Updated (January 2013): Compare the Panasonic Lumix SZ9 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7

Winner
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150

60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7

55

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150

High ISO
Light sensitivity
12,800 ISO
Long exposures
Longest exposure
30 seconds
Large screen
Screen size
3"
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7

Screen size
Large screen
3"
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions

galleries

Explore our gallery of 25 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7.
Explore our gallery of 8 sample photos taken by the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150.

differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-SZ7

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Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.1 vs f/3.3
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-SZ7's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
Lowest price
Cheaper
$258.88 vs $399.00
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The best price we've seen is $140 cheaper (around 40% less)
Thickness
Slightly thinner
0.8" vs 0.9"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-WX150

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Battery life
Longer battery life
240 shots vs 220 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Size
Slightly smaller
95×56×22 mm vs 99×59×21 mm
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Almost the same
Longest exposure
Significantly longer exposures
30s vs 8s
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Around 4x longer exposures
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent travel zooms, 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
              Size Fairly small Help
              DMC-SZ799×59×21 mm
              DSC-WX15095×56×22 mm
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 60fps
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3"
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              10 fps
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Weight Light weight Help
              133 g
              Thickness Thin Help
              DMC-SZ70.8"
              DSC-WX1500.9"
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/1600 of a second
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              DMC-SZ7220 shots
              DSC-WX150240 shots
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              10x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $250

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $330

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Olympus Stylus SZ-15

              Olympus Stylus SZ-15

              Travel zoom

              $90

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix SZ9

              Panasonic Lumix SZ9

              Travel zoom

              $196

              Size Slightly smaller
              Longest exposure Significantly longer exposures
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3

              Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3

              Travel zoom

              $196

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS (IXUS 170)

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS (IXUS 170)

              Travel zoom

              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Fastest shutter speed Faster max shutter speed
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $210

              Zoom More zoom
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix S6300

              Nikon Coolpix S6300

              Travel zoom

              $269

              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Faster max shutter speed
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony DSC WX100

              Sony DSC WX100

              Travel zoom

              $177

              Size Slightly smaller
              Lowest price Significantly cheaper
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

              Travel zoom

              $239

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Zoom More zoom
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

              Sony Cyber-shot WX50

              Ultra compact

              $178

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Smaller
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $213 - $298

              Zoom More zoom
              Lowest price Cheaper
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448 - $498

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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