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
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
220 fps
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 
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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
Lowest price Cheaper $299.99 vs $384.11
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The best price we've seen is $84 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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
              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
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              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"
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              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

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $368 - $450

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $324

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

              Travel zoom

              $290

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $300 - $399

              Zoom More zoom
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Travel zoom

              $190 - $240

              Zoom More zoom
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $471 - $484

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $269 - $319

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Zoom More zoom
              Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Travel zoom

              $599

              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Zoom Less zoom
              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 Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Travel zoom

              $300

              Zoom More zoom
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Size Larger
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7v

              Travel zoom

              $350

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

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90

              Travel zoom

              $495

              Weight Lighter
              Lowest price Cheaper
              GPS No built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              appearance

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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v
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              discussion

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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