Size and weight is a big decision factor when you are trying to find the ideal camera for your needs.
In this section, We are going to illustrate Canon SX230 HS and Panasonic ZS50 side-by-side from the front, back and top in their relative dimensions. Canon SX230 HS has external dimensions of 106 x 62 x 33 mm (4.17 x 2.44 x 1.3″) and weighs 223 g (0.49 lb / 7.87 oz) (including batteries). Panasonic ZS50 has external dimensions of 111 x 65 x 34 mm (4.37 x 2.56 x 1.34″) and weighs 243 g (0.54 lb / 8.57 oz) (including batteries).
Below you can see the front view size comparison of Canon SX230 HS and Panasonic ZS50. Canon SX230 HS is clearly the smaller of the two cameras. Its body is 5mm narrower, 3mm shorter and 1mm thinner than Panasonic ZS50.
Here is the back view size comparison of Canon SX230 HS and Panasonic ZS50.
Now lets look at the top view comparison of Canon SX230 HS and Panasonic ZS50.
Weight is another important factor especially when deciding on a camera that you want to carry with you all day.
Canon SX230 HS is 20g lighter than the Panasonic ZS50 but we don't think this will make a significant difference.
Unfortunately neither Canon PowerShot SX230 HS nor Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (Lumix DMC-TZ70) provides any type of weather sealing in their body, so you have to give extra care especially when you are shooting outdoors. If weather sealing is a must-have feature for you, check these sections: Top Compact Cameras with Weather Sealing
LCD Screen Size and Features
Canon SX230 HS and Panasonic ZS50's LCD screens has the same diagonal size of 3.00".
Unfortunately, both cameras has fixed screens so they don't tilt or flip in directions.