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

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15

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Panasonic Lumix ZS15

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Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Light sensitivity
High ISO
12,800 ISO
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1900 ms startup delay
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix ZS15

3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 
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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
Longest exposure Much 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
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $317.99 vs $364.99
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The best price we've seen is $47 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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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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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
              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
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              ZS15:60s
              DSC-HX20V:30s
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              ZS15:$317.99
              DSC-HX20V:$364.99
              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
              Size Large Help
              ZS15:105x58x33 mm
              DSC-HX20V:107x62x35 mm

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

              Focus points Few focus points Help
              ZS15:23
              DSC-HX20V:9
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $229 - $399

              Size Is slightly smaller
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $329

              Size Is slightly smaller
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $288

              Size Is significantly smaller
              Thickness Is thinner
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $329 - $350

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $490 - $515

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Travel zoom

              $148

              Size Is significantly smaller
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly higher boost light sensitivity
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Travel zoom

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature

              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 Much shorter max exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Travel zoom

              $215 - $300

              GPS Has a GPS
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Travel zoom

              $599

              GPS Has a GPS
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30

              Super zoom

              $182

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Nikon Coolpix L610

              Nikon Coolpix L610

              Travel zoom

              $133

              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Size Larger
              Zoom Slightly less zoom

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $348

              Zoom Much more zoom
              External flash Supports an external flash
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

              Travel zoom

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Zoom Significantly less zoom
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Travel zoom

              $328

              Size Smaller
              Weight Lighter
              Zoom Less zoom
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

              Travel zoom

              $223 - $328

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

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