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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5v

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

70

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5v

62

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

High speed movies
High-speed framerate
220 fps
Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/4000 of a second
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5v

Size
Really small
Compact (102×58×29 mm)
Thickness
Thin
1.1"
Weight
Light-weight
200 g
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel

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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
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
Help
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
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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)
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
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
9.8 MP vs 9 MP
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Capture around 10% more detail in your photos
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-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
102×58×29 mm vs 105×58×33 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 2 f-stops 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
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps
              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-HX5v30s
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              DMC-ZS10$409.96
              DSC-HX5v$405.86
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              DMC-ZS101,600 ISO
              DSC-HX5v3,200 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-HX5vNone
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              DMC-ZS1016x
              DSC-HX5v10x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $314

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $247

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $220

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15

              Panasonic Lumix ZS15

              Travel zoom

              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $428 - $448

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Travel zoom

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $349

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures

              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
              Placeholder

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (DMC-TZ70)

              Travel zoom

              $484

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Travel zoom

              $344

              Lowest price Cheaper
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Movie format Lower resolution 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
              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Travel zoom

              $110 - $200

              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

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5v Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Travel zoom

              $428

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Size Larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500

              Travel zoom

              $328

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Size Larger
              Sony Cybershot DSC-H70

              Sony Cybershot H70

              Travel zoom

              $169

              True resolution Slightly higher true resolution
              Lowest price Cheaper
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55

              Travel zoom

              $250

              True resolution Slightly higher true resolution
              Lowest price Cheaper
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

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