Updated (January 2011): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 vs Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V

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

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

70

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V

67

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

High speed movies
High-speed framerate
220 fps
Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/4000 of a second
Long exposures
Longest exposure
60 seconds
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7v

Size
Really small
Compact (102×58×28 mm)
Thickness
Thin
1.1"
Weight
Light-weight
208 g
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10.
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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
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Zoom
More zoom
16x vs 10x
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More than 2.5x more zoom
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.3 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-ZS10's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
Macro focus
Better macro capability
3.0 cm vs 5.0 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
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/1600s
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2.5x faster max shutter speed
Longest exposure
Much 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
102×58×28 mm vs 105×58×33 mm
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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 2 f-stops better
Thickness
Thinner
1.1" vs 1.3"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight
Slightly lighter
208 g vs 219 g
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Around 10% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$300.00 vs $393.00
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The best price we've seen is $93 cheaper (more than 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
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              DMC-ZS101080p @ 30fps
              DSC-HX7v1080p @ 60fps
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              10 fps
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              DMC-ZS1060s
              DSC-HX7v30s
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              DMC-ZS101,600 ISO
              DSC-HX7v3,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              DMC-ZS106,400 ISO
              DSC-HX7vNone
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              DMC-ZS1016x
              DSC-HX7v10x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Travel zoom

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Travel zoom

              $119 - $197

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Travel zoom

              $230

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $369

              Zoom More zoom
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
              Fastest shutter speed Significantly slower max shutter speed
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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (DMC-TZ70)

              Travel zoom

              $487

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $220

              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 ZS35

              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Travel zoom

              $110 - $209

              Zoom More zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Canon PowerShot G3 X

              Canon PowerShot G3 X

              Super zoom

              $999

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Size Much larger
              GPS No built-in GPS

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-WX9

              Sony Cybershot WX9

              Compact

              $290

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Size Significantly smaller
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Travel zoom

              $428

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Size Larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220

              Travel zoom

              $196 - $198

              Size Significantly smaller
              Aperture Wider aperture
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279

              Zoom Much more zoom
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Size Much larger
              Nikon Coolpix S5200

              Nikon Coolpix S5200

              Digicam

              $95

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Weight Significantly lighter
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Size Much larger

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