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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
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 
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differences

Advantages of the Panasonic TZ30

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Zoom More zoom 20x vs 16x
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Around 60% more zoom
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
Size Smaller 105x59x28 mm vs 105x59x34 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Macro focus Better macro capability 3 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO 6,400 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Thickness Thinner 1.1" vs 1.3"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight Lighter 206 g vs 245 g
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Around 20% lighter
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX9v

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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
Battery life Longer battery life 300 shots vs 260 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
True resolution Slightly higher true resolution 9.8 MP vs 9.6 MP
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Almost the same
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
        TZ30:20x
        DSC-HX9v:16x
        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-HX9v:245 g
        Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
        TZ30:6,400 ISO
        DSC-HX9v:None

        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 TZ40

        Panasonic Lumix TZ40

        Travel zoom

        $346

        Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
        Panasonic Lumix TZ35

        Panasonic Lumix TZ35

        Travel zoom

        $210

        Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
        GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Travel zoom

        $389 - $398

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

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

        Travel zoom

        $338

        Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
        Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20

        Travel zoom

        $376 - $441

        Longest exposure Significantly longer exposures
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

        Travel zoom

        $1,027

        Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
        Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
        Lowest price Is much more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon PowerShot S110

        Canon PowerShot S110

        Pro digicam

        $235 - $250

        Aperture Has a much wider aperture
        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

        Travel zoom

        $200 - $300

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
        Touch screen No touch screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Travel zoom

        $199 - $200

        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
        Touch screen No touch screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos

        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7v

        Travel zoom

        $160

        Size Smaller
        Thickness Thinner
        Zoom Less zoom
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90

        Travel zoom

        $151

        Weight Lighter
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

        Travel zoom

        $340

        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Battery life Slightly longer battery life
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

        Travel zoom

        $199

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        Nikon Coolpix S9100

        Nikon Coolpix S9100

        Travel zoom

        $219

        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Zoom More zoom
        GPS No built-in GPS
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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