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

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V

Winner
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V

94

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

71

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

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 96x58x16 mm
High ISO
Light sensitivity
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
 

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
Size
Significantly smaller
96x58x16 mm vs 104x63x27 mm
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2.1x smaller
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.3" vs 2.7"
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More than 20% larger screen
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
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
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
Slightly cheaper
$309.99 vs $371.99
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The best price we've seen is $62 cheaper (around 20% 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
              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
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              Usually standard
              Thickness Thin Help
              DMC-TS3:1.1"
              DSC-TX200V:0.6"
              Common Weaknesses
              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

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Waterproof

              $198 - $212

              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Waterproof

              $199 - $427

              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Waterproof

              $349

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX10

              Sony Cybershot TX10

              Waterproof

              $245

              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              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 Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

              Waterproof

              $210

              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $189 - $297

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Waterproof

              $128 - $177

              Size Significantly smaller
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Olympus Tough TG-810

              Olympus Tough TG-810

              Waterproof

              $249

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Waterproof

              $274

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX66

              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX66

              Ultra compact

              $266

              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

              $129 - $170

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

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