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

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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
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5v

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Size
Really small
Compact 102x58x29 mm
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 
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differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-ZS10

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Zoom More zoom 16x vs 10x
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More than 2.5x more zoom
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
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)
Wide angle Better wide angle 24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 200 ms vs 300 ms
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More than 30% less delay when taking photos
Macro focus Better macro capability 3 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
True resolution Higher true resolution 9.8 MP vs 9 MP
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Capture around 10% more detail in your photos
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
Longest exposure Significantly longer exposures 60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
Sensor size Slightly larger sensor 1/2.3" 6.1x4.6mm vs 1/2.5" 6.3x4.2mm
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Around 10% larger sensor
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX5v

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Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Size Smaller 102x58x29 mm vs 105x58x33 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The DSC-HX5v's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Thickness Thinner 1.1" vs 1.3"
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More than 10% thinner
Weight Lighter 200 g vs 219 g
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Around 10% lighter
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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
        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-HX5v:30s
        Weight Heavy Help
        DMC-ZS10:219 g
        DSC-HX5v:200 g
        Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
        DMC-ZS10:6,400 ISO
        DSC-HX5v:None

        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
        Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
        Panasonic Lumix ZS30

        Panasonic Lumix ZS30

        Travel zoom

        $319 - $399

        Zoom Has slightly more zoom
        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

        Travel zoom

        Thickness Is thicker
        Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

        Travel zoom

        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Panasonic Lumix ZS25

        Panasonic Lumix ZS25

        Travel zoom

        $235 - $295

        Zoom Has slightly more zoom
        GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
        Canon PowerShot S95

        Canon PowerShot S95

        Pro digicam

        $348

        Aperture Has a much wider aperture
        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        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
        Thickness Is thicker

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        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
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15

        Panasonic Lumix ZS15

        Travel zoom

        $240

        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Touch screen No touch screen

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5v Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Travel zoom

        $389 - $398

        Zoom Much more zoom
        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Size Significantly larger
        Weight Significantly heavier
        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Pro digicam

        $548

        Aperture Much wider aperture
        True resolution Much higher true resolution
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

        Travel zoom

        $340

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Zoom More zoom
        Size Larger
        Thickness Thicker
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

        Travel zoom

        $1,027

        Zoom Significantly more zoom
        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Size Significantly larger
        Weight Heavier
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

        Super zoom

        $649

        Zoom Significantly more zoom
        Aperture Significantly wider aperture
        Size Much larger
        GPS No built-in GPS

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