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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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

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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
Longest exposure
Long exposures
30 seconds
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel

galleries

Explore our gallery of 32 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V.

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
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Size
Smaller
105x59x28 mm vs 105x60x34 mm
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Around 20% smaller
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
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1600s
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20% faster max shutter speed
Lowest price
Cheaper
$299.95 vs $349.97
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The best price we've seen is $50 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX10V

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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
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
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
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 60fps
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              10 fps
              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
              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              ZS20$299.95
              DSC-HX10V$349.97
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              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

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $212 - $248

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Weight Is significantly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $241 - $348

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $349

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $212

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $350 - $448

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $386

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price More expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $281

              Zoom Significantly 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

              $239

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Longest exposure Longer exposures
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $325

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
              Touch screen No touch screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (Lumix DMC-TZ70)

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (Lumix DMC-TZ70)

              Travel zoom

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Touch screen No touch screen

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Travel zoom

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Travel zoom

              $500

              Zoom More zoom
              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Size Larger
              Lowest price More expensive
              Canon PowerShot S90

              Canon PowerShot S90

              Pro digicam

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

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