Updated (January, 2012): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15 vs Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7v

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

69

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V

64

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

High speed movies
High-speed framerate
220 fps
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
200 ms shutter lag
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/4000 of a second
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7v

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Size
Really small
Compact 101x58x27 mm
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Thickness
Thin
1.1"

differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-ZS10

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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
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
Help
Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Zoom
More zoom
16x vs 10x
Help
More than 2.5x more zoom
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.3 vs f/3.5
Help
At its widest zoom, the DMC-ZS10's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
Wide angle
Slightly better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
Help
Almost the same
Macro focus
Better macro capability
3 cm vs 5 cm
Help
Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
6,400 ISO vs None
Help
Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/1600s
Help
2.5x faster max shutter speed
Longest exposure
Significantly longer exposures
60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX7v

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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
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Size
Smaller
101x58x27 mm vs 105x58x33 mm
Help
Around 20% smaller
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The DSC-HX7v's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Thickness
Thinner
1.1" vs 1.3"
Help
Around 20% thinner
Weight
Slightly lighter
208 g vs 219 g
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Around 10% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$275.00 vs $327.24
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The best price we've seen is $52 cheaper (around 20% 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
              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
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              10 fps
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              DMC-ZS10:60s
              DSC-HX7v:30s
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Weight Heavy Help
              DMC-ZS10:219 g
              DSC-HX7v:208 g
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              DMC-ZS10:6,400 ISO
              DSC-HX7v:None
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              DMC-ZS10:$327.24
              DSC-HX7v:$275.00

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $300

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Travel zoom

              $685

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Travel zoom

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3

              Travel zoom

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Travel zoom

              $210

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

              Travel zoom

              $245

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Weight Slightly lighter
              GPS No built-in GPS
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $260

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15

              Panasonic Lumix ZS15

              Travel zoom

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              GPS No built-in GPS
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $249

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Zoom More zoom
              Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
              Fastest shutter speed Significantly slower max shutter speed
              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Travel zoom

              $200

              Zoom More zoom
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Touch screen No touch screen

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-H70

              Sony Cybershot H70

              Travel zoom

              $125

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Weight Slightly lighter
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $230 - $268

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              GPS No built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5v

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5v

              Travel zoom

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $297 - $368

              Zoom Much more zoom
              External flash Supports an external flash
              Size Significantly larger
              Thickness Significantly thicker
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $109 - $161

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

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