Face-Off: Lumix TZ30 vs Cyber-shot HX20V

Panasonic Lumix TZ30
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Overall Scene
Panasonic Lumix TZ30
Sony Cyber-shot HX20V
Score
4/5
5/5
Handling
4/5 4/5
Speed
4/5 5/5
Image Quality
3/5 5/5
Video
5/5 5/5
User Score
4/5 (3)
4/5 (22)
Specifications
Specifications
Sensor CMOS 14 Mpx, 1/2.3" , 49 Mpx/cm
Lens 20x 24-480 mm f/3.3 -6.4
Stabilisation Optical
Viewfinder NA
Screen 7.5 mm, not TN, 460000 dots, 4:3, Monopoint
Sensitivity (ISO range) 100 - 3200 ISO ext. 41 mm
Video mode 1920 x 1080 pixels, 50 fps , Stereo
Internal memory 12 MB
External memory SDHC SDXC
Connections USB AV HDMI GPS
Power source DMW-BCG10E (3.3Wh)
Waterproof no
Shock resistant no
Dimensions/Weight 61 x 105 x 32 mm / 206 g
Specifications
Sensor BSI CMOS 18 Mpx, 1/2.3" , 63 Mpx/cm
Lens 20x 25-500 mm f/3.2 -5.6
Stabilisation Optical
Viewfinder NA
Screen 7.5 mm, not TN, 921600 dots, 4:3, Not touch-sensitive
Sensitivity (ISO range) 100 - 3200 ISO ext. 29 mm
Video mode 1920 x 1080 pixels, 50 fps , Stereo
Internal memory 105 MB
External memory SDHC SDXC
Connections USB HDMI GPS
Power source NP-BG1 (3.4 Wh)
Waterproof no
Shock resistant no
Dimensions/Weight 63 x 107 x 36 mm / 243 g
Conclusion
The Panasonic Lumix TZ30 is a decent superzoom compact with an excellent autofocus, a highly effective optical stabilisation system, a fast continuous shooting mode and a great video mode. However, it doesn't handle digital noise as well as some rivals and its battery life could be better.
The Sony HX20V is a very nice camera indeed. It has plenty of features, offers good performances, and takes great pictures ... so long as you don't mind their slightly 'processed' look. The lens, however, could deliver more consistent levels of sharpness across the frame, as it's no better (and in some situations actually a bit worse) than the lenses in the HX10V and some other competitors.
Pros

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Good optical zoom lens

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Excellent video mode

+

GPS works quickly

+

Good general responsiveness and fast autofocus in good light

+

Effective optical stabilisation system

+

Good build quality, design and handling

+

Good screen with relatively accurate display quality

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Full HD video at up to 50p with stereo sound

+

Advanced image processing, digital noise kept in check

+

Very good general responsiveness

Cons

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Electronic noise could be handled more effectively

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Colour fringing

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LCD hard to see in low light and poor calibration (inaccurate colours etc.)

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Disappointing battery life

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No RAW mode

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No RAW mode and Jpeg shots are quite heavily processed—too processed for some users

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Lens quality could be more consistent, especially at mid and long focal lengths