• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 18.2 megapixels
  • 26.00mm - 130.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 20.1 megapixels
  • 28.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Sony TX66 advantages over Panasonic CM1

  • Less expensive
    $350 vs $1000 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • More telephoto lens reach
    130 mm vs 28 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Thinner
    13 mm vs 21 mm
    Thinner
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Lighter weight
    109g vs 204g
    Lighter weight
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    10 vs 5 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Panasonic CM1 advantages over Sony TX66

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    1 inch vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 2.41 vs 1.26 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Larger lens aperture
    f/2.8 vs f/3.5
    Take photos in low-light or isolate your subject
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • 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 Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 300 vs 250 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Newer
    3 years vs 7 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More dots on screen
    6221k vs 1230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 4 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/1600 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

Common Weaknesses

  • 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
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • 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
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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The Competition

Compared to Sony DSC-T110

Sony TX66
Sony DSC-T110
  • $372
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $220
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
Panasonic CM1
Sony DSC-T110
  • $549
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $220
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Sony DSC-TX55

Sony TX66
Sony DSC-TX55
  • $372
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $311
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer exposure
Panasonic CM1
Sony DSC-TX55
  • $549
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $311
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Samsung MV800

Sony TX66
Samsung MV800
  • $372
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Thinner
  • $297
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Longer exposure
Panasonic CM1
Samsung MV800
  • $549
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $297
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Sony TX200V

Sony TX66
Sony TX200V
  • $372
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer exposure
  • $363
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Manual focus
Panasonic CM1
Sony TX200V
  • $549
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $363
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Waterproof

Compared to Sony TX20

Sony TX66
Sony TX20
  • $372
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Thinner
  • $370
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
Panasonic CM1
Sony TX20
  • $549
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $370
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Waterproof
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