• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 20.4 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 720.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.33 inch 28.2mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 128.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Sony QX30 advantages over Panasonic TS6

  • More telephoto lens reach
    720 mm vs 128 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • More pixels
    20.4 vs 16.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Wider angle lens
    24 mm vs 28 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Panasonic TS6 advantages over Sony QX30

  • Rear display
    Yes vs No
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Less expensive
    $300 vs $350 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Waterproof
    Yes vs No
    Take photos underwater without destroying your camera!
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 370 vs 200 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Thinner
    28 mm vs 57 mm
    Thinner
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • 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 Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • 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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The Competition

Compared to Sony HX30V

Sony QX30
Sony HX30V
  • $550
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $477
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Rear display
  • In-camera panoramas
Panasonic TS6
Sony HX30V
  • $298
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Waterproof
  • $477
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Manual focus

Compared to Panasonic TS5

Sony QX30
Panasonic TS5
  • $550
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • More pixels
  • $249
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Rear display
  • Waterproof
Panasonic TS6
Panasonic TS5
  • $298
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Newer
  • $249
  • 1/2.33 inch

Compared to Panasonic ZS40

Sony QX30
Panasonic ZS40
  • $550
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $380
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Rear display
  • Focus peaking
Panasonic TS6
Panasonic ZS40
  • $298
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $380
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Canon SX710 HS

Sony QX30
Canon SX710 HS
  • $550
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lighter weight
  • Longer exposure
  • $329
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Rear display
  • Internal flash
Panasonic TS6
Canon SX710 HS
  • $298
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Waterproof
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $329
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Manual focus

Compared to Olympus TG-870

Sony QX30
Olympus TG-870
  • $550
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • More pixels
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Rear display
  • Waterproof
Panasonic TS6
Olympus TG-870
  • $298
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • NFC
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • More dots on screen
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