Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Panasonic Lumix ZS30 vs Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix ZS20

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Size
Really small
Compact 105x59x28 mm
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
220 fps
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Longest exposure
Long exposures
30 seconds
 
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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
Zoom More zoom 20x vs 16x
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Around 60% more zoom
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
Size Smaller 105x59x28 mm vs 105x59x34 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
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO 6,400 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Thickness Thinner 1.1" vs 1.3"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight Lighter 206 g vs 245 g
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Around 20% lighter
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX9v

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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
Battery life Longer battery life 300 shots vs 260 shots
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Around 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 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
        ZS20:20x
        DSC-HX9v:16x
        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-HX9v:245 g
        Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
        ZS20:6,400 ISO
        DSC-HX9v:None

        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

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Travel zoom

        $298

        Zoom Has way more more zoom
        Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

        Travel zoom

        $215

        Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
        Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Pro digicam

        $448 - $528

        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-ZS10

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

        Travel zoom

        $300 - $310

        Longest exposure Significantly longer exposures
        Thickness Is thicker
        Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Travel zoom

        $291 - $320

        Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
        Thickness Is thicker
        HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Super zoom

        $167 - $227

        Zoom Has way more more zoom
        Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
        Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
        Thickness Is thicker
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

        Travel zoom

        $218 - $223

        Size Is slightly smaller
        Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
        Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix ZS30

        Panasonic Lumix ZS30

        Travel zoom

        $269 - $319

        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

        Travel zoom

        $292 - $300

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Panasonic Lumix ZS25

        Panasonic Lumix ZS25

        Travel zoom

        $200 - $240

        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 ZS40

        Panasonic Lumix ZS40

        Travel zoom

        $393 - $448

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

        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot S95

        Canon PowerShot S95

        Pro digicam

        $348

        Aperture Much wider aperture
        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Zoom Less zoom
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

        Travel zoom

        $350

        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Battery life Slightly longer battery life
        Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7v

        Travel zoom

        $275

        Size Smaller
        Thickness Thinner
        Zoom Less zoom
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

        Travel zoom

        Zoom More zoom
        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
        Size Larger

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        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

        discussion

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