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

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 vs Panasonic Lumix TS4

Winner
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

78

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

68

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

Wide angle lens
Wide angle
25 mm
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
Really small
Size
Ultra compact 96x56x18 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
 

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

galleries

Explore our gallery of 3 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4. Explore our gallery of 14 sample photos taken by the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20.

differences

Advantages of the Panasonic TS4

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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
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
Wide angle
Significantly better wide angle
25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
Help
Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Size
Significantly smaller
96x56x18 mm vs 103x64x27 mm
Help
Around 50% smaller
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
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 3.7 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
1 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
Thickness
Significantly thinner
0.7" vs 1.1"
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More than 30% thinner
Weight
Significantly lighter
133 g vs 197 g
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More than 30% lighter
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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$209.98 vs $360.79
Help
The best price we've seen is $151 cheaper (more than 40% less)
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/1600s vs 1/1300s
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Around 20% faster max shutter speed
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recommendations

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
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 60fps
              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
              TS41/1300s
              DSC-TX201/1600s
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              TS41,600 ISO
              DSC-TX203,200 ISO
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              TS44.6x
              DSC-TX204x

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              TS4103x64x27 mm
              DSC-TX2096x56x18 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              TS41.1"
              DSC-TX200.7"
              Common Weaknesses
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Waterproof

              $157

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Waterproof

              $265

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix AW130

              Nikon Coolpix AW130

              Compact

              $297

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Waterproof Is not waterproof
              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $250

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Waterproof

              $110 - $180

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX10

              Sony Cybershot TX10

              Waterproof

              $245

              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Olympus TG-820 iHS

              Olympus TG-820

              Waterproof

              $238

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Thickness Is thicker
              Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Waterproof

              $175

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Size Significantly smaller
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Waterproof

              $390

              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Size Slightly larger

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Waterproof

              $198 - $229

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX66

              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX66

              Ultra compact

              $273

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Wide angle Worse wide angle

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              discussion

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