• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 18.2 megapixels
  • 26.00mm - 130.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.33 inch 28.2mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 128.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Sony TX200V advantages over Panasonic TS5

  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Fast startup
    ~1.10 vs 2.4 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Thinner
    16 mm vs 28 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    129g vs 213g
    Lighter weight
  • Higher-res screen
    410k vs 154k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • Less shutter lag
    0.14 vs 0.28 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Panasonic TS5 advantages over Sony TX200V

  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 370 vs 220 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 2 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

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

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Compact and very attractive; water, dust, and freeze-proofed design; useful zoom range from a healthy wide angle to a moderate telephoto; good performance for its form-factor.

  • Poor ergonomics and clumsy user interface; noise present even at base ISO, becomes obtrusive by ISO 3,200; lens is soft in the corners and rather dim.

  • Advanced Wi-Fi and Near-Field Communications for easy image sharing and even remote shooting (a first for a waterproof compact); Improved ruggedness; Manual exposure mode; Fast cycle times; 10fps continuous burst shooting at full resolution; Full 1080p HD video at up to 60p; Excellent battery life.

  • Mediocre still image quality; Slow startup; Slower-than-average autofocus; Choppy MP4 (most Web-friendly format) video quality.

The Competition

Compared to Sony DSC-TX100V

Sony TX200V
Sony DSC-TX100V
  • $363
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Touchscreen
  • $282
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
Panasonic TS5
Sony DSC-TX100V
  • $249
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Waterproof
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $282
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Thinner
  • Lighter weight

Compared to Pentax WG-2 GPS

Sony TX200V
Pentax WG-2 GPS
  • $363
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Thinner
  • $330
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in GPS
Panasonic TS5
Pentax WG-2 GPS
  • $249
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $330
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Manual focus
  • Faster shutter

Compared to Sony TX66

Sony TX200V
Sony TX66
  • $363
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Manual focus
  • $372
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer exposure
Panasonic TS5
Sony TX66
  • $249
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Waterproof
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $372
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Thinner

Compared to Sony TX20

Sony TX200V
Sony TX20
  • $363
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Manual focus
  • $370
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer exposure
Panasonic TS5
Sony TX20
  • $249
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $370
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Fast startup

Compared to Olympus TG-850

Sony TX200V
Olympus TG-850
  • $363
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $249
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen
Panasonic TS5
Olympus TG-850
  • $249
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • NFC
  • $249
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Wider angle lens
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