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
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

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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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
Zoom More zoom 16x vs 10x
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More than 2.5x more zoom
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
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)
Wide angle Slightly 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
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 Higher true resolution 9.8 MP vs 9 MP
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Capture around 10% more detail in your photos
Longest exposure Significantly 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 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
        Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
        DMC-ZS10:6,400 ISO
        DSC-HX5v:None
        Weight Heavy Help
        DMC-ZS10:219 g
        DSC-HX5v:200 g
        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity

        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

        $280 - $399

        Zoom Has slightly more zoom
        Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

        Travel zoom

        Thickness Is thicker
        Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

        Travel zoom

        $365

        Zoom Has slightly more zoom
        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

        Travel zoom

        $300

        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15

        Panasonic Lumix ZS15

        Travel zoom

        $318

        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Travel zoom

        $279

        Zoom Has slightly more zoom
        Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
        Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

        Travel zoom

        $200

        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
        Thickness Is thicker

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix ZS30

        Panasonic Lumix ZS30

        Travel zoom

        $329

        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Zoom More zoom
        Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
        Lowest price More expensive
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

        Travel zoom

        $250

        Weight Slightly lighter
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

        Travel zoom

        $490 - $515

        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 ZS25

        Panasonic Lumix ZS25

        Travel zoom

        $210 - $220

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

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5v Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Travel zoom

        $348 - $448

        Zoom Much more zoom
        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Size Significantly larger
        Weight Significantly heavier
        Sony Cybershot DSC-WX200

        Sony Cybershot DSC-WX200

        Travel zoom

        $338

        3D Takes 3D photos
        Size Significantly smaller
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Pro digicam

        $498 - $548

        Aperture Much wider aperture
        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5

        Compact

        $432

        Aperture Significantly wider aperture
        Size Significantly smaller
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55

        Travel zoom

        True resolution Higher true resolution
        Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Movie format Lower resolution movies

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

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