Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 vs Sony DSC-W730

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
Sony DSC-W730

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Reasons For

13 Reasons For
16x bigger optical zoom Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 has an optical zoom of 24x, but the Sony DSC-W730 is only an 8x optical zoom digital camera (16x smaller). Read more

The optical zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in to the subject using the camera's lens system. An optical zoom is superior to a digital zoom because the zoom is achieved using the optics of lens which means that the full extent of the digital sensor is always used to capture the image.

A larger optical zoom allows you to zoom in on the subject without having to move closer. Compared to a digital zoom, using an optical zoom does not result in a loss of image quality.

Smaller maximum aperture Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 has a maximum aperture of 8, but the Sony DSC-W730 is only a 6.3 maximum aperture digital camera (1.7 bigger).
0.5 smaller minimum aperture Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 is a 2.8 minimum aperture digital camera. That's 0.5 smaller than the Sony DSC-W730 (3.3).
67% longer maximum focal length Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 is a 600mm maximum focal length digital camera. That's 400mm longer than the Sony DSC-W730 (200mm).
Bigger extra / smart zoom Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 is a 48x extra / smart zoom digital camera. That's 29x bigger than the Sony DSC-W730 (19x).
3,200 higher maximum ISO speed Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 has a maximum ISO speed of 6,400, whereas the Sony DSC-W730 is only a 3,200 maximum ISO speed digital camera (3,200 lower).
Vastly longer maximum camera shutter speed Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 has a maximum camera shutter speed of 60s, however the Sony DSC-W730 is only a 2s maximum shutter speed digital camera (58s shorter). Read more

The maximum time which the camera shutter is open when taking a photo.

Slightly larger screen size Edit
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 is 3" screen, but the Sony DSC-W730 is only a 2.7" screen digital camera (0.3" smaller). Read more

The display diagonal is the size the size of the screen integrated in to the back of the camera. A larger display diagonal makes it easier to see if a shot has turned out as intended. Pocket cameras have smaller display diagonals as full size digital SLRs.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to take photos and to see if a shot has turned out as intended.

230,000 pixels higher display resolution Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 has a display resolution of 460,000 pixels, however the Sony DSC-W730 is only a 230,000 pixels display resolution digital camera (230,000 pixels lower).
PictBridge Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 supports PictBridge, but the Sony DSC-W730 does not support PictBridge.
Three hundred and twenty more shots per battery charge Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 takes 540.00 shots per battery charge, however the Sony DSC-W730 only takes 220.00 shots per battery charge. Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

Expert reviews are appreciably better
Based on 57 expert reviews, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 has an average review score of 84%, whereas the Sony DSC-W730 has an average rating of 74% (based on 7 reviews).
User reviews are appreciably better
Based on 458 user reviews, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 has an average review score of 94%, whereas the Sony DSC-W730 has an average rating of 82% (based on 17 reviews).
6 Reasons For
Higher megapixel count Edit
The Sony DSC-W730 is a 16.1MP digital camera. That's 4MP higher than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 (16.1MP). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

25% smaller minimum ISO speed Edit
The Sony DSC-W730 is an 80 minimum ISO speed digital camera. That's 20 smaller than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 (80).
Lighter Edit
The Sony DSC-W730 has a weight of 106g, however the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 is a 537g digital camera (431g heavier). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

66% shorter Edit
The Sony DSC-W730 has a height of 52.3mm. That's 34.3mm shorter than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 (52.3mm).
Four times thinner Edit
Sony DSC-W730 is 22.5mm deep. That's 87.7mm thinner than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 (22.5mm).
Narrower Edit
Sony DSC-W730 is 93.1mm wide. That's 32.1mm narrower than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 (93.1mm).

Reasons Against

6 Reasons Against
4MP lower megapixel count Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 has a megapixel count of 12.1MP, but the Sony DSC-W730 is a 16.1MP digital camera (4MP higher). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

20% bigger minimum ISO speed Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 has a minimum ISO speed of 100, however the Sony DSC-W730 is an 80 minimum ISO speed digital camera (20 smaller).
81% heavier Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 is a 537g digital camera. That's 431g heavier than the Sony DSC-W730 (106g). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

A lot taller Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 has a height of 86.6mm, however the Sony DSC-W730 is a 52.3mm tall digital camera (34.3mm shorter).
Hugely thicker Edit
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 is 110.2mm deep, but the Sony DSC-W730 is a 22.5mm deep digital camera (87.7mm thinner).
32.1mm wider Edit
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 is 125.2mm wide, but the Sony DSC-W730 is a 93.1mm wide digital camera (32.1mm narrower).
15 Reasons Against
Two times smaller optical zoom Edit
The Sony DSC-W730 is an 8x optical zoom digital camera. That's 16x smaller than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 (8x). Read more

The optical zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in to the subject using the camera's lens system. An optical zoom is superior to a digital zoom because the zoom is achieved using the optics of lens which means that the full extent of the digital sensor is always used to capture the image.

A larger optical zoom allows you to zoom in on the subject without having to move closer. Compared to a digital zoom, using an optical zoom does not result in a loss of image quality.

Bigger maximum aperture Edit
The Sony DSC-W730 is a 6.3 maximum aperture digital camera. That's 1.7 bigger than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 (6.3).
0.5 larger minimum aperture Edit
The Sony DSC-W730 has a minimum aperture of 3.3, whereas the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 is a 2.8 minimum aperture digital camera (0.5 smaller).
400mm shorter maximum focal length Edit
The Sony DSC-W730 has a maximum focal length of 200mm, however the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 is a 600mm maximum focal length digital camera (400mm longer).
2x smaller extra / smart zoom Edit
The Sony DSC-W730 has an extra / smart zoom of 19x, whereas the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 is a 48x extra / smart zoom digital camera (29x bigger).
3,200 lower maximum ISO speed Edit
The Sony DSC-W730 is a 3,200 maximum ISO speed digital camera. That's 3,200 lower than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 (3,200).
Significantly shorter maximum camera shutter speed Edit
The Sony DSC-W730 has a maximum camera shutter speed of 2s. That's 58s shorter than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 (2s). Read more

The maximum time which the camera shutter is open when taking a photo.

Smaller screen size Edit
Sony DSC-W730 is only 2.7" screen. That's 0.3" smaller than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 (2.7"). Read more

The display diagonal is the size the size of the screen integrated in to the back of the camera. A larger display diagonal makes it easier to see if a shot has turned out as intended. Pocket cameras have smaller display diagonals as full size digital SLRs.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to take photos and to see if a shot has turned out as intended.

Vastly lower display resolution Edit
The Sony DSC-W730 is a 230,000 pixels display resolution digital camera. That's 230,000 pixels lower than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 (230,000 pixels).
Does not support PictBridge Edit
The Sony DSC-W730 does not support PictBridge, whereas the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 supports PictBridge.
Only 220.00 shots per battery charge Edit
The Sony DSC-W730 takes 220.00 shots per battery charge, however the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 only takes 540.00 shots per battery charge. Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

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Older by nine months
The Sony DSC-W730 is nine months older than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200.
Expert review Rating is considerably Worse
The average expert rating of the Sony DSC-W730 is only 74%, whereas the average expert rating of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 is 84% (based on 57 reviews).
User review Rating is considerably Worse
The average user rating of the Sony DSC-W730 is 82%, whereas the average user rating of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 is 94% (based on 458 reviews).

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Trusted Reviews: Recommended
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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 compact camera
 compact camera
BEST
Megapixel Count
12.1MP 16.1MP
BEST
Image Stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
Sensor Type
 CCD
 CCD
BEST
Still Image Resolution
 4000 x 3000
 4000 x 2672
 4000 x 2248
 2992 x 2992
 3264 x 2448
 3264 x 2176
 3264 x 1840
 2448 x 2448
 2560 x 1920
 2560 x 1712
 1920 x 1920
 2560 x 1440
 2048 x 1536
 2048 x 1360
 1536 x 1536
 1920 x 1080
 1600 x 1200
 640 x 480
 640 x 424
 480 x 480
 640 x 360
 4608 x 3456
 4608 x 2592
 3648 x 2736
 2592 x 1944
 4000 x 3000
 4000 x 2672
 4000 x 2248
 2992 x 2992
 3264 x 2448
 3264 x 2176
 3264 x 1840
 2448 x 2448
 2560 x 1920
 2560 x 1712
 1920 x 1920
 2560 x 1440
 2048 x 1536
 2048 x 1360
 1536 x 1536
 1920 x 1080
 1600 x 1200
 640 x 480
 640 x 424
 480 x 480
 640 x 360
 4608 x 3456
 4608 x 2592
 3648 x 2736
 2592 x 1944
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 4608 x 3456
 4608 x 3456
BEST
Image Format
 RAW
 JPG
 MPO
BEST
 RAW
 JPG
 MPO
Total Megapixel Count
12.8MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Aspect Ratio
 16:9
 16:9
BEST
Image Sensor Size
 1
 1

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Lens System

Optical Zoom
24x
BEST
8x
Digital Zoom
4x Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Aperture
8
BEST
6.3
Minimum Aperture
2.8
BEST
3.3
Maximum Focal Length
600mm
BEST
200mm
Minimum Focal Length
25mm 25mm
Focal Length Range
4.5 - 108 4.5 - 36
Lens
 Standard
 Standard
Extra / Smart Zoom
48x
BEST
19x

Focusing

Auto Focus
 continuous
 selective
 tracking
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Selective Auto Focus
 Face tracking
 multi point
 centre weighted
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
 continuous
 selective
 tracking
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Selective Auto Focus
 Face tracking
 multi point
 centre weighted
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
Normal Focusing Range
0.3 - ∞ Unknown - Click to provide data
Macro Focusing Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.05 - ∞
Focus
 Auto
 Auto
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Unknown - Click to provide data 1.5 - ∞
Auto Mode Focusing Range
2 - ∞ Unknown - Click to provide data

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Mode
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
 Auto
BEST
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
 Auto
ISO Speed
 Auto
 64
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
 Auto
 64
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
Maximum ISO Speed
6,400
BEST
3,200
Minimum ISO Speed
100 80
BEST
Light Metering Mode
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
BEST
 ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
Light Exposure Control
 Program AE
 Program AE

Shutter

Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
60s
BEST
2s
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s

Flash

Flash Mode
 Forced on
 Forced off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Auto
 Forced on
 Forced off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Auto
Tele Flash Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 1.5 - 2
Flash Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.3 - 2.8

Video

Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
BEST
 1920 x 1080
JPEG Frame Rate
25fps 25fps
Video Format
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
BEST
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
Analog Signal Format
 PAL
 NTSC
BEST
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
BEST
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone

Memory

Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS Micro (M2)
 MS Duo
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MicroSD (TransFlash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS Micro (M2)
 MS Duo
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MicroSD (TransFlash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
Internal Memory
70MB Unknown - Click to provide data

Display

Screen Size
3"
BEST
2.7"
Display
 LCD
 LCD
Field of View
100% Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Resolution
460,000 pixels
BEST
230,000 pixels

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
BEST
 PictBridge
HDMI Port
 HDMI port
Unknown - Click to provide data
HDMI Connector
 Mini
 Mini
USB Version
 2.0
BEST
 2.0

Camera

White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Fluorescent
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Fluorescent
Shooting Mode
 Auto
 Program
 Movie
 Auto
 Program
 Movie
Photo Effect
 Black&White
 Sepia
 Black&White
 Sepia
Self-Timer
2,10 Unknown - Click to provide data
Calendar
 Calendar
Unknown - Click to provide data
Histogram
 Histogram
Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Playback Zoom
Unknown - Click to provide data 8x
Image Adjustment Mode
 Contrast
 Sharpness
 Saturation
 Contrast
 Sharpness
 Saturation
Image Editing Mode
 Resizing
 Crop
 Trimming
 Rotating
 Resizing
 Crop
 Trimming
 Rotating
Camera File System
 DPOF 1.1
 DCF
 DPOF
 DPOF 1.1
 DCF
 DPOF
BEST
Playback Mode
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
Scene Mode
 Portrait
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Pet
 Portrait
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Pet
On Screen Display Language
 DAN
 DUT
 GRE
 CZE
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 BUL
 NOR
 RUM
 DAN
 DUT
 GRE
 CZE
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 BUL
 NOR
 RUM

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
537g 106g
BEST
Height
86.6mm 52.3mm
BEST
Depth
110.2mm 22.5mm
BEST
Width
125.2mm 93.1mm
BEST
Weight Including Battery
588g 122g
BEST

Battery

Power Source
 AC
 Battery
 AC
 Battery
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Supported Battery
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Battery Size
Unknown - Click to provide data NP-BN
Maximum Battery Life
Unknown - Click to provide data 1.6h
Battery Capacity
1,200mAh Unknown - Click to provide data
Shot Per Battery Charge
540 shots
BEST
220 shots
Battery Voltage
7.2V Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Level Indicator
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Battery level indicator

Packaging Content

Included Cable
 USB
 AC
 USB
 AC
Battery Included
 Battery included
 Battery included
Included Battery Charger
 Included battery charger
Unknown - Click to provide data
Hand Strap
 Hand strap
 Hand strap
Carrying Case
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Carrying case

Other Features

Video Recording
 Video recording
Unknown - Click to provide data
Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
 Built-in flash
USB 2.0 Port
 USB 2.0 port
 USB 2.0 port
HDMI Port
 HDMI port
Unknown - Click to provide data
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