Updated (January, 2014): Compare the Panasonic Lumix ZS40 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V vs Panasonic Lumix ZS30

Winner
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

96

Panasonic Lumix ZS30

79

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
Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix ZS30

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
220 fps
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions

galleries

Explore our gallery of 8 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix ZS30. Explore our gallery of 22 sample photos taken by the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V.

differences

Advantages of the Panasonic ZS30

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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 ZS30's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The ZS30's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Macro focus
Better macro capability
3 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
Size
Slightly smaller
105x59x28 mm vs 108x64x38 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
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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
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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$282.14 vs $339.99
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The best price we've seen is $58 cheaper (around 20% less)
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
              ZS30920k dots
              DSC-HX50V921k dots
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              10 fps
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              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
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              ZS30$339.99
              DSC-HX50V$282.14

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $260

              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
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $280

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $398 - $498

              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

              $217 - $248

              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $150

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Focus points Has much more focus points
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (Lumix DMC-TZ70)

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (Lumix DMC-TZ70)

              Travel zoom

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Travel zoom

              $130 - $298

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Lowest price Significantly cheaper
              GPS No built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $300

              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Travel zoom

              $180

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Longest exposure Longer exposures
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Touch screen No touch screen

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Travel zoom

              $330

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Zoom Less zoom
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle

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              Avatar for David Engensperger David Engensperger (9:22 PM, September 15, 2013)
              I thoroughly enjoy my Lumix ZS-10 and recommend the HDR feature as well as the GPS and great zoom. Super travel companion. Also have an older TZ-5 which got me hooked on Panasonic and is still going strong after lots of use. Great image stabilization on both cameras.