Updated (January 2012): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

Winner
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V

89

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

69

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V

Large screen
Screen size
3.3"
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,229k dots
Really small
Size
Ultra compact (96×58×16 mm)
High ISO
Light sensitivity
12,800 ISO
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

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

Items often bought with the Sony DSC-TX200V or Panasonic DMC-TS3

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Explore our gallery of 31 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3.

differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-TS3

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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
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$285.21 vs $345.99
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The best price we've seen is $61 cheaper (around 20% less)
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-TX200V

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Screen size
Much larger screen
3.3" vs 2.7"
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More than 20% larger screen
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
1,229k dots vs 230k dots
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Around 5.5x higher resolution screen
Size
Much smaller
96×58×16 mm vs 104×64×28 mm
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2.1x smaller
Screen type
Has an OLED screen
OLED vs LCD
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OLED screens are often brighter and more vibrant than typical LCD screens
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The DSC-TX200V's maximum light sensitivity is 6 f-stops better
Wide angle
Better wide angle
26 mm vs 28 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
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
Thickness
Significantly thinner
0.6" vs 1.1"
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More than 40% thinner
Macro focus
Better macro capability
3.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
Weight
Significantly lighter
129 g vs 197 g
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More than 30% lighter
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/1600s vs 1/1300s
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Around 20% faster max shutter speed
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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
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              DMC-TS31080p @ 30fps
              DSC-TX200V1080p @ 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
              DSC-TX200V1/1600s
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              DMC-TS34.6x
              DSC-TX200V5x

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              DMC-TS3104×64×28 mm
              DSC-TX200V96×58×16 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              DMC-TS31.1"
              DSC-TX200V0.6"
              Common Weaknesses
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              DMC-TS328 mm
              DSC-TX200V26 mm
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Waterproof

              $275

              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Focus points Has significantly more focus points
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Fujifilm XP80

              Fujifilm XP80

              Waterproof

              $164 - $200

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              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
              GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

              GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

              Waterproof

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Movie format Records very high quality movies
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Waterproof

              $369

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2

              Waterproof

              $293

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Waterproof

              $262

              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S33

              Nikon Coolpix S33

              Waterproof

              $127 - $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

              $159

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Size Significantly smaller
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Waterproof

              $228 - $258

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Lowest price Cheaper
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Olympus Tough TG-4

              Olympus Tough TG-4

              Waterproof

              $338 - $379

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Size Much larger
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

              Waterproof

              $230

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Nikon AW130

              Nikon AW130

              Waterproof

              $249 - $297

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Much larger
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Sony Cybershot DSC-WX200

              Sony Cybershot DSC-WX200

              Travel zoom

              $192

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

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