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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix TZ30

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Size
Really small
Compact 105x59x28 mm
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
220 fps
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
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
Zoom More zoom 20x vs 16x
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Around 60% more zoom
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
3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Zoom Great zoom Help
TZ30:20x
DSC-HX9v:16x
HDR In-camera HDR Help
Combines multiple exposures
GPS Built-in GPS Help
Great for travel
Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
Lens
Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Sensor type Better sensor types Help
Better in low light
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
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.

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

$245

Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

Travel zoom

$348 - $368

Zoom Has way more more zoom
Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is significantly heavier
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Travel zoom

$473 - $535

Zoom Has way more more zoom
Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
Thickness Is thicker
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20

Travel zoom

$376 - $441

Longest exposure Significantly longer exposures
Thickness Is thicker
HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

Travel zoom

$310

Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is slightly heavier
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Pro digicam

$498

Aperture Has a much wider aperture
Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
Thickness Is thicker
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

Travel zoom

$278 - $288

Size Is slightly smaller
Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
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

$192

Weight Slightly lighter
Longest exposure Longer exposures
GPS No built-in GPS
Touch screen No touch screen
Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Travel zoom

$235 - $300

Supports 24p Supports 24p
High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
Touch screen No touch screen
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Panasonic Lumix ZS19

Panasonic Lumix ZS19

Travel zoom

$190 - $220

GPS No built-in GPS
Panasonic Lumix ZS40

Panasonic Lumix ZS40

Travel zoom

$398 - $448

Zoom Much more zoom
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Touch screen No touch screen
3D Doesn't take 3D photos

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

Travel zoom

$350

Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Battery life Slightly longer battery life
Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7v

Travel zoom

$160 - $228

Size Smaller
Thickness Thinner
Zoom Less zoom
Aperture Narrower aperture
Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

Travel zoom

$189 - $199

Supports 24p Supports 24p
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Wide angle Worse wide angle
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Nikon Coolpix S9100

Nikon Coolpix S9100

Travel zoom

$247 - $265

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

appearance

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discussion

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