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 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 Significantly 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
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
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
Zoom More zoom 20x vs 16x
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Around 60% more zoom
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)
Macro focus Better macro capability 1 cm vs 3 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent travel zooms, and ignoring price

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        Compared to recent compacts

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Zoom Great zoom Help
        ZS15:16x
        DSC-HX20V:20x
        3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
        View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
        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
        Thickness Quite thick Help
        ZS15:1.3"
        DSC-HX20V:1.4"
        Weight Heavy Help
        ZS15:208 g
        DSC-HX20V:254 g
        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.

        Touch screen No touchscreens Help
        More buttons
        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

        $319 - $499

        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-HX10V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

        Travel zoom

        $340

        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Pro digicam

        $548 - $550

        Aperture Has a much wider aperture
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Panasonic Lumix ZS25

        Panasonic Lumix ZS25

        Travel zoom

        Size Is slightly smaller
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

        Travel zoom

        $200 - $300

        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
        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Travel zoom

        $199 - $200

        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
        Weight Is slightly heavier

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

        Travel zoom

        $184 - $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-SZ7

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7

        Travel zoom

        Size Significantly smaller
        Aperture Wider aperture
        Zoom Less zoom
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Nikon Coolpix S6500

        Nikon Coolpix S6500

        Travel zoom

        $94 - $167

        Size Smaller
        Aperture Wider aperture
        Zoom Less zoom
        Wide angle Worse wide angle

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Travel zoom

        $379 - $389

        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

        $1,027

        Lowest price Much more expensive
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

        Travel zoom

        $230 - $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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