• 1/2.33 inch 28.2mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 128.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.2 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 100.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Panasonic TS4 advantages over Sony TX20

  • More telephoto lens reach
    128 mm vs 100 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 310 vs 250 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 4 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Higher extended ISO
    6400 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Sony TX20 advantages over Panasonic TS4

  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Fast startup
    ~1.20 vs 2.1 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Thinner
    17 mm vs 26 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    133g vs 196g
    Lighter weight
  • More dots on screen
    922k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Less shutter lag
    0.29 vs 0.41 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More pixels
    16.2 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Wider angle lens
    25 mm vs 28 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.0 fps vs 3.7 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    10 vs 6 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Waterproof
    Both provide
    Take photos underwater without destroying your camera!
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • RAW file ability
    Neither provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Manual focus
    Neither provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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Review Excerpt

  • Goes deeper than most cameras; Built-in GPS, altimeter, and barometer; Full HD video capability; Good battery life.

  • Won't serve as an "everywhere" camera; Lens soft at all but wide-angle setting; Button icons hard to read; Disappointing print quality.

  • Sleek, stylish, slender design; Easy to handle and fast to shoot; Good print quality at up to 13 x 19 inches; Low shutter lag; 10fps burst mode.

  • Touchscreen display is hard to see and use in bright light; Inconsistent image exposure; Mild distortion problems; no GPS.

The Competition

Compared to Panasonic DMC-TS2

Panasonic TS4
Panasonic DMC-TS2
  • $192
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Fast startup
  • Manual focus
Sony TX20
Panasonic DMC-TS2
  • $370
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Waterproof
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Sony DSC-TX100V

Panasonic TS4
Sony DSC-TX100V
  • $192
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Waterproof
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $282
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Thinner
  • Lighter weight
Sony TX20
Sony DSC-TX100V
  • $370
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Waterproof
  • $282
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More dots on screen
  • Shoots 1080p video

Compared to Pentax WG-1 GPS

Panasonic TS4
Pentax WG-1 GPS
  • $192
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • Shoots 60p video
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in GPS
  • Manual focus
Sony TX20
Pentax WG-1 GPS
  • $370
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Built-in GPS

Compared to Sony TX200V

Panasonic TS4
Sony TX200V
  • $192
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $363
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Fast startup
Sony TX20
Sony TX200V
  • $370
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer exposure
  • $363
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Manual focus

Compared to Panasonic TS5

Panasonic TS4
Panasonic TS5
  • $192
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $249
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Sony TX20
Panasonic TS5
  • $370
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Fast startup
  • $249
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
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