Updated (February 2011): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 vs Sony Cybershot DSC-TX10

Sony Cybershot TX10 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

Winner
Sony Cybershot DSC-TX10

80

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

71

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot TX10

Wide angle lens
Wide angle
25 mm
Large screen
Screen size
3"
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
Really small
Size
Ultra compact (96×56×18 mm)
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions

Items often bought with the Sony TX10 or Panasonic DMC-TS3

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Explore our gallery of 31 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3.
Explore our gallery of 8 sample photos taken by the Sony Cybershot DSC-TX10.

differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-TS3

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GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.3 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-TS3's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 2s
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30x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Sony TX10

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Wide angle
Significantly better wide angle
25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Size
Significantly smaller
96×56×18 mm vs 104×64×28 mm
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Around 50% smaller
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
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
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 3.7 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
Thickness
Significantly thinner
0.7" vs 1.1"
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Around 40% thinner
Weight
Significantly lighter
133 g vs 197 g
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More than 30% lighter
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The TX10's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/1600s vs 1/1300s
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Around 20% faster max shutter speed
Lowest price
Cheaper
$205.63 vs $285.21
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The best price we've seen is $80 cheaper (around 30% less)
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent waterproof cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              DMC-TS31080p @ 30fps
              TX101080p @ 60fps
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              DMC-TS31/1300s
              TX101/1600s
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              DMC-TS31,600 ISO
              TX103,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              DMC-TS34.6x
              TX104x

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              DMC-TS3104×64×28 mm
              TX1096×56×18 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              DMC-TS31.1"
              TX100.7"
              Common Weaknesses
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Waterproof

              $275 - $289

              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Waterproof

              $149

              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Waterproof

              $353

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Waterproof

              $260

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Fujifilm XP80

              Fujifilm XP80

              Waterproof

              $130 - $199

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $180

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TF1

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TF1

              Waterproof

              $240

              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S33

              Nikon Coolpix S33

              Waterproof

              $117 - $161

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

              Panasonic Lumix TS4

              Waterproof

              $425

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Size Slightly smaller
              Lowest price More expensive
              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Waterproof

              $190

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Size Significantly smaller
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS30 (DMC-FT30)

              Waterproof

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Size Significantly smaller
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture

              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX10 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Waterproof

              $228 - $258

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

              Waterproof

              $230

              Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Pro digicam

              $798

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Size Much larger
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5

              Waterproof

              $399

              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX300V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX300V

              Waterproof

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Macro focus Worse macro capability

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              discussion

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              Showing 6 comments

              Sjonni (8:28 PM, December 01, 2011)
              Touch screen on a waterproof camera... no thanks. Really like the small size sony, but it's a total failure to have a touch screen on an outdoor camera, specially in cold temperatures and rain. The lumix is superior as an outdoors camera, more rugged and has buttons that always work.
               
              Guest (8:41 AM, September 25, 2011)
              Epic fail. The Sony is only good to 16 feet depth vs the 40 feet for the Panasonic. That is 24 big reasons not to buy the Sony. Case closed, this review didn't take into account the most important factor for underwater use. 
               
              John (11:57 AM, June 16, 2011)
              just bought the sony cam last night and it is shit! woke up today and took it out of the charger and the screen doesnt turn on. the touch still works cause i hear the bbeps but the screen is F#$ked. Junk! they probably wont even give me my money back at Sh!tty futurehop
               
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (6:15 PM, April 29, 2011)
              Hey Mike. I am glad you found a camera you like, but I think you have fallen for the myth that more megapixels equals better image quality. In all honestly 2 MP might be enough for a lot of people, you will be able to print out 4 x 3 print and it will look good. Unless you are planning to print our a poster the size of a billboard you do not need these crazy high megapixel cameras.
              Hope that helps and enjoy your new camera.
               
              Mike (4:55 PM, April 29, 2011)
              I bought both camera's to do a comparison. I love the form factor of the Sony, so I really tried to like it. The touch screen is actually very nice. The durability of the Panasonic is a huge plus if you are going to use it underwater. In my image quality showdown, I would have expected the 16.2 mp CMOS of the Sony to handily beat the 12.1mp of the Panasonic. WRONG!!! With both cameras at their highest resolution (best image quality), the Panasonic blew the Sony out of the water. The Sony was better in extreme darkness, but otherwise it was significantly poorer quality (sharpness, & overall image quality). The Panasonic was much better in still pictures and video's. It wasn't even close. I was shocked.... The Sony is going back, and I'm keeping the Panasonic...
               
              Duncan (3:19 PM, March 25, 2011)
              Sony... EPIC FAIL! The sony is a toughcam for girls who drink to much on their nights out... The Panasonic... Thats a camera that can go through hell and back and live to tell the story!