Updated (February, 2013): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 vs Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

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Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Battery life
Great battery life
450 shots
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 
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differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ48

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Size Slightly smaller 120x79x91 mm vs 122x87x93 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Focus points More focus points 23 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Weight Lighter 498 g vs 583 g
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More than 10% lighter
Longest exposure Longer exposures 60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX200V

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Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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
Zoom More zoom 33.8x vs 24x
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Around 2x more zoom
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 3.7 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Wide angle Better wide angle 24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The DSC-HX200V's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Battery life Longer battery life 450 shots vs 400 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
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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 Common Weaknesses
        Battery life Great battery life Help
        DMC-FZ48:400 shots
        DSC-HX200V:450 shots
        Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
        Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
        Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
        DMC-FZ48:Digital
        DSC-HX200V:Tunnel
        Thickness Quite thick Help
        DMC-FZ48:3.6"
        DSC-HX200V:3.7"
        Weight Heavy Help
        DMC-FZ48:498 g
        DSC-HX200V:583 g
        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        1,600 ISO
        Size Large Help
        DMC-FZ48:120x79x91 mm
        DSC-HX200V:122x87x93 mm

        Compared to recent super zooms

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

        External flash No external flash support Help
        Less expandable
        External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
        Limited to the in-camera mic
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        Zoom Poor zoom Help
        DMC-FZ48:24x
        DSC-HX200V:33.8x

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Super zoom

        $399 - $400

        Zoom Has significantly more zoom
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

        Super zoom

        $478

        Zoom Has significantly more zoom
        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

        Super zoom

        $365 - $598

        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

        Super zoom

        $704

        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 - $656 body only

        $399 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
        Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
        Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
        Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Super zoom

        $199 - $249

        Size Is slightly smaller
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
        Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $380 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
        Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

        Super zoom

        $379

        Supports RAW Shoots RAW
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

        Super zoom

        $298 - $398

        Zoom Much more zoom
        Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
        Size Significantly larger
        Thickness Thicker
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

        Super zoom

        $490

        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Supports RAW Shoots RAW
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

        Pro digicam

        $898

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        True resolution Much higher true resolution
        Size Much larger
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

        Super zoom

        $315

        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Size Slightly larger

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

        Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

        Super zoom

        $398

        Zoom Significantly more zoom
        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
        Nikon Coolpix P520

        Nikon Coolpix P520

        Super zoom

        $324 - $347

        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Zoom More zoom
        Battery life Much shorter battery life
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

        Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

        Super zoom

        $188 - $238

        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Lowest price Much cheaper
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

        Super zoom

        $420

        Lowest price Much cheaper
        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO

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