Updated (January 2011): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 vs Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

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Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

Size
Really small
Compact (105×58×33 mm)
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
220 fps
Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/4000 of a second

Items often bought with the Sony DSC-HX9v or Panasonic 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
Macro focus
Better macro capability
3.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
Size
Slightly smaller
105×58×33 mm vs 105×59×34 mm
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Almost the same
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
Weight
Lighter
219 g vs 245 g
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More than 10% lighter
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
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 2 f-stops 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
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Wide angle Good wide angle Help
              24 mm
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              DMC-ZS101080p @ 30fps
              DSC-HX9v1080p @ 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-HX9v30s
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              1.3"
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              DMC-ZS101,600 ISO
              DSC-HX9v3,200 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-HX9vNone
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              16x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $314

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $247

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Travel zoom

              $230

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Sony Alpha A5100

              Sony Alpha A5100

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $598 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously

              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

              $485

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Touch screen No touch screen
              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
              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
              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-HX9v Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $484 - $649

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Travel zoom

              $399

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Zoom More zoom
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Size Larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90

              Travel zoom

              $300

              Weight Lighter
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

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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