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

Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

Winner
Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

64

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ10

60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ10

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

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

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ10

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 

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
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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)
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
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$160.18 vs $214.99
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The best price we've seen is $55 cheaper (around 30% less)
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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
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              SX230 HS:Lens, Sensor shift
              DMC-TZ10:Lens
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX230 HS:215 g
              DMC-TZ10:218 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              1.3"
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              SX230 HS:None
              DMC-TZ10:6,400 ISO
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              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

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

              Common Weaknesses
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $383

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $350

              Zoom More zoom
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

              Travel zoom

              $340

              Size Slightly smaller
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $179 - $180

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Zoom More zoom
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $270

              Zoom More zoom
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

              Travel zoom

              $391

              GPS No built-in GPS
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ10 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Travel zoom

              $310

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lowest price More expensive
              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $249

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
              Lowest price More expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $260

              Zoom Much more zoom
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Larger
              Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $300

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
              Lowest price More expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

              Travel zoom

              GPS No built-in GPS
              Weight Slightly heavier

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