Updated (April, 2013): Compare the Panasonic Lumix ZS30 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

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Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Light sensitivity
High ISO
12,800 ISO
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Macro focus
Great macro
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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix ZS20

Size
Really small
Compact 105x59x28 mm
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
220 fps
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 
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differences

Advantages of the Panasonic ZS20

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Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Size Smaller 105x59x28 mm vs 107x62x35 mm
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Around 30% smaller
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
Wide angle Slightly better wide angle 24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Thickness Thinner 1.1" vs 1.4"
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20% thinner
Weight Lighter 206 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
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX30V

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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-HX30V'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
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-HX30V's lens captures marginally more light (0.1 f-stops)
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 Common Weaknesses
        Zoom Great zoom Help
        20x
        3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
        View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
        GPS Built-in GPS Help
        Great for travel
        HDR In-camera HDR Help
        Combines multiple exposures
        Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
        Lens
        Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
        Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
        Sensor type Better sensor types Help
        Better in low light
        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity
        Weight Heavy Help
        ZS20:206 g
        DSC-HX30V:254 g

        Compared to recent travel zooms

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

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

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

        Travel zoom

        $292 - $300

        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Thickness Is thicker
        HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

        Travel zoom

        $330

        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Pro digicam

        $448

        Aperture Has a much wider aperture
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Thickness Is thicker
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Nikon Coolpix S9500

        Nikon Coolpix S9500

        Travel zoom

        $221

        Screen type Has an OLED screen
        Focus points Has significantly more focus points
        Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
        Size Is slightly larger
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

        Travel zoom

        $218 - $268

        Size Is slightly smaller
        Weight Is significantly lighter
        Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Travel zoom

        $290 - $320

        Thickness Is thicker
        HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix ZS30

        Panasonic Lumix ZS30

        Travel zoom

        $319

        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Panasonic Lumix ZS25

        Panasonic Lumix ZS25

        Travel zoom

        $200 - $209

        Weight Slightly lighter
        Lowest price Cheaper
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

        Travel zoom

        $279

        Zoom Much more zoom
        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Size Significantly larger
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

        Travel zoom

        $300 - $310

        Longest exposure Much longer exposures
        Lowest price Slightly cheaper
        Zoom Less zoom
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Panasonic Lumix ZS40

        Panasonic Lumix ZS40

        Travel zoom

        $389 - $448

        Zoom Much more zoom
        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Size Significantly larger

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Travel zoom

        $298 - $368

        Zoom Much more zoom
        Battery life Longer battery life
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
        Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
        Samsung Galaxy Camera

        Samsung Galaxy Camera

        Travel zoom

        $70 - $350

        Screen size Much larger screen
        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
        Weight Heavier
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

        Super zoom

        $398 - $994

        Zoom Much more zoom
        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Size Much larger
        Thickness Much thicker
        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

        Travel zoom

        Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
        Size Smaller
        Zoom Less zoom
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity

        appearance

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        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

        discussion

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