Updated (February 2012): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150

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

Winner
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150

61

Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7

56

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 HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7

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

Items often bought with the Sony DSC-WX150 or Panasonic DMC-SZ7

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)
Thickness
Slightly thinner
0.8" vs 0.9"
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$360.86 vs $399.89
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The best price we've seen is $39 cheaper (around 10% less)
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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
              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
              Weight Light weight Help
              133 g
              Thickness Thin Help
              DMC-SZ70.8"
              DSC-WX1500.9"
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/1600 of a second
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              DMC-SZ7220 shots
              DSC-WX150240 shots

              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
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              DMC-SZ7$360.86
              DSC-WX150$399.89
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              10x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $213 - $298

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Travel zoom

              $108 - $110

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $175

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix SZ9

              Panasonic Lumix SZ9

              Travel zoom

              $258

              Size Slightly smaller
              Longest exposure Significantly longer exposures
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              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
              Nikon Coolpix S2900

              Nikon Coolpix S2900

              Compact

              $90

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Size Slightly smaller
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

              Travel zoom

              $229

              Zoom More zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $257

              Zoom Much more zoom
              GPS Has a GPS
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500

              Travel zoom

              $328 - $394

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220

              Travel zoom

              $168 - $192

              Size Slightly smaller
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sony DSC WX100

              Sony DSC WX100

              Travel zoom

              $173

              Size Slightly smaller
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Sony Cybershot DSC-WX200

              Sony Cybershot DSC-WX200

              Travel zoom

              $203

              Size Slightly smaller
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Travel zoom

              $119 - $217

              Zoom More zoom
              Lowest price Significantly cheaper
              Size Larger
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity

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