Updated (August 2011): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 vs Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

58

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

51

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

High speed movies
High-speed framerate
220 fps
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

Size
Really small
Prosumer size (115×83×92 mm)

Items often bought with the Panasonic DMC-FZ150 or Sony DSC-HX1

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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ150

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High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
220 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
Help
Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
Help
Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
Help
Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Wide angle
Better wide angle
25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
Help
Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 1,440 x 1,080 @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
True resolution
Higher true resolution
9.7 MP vs 8.1 MP
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Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
12 fps vs 10 fps
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20% faster continuous shooting
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
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
24x vs 20x
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More than 40% more zoom
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
410 shots vs 390 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Sensor size
Slightly larger sensor
1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs 1/2.7" 5.6x4.2mm
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Around 20% larger sensor
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX1

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Size
Slightly smaller
115×83×92 mm vs 124×82×92 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent super zooms, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              DMC-FZ150410 shots
              DSC-HX1390 shots
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1.0 cm
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              DMC-FZ15012 fps
              DSC-HX110 fps
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              30 seconds
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              3.6"
              Weight Heavy Help
              DMC-FZ150528 g
              DSC-HX1544 g
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              DMC-FZ1506,400 ISO
              DSC-HX1None
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Size Large Help
              DMC-FZ150124×82×92 mm
              DSC-HX1115×83×92 mm

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              DMC-FZ1501/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
              DSC-HX11/2.7" 5.6x4.2mm
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              DMC-FZ1509.7 MP
              DSC-HX18.1 MP
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              DMC-FZ150460k dots
              DSC-HX1230k dots
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              DMC-FZ15024x
              DSC-HX120x
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              DMC-FZ1501080p @ 60fps
              DSC-HX11,440 x 1,080 @ 30fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $312 - $398

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $250

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $348 - $370

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $300 - $398

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Super zoom

              $700

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Focus points Has significantly fewer focus points
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $170

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300

              Super zoom

              $598

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Size Larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $220 - $228

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $400

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Zoom More zoom
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Pro digicam

              $584 - $748

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Significantly larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $257

              Size Significantly smaller
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $130 - $168

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Significantly larger
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H400

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H400

              Super zoom

              $244 - $248

              Zoom Much more zoom
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Significantly larger
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Super zoom

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower
              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $330 body only

              $498 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

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