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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
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$249.99 vs $762.01
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The best price we've seen is $512 cheaper (3x less)
Size
Slightly smaller
105×59×28 mm vs 108×64×38 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Weight
Slightly 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
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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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
              Size Fairly small Help
              ZS30105×59×28 mm
              DSC-HX50V108×64×38 mm
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Thickness Thin Help
              ZS301.1"
              DSC-HX50V1.5"
              Weight Light weight Help
              ZS30198 g
              DSC-HX50V272 g
              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
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              ZS30f/3.3
              DSC-HX50Vf/3.5
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 60fps

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              ZS30920k dots
              DSC-HX50V921k dots
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3"
              Common Weaknesses

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

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              Panasonic Lumix ZS30
              Lumix ZS30
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