Updated (February, 2013): Compare the Panasonic Lumix TS5 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

Winner
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

79

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

68

Panasonic Lumix TS4

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
Really small
Size
Ultra compact 96x56x18 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix TS4

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

differences

Advantages of the Panasonic TS4

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GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
Help
Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.3 vs f/3.5
Help
At its widest zoom, the TS4's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
Battery life
Longer battery life
310 shots vs 250 shots
Help
More than 20% more shots per battery charge
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 4s
Help
15x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-TX20

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Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Size
Significantly smaller
96x56x18 mm vs 103x64x27 mm
Help
Around 50% smaller
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
Help
Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
Help
Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
Help
More than 10% larger screen
Wide angle
Better wide angle
25 mm vs 28 mm
Help
More than 10% better wide angle
Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
1 cm vs 5 cm
Help
Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 3.7 fps
Help
More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Weight
Significantly lighter
133 g vs 197 g
Help
More than 30% lighter
Thickness
Significantly thinner
0.7" vs 1.1"
Help
More than 30% thinner
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The DSC-TX20's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/1600s vs 1/1300s
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Around 20% faster max shutter speed
Lowest price
Cheaper
$209.98 vs $289.95
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The best price we've seen is $80 cheaper (around 30% less)
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent waterproof cameras, 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
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              TS4:1/1300s
              DSC-TX20:1/1600s
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              TS4:4.6x
              DSC-TX20:4x

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              Usually standard
              Thickness Thin Help
              TS4:1.1"
              DSC-TX20:0.7"
              Common Weaknesses
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              TS4:28 mm
              DSC-TX20:25 mm

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Waterproof

              $139 - $180

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $189 - $347

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Waterproof

              $280

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot D20

              Canon PowerShot D20

              Waterproof

              $170 - $179

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Waterproof

              $100 - $169

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

              GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

              Waterproof

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5

              Waterproof

              $310

              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Waterproof

              $199 - $402

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Waterproof

              $349

              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Waterproof

              $236 - $307

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Battery life Shorter battery life

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Waterproof

              $198 - $212

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX10

              Sony Cybershot TX10

              Waterproof

              $245

              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter max exposures
              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Waterproof

              $249

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Significantly larger
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V

              Waterproof

              $250

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TF1

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TF1

              Waterproof

              $215 - $265

              Fastest shutter speed Faster max shutter speed
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

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