Updated (January 2013): Compare the Panasonic Lumix ZS30 vs Sony Cybershot DSC-TX66

Sony Cybershot DSC-TX66 vs Panasonic Lumix ZS30

Winner
Sony Cybershot DSC-TX66

71

Panasonic Lumix ZS30

51

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 (93×54×13 mm)
High ISO
Light sensitivity
12,800 ISO
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix ZS30

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
220 fps
Focus points
Many focus points
23
Macro focus
Great macro
3.0 cm
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel

Items often bought with the Sony DSC-TX66 or Panasonic ZS30

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Explore our gallery of 8 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix ZS30.
Explore our gallery of 10 sample photos taken by the Sony Cybershot DSC-TX66.

differences

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
Zoom
Significantly more zoom
20x vs 5.4x
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Around 14x more zoom
Macro focus
Much better macro capability
3.0 cm vs 10.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 3.3x closer to the lens
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 26 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
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
$219.99 vs $267.96
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The best price we've seen is $48 cheaper (around 20% less)
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-TX66

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Size
Much smaller
93×54×13 mm vs 105×59×28 mm
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2.7x smaller
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.3" vs 3"
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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 2 f-stops better
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,229k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
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
              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
              Fewer buttons
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              ZS30920k dots
              DSC-TX661,229k dots
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 60fps
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              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
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS45 (DMC-TZ57)

              Travel zoom

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Travel zoom

              $119 - $217

              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $189

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $484 - $649

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $257

              Zoom Significantly 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

              $110 - $200

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Lowest price Cheaper
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (DMC-TZ70)

              Travel zoom

              $485

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $314

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Size Significantly larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $369

              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity

              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX66 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Waterproof

              $228 - $258

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Waterproof Waterproof
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220

              Travel zoom

              $168 - $194

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX55

              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX55

              Ultra compact

              $493

              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-TX20

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

              Waterproof

              $230

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX300V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX300V

              Waterproof

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              GPS Has a GPS
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Size Larger

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