Updated (January, 2014): Compare the Panasonic Lumix ZS40 vs Sony Cybershot DSC-TX66

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Panasonic Lumix ZS30

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Panasonic Lumix ZS30

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Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-TX66

Screen size
Large screen
3.3"
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,229k dots
Size
Really small
Ultra compact 93x54x13 mm
Light sensitivity
High ISO
12,800 ISO
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix ZS30

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Size
Really small
Compact 105x59x28 mm
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
220 fps
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
 
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differences

Advantages of the Panasonic ZS30

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Zoom Significantly more zoom 20x vs 5.4x
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Around 14x more zoom
Macro focus Much better macro capability 3 cm vs 10 cm
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Focus on subjects 3.3x closer to the lens
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
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Wide angle Better wide angle 24 mm vs 26 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
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)
Battery life Longer battery life 300 shots vs 250 shots
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20% more shots per battery charge
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-TX66

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Size Much smaller 93x54x13 mm vs 105x59x28 mm
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2.7x smaller
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,229k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
Screen size Larger screen 3.3" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The DSC-TX66's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Thickness Significantly thinner 0.5" vs 1.1"
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2.2x thinner
Weight Significantly lighter 109 g vs 198 g
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More than 40% lighter
Longest exposure Longer exposures 30s vs 15s
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2x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              ZS30:920k dots
              DSC-TX66:1,229k dots
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $299 - $368

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $278 - $297

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $223 - $268

              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448 - $580

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

              Travel zoom

              $199

              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $279

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $368

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Size Significantly larger
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Travel zoom

              $189 - $404

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Travel zoom

              $195 - $209

              Longest exposure Longer exposures
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix ZS40

              Panasonic Lumix ZS40

              Travel zoom

              $385 - $398

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Size Significantly larger

              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX66 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Waterproof

              $198 - $219

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Waterproof Waterproof
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX55

              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX55

              Ultra compact

              $350

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Travel zoom

              $134 - $158

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V

              Waterproof

              $287

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Size Larger
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

              Waterproof

              $210

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen

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