Are you looking for the best camera to suit your needs? Due to a wide range of options, making a wise and weighted decision can be rather challenging. Which specs to keep in mind? What are the key pros and cons of each model? This comparison should give some helpful hints!
In this review, we are going to make a detailed comparison of two cameras that fall into different categories. While the first model we are looking at, Canon PowerShot SX50 HS belongs to a Small Sensor Superzoom category, the other model, Canon PowerShot SX50 HS is a Entry-Level Mirrorless camera. Both models feature different types of sensors. Thus, Canon PowerShot SX50 HS comes with BSI-CMOS sensor that has a resolution of 12.0 MP resolution, while our second compared model Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX850 features a 16.0 MP CMOS sensor.
Both cameras we are going to look at in our overview fall into two different categories - SuperZoom and MirrorLess. Keeping in mind all the distinctive features of each category, it will be hard to make a detailed comparison of these two models. However, we will do our best to make this review as unbiased and detailed as possible.
To get started, let’s take a look at some of the key features of Canon PowerShot SX50 HS and Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX850 and, after this, we can go on to our detailed comparison of these models.
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Key Features:
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX850 Key Features:
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS was substituted by Canon SX60 HS.
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS substituted Canon SX40 HS.
|Image Stabilization||Yes vs No||All lenses are stabilized|
|Flash Range||5.5 vs 4||1.5 better flash range|
|External Flash||Yes vs No||Connect off-camera flash|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/2000 vs 1/500||Faster shutter speed|
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated vs Tilting||Flexible shooting positions|
|Battery Life||315 shots vs 210 shots||105 more frames with a single charge|
|Wireless Connectivity||Built-In vs No||Better connectivity|
|Timelapse Recording||Yes vs No||Creative shooting|
|Sensor Resolution||16.0 MP vs 12.0 MP||25% more pixels|
|Sensor Area||224.9 mm2 vs 28.07 mm2||87.5% larger pixel area|
|Continuous Shooting||10 fps vs 2 fps||8 fps faster|
|Number Of Focus Points||49 vs 9||40 more focus points|
|Screen Size||3″ vs 2.8″||0.2" larger screen|
|Screen Resolution||1,040k dots vs 461k dots||55.7% higher resolution screen|
|Touch Screen||Yes vs No||Easy control of camera functions|
|Weight||269 g vs 595 g||326 g lighter|
|Max Video Resolution||3840 x 2160 vs 1920 x 1080||Higher Resolution Video|
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated | Tilting||Help viewing and changing settings easily|
|Raw Support||Yes | Yes||Better image quality|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes | Yes||Very handy for portraits|
|Bracketing||Yes | Yes||Useful for tough lighting conditions and HDR|
|Built-In Flash||Yes | Yes||External flash available|
|Sensor Resolution||12.0 MP | 16.0 MP||Small sensor resolution|
|Microphone Port||No | No||No microphone port|
|Headphone Port||No | No||No headphone port|
|Environmental Sealing||No | No||No environmental sealing|
Before heading straight to the technical characteristics of each model, let’s start with comparing their physical specs. Let’s start with looking at the physical difference of the two products. Below are images that clearly show the sizes of Canon PowerShot SX50 HS and Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX850 from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
After looking at these images, you should get a clear idea of each model’s dimensions and how they are different from each other. However, we are not going to stop there. The next characteristic worth looking at is the weight. Of course, not every photographer is concerned about the weight, for example, it wouldn't be a decisive point for those who shoot in a studio. However, it is still an important factor because if you happen to go on a long photo session or just love having the camera with you wherever you go, you want to be sure that the chosen model isn't too heavy.
Speaking of weight, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX850 is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 326g less than the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Sensor is, without a doubt, the most significant element of every digital camera. Its type, size, and resolution are the factors that define the quality of future shots. Thus, it is barely possible to pick a suitable camera without looking at these specs.
Are Canon PowerShot SX50 HS and Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX850 any different in terms of sensor type?
In fact, that's exactly what makes these two models really different. Thus, it is a good point to consider if your are choosing between these two cameras. Canon PowerShot SX50 HS features a 12.0 MP 1/2.3" sized BSI-CMOS sensor . Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX850, in its turn, comes with a 16.0 MP Four Thirds sized CMOS sensor and Venus Engine processor , which makes it significantly different from the first model.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Canon PowerShot SX50 HS and Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX850 by the size of their sensors.
One more distinctive feature of compared models is the sensor size. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX850 is equipped with a sensor that is 0.1x larger than the one featured in Canon PowerShot SX50 HS. Compared to the cameras with smaller sensor area, the ones with larger sensors ensure more control on the blurry background and depth of field if you shoot in the same aperture and focal length. Thus, the first model has a significant advantage here.
If you are interested in photography or has made a career in this field, you should know that different types of shooting actually require different camera characteristics. While one model can produce outstanding portraits, at the same time, it can be terrible for shooting landscapes, and so on. Thus, before you purchase a specific camera, it is vital to decide, which type of shooting you do most often and consider an option that suits it the most.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Canon PowerShot SX50 HS and Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX850 in different fields of photography. Here we are going to look at the five main areas and evaluate how well each of the reviewed models performs in them. This will help you choose an option that suits your needs the most depending on your interest in one or several of these fields.
|Photography Type||Canon PowerShot SX50 HS||Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX850|
Hopefully, our detailed overview of these models has helped you consider all the main specs, pros and cons of each cameras. Maybe, after reading this comparison, some of you have already decided which option to opt for depending on your needs and preferences. However, if you are still wondering which option is a better choice, Canon PowerShot SX50 HS or Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX850, below you can see what scores each of them received in five different aspects. To wrap up, we have used our unique Decision Algorithm that assesses different camera models upon 63 different factors including their price, and, if possible, DxO Mark scores. This algorithm allows us to make our verdict more consistent and objective.
What is our final verdict? Based on our comparison and the final scores of Canon PowerShot SX50 HS and Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX850 here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX850 deserves a higher Total Score than the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
For better understanding of each model’s technical characteristics, find the detailed comparison below:
|Canon PowerShot SX50 HS||Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX850|
|Model||PowerShot SX50 HS||Lumix DMC-GX850|
|Announced||Jan 15, 2013||Jan 04, 2017|
|Body Type||SLR-like (bridge)||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|Sensor Size||1/2.3"||Four Thirds|
|Sensor Dimensions||6.17 x 4.55 mm||17.3 x 13 mm|
|Sensor Area||28.07 mm2||224.90 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||12.0 MP||16.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4000 x 3000||4592 x 3448|
|Max Native ISO||6,400||25,600|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||80||200|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens||Micro Four Thirds|
|Number of Lenses||n/a||94|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a||2x|
|Macro Focus Range||0|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||9||49|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a||n/a|
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated||Tilting|
|Screen Resolution||461k dots||1,040k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||202k dots||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||15 s||60 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/2000 s||1/500 s|
|Continuous Shooting||2.0 fps||10.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Second Curtain||Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, on w/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reduction|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)||3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 28 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 28 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital1920 x 1080 @ 60i / 17 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 20 Mbps, MP4, H.264|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080||3840 x 2160|
|Video Formats||H.264||MPEG-4, AVCHD|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||595 g||269 g|
|Physical Dimensions||123 x 87 x 106 mm||107 x 65 x 33 mm|
|Battery Life||315 shots||210 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|