Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Panasonic Lumix ZS25 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

Winner
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

76

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15

58

Panasonic Lumix ZS15

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
High ISO
Light sensitivity
12,800 ISO
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
1900 ms startup delay
Great macro
Macro focus
1 cm
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix ZS15

Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/4000 of a second
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

differences

Advantages of the Panasonic ZS15

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Size
Smaller
105x58x33 mm vs 107x62x35 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Wide angle
Slightly better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Weight
Lighter
208 g vs 254 g
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Around 20% lighter
Focus points
More focus points
23 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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
Significantly longer exposures
60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.3" vs 1.4"
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Around 10% thinner
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX20V

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GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Zoom
More zoom
20x vs 16x
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Around 60% more zoom
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The DSC-HX20V's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Macro focus
Better macro capability
1 cm vs 3 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Aperture
Slightly wider aperture
f/3.2 vs f/3.3
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At its widest zoom, the DSC-HX20V's lens captures marginally more light (0.1 f-stops)
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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
              Zoom Great zoom Help
              ZS15:16x
              DSC-HX20V:20x
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              ZS15:60s
              DSC-HX20V:30s
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              ZS15:1.3"
              DSC-HX20V:1.4"
              Weight Heavy Help
              ZS15:208 g
              DSC-HX20V:254 g
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Size Large Help
              ZS15:105x58x33 mm
              DSC-HX20V:107x62x35 mm

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $299 - $368

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $300

              Size Is slightly smaller
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $249

              Size Is slightly smaller
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Travel zoom

              $300 - $330

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $260

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
              Samsung WB350F

              Samsung WB350F

              Travel zoom

              $130 - $200

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Travel zoom

              $220 - $240

              Zoom More zoom
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter max exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Travel zoom

              $685

              GPS Has a GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Travel zoom

              $134 - $248

              Zoom More zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Larger

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Travel zoom

              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              Size Smaller
              Zoom Less zoom
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Digicam

              $180

              Lowest price Cheaper
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Travel zoom

              $362

              Size Smaller
              Weight Lighter
              Zoom Less zoom
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

              Travel zoom

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

              Travel zoom

              $180 - $425

              Size Significantly smaller
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

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