Updated (January, 2012): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15 vs Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

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Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Size
Really small
Compact 105x59x34 mm
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Size
Really small
Compact 105x58x33 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 
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differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-ZS10

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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
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
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
Size Slightly smaller 105x58x33 mm vs 105x59x34 mm
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Almost the same
Weight Lighter 219 g vs 245 g
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More than 10% lighter
Longest exposure Significantly longer exposures 60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
Thickness Slightly thinner 1.3" vs 1.3"
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Almost the same
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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
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The DSC-HX9v's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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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
        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
        Longest exposure Long exposures Help
        DMC-ZS10:60s
        DSC-HX9v:30s
        Weight Heavy Help
        DMC-ZS10:219 g
        DSC-HX9v:245 g
        Thickness Quite thick Help
        1.3"
        Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
        DMC-ZS10:6,400 ISO
        DSC-HX9v:None
        Size Large Help
        DMC-ZS10:105x58x33 mm
        DSC-HX9v:105x59x34 mm

        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 DMC-ZS20

        Panasonic Lumix ZS20

        Travel zoom

        $229 - $399

        Zoom Has slightly more zoom
        Size Is slightly smaller
        Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
        Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
        Panasonic Lumix ZS30

        Panasonic Lumix ZS30

        Travel zoom

        $319 - $499

        Zoom Has slightly more zoom
        Size Is slightly smaller
        Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7v

        Travel zoom

        $160

        Size Is slightly smaller
        Thickness Is thinner
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Zoom Has slightly less zoom
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

        Travel zoom

        $340

        Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

        Travel zoom

        $203

        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
        HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
        Nikon Coolpix S9100

        Nikon Coolpix S9100

        Travel zoom

        $219

        Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Travel zoom

        $199 - $200

        Zoom Has slightly more zoom
        Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
        Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
        HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix ZS25

        Panasonic Lumix ZS25

        Travel zoom

        Zoom More zoom
        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18

        Super zoom

        $1,000

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Zoom More zoom
        Size Much larger
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

        Travel zoom

        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

        Travel zoom

        $531 - $547

        Zoom Much more zoom
        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Size Larger
        Nikon Coolpix S9300

        Nikon Coolpix S9300

        Travel zoom

        $224

        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Aperture Narrower aperture

        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Travel zoom

        $389 - $449

        Zoom Much more zoom
        External flash Supports an external flash
        Size Larger
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90

        Travel zoom

        $133

        Weight Lighter
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

        Travel zoom

        $338

        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Zoom More zoom
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Size Larger

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        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

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        JORGE (8:16 PM, February 08, 2012)
        YO TENGO UNA PANASONIC Y ES MUCHO MEJOR QUE SONY PARA VIAJAR ES MAS LIVIANA Y LAS FOTOGRAFIAS TANTO COMO LOS VIDEOS SON MUY BUENOS A PARTE DEL PRECIO SI LAS DOS COSTARAN IGUAL ME QUEDO CON PANASONIC.
         
        Hanson (0:06 AM, December 05, 2011)
        The Image stabilizer of the ZS10 is the best, both in still and in video. I have tried and it showed clearly superior IS than the Sony Hx9v, Canon SX230 and Nikon S9100, especially in video.
         
        Looking for a good compact (8:32 PM, November 08, 2011)
        I like the feature that provides the name of the location rather than just coordinates and that it is cheaper, but I still don't understand why anyone actually cares about digital zoom since it is akin to putting your face closer to the photo; it's not actually zooming.  Digital zoom just crops a portion of the photo and then blows it up and you lose all those pixels that were cropped which reduces image quality (pixel density).  2x zoom is better than any number of digital zoom since it isn't actually zooming at all.  Having said all that, I still think you have to consider that the Panasonic is so much cheaper for pretty much the same capability unless it is really important for you to have a good long optical zoom.
         
        The flying shooter (6:58 PM, June 30, 2011)
        Pretty much the same. I personally give my choice to Panasonic ZS10. It also has 1920x1080p. Interesting its GPS built-in software which automatically gives the picture the name of the location. Not just coordinates. when set to 5megapixel the zoom goes combined with digital up to 35,5X. Cheaper.
         
        Ding (10:40 PM, June 08, 2011)
        Panasonic ZS10 has 200fps, support light & speed priority, little more crystal clear when still picture, little touch screen feature, wind noise reduction; Sony HX9v got more powerful Anti-shake function, faster focus, higher resolution, 1920x1080p, others pretty the same. Both are top of the line product.
        By Ding 6/8/11