Panasonic ZS70 vs Sony H50

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS70 front
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50 front

Panasonic ZS70 vs Sony H50 Key Specs

Panasonic ZS70
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200 (Push 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
  • Additionally referred to as Lumix DMC-TZ90
  • Old Model is Panasonic ZS60
  • Newer Model is Panasonic ZS80
Sony H50
(Full Review)
  • 9MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • 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
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Panasonic ZS70 vs Sony H50 Overview

Here, we are comparing the Panasonic ZS70 versus Sony H50, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras by competitors Panasonic and Sony. There exists a noticeable gap between the image resolutions of the ZS70 (20MP) and H50 (9MP) but both cameras boast the identical sensor size (1/2.3").

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The ZS70 was launched 8 years after the H50 which is quite a sizable difference as far as technology is concerned. Both the cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before diving into a thorough comparison, here is a brief introduction of how the ZS70 grades vs the H50 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS70 over the Sony H50

 ZS70 H50 
ReleasedApril 2017January 2009More modern by 101 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display resolution1040k230kSharper display (+810k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Sony H50 over the Panasonic ZS70

 H50 ZS70 

Common features in the Panasonic ZS70 and Sony H50

 ZS70 H50 
Manually focus Dial exact focusing
Display size3"3"Same display size

Panasonic ZS70 vs Sony H50 Physical Comparison

If you're intending to carry around your camera, you'll need to take into account its weight and measurements. The Panasonic ZS70 has physical measurements of 112mm x 67mm x 41mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.6") having a weight of 322 grams (0.71 lbs) while 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).

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Always remember, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you choose at the time. Underneath is a front view proportions comparison of the ZS70 versus the H50.

Panasonic ZS70 vs Sony H50 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability score of the ZS70 and H50 is 87 and 69 respectively.

Panasonic ZS70 vs Sony H50 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic ZS70 vs Sony H50 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it is very hard to visualise the contrast between sensor sizes purely by reviewing technical specs. The picture underneath will give you a much better sense of the sensor measurements in the ZS70 and H50.

As you have seen, both of the cameras feature the identical sensor size but not the same megapixels. You can anticipate the Panasonic ZS70 to offer more detail utilizing its extra 11MP. Greater resolution will allow you to crop photos way more aggressively. The younger ZS70 is going to have an edge in sensor technology.

Panasonic ZS70 vs Sony H50 sensor size comparison

Panasonic ZS70 vs Sony H50 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic ZS70 vs Sony H50 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic ZS70 Portrait photography info
Sony H50 Portrait photography info
you can focus manually
decent megapixels (20MP)
features face detect focusing
exports RAW files
external flash not possible
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
manual focus
can't use external flash
sensor resolution low (9MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Panasonic ZS70
Street photography with Sony H50
screen tilts
has image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW files
provides focus via touch
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
image stabilization (Optical)
no moving screen
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
more heavy than others in class (547g)
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic ZS70 Sports photography info
Sony H50 Sports photography info
amazing zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
silent shooting (1/16,000s)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (20 megapixels)
features tracking focus
good battery power (380 per charge)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
great zoom range (31-465mm 15.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
painfully slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames/s)
sensor resolution low (9MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic ZS70
Travel photography with Sony H50
good battery power (380 per charge)
provides focus via touch
decent megapixels (20 megapixels)
built-in flash
selfie friendly screen
reasonably wide (24mm)
very long zoom (720mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
built-in flash
long zoom (465mm)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
more heavy than others in class (547g)
sensor resolution low (9MP)
does not offer selfie friendly display
wide angle not good (31mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.7)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic ZS70 Landscape photography details
Sony H50 Landscape photography details
you can focus manually
reasonably wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (20 megapixels)
exports RAW files
good battery power (380 per charge)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
manual focus
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (31mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.7)
sensor resolution low (9MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
doesn't have Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic ZS70 Vlogging advice
Sony H50 Vlogging advice
reasonably wide (24mm)
selfie friendly screen
built-in touchscreen
has image stabilization (Optical)
features face detect focusing
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 pixels)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
missing mic port
image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not good (31mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.7)
does not offer selfie friendly display
low video resolution (640 x 480 pixels)
doesn't have external microphone socket
more heavy than others in class (547 grams)
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Panasonic ZS70 vs Sony H50 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic ZS70 and Sony H50
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS70Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50
General Information
Company Panasonic Sony
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS70 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50
Also called as Lumix DMC-TZ90 -
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2017-04-19 2009-01-15
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by Venus Engine -
Sensor type BSI-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 20MP 9MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 3:2
Highest Possible resolution 5184 x 3888 3456 x 2592
Maximum native ISO 3200 3200
Maximum enhanced ISO 6400 -
Min native ISO 80 80
RAW pictures
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points 49 9
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 24-720mm (30.0x) 31-465mm (15.0x)
Highest aperture f/3.3-6.4 f/2.7-4.5
Macro focus distance 3cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Type of display Tilting Fixed Type
Display size 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 1,040 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 1,166 thousand dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.46x -
Min shutter speed 4 secs 30 secs
Max shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/4000 secs
Max quiet shutter speed 1/16000 secs -
Continuous shutter rate 10.0fps 2.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 5.60 m (at Auto ISO) 9.10 m
Flash options Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Front Curtain, Rear Curtain
External flash
WB bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 3840 x 2160 (30p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p) 640 x 480, 30 fps, 320 x 240, 8 fps
Maximum video resolution 3840x2160 640x480
Video data format MPEG-4, AVCHD -
Microphone port
Headphone port
Wireless Built-In None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 322 gr (0.71 pounds) 547 gr (1.21 pounds)
Physical dimensions 112 x 67 x 41mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.6") 116 x 81 x 86mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 3.4")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Battery life 380 photographs -
Style of battery Battery Pack -
Battery model - NP-BG1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, 3 shots / 10 secs) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Retail price $450 $80