Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ25 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

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Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Light sensitivity
High ISO
12,800 ISO
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
220 fps
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 
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differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-TZ20

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Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies 220 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Wide angle Better wide angle 24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Macro focus Better macro capability 3 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
Size Slightly smaller 105x58x33 mm vs 105x60x34 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Longest exposure Significantly longer exposures 60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
Weight Lighter 219 g vs 234 g
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Around 10% lighter
Thickness Slightly thinner 1.3" vs 1.3"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX10V

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Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The DSC-HX10V's maximum light sensitivity is 3 f-stops better
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $339.69 vs $375.71
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The best price we've seen is $36 cheaper (around 10% less)
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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 Common Weaknesses
              Zoom Great zoom Help
              16x
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              DMC-TZ20:60s
              DSC-HX10V:30s
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              DMC-TZ20:$375.71
              DSC-HX10V:$339.69
              Weight Heavy Help
              DMC-TZ20:219 g
              DSC-HX10V:234 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              1.3"
              Size Large Help
              DMC-TZ20:105x58x33 mm
              DSC-HX10V:105x60x34 mm

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

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

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30

              Panasonic Lumix TZ30

              Travel zoom

              $275

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix TZ40

              Panasonic Lumix TZ40

              Travel zoom

              $316

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Travel zoom

              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix TZ35

              Panasonic Lumix TZ35

              Travel zoom

              $210

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7v

              Travel zoom

              $160

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Thickness Is thinner
              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Travel zoom

              $148 - $191

              Size Is significantly smaller
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly higher boost light sensitivity
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $199 - $200

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18

              Super zoom

              $1,000

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Much larger
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ10

              Travel zoom

              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Travel zoom

              $224

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $531 - $547

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Size Larger

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $389 - $449

              Zoom Much more zoom
              External flash Supports an external flash
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Size Larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Travel zoom

              $338

              Zoom More zoom
              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

              Travel zoom

              $230 - $328

              Size Significantly smaller
              Zoom More zoom
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Samsung WB250F

              Samsung WB250F

              Travel zoom

              $111 - $169

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Size Significantly smaller
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $235 - $359

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Zoom Significantly less zoom

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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V
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