Updated (January, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon SX230 HS

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Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Aperture Wider aperture f/3.1 vs f/3.3
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At its widest zoom, the SX230 HS's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The SX230 HS's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
High-speed framerate Higher speed movies 240 fps vs 220 fps
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Around 10% higher fps
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-ZS10

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Wide angle Significantly better wide angle 24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Zoom More zoom 16x vs 14x
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More than 30% more zoom
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 3.2 fps
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More than 3x faster continuous shooting
Macro focus Better macro capability 3 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO 6,400 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Longest exposure Much longer exposures 60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
Size Slightly smaller 105x58x33 mm vs 106x59x33 mm
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Almost the same
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $183.99 vs $202.89
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The best price we've seen is $19 cheaper (around 10% less)
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent travel zooms, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
              SX230 HS:240 fps
              DMC-ZS10:220 fps
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              SX230 HS:Sensor shift, Lens
              DMC-ZS10:Lens
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              1.3"
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX230 HS:215 g
              DMC-ZS10:219 g
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              SX230 HS:None
              DMC-ZS10:6,400 ISO
              Size Large Help
              SX230 HS:106x59x33 mm
              DMC-ZS10:105x58x33 mm

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting weaknesses shared by these two products.

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Travel zoom

              $240

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Size Is slightly smaller
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Travel zoom

              $600

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Travel zoom

              $228

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              High-speed framerate Records less high-speed movies
              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Compact

              $165

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Size Is much smaller
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Travel zoom

              $148 - $191

              Size Is significantly smaller
              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

              Sony Cyber-shot WX50

              Ultra compact

              $159

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Size Is much smaller
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $200 - $300

              Zoom More zoom
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $199 - $200

              Zoom More zoom
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

              Travel zoom

              $466 - $502

              Size Slightly smaller
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Travel zoom

              $276 - $459

              Zoom More zoom
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Travel zoom

              $184 - $213

              Zoom More zoom
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Supports 24p No 24p support

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $229 - $399

              Zoom More zoom
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
              True resolution Slightly lower true resolution
              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $319 - $399

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Zoom More zoom
              Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
              Lowest price More expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Travel zoom

              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18

              Super zoom

              $1,000

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Much larger
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15

              Panasonic Lumix ZS15

              Travel zoom

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Touch screen No touch screen

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              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10
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              Rjfgiono (7:26 PM, December 10, 2011)
              It appears you rate Canon higher but Panasonic has better user ratings. Interesting....