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

57

Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7

51

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150

Really small
Size
Super compact 95x56x22 mm
High ISO
Light sensitivity
12,800 ISO
Long exposures
Longest exposure
30 seconds
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
10 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7

Thickness
Thin
0.8"
Size
Really small
Super compact 99x59x21 mm
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures

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
$376.24 vs $405.69
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The best price we've seen is $29 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
95x56x22 mm vs 99x59x21 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-SZ799x59x21 mm
              DSC-WX15095x56x22 mm
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 60fps
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              10 fps
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              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"
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/1600 of a second
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              DMC-SZ7$376.24
              DSC-WX150$405.69
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land

              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
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              10x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220

              Travel zoom

              $168 - $177

              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Light sensitivity Much lower maximum light sensitivity
              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Travel zoom

              $556

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Sony CyberShot DSC-W730

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W730

              Travel zoom

              $112

              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix SZ8

              Panasonic Lumix SZ8

              Travel zoom

              $80 - $91

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower
              Kodak EasyShare P712

              Kodak EasyShare P712

              Super zoom

              Aperture Wider aperture
              External flash Supports an external flash
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Size Much larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $260

              Zoom Much more zoom
              GPS Has a GPS
              Size Much larger
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $175 - $180

              Zoom More zoom
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Travel zoom

              $347

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Much larger
              Aperture Narrower aperture

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

              Sony Cyber-shot WX50

              Ultra compact

              $230

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Smaller
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Zoom Less zoom
              Sony DSC WX100

              Sony DSC WX100

              Travel zoom

              $221

              Size Slightly smaller
              Lowest price Significantly cheaper
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $212 - $248

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Lowest price Significantly cheaper
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Travel zoom

              $139 - $200

              Size Slightly smaller
              Lowest price Significantly cheaper
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $149

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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