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

Sony Cybershot DSC-TX66

Winner
Sony Cybershot DSC-TX66

76

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Panasonic Lumix ZS30

58

Panasonic Lumix ZS30

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-TX66

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

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix ZS30

Size
Really small
Compact 105x59x28 mm
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
220 fps
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

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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recommendations

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

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              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
              ZS30:920k dots
              DSC-TX66:1,229k dots
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              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
              Common Weaknesses
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $348 - $368

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $368

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $220 - $248

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

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498 - $578

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Samsung Galaxy Camera 2

              Samsung Galaxy Camera 2

              Travel zoom

              $320 - $350

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $260

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Travel zoom

              $158 - $248

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

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Travel zoom

              $195 - $240

              Longest exposure Longer exposures
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $300 - $399

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

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $271 - $360

              High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX66 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Waterproof

              $198 - $212

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Waterproof Waterproof
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V

              Waterproof

              $310

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Size Larger
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX55

              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX55

              Ultra compact

              $500

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price More expensive
              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
              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX100V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX100v

              Compact

              $294

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity

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