Updated (February 2012): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V vs Panasonic Lumix ZS15

Winner
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

77

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15

60

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
Great macro
Macro focus
1.0 cm
Really small
Size
Compact (107×62×35 mm)
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix ZS15

Size
Really small
Compact (105×58×33 mm)
Focus points
Many focus points
23
Thickness
Thin
1.3"
Weight
Light-weight
208 g

Items often bought with the Sony DSC-HX20V or Panasonic ZS15

galleries

Explore our gallery of 7 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V.

differences

Advantages of the Panasonic ZS15

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Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
23 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Size
Smaller
105×58×33 mm vs 107×62×35 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Weight
Lighter
208 g vs 254 g
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Around 20% 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
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
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 4 f-stops better
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
Macro focus
Better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 3.0 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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Almost the same
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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
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 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
              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
              ZS1560s
              DSC-HX20V30s
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              ZS151.3"
              DSC-HX20V1.4"
              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
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $257

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500

              Travel zoom

              $328 - $394

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $370

              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-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $220 - $228

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $483 - $649

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Travel zoom

              $306

              Size Is slightly smaller
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $220

              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-ZS15 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (DMC-TZ70)

              Travel zoom

              $479

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Travel zoom

              $110 - $200

              Zoom More zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

              Travel zoom

              $285

              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Travel zoom

              $400

              GPS Has a GPS
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Travel zoom

              $428

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $314

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

              Travel zoom

              $1,027

              Lowest price Much more expensive
              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 Significantly worse wide angle
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV

              Pro digicam

              $948

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Zoom Significantly less zoom

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