Updated (April, 2013): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix TZ30

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Size
Really small
Compact 105x59x28 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Light sensitivity
High ISO
12,800 ISO
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 
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differences

Advantages of the Panasonic TZ30

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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
Size Smaller 105x59x28 mm vs 107x62x35 mm
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Around 30% smaller
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 Slightly better wide angle 24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Thickness Thinner 1.1" vs 1.4"
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20% thinner
Weight Lighter 206 g vs 254 g
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Around 20% lighter
Focus points More focus points 23 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX30V

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Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The DSC-HX30V's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Battery life Longer battery life 320 shots vs 260 shots
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More than 20% more shots per battery charge
Macro focus Better macro capability 1 cm vs 3 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Aperture Slightly wider aperture f/3.2 vs f/3.3
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At its widest zoom, the DSC-HX30V's lens captures marginally more light (0.1 f-stops)
Longest exposure Longer exposures 30s vs 15s
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2x 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 Common Weaknesses
Zoom Great zoom Help
20x
3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
HDR In-camera HDR Help
Combines multiple exposures
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
Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Weight Heavy Help
TZ30:206 g
DSC-HX30V:254 g
Supports RAW No RAW support Help
Less editing fidelity

Compared to recent travel zooms

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

Focus points Few focus points Help
TZ30:23
DSC-HX30V:9

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Panasonic Lumix TZ40

Panasonic Lumix TZ40

Travel zoom

$239

Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Travel zoom

$225 - $300

Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is slightly heavier
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

Travel zoom

$348

Zoom Has way more more zoom
Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is significantly heavier
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

Travel zoom

$365

Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is slightly heavier
Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

Travel zoom

$279

Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is slightly heavier
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Travel zoom

$490 - $515

Zoom Has way more more zoom
Supports RAW Shoots RAW
Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
Thickness Is thicker
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

Travel zoom

$288

Size Is slightly smaller
Weight Is significantly lighter
Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
3D Doesn't take 3D photos

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Panasonic Lumix TZ35

Panasonic Lumix TZ35

Travel zoom

$188

Weight Slightly lighter
Longest exposure Longer exposures
GPS No built-in GPS
Touch screen No touch screen
Panasonic Lumix ZS19

Panasonic Lumix ZS19

Travel zoom

$140 - $220

GPS No built-in GPS
Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

Super zoom

$199 - $230

Zoom Much more zoom
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Size Much larger
GPS No built-in GPS

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Samsung Galaxy Camera

Samsung Galaxy Camera

Travel zoom

$83 - $449

Screen size Much larger screen
External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
Weight Heavier
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

Travel zoom

$328

Size Smaller
Weight Lighter
Zoom Less zoom
Macro focus Worse macro capability

appearance

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

discussion

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