Updated (February, 2011): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ10

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 
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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
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies 240 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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)
Zoom Slightly more zoom 14x vs 12x
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Around 40% more zoom
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
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 3.2 fps vs 2.3 fps
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Around 40% faster continuous shooting
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-TZ10

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Wide angle Better wide angle 25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
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
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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
        Weight Heavy Help
        SX230 HS:215 g
        DMC-TZ10:218 g
        Thickness Quite thick Help
        1.3"
        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity
        Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
        SX230 HS:None
        DMC-TZ10:6,400 ISO
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        SX230 HS:3.2 fps
        DMC-TZ10:2.3 fps
        Size Large Help
        SX230 HS:106x59x33 mm
        DMC-TZ10:103x60x33 mm

        Compared to recent travel zooms

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

        Touch screen No touchscreens Help
        More buttons
        Zoom Poor zoom Help
        SX230 HS:14x
        DMC-TZ10:12x

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

        Travel zoom

        $484 - $524

        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

        Travel zoom

        $289 - $300

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously

        Canon PowerShot SX230 HS Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

        Travel zoom

        $244 - $300

        Zoom More zoom
        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Size Slightly larger
        Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

        Travel zoom

        $299 - $300

        Zoom Much more zoom
        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Canon ELPH 510 HS

        Canon ELPH 510 HS

        Travel zoom

        $165

        Size Significantly smaller
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Canon ELPH 300 HS

        Canon ELPH 300 HS

        Compact

        $220

        Size Much smaller
        Wide angle Better wide angle
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Zoom Less zoom
        Canon Powershot S100

        Canon Powershot S100

        Pro digicam

        $295 - $400

        Aperture Significantly wider aperture
        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Zoom Less zoom
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ10 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

        Travel zoom

        $468 - $489

        Zoom Much more zoom
        3D Takes 3D photos
        Size Larger
        Macro focus Worse macro capability
        Panasonic Lumix ZS30

        Panasonic Lumix ZS30

        Travel zoom

        $319 - $349

        Zoom More zoom
        3D Takes 3D photos
        Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

        Travel zoom

        $250 - $272

        Zoom More zoom
        Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

        Travel zoom

        $433

        GPS No built-in GPS
        Weight Slightly heavier
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

        Panasonic Lumix ZS20

        Travel zoom

        $320 - $399

        Zoom More zoom
        3D Takes 3D photos
        Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures

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