Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V vs Panasonic Lumix TZ40

Winner
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

100

Panasonic Lumix TZ40

81

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

Great battery life
Battery life
400 shots
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/4000 of a second
Long exposures
Longest exposure
30 seconds
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix TZ40

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
220 fps
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Macro focus
Great macro
3.0 cm
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel

galleries

Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix TZ40.
Explore our gallery of 22 sample photos taken by the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V.

differences

Advantages of the Panasonic TZ40

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Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
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
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.3 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the TZ40's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
Macro focus
Better macro capability
3.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The TZ40's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Size
Slightly smaller
105×59×28 mm vs 108×64×38 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Weight
Lighter
198 g vs 272 g
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Around 30% lighter
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.1" vs 1.5"
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Around 30% thinner
Lowest price
Cheaper
$174.99 vs $292.77
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The best price we've seen is $118 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX50V

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Zoom
More zoom
30x vs 20x
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Around 2.5x more zoom
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
400 shots vs 300 shots
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More than 30% more shots per battery charge
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 15s
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2x longer exposures
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent travel zooms, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              TZ40920k dots
              DSC-HX50V921k dots
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              10 fps
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses

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

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $247

              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $213 - $298

              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Travel zoom

              $428

              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Travel zoom

              $297 - $327

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Travel zoom

              $130 - $209

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity

              Panasonic Lumix TZ40 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS45 (Lumix DMC-TZ57)

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS45 (Lumix DMC-TZ57)

              Travel zoom

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30

              Panasonic Lumix TZ30

              Travel zoom

              $245

              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $228

              High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
              Fastest shutter speed Faster max shutter speed
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V.

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