Updated (January, 2012): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V

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Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V

Screen size
Large screen
3.3"
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,229k dots
Size
Really small
Ultra compact 96x58x16 mm
Light sensitivity
High ISO
12,800 ISO
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 
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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
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-TX200V

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Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 1,229k dots vs 230k dots
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Around 5.5x higher resolution screen
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
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.3" vs 2.7"
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More than 20% larger screen
Size Significantly smaller 96x58x16 mm vs 104x63x27 mm
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2.1x 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
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 3 f-stops better
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
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Wide angle Better wide angle 26 mm vs 28 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 3.7 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Macro focus Better macro capability 3 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
Thickness Significantly thinner 0.6" vs 1.1"
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More than 40% thinner
Weight Significantly lighter 129 g vs 197 g
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More than 30% lighter
Lowest price Cheaper $289.50 vs $469.99
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The best price we've seen is $180 cheaper (around 40% less)
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recommendations

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 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
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              DMC-TS3:4.6x
              DSC-TX200V:5x

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              Usually standard
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Thickness Thin Help
              DMC-TS3:1.1"
              DSC-TX200V:0.6"
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              DMC-TS3:28 mm
              DSC-TX200V:26 mm

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Waterproof

              $298 - $348

              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              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 higher quality movies
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX10

              Sony Cybershot TX10

              Waterproof

              $258 - $279

              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Waterproof

              $319

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Waterproof

              $213

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

              Panasonic Lumix TS4

              Waterproof

              $352

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Size Slightly smaller
              Nikon Coolpix S32

              Nikon Coolpix S32

              Waterproof

              $107 - $188

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Lowest price Significantly cheaper
              Size Significantly larger
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Waterproof

              $250 - $297

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Waterproof

              $138 - $180

              Size Significantly smaller
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Waterproof

              $110 - $195

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              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

              $198 - $214

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Lowest price Cheaper
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

              Waterproof

              $219

              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $297 - $543

              Aperture Wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Size Significantly larger
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX66

              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX66

              Ultra compact

              $266 - $360

              Size Smaller
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70

              Ultra compact

              $100 - $170

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Size Smaller
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen

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