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

Sony Cybershot DSC-TX66 vs Panasonic Lumix ZS30

Winner
Sony Cybershot DSC-TX66

74

Panasonic Lumix ZS30

56

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

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
220 fps
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Size
Really small
Compact 105x59x28 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons

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
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
Macro focus
Much better macro capability
3 cm vs 10 cm
Help
Focus on subjects 3.3x closer to the lens
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
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$249.00 vs $272.95
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The best price we've seen is $24 cheaper (around 10% less)
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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
Much 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
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 compacts, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              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
              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
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              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

              $297 - $368

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $179

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Samsung WB350F

              Samsung WB350F

              Travel zoom

              $130 - $200

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              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
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Travel zoom

              $139 - $248

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Lowest price Cheaper
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $300

              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $383

              Zoom Much more zoom
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Touch screen No touch screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Travel zoom

              $200

              Longest exposure Longer exposures
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Touch screen No touch screen
              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 - $226

              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

              $288

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Much slower max shutter speed
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V

              Waterproof

              $260

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Size Larger
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Travel zoom

              $70 - $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-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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