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Advantages of the Panasonic ZS30

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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
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Aperture
Slightly 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 2 f-stops better
Size
Slightly smaller
105×59×28 mm vs 108×64×38 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Lowest price
Cheaper
$344.00 vs $647.25
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The best price we've seen is $303 cheaper (around 50% less)
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.1" vs 1.5"
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Around 30% thinner
Weight
Slightly lighter
198 g vs 272 g
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Around 30% lighter
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX50V

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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
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
30x vs 20x
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Around 2.5x more zoom
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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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
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              Usually standard
              Wide angle Good wide angle Help
              24 mm
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              9.7 MP
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              ZS306,400 ISO
              DSC-HX50V3,200 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              10 fps
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 60fps

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              ZS30920k dots
              DSC-HX50V921k dots

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              Panasonic Lumix ZS30
              Lumix ZS30
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