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed 10.0fps 1.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 6.40 m 12.00 m
Flash options Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Speed sync, Trailing Curtain sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p/60i/30p), 1280 x 720 (60p/30p), 640 x 480 (30p) 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, H.264
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Eye-Fi Connected
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 243 gr (0.54 lb) 391 gr (0.86 lb)
Physical dimensions 111 x 65 x 34mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.3") 122 x 61 x 51mm (4.8" x 2.4" x 2.0")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 44 49
DXO Color Depth rating 20.0 20.4
DXO Dynamic range rating 11.2 11.3
DXO Low light rating 138 208
Other
Battery life 300 photographs 290 photographs
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID - D-Li-106
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots 1 1
Cost at release $350 $400