Updated (January, 2012): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4 vs Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

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Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

Wide angle
Wide angle lens
24 mm
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Waterproof
Waterproof
Great at the beach
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 
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differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-TS3

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Size Smaller 104x63x27 mm vs 105x59x34 mm
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More than 10% smaller
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
Waterproof Waterproof Yes vs No
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Great for vacations and holidays at the beach, or around the pool
Weight Lighter 197 g vs 245 g
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Around 20% lighter
Thickness Thinner 1.1" vs 1.3"
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Around 20% thinner
Longest exposure Significantly longer exposures 60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX9v

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Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Zoom Significantly more zoom 16x vs 4.6x
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Around 12.5x more zoom
Wide angle Significantly better wide angle 24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 3.7 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The DSC-HX9v's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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recommendations

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

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        similarities

        Compared to recent compacts

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
        View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
        GPS Built-in GPS Help
        Great for travel
        Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
        Lens
        Longest exposure Long exposures Help
        DMC-TS3:60s
        DSC-HX9v:30s
        Weight Heavy Help
        DMC-TS3:197 g
        DSC-HX9v:245 g
        Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
        DMC-TS3:6,400 ISO
        DSC-HX9v:None
        Size Large Help
        DMC-TS3:104x63x27 mm
        DSC-HX9v:105x59x34 mm

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        No significant shared competitors found.

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix AW100

        Nikon Coolpix AW100

        Waterproof

        $264

        Screen size Significantly larger screen
        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

        Panasonic Lumix TS4

        Waterproof

        $200

        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Size Slightly smaller
        True resolution Slightly lower true resolution
        Panasonic Lumix TS5

        Panasonic Lumix TS5

        Waterproof

        $310 - $359

        Screen size Significantly larger screen
        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Size Larger
        Weight Heavier
        Panasonic Lumix TS25

        Panasonic Lumix TS25

        Waterproof

        $178 - $190

        Size Significantly smaller
        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Nikon Coolpix AW110

        Nikon Coolpix AW110

        Waterproof

        $235 - $380

        Screen type Has an OLED screen
        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures

        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Travel zoom

        $389 - $398

        Zoom Much more zoom
        External flash Supports an external flash
        Size Larger
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7v

        Travel zoom

        $160

        Size Smaller
        Thickness Thinner
        Zoom Less zoom
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90

        Travel zoom

        $151

        Weight Lighter
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

        Travel zoom

        $340

        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Battery life Slightly longer battery life
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

        Travel zoom

        $199

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle

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