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Panasonic S1R vs Sony A5000

The Panasonic Lumix DC-S1R and the Sony Alpha A5000 are two digital cameras that were officially introduced, respectively, in February 2019 and January 2014. Both the S1R and the A5000 are mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras that are based on a full frame (S1R) and an APS-C (A5000) sensor. The Panasonic has a resolution of 46.7 megapixels, whereas the Sony provides 19.8 MP.

Below is an overview of the main specs of the two cameras as a starting point for the comparison.

Headline Specifications
Panasonic S1R
versus
Sony A5000
Panasonic S1R   Sony A5000
Mirrorless system camera Mirrorless system camera
Leica L mount lenses Sony E mount lenses
46.7 MP, Full Frame Sensor 19.8 MP, APS-C Sensor
4K/60p Video 1080/60i Video
ISO 100-25,600 (50 - 51,200) ISO 100-16,000
Electronic viewfinder (5760k dots) No viewfinder, LCD framing
3.2 LCD, 2100k dots 3.0 LCD, 461k dots
Fully flexible touchscreen Tilting screen (not touch-sensitive)
9 shutter flaps per second 3.5 shutter flaps per second
In-body stabilizationLens stabilization only
Weathersealed bodynot weather sealed
380 shots per battery charge420 shots per battery charge
149 x 110 x 97 mm, 1016 g 110 x 63 x 36 mm, 269 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Panasonic Lumix DC-S1R and the Sony Alpha A5000? Which one should you buy? Read on to find out how these two cameras compare with respect to their body size, their imaging sensors, their shooting features, their input-output connections, and their reception by expert reviewers.

Body comparison

The physical size and weight of the Panasonic S1R and the Sony A5000 are illustrated in the side-by-side display below. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three consecutive perspectives from the front, the top, and the back are available. All size dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

The A5000 can be obtained in three different colors (black, silver, white), while the S1R is only available in black.

Size Panasonic S1R vs Sony A5000
Compare S1R versus A5000 top
Comparison S1R or A5000 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Sony A5000 is considerably smaller (58 percent) than the Panasonic S1R. Moreover, the A5000 is substantially lighter (74 percent) than the S1R. It is worth mentioning in this context that the S1R is splash and dust resistant, while the A5000 does not feature any corresponding weather-sealing.

The above size and weight comparisons are to some extent incomplete since they do not consider the interchangeable lenses that both of these cameras require. Hence, you might want to study and compare the specifications of available lenses in order to get the full picture of the size and weight of the two camera systems.

Concerning battery life, the S1R gets 380 shots out of its DMW-BLJ31 battery, while the A5000 can take 420 images on a single charge of its NP-FW50 power pack. The battery packs of both cameras can be charged via USB, which can be very convenient when travelling.

The following table provides a synthesis of the main physical specifications of the two cameras and other similar ones. If you want to switch the focus of the display and review another camera pair, you can move across to the CAM-parator tool and choose from the broad selection of possible camera comparisons there.

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Body Specifications
    Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
Weather
Sealing
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Panasonic S1R 149 mm 110 mm 97 mm 1016 g 380 Y Feb 2019 3,699 i
2.
 
Sony A5000 110 mm 63 mm 36 mm 269 g 420 n Jan 2014 449 i
3.
 
Canon R5 138 mm 98 mm 88 mm 738 g 320 Y Jul 2020 3,899 i
4.
 
Canon 5DS 152 mm 116 mm 76 mm 930 g 700 Y Feb 2015 3,699 i
5.
 
Canon M10 108 mm 67 mm 35 mm 301 g 255 n Oct 2015 499 i
6.
 
Leica SL2-S 146 mm 107 mm 83 mm 931 g 510 Y Dec 2020 4,895 i
7.
 
Leica SL2 146 mm 107 mm 42 mm 953 g 370 Y Nov 2019 5,999 i
8.
 
Nikon Z7 134 mm 101 mm 67 mm 675 g 330 Y Aug 2018 3,399 i
9.
 
Nikon D850 146 mm 124 mm 79 mm 1005 g 1840 Y Jul 2017 3,299 i
10.
 
Nikon D3300 124 mm 98 mm 76 mm 430 g 700 n Jan 2014 499 i
11.
 
Panasonic S5 133 mm 98 mm 82 mm 714 g 440 Y Sep 2020 1,999 i
12.
 
Panasonic S1 149 mm 110 mm 97 mm 1017 g 400 Y Feb 2019 2,499 i
13.
 
Panasonic S1H 151 mm 114 mm 110 mm 1052 g 400 Y May 2019 3,999 i
14.
 
Sony A99 II 143 mm 104 mm 76 mm 849 g 490 Y Sep 2016 3,199 i
15.
 
Sony RX100 IV 102 mm 58 mm 41 mm 298 g 280 n Jun 2015 999 i
16.
 
Sony A5100 110 mm 63 mm 36 mm 283 g 400 n Aug 2014 549 i
17.
 
Sony NEX-3N 110 mm 62 mm 35 mm 269 g 480 n Feb 2013 499 i
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

Any camera decision will obviously take relative prices into account. The listed launch prices provide an indication of the market segment that the manufacturer of the cameras have been targeting. The A5000 was launched at a markedly lower price (by 88 percent) than the S1R, which puts it into a different market segment. Normally, street prices remain initially close to the MSRP, but after a couple of months, the first discounts appear. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down. Then, after the new model is out, very good deals can frequently be found on the pre-owned market.

Sensor comparison

The size of the imaging sensor is a crucial determinant of image quality. All other things equal, a large sensor will have larger individual pixel-units that offer better low-light sensitivity, wider dynamic range, and richer color-depth than smaller pixels in a sensor of the same technological generation. Further, a large sensor camera will give the photographer additional creative options when using shallow depth-of-field to isolate a subject from its background. On the downside, larger sensors are more costly to manufacture and tend to lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.

Of the two cameras under consideration, the Panasonic S1R features a full frame sensor and the Sony A5000 an APS-C sensor. The sensor area in the A5000 is 59 percent smaller. As a result of these sensor size differences, the cameras have a format factor of, respectively, 1.0 and 1.5. Both cameras have a native aspect ratio (sensor width to sensor height) of 3:2.

Technology-wise, both cameras are equipped with CMOS (Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor) sensors.

Panasonic S1R and Sony A5000 sensor measures

With 46.7MP, the S1R offers a higher resolution than the A5000 (19.8MP), but the S1R nevertheless has marginally larger individual pixels (pixel pitch of 4.30μm versus 4.25μm for the A5000) due to its larger sensor. Moreover, the S1R is a much more recent model (by 5 years) than the A5000, and its sensor will have benefitted from technological advances during this time that further enhance the light gathering capacity of its pixels. Coming back to sensor resolution, it should be mentioned that the S1R has no anti-alias filter installed, so that it can capture all the detail its sensor resolves.

The resolution advantage of the Panasonic S1R implies greater flexibility for cropping images or the possibility to print larger pictures. The maximum print size of the S1R for good quality output (200 dots per inch) amounts to 41.8 x 27.9 inches or 106.3 x 70.9 cm, for very good quality (250 dpi) 33.5 x 22.3 inches or 85 x 56.7 cm, and for excellent quality (300 dpi) 27.9 x 18.6 inches or 70.8 x 47.3 cm. The corresponding values for the Sony A5000 are 27.3 x 18.2 inches or 69.3 x 46.1 cm for good quality, 21.8 x 14.5 inches or 55.4 x 36.9 cm for very good quality, and 18.2 x 12.1 inches or 46.2 x 30.8 cm for excellent quality prints.

Unlike the A5000, the S1R has the capacity to capture high quality composite images (187MP) by combining multiple shots after shifting its sensor by miniscule distances. This multi-shot, pixel-shift mode is most suitable for photography of stationary objects (landscapes, studio scenes).

The Panasonic Lumix DC-S1R has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 25600, which can be extended to ISO 50-51200. The corresponding ISO settings for the Sony Alpha A5000 are ISO 100 to ISO 16000 (no boost).

S1R versus A5000 MP

Since 2007, DXO Mark has published sensor performance measurements that have been derived using a consistent methodology. This service is based on lab testing and assigns an overall score to each camera sensor, as well as ratings for dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), color depth ("DXO Portrait"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports"). Of the two cameras under review, the S1R provides substantially higher image quality than the A5000, with an overall score that is 21 points higher. This advantage is based on 2.6 bits higher color depth, 1.1 EV in additional dynamic range, and 1.7 stops in additional low light sensitivity. The following table provides an overview of the physical sensor characteristics, as well as the sensor quality measurements for a selection of comparators.

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Sensor Characteristics
    Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
1.
 
Panasonic S1R Full Frame 46.7 8368 55844K/60p26.414.13525 100
2.
 
Sony A5000 APS-C 19.8 5456 36321080/60i23.813.01089 79
3.
 
Canon R5 Full Frame 44.8 8192 54648k/30p25.314.63042 95
4.
 
Canon 5DS Full Frame 50.3 8688 57921080/30p24.712.42381 87
5.
 
Canon M10 APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p22.211.4753 65
6.
 
Leica SL2-S Full Frame 24.0 6000 40004K/60p25.214.13504 95
7.
 
Leica SL2 Full Frame 46.7 8368 55844K/60p...... ..
8.
 
Nikon Z7 Full Frame 45.4 8256 55044K/30p26.314.62668 99
9.
 
Nikon D850 Full Frame 45.4 8256 55044K/30p26.414.82660 100
10.
 
Nikon D3300 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p24.312.81385 82
11.
 
Panasonic S5 Full Frame 24.0 6000 40004K/60p25.114.52697 94
12.
 
Panasonic S1 Full Frame 24.0 6000 40004K/60p25.214.53333 95
13.
 
Panasonic S1H Full Frame 24.0 6000 40006K/30p...... ..
14.
 
Sony A99 II Full Frame 42.2 7952 53044K/30p25.413.42317 92
15.
 
Sony RX100 IV 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p22.812.6591 70
16.
 
Sony A5100 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.812.71347 80
17.
 
Sony NEX-3N APS-C 16.0 4912 32641080/60i22.812.51067 74

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but can also record movies. Both cameras under consideration have a sensor with sufficiently fast read-out times for moving pictures, but the S1R provides a higher video resolution than the A5000. It can shoot video footage at 4K/60p, while the Sony is limited to 1080/60i.

Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a variety of features. For example, the S1R has an electronic viewfinder (5760k dots), which can be very helpful when shooting in bright sunlight. In contrast, the A5000 relies on live view and the rear LCD for framing. The adjacent table lists some of the other core features of the Panasonic S1R and Sony A5000 along with similar information for a selection of comparators.

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Core Features
    Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Size
(inch)
LCD
Resolution
(000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Mech
Shutter
Speed
Shutter
Flaps
(1/sec)
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
1.
 
Panasonic S1R5760 Y 3.2 2100 full-flex Y 1/8000s 9.0 n Y
2.
 
Sony A5000none n 3.0 461 tilting n 1/4000s 3.5 Y n
3.
 
Canon R55760 Y 3.2 2100 swivel Y 1/8000s 10.0 n Y
4.
 
Canon 5DSoptical Y 3.2 1040 fixed n 1/8000s 5.0 n n
5.
 
Canon M10none n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 4.6 Y n
6.
 
Leica SL2-S5760 Y 3.2 2100 fixed Y 1/8000s 20.0 n Y
7.
 
Leica SL25760 Y 3.2 2100 fixed Y 1/8000s 10.0 n Y
8.
 
Nikon Z73690 Y 3.2 2100 tilting Y 1/8000s 9.0 n Y
9.
 
Nikon D850optical Y 3.2 2359 tilting Y 1/8000s 9.0 n n
10.
 
Nikon D3300optical n 3.0 921 fixed n 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
11.
 
Panasonic S52360 n 3.0 1840 full-flex Y 1/8000s 7.0 n Y
12.
 
Panasonic S15760 Y 3.2 2100 full-flex Y 1/8000s 9.0 n Y
13.
 
Panasonic S1H5760 Y 3.2 2330 swivel Y 1/8000s 9.0 n Y
14.
 
Sony A99 II2400 Y 3.0 1229 full-flex n 1/8000s 12.0 n Y
15.
 
Sony RX100 IV2359 n 3.0 1228 tilting n 1/2000s 16.0 Y Y
16.
 
Sony A5100none n 3.0 922 tilting Y 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
17.
 
Sony NEX-3Noptional n 3.0 460 tilting n 1/4000s 4.0 Y n

One feature that is present on the S1R, but is missing on the A5000 is a top-level LCD. While being, of course, smaller than the rear screen, the control panel conveys some of the essential shooting information and can be convenient for quick and easy settings verification.

The A5000 has an articulated screen that can be turned to be front-facing. This characteristic will be appreciated by vloggers and photographers who are interested in taking selfies. In contrast, the S1R does not have a selfie-screen.

The reported shutter speed information refers to the use of the mechanical shutter. Yet, some cameras only have an electronic shutter, while others have an electronic shutter in addition to a mechanical one. In fact, the S1R is one of those camera that have an additional electronic shutter, which makes completely silent shooting possible. However, this mode is less suitable for photographing moving objects (risk of rolling shutter) or shooting under artificial light sources (risk of flickering).

The Panasonic S1R has an intervalometer built-in. This enables the photographer to capture time lapse sequences, such as flower blooming, a sunset or moon rise, without purchasing an external camera trigger and related software.

The S1R writes its imaging data to SDHC or XQD cards, while the A5000 uses SDXC or Memory Stick PRO Duo cards. The S1R features dual card slots, which can be very useful in case a memory card fails. In contrast, the A5000 only has one slot. The S1R supports UHS-II cards (on both slots), while the A5000 can use UHS-I cards.

Connectivity comparison

For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Panasonic Lumix DC-S1R and Sony Alpha A5000 and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

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Input-Output Connections
    Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Microphone
Internal
Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Panasonic S1RYstereomonoYYfull3.1Y-Y
2.
 
Sony A5000-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
3.
 
Canon R5YmonomonoYYmicro3.2Y-Y
4.
 
Canon 5DSYmonomonoY-mini3.0---
5.
 
Canon M10-stereomono--mini2.0YY-
6.
 
Leica SL2-SYstereomonoYYfull3.2Y-Y
7.
 
Leica SL2YstereomonoYYfull3.1Y-Y
8.
 
Nikon Z7YstereomonoYYmicro3.1Y-Y
9.
 
Nikon D850YstereomonoYYmini3.0YYY
10.
 
Nikon D3300YmonomonoY-mini2.0---
11.
 
Panasonic S5YstereomonoYYmicro3.2Y-Y
12.
 
Panasonic S1YstereomonoYYfull3.1Y-Y
13.
 
Panasonic S1HYstereomonoYYfull3.1Y-Y
14.
 
Sony A99 IIYstereomonoYYmicro2.0YYY
15.
 
Sony RX100 IV-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
16.
 
Sony A5100-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
17.
 
Sony NEX-3N-stereomono--micro2.0---

It is notable that the S1R has a hotshoe, while the A5000 does not. This socket makes it possible to easily attach optional accessories, such as an external flash gun.

Studio photographers will appreciate that the Panasonic S1R (unlike the A5000) features a PC Sync socket, so that professional strobe lights can be controlled by the camera.

The S1R is a recent model that features in the current product line-up of Panasonic. In contrast, the A5000 has been discontinued (but can be found pre-owned on eBay). As a replacement in the same line of cameras, the A5000 was succeeded by the Sony A5100. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Panasonic and Sony websites.

Review summary

So what is the bottom line? Which of the two cameras – the Panasonic S1R or the Sony A5000 – has the upper hand? Is one clearly better than the other? The listing below highlights the relative strengths of the two models.

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Advantages of the Panasonic Lumix DC-S1R:

  • More detail: Offers more megapixels (46.7 vs 19.8MP) with a 53% higher linear resolution.
  • Maximized detail: Lacks an anti-alias filter to exploit the sensor's full resolution potential.
  • High quality composites: Can combine several shots after pixel-shifting its sensor.
  • Better image quality: Scores substantially higher (21 points) in the DXO overall assessment.
  • Richer colors: Generates images with noticeably better colors (2.6 bits more color depth).
  • More dynamic range: Captures a larger spectrum of light and dark details (1.1 EV of extra DR).
  • Better low-light sensitivity: Requires less light for good images (1.7 stops ISO advantage).
  • Better video: Provides higher definition movie capture (4K/60p vs 1080/60i).
  • Better sound: Can connect to an external microphone for higher quality sound recording.
  • Better sound control: Has a headphone port that enables audio monitoring while recording.
  • Easier framing: Has an electronic viewfinder for image composition and settings control.
  • Easier setting verification: Features an LCD display on top to control shooting parameters.
  • Larger screen: Has a bigger rear LCD (3.2" vs 3.0") for image review and settings control.
  • More detailed LCD: Has a higher resolution rear screen (2100k vs 461k dots).
  • More flexible LCD: Has a full-flex screen for odd-angle shots in portrait or landscape orientation.
  • Fewer buttons to press: Is equipped with a touch-sensitive rear screen to facilitate handling.
  • Faster shutter: Has higher mechanical shutter speed (1/8000s vs 1/4000s) to freeze action.
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (9 vs 3.5 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • Less disturbing: Has an electronic shutter option for completely silent shooting.
  • Easier time-lapse photography: Has an intervalometer built-in for low frequency shooting.
  • Better sealing: Is weather sealed to enable shooting in dusty or wet environments.
  • Sharper images: Has hand-shake reducing image stabilization built-in.
  • Better lighting: Features a hotshoe and can thus hold and trigger an external flash gun.
  • Faster data transfer: Supports a more advanced USB protocol (3.1 vs 2.0).
  • More solid recording: Has a full-sized HDMI port for a sturdy connection to an external recorder.
  • Easier wireless transfer: Supports Bluetooth for image sharing without cables.
  • Better studio light control: Has a PC Sync socket to connect to professional strobe lights.
  • Greater peace of mind: Features a second card slot as a backup in case of memory card failure.
  • Faster buffer clearing: Supports a more advanced SD data transfer standard (UHS-II vs UHS-I).
  • More modern: Reflects 5 years of technical progress since the A5000 launch.

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Arguments in favor of the Sony Alpha A5000:

  • Better moiré control: Has an anti-alias filter to avoid artificial patterns to appear in images.
  • More selfie-friendly: Has an articulated screen that can be turned to be front-facing.
  • More compact: Is smaller (110x63mm vs 149x110mm) and will fit more readily into a bag.
  • Less heavy: Has a lower weight (by 747g or 74 percent) and is thus easier to take along.
  • Longer lasting: Gets more shots (420 versus 380) out of a single battery charge.
  • Easier fill-in: Has a small integrated flash to brighten shadows of backlit subjects.
  • Easier device pairing: Supports NFC for fast wireless image transfer over short distances.
  • More affordable: Was introduced into a lower priced category (88 percent cheaper at launch).
  • More heavily discounted: Has been around for much longer (launched in January 2014).

If the count of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a measure, the S1R is the clear winner of the match-up (30 : 9 points). However, the pertinence of the various camera strengths will differ across photographers, so that you might want to weigh individual camera traits according to their importance for your own imaging needs before making a camera decision. A professional wedding photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a travel photog, and a person interested in cityscapes has distinct needs from a macro shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

S1R 30:09 A5000

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Panasonic S1R and the Sony A5000 place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera listing whether the two cameras rank among the cream of the crop.

In any case, while the specs-based evaluation of cameras can be instructive in revealing their potential as photographic tools, it remains partial and cannot reveal, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance when actually working with the S1R or the A5000. User reviews, such as those found at amazon, can sometimes inform about these issues, but such feedback is often incomplete, inconsistent, and biased.

Expert reviews

This is where reviews by experts come in. The following table reports the overall ratings of the cameras as published by some of the major camera review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]). As can be seen, the professional reviewers agree in many cases on the quality of different cameras, but sometimes their assessments diverge, reinforcing the earlier point that a camera decision is often a very personal choice.

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Expert Camera Reviews
     Camera 
 Model 
 AP 
 score 
 CL 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Panasonic S1R4.5/5..89/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2019 3,699 i
2.
 
Sony A50003/5+..4.5/54.5/5 Jan 2014 449 i
3.
 
Canon R54.5/5+91/1004.5/54.5/5 Jul 2020 3,899 i
4.
 
Canon 5DS..+83/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2015 3,699 i
5.
 
Canon M10........4/5 Oct 2015 499 i
6.
 
Leica SL2-S4/5....4.5/54.5/5 Dec 2020 4,895 i
7.
 
Leica SL24/5....4.5/54/5 Nov 2019 5,999 i
8.
 
Nikon Z75/5+89/1004.5/55/5 Aug 2018 3,399 i
9.
 
Nikon D8504.5/5+ +89/1004.5/55/5 Jul 2017 3,299 i
10.
 
Nikon D33003/5+77/1004.5/54.5/5 Jan 2014 499 i
11.
 
Panasonic S54.5/5+ +88/1004.5/54.5/5 Sep 2020 1,999 i
12.
 
Panasonic S14.5/5+ +88/1004.5/54/5 Feb 2019 2,499 i
13.
 
Panasonic S1H....90/100.... May 2019 3,999 i
14.
 
Sony A99 II....85/1004.5/54.5/5 Sep 2016 3,199 i
15.
 
Sony RX100 IV4.5/5+ +85/1004/54.5/5 Jun 2015 999 i
16.
 
Sony A51004.5/5+..4.5/55/5 Aug 2014 549 i
17.
 
Sony NEX-3N3/5....4.5/54.5/5 Feb 2013 499 i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

The review scores listed above should be treated with care, though. The assessments were made in relation to similar cameras of the same technological generation. Thus, a score needs to be put into the context of the launch date and the launch price of the camera, and rating-comparisons among cameras that span long time periods or concern very differently equipped models make little sense. Also, please note that some of the review sites have changed their methodology and reporting over time.

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    Specifications: Panasonic S1R vs Sony A5000

    Below is a side-by-side comparison of the specs of the two cameras to facilitate a quick review of their differences and common features.

    Camera Specifications
    Camera Model Panasonic S1R Sony A5000
    Camera Type Mirrorless system camera Mirrorless system camera
    Camera Lens Leica L mount lenses Sony E mount lenses
    Launch Date February 2019 January 2014
    Launch Price USD 3,699 USD 449
    Sensor Specs Panasonic S1R Sony A5000
    Sensor Technology CMOS CMOS
    Sensor Format Full Frame Sensor APS-C Sensor
    Sensor Size 36.0 x 24.0 mm 23.2 x 15.4 mm
    Sensor Area 864 mm2 357.28 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 43.3 mm 27.8 mm
    Crop Factor 1.0x 1.5x
    Sensor Resolution 46.7 Megapixels 19.8 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 8368 x 5584 pixels 5456 x 3632 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 4.30 μm 4.25 μm
    Pixel Density 5.41 MP/cm2 5.55 MP/cm2
    Moiré control no AA filter Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability 4K/60p Video 1080/60i Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 25,600 ISO 100 - 16,000 ISO
    ISO Boost 50 - 51,200 ISO no Enhancement
    Image Processor Venus BIONZ X
    DXO Sensor Quality (score) 100 79
    DXO Color Depth (bits) 26.4 23.8
    DXO Dynamic Range (EV) 14.1 13.0
    DXO Low Light (ISO) 3525 1089
    Screen Specs Panasonic S1R Sony A5000
    Viewfinder Type Electronic viewfinder no viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.78x
    Viewfinder Resolution 5760k dots
    Top-Level Screen Control Panel no Top Display
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.2inch 3.0inch
    LCD Resolution 2100k dots 461k dots
    LCD Attachment Fully flexible screen Tilting screen
    Touch Input Touchscreen no Touchscreen
    Shooting Specs Panasonic S1R Sony A5000
    Focus System Contrast-detect AF Contrast-detect AF
    Manual Focusing AidFocus PeakingFocus Peaking
    Max Shutter Speed (mechanical) 1/8000s 1/4000s
    Continuous Shooting 9 shutter flaps/s 3.5 shutter flaps/s
    Electronic Shutterup to 1/8000sno E-Shutter
    Time-Lapse PhotographyIntervalometer built-inno Intervalometer
    Image StabilizationIn-body stabilizationLens stabilization only
    Fill Flash no On-Board Flash Built-in Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC or XQD cards MS or SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Dual card slots Single card slot
    UHS card support Dual UHS-II UHS-I
    Connectivity Specs Panasonic S1R Sony A5000
    External Flash Hotshoe no Hotshoe
    Studio Flash PC Sync socket no PC Sync
    USB Connector USB 3.1 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port full HDMI micro HDMI
    Microphone Port External MIC port no MIC socket
    Headphone Socket Headphone port no Headphone port
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in Wifi built-in
    Near-Field Communication no NFC NFC built-in
    Bluetooth Support Bluetooth built-in no Bluetooth
    Body Specs Panasonic S1R Sony A5000
    Environmental SealingWeathersealed bodynot weather sealed
    Battery Type DMW-BLJ31 NP-FW50
    Battery Life (CIPA)380 shots per charge420 shots per charge
    In-Camera Charging USB charging USB charging
    Body Dimensions 149 x 110 x 97 mm
    (5.9 x 4.3 x 3.8 in)
    110 x 63 x 36 mm
    (4.3 x 2.5 x 1.4 in)
    Camera Weight 1016 g (35.8 oz) 269 g (9.5 oz)

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