Panasonic ZS70 vs Samsung WB850F

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS70 front
Samsung WB850F front

Panasonic ZS70 vs Samsung WB850F Key Specs

Panasonic ZS70
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200 (Expand to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-720mm (F3.3-6.4) lens
  • 322g - 112 x 67 x 41mm
  • Revealed April 2017
  • Alternate Name is Lumix DMC-TZ90
  • Older Model is Panasonic ZS60
  • Successor is Panasonic ZS80
Samsung WB850F
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 23-483mm (F2.8-5.9) lens
  • 250g - 109 x 62 x 25mm
  • Revealed January 2012
Photography Glossary

Panasonic ZS70 vs Samsung WB850F Overview

Following is a extended overview of the Panasonic ZS70 vs Samsung WB850F, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras by rivals Panasonic and Samsung. There is a significant difference between the image resolutions of the ZS70 (20MP) and WB850F (16MP) but both cameras posses the identical sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The ZS70 was unveiled 5 years after the WB850F which is quite a sizable gap as far as tech is concerned. Each of the cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before diving right into a in-depth comparison, here is a short highlight of how the ZS70 scores vs the WB850F when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS70 over the Samsung WB850F

 ZS70 WB850F 
RevealedApril 2017January 2012More modern by 65 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution1040k614kSharper screen (+426k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Samsung WB850F over the Panasonic ZS70

 WB850F ZS70 

Common features in the Panasonic ZS70 and Samsung WB850F

 ZS70 WB850F 
Manual focus Dial exact focus
Screen size3"3"Same screen sizing

Panasonic ZS70 vs Samsung WB850F Physical Comparison

If you're looking to carry around your camera, you will have to think about its weight and measurements. The Panasonic ZS70 has outer measurements of 112mm x 67mm x 41mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.6") and a weight of 322 grams (0.71 lbs) whilst the Samsung WB850F has proportions of 109mm x 62mm x 25mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.0") along with a weight of 250 grams (0.55 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you use at the time. Underneath is a front view proportions comparison of the ZS70 and the WB850F.

Panasonic ZS70 vs Samsung WB850F size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability rating of the ZS70 and WB850F is 87 and 91 respectively.

Panasonic ZS70 vs Samsung WB850F top view buttons comparison

Panasonic ZS70 vs Samsung WB850F Sensor Comparison

In many cases, its tough to envision the gap between sensor sizes just by checking technical specs. The picture underneath might provide you a far better sense of the sensor measurements in the ZS70 and WB850F.

As you have seen, each of the cameras feature the identical sensor size albeit not the same resolution. You should count on the Panasonic ZS70 to give you more detail having an extra 4MP. Higher resolution will also let you crop shots way more aggressively. The more modern ZS70 will have an edge with regard to sensor technology.

Panasonic ZS70 vs Samsung WB850F sensor size comparison

Panasonic ZS70 vs Samsung WB850F Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic ZS70 vs Samsung WB850F Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Panasonic ZS70
Portrait photography with Samsung WB850F
has manual focus
resolution is good (20 megapixels)
includes face detect focusing
supports RAW files
no external flash support
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has manual focus
megapixel count decent (16MP)
supports face detect focus
external flash not possible
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic ZS70 Street photography details
Samsung WB850F Street photography details
tilting screen
image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW files
has focus by touch
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors (250g)
no moving screen
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic ZS70 Sports photography features
Samsung WB850F Sports photography features
long zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
quiet shooting (1/16,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (20MP)
includes tracking focus
good battery pack (380 shots)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
amazing zoom range (23-483mm 21.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
supports tracking focus
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic ZS70
Travel photography with Samsung WB850F
good battery pack (380 per charge)
has focus by touch
resolution is good (20 megapixels)
built-in flash
selfie friendly screen
quite wide (24mm)
great zoom (720mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
lighter than competitors (250g)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
flash built-in
reasonably wide (23mm)
very long reach (483mm)
missing Timelapse recording
screen is not selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Panasonic ZS70
Landscape photography with Samsung WB850F
has manual focus
quite wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (20MP)
supports RAW files
good battery pack (380 shots)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has manual focus
reasonably wide (23mm)
screen size is decent (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
can't switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW files
missing Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Panasonic ZS70
Vlogging with Samsung WB850F
quite wide (24mm)
selfie friendly screen
built-in touchscreen
image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detect focusing
video res high (3840 x 2160 pxls)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
no mic socket
reasonably wide (23mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect focus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competitors (250 grams)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
screen is not selfie friendly
missing microphone jack
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Panasonic ZS70 vs Samsung WB850F Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic ZS70 and Samsung WB850F
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS70Samsung WB850F
General Information
Company Panasonic Samsung
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS70 Samsung WB850F
Also called as Lumix DMC-TZ90 -
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2017-04-19 2012-01-09
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Venus Engine -
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 5184 x 3888 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 3200 3200
Maximum boosted ISO 6400 -
Lowest native ISO 80 100
RAW support
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points 49 -
Cross type focus points - -
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 24-720mm (30.0x) 23-483mm (21.0x)
Max aperture f/3.3-6.4 f/2.8-5.9
Macro focusing distance 3cm 5cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Range of screen Tilting Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 1,040k dot 614k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Screen tech - AMOLED display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 1,166k dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.46x -
Slowest shutter speed 4 seconds 8 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Maximum silent shutter speed 1/16000 seconds -
Continuous shooting speed 10.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 5.60 m (at Auto ISO) 3.50 m
Flash settings Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 3840 x 2160 (30p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p) 1920 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 480fps (176 x 128), 240fps (384 x 288)
Maximum video resolution 3840x2160 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone input
Headphone input
Wireless Built-In Built-In
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 322 grams (0.71 lb) 250 grams (0.55 lb)
Physical dimensions 112 x 67 x 41mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.6") 109 x 62 x 25mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.0")
DXO scores
DXO All around 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
Battery life 380 shots -
Battery format Battery Pack -
Battery ID - SLB-10A
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, 3 shots / 10 secs) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Double)
Time lapse shooting
Storage slots 1 1
Cost at launch $450 $599