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Panasonic ZS70 vs Sony HX1

Portability
87
Imaging
47
Features
70
Overall
56
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS70 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 front
Portability
67
Imaging
32
Features
36
Overall
33

Panasonic ZS70 vs Sony HX1 Key Specs

Panasonic ZS70
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200 (Boost 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
  • Also Known as Lumix DMC-TZ90
  • Earlier Model is Panasonic ZS60
  • Replacement is Panasonic ZS80
Sony HX1
(Full Review)
  • 9MP - 1/2.4" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 125 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1440 x 1080 video
  • 28-560mm (F2.8-5.2) lens
  • 544g - 115 x 83 x 92mm
  • Announced April 2009
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Panasonic ZS70 vs Sony HX1 Overview

Here, we are matching up the Panasonic ZS70 and Sony HX1, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras by brands Panasonic and Sony. There exists a considerable gap between the resolutions of the ZS70 (20MP) and HX1 (9MP) and the ZS70 (1/2.3") and HX1 (1/2.4") boast different sensor measurements.

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The ZS70 was introduced 8 years after the HX1 which is quite a large difference as far as technology is concerned. Both cameras feature different body design with the Panasonic ZS70 being a Compact camera and the Sony HX1 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera.

Before we go straight to a complete comparison, here is a quick highlight of how the ZS70 grades against the HX1 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS70 over the Sony HX1

 ZS70 HX1 
AnnouncedApril 2017April 2009Newer by 98 months
Display resolution1040k230kClearer display (+810k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Sony HX1 over the Panasonic ZS70

 HX1 ZS70 

Common features in the Panasonic ZS70 and Sony HX1

 ZS70 HX1 
Manual focus Very accurate focus
Display typeTiltingTiltingTilting display
Display size3"3"Same display measurements

Panasonic ZS70 vs Sony HX1 Physical Comparison

If you're aiming to travel with your camera frequently, you will want to take into account its weight and proportions. The Panasonic ZS70 has outside dimensions of 112mm x 67mm x 41mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.6") accompanied by a weight of 322 grams (0.71 lbs) and the Sony HX1 has measurements of 115mm x 83mm x 92mm (4.5" x 3.3" x 3.6") with a weight of 544 grams (1.20 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you have chosen at that moment. Following is a front view dimension comparison of the ZS70 against the HX1.

Panasonic ZS70 vs Sony HX1 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the ZS70 and HX1 is 87 and 67 respectively.

Panasonic ZS70 vs Sony HX1 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic ZS70 vs Sony HX1 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it is difficult to visualize the gap between sensor dimensions merely by checking technical specs. The image below might offer you a better sense of the sensor dimensions in the ZS70 and HX1.

As you can tell, each of the cameras feature different megapixels and different sensor dimensions. The ZS70 using its larger sensor is going to make achieving shallower DOF simpler and the Panasonic ZS70 will give you greater detail using its extra 11 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also make it easier to crop photos way more aggressively. The more recent ZS70 should have a benefit with regard to sensor technology.

Panasonic ZS70 vs Sony HX1 sensor size comparison

Panasonic ZS70 vs Sony HX1 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic ZS70 vs Sony HX1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic ZS70 Portrait photography information
Sony HX1 Portrait photography information
54
you can focus manually
sensor resolution is decent (20 megapixels)
includes face detection autofocus
delivers RAW files
cannot use external flash
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
27
manual focus
no external flash support
low MP (9MP)
small sensor size (1/2.4")
has no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Panasonic ZS70 Street photography factors
Sony HX1 Street photography factors
76
has a tilting screen
image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW files
boasts touch focus
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
50
screen tilts
has image stabilization (Optical)
small sensor size (1/2.4")
has no RAW support
more heavy than competitors (544 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic ZS70 Sports photography information
Sony HX1 Sports photography information
61
long zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
silent mode (1/16,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
includes tracking autofocus
better than average battery life (380 shots)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus
36
incredible zoom range (28-560mm 20.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
low MP (9 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.4")
has no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic ZS70 as a Travel photography camera
Sony HX1 as a Travel photography camera
79
better than average battery life (380 CIPA)
boasts touch focus
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
built-in flash
selfie friendly display
rather wide (24mm)
very long zoom (720mm)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
48
has built in flash
reasonably wide (28mm)
great reach (560mm)
does not have Timelapse function
more heavy than competitors (544g)
low MP (9MP)
screen is not selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic ZS70 as a Landscape photography camera
Sony HX1 as a Landscape photography camera
62
you can focus manually
rather wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
delivers RAW files
better than average battery life (380 shots)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
39
manual focus
reasonably wide (28mm)
screen is a decent size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
can't switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
low MP (9 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.4")
has no RAW support
does not have Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic ZS70 Vlogging features
Sony HX1 Vlogging features
74
rather wide (24mm)
selfie friendly display
touchscreen functionality
image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection autofocus
video res high (3840 x 2160 pixels)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
doesn't have external mic port
22
reasonably wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
screen is not selfie friendly
low quality video (1440 x 1080 resolution)
does not have external microphone jack
more heavy than competitors (544 grams)
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Panasonic ZS70 vs Sony HX1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic ZS70 and Sony HX1
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS70Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Sony
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS70 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1
Also called as Lumix DMC-TZ90 -
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2017-04-19 2009-04-22
Body design Compact SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Powered by Venus Engine Bionz
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.4"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.104 x 4.578mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 27.9mm²
Sensor resolution 20MP 9MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 5184 x 3888 3456 x 2592
Highest native ISO 3200 3200
Highest enhanced ISO 6400 -
Min native ISO 80 125
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points 49 9
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 24-720mm (30.0x) 28-560mm (20.0x)
Maximum aperture f/3.3-6.4 f/2.8-5.2
Macro focusing range 3cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.9
Screen
Screen type Tilting Tilting
Screen diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 1,040k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 1,166k dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.46x -
Features
Minimum shutter speed 4 secs 30 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/4000 secs
Fastest silent shutter speed 1/16000 secs -
Continuous shutter speed 10.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 5.60 m (at Auto ISO) 9.20 m
Flash settings 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
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 3840 x 2160 (30p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p) 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 3840x2160 1440x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, AVCHD H.264
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 322g (0.71 lb) 544g (1.20 lb)
Physical dimensions 112 x 67 x 41mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.6") 115 x 83 x 92mm (4.5" x 3.3" x 3.6")
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 380 images -
Style of battery Battery Pack -
Battery ID - NP-FH50
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, 3 shots / 10 secs) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, Internal
Storage slots Single Single
Launch price $450 $47,999