Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Panasonic Lumix ZS30 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

Panasonic Lumix ZS20 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix ZS20

Really small
Size
Compact 105x59x28 mm
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
220 fps
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Thin
Thickness
1.1"
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Light sensitivity
High ISO
12,800 ISO
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions

differences

Advantages of the Panasonic ZS20

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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
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
Help
Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Zoom
More zoom
20x vs 16x
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Around 60% more zoom
Size
Smaller
105x59x28 mm vs 105x60x34 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Wide angle
Slightly better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Macro focus
Better macro capability
3 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
Thickness
Thinner
1.1" vs 1.3"
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Around 20% thinner
Focus points
More focus points
23 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Weight
Lighter
206 g vs 234 g
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More than 10% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$299.99 vs $361.69
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The best price we've seen is $62 cheaper (around 20% less)
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1600s
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20% faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX10V

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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-HX10V's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Battery life
Longer battery life
320 shots vs 260 shots
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More than 20% more shots per battery charge
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 15s
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2x longer exposures
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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
              ZS20:20x
              DSC-HX10V:16x
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              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
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Weight Heavy Help
              ZS20:206 g
              DSC-HX10V:234 g
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              ZS20:$299.99
              DSC-HX10V:$361.69

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $368

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Travel zoom

              $330

              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $297 - $368

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

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498 - $798

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Travel zoom

              $270

              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $249

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $260

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Travel zoom

              $200

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Weight Slightly lighter
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Travel zoom

              $327

              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Fastest shutter speed Significantly faster max shutter speed
              Zoom Less zoom
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Travel zoom

              $139 - $248

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Lowest price Cheaper
              GPS No built-in GPS
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Travel zoom

              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Focus points Many more focus points
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Size Much larger
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $473 body only

              $398 with 16-50mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              GPS No built-in GPS

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              discussion

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20
              Lumix ZS20
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