The Panasonic TZ70 is the current first choice of many in the travel compact market, but it's facing stiffer competition than ever before. Find how the latest travel compact, the Sony HX90V, compares in our Panasonic TZ70 vx Sony HX90V head to head

Panasonic TZ70 vs Sony HX90V – Key Specs

Panasonic TZ70

Street Price: £340

Panasonic Lumix TZ70 product shot 12

Sensor: 12.1MP, 1/2.3in CMOS Sensor
Lens: 30x optical zoom, 24-720mm in equiv. terms
LCD: 3in, 1,040k-dot TFT LCD
Viewfinder: 1,166k-dot LVF, 100% Field of View
Other: 1080p HD video; Wi-fi and NFC connectivity


Sony HX90V

Street Price: £340

Sony HX90V product shot 4

Sensor: 18.2MP, 1/2.3in Exmor R CMOS Sensor
Lens: 30x optical zoom, 24-720mm in equiv. terms
LCD: 3in, 921k-dot vari-angle TFT LCD
Viewfinder: 1,440k-dot OLED LVF, 100% Field of View
Other: 1080p HD video, GPS, Wi-fi and NFC

Panasonic Lumix TZ70 vs Sony HX90V

Panasonic TZ70 vs Sony HX90V – Comparison

On first consideration it’s quite difficult to separate the TZ70 and HX90V – they’re both similarly priced, have almost identical focal ranges and a similar level of connectivity.

However, if you dig a little deeper you begin to find a few core differences. To begin with, despite featuring similarly-sized sensors the TZ70 has a resolution of 12MP compared to 18MP on the HX90V – if you’re after low light the TZ70 is the likely choice, while those wanting the most detail might opt for the HX90V here.

Then there’s the LCD screen – the TZ70 features a slightly higher resolution 3in screen, although it’s fixed to the rear of the camera. The HX90V, meanwhile, offers an LCD screen which can rotate 180-degrees about a horizontal axis making it perfect for selfies.

Also, although both feature electronic viewfinders that on the Sony is of a slightly higher specification and pops up from the camera’s body, making the HX90V smaller in the hand and much more pocketable.

One potential deal-breaker for enthusiast shooters could be the fact that the TZ70 features Raw capture and the HX90V does not, although for some enthusiasts that might not be such an issue.

All told, it really is difficult to separate the two. If you need Raw capture then the TZ70 is the preference, although if you want a smaller and selfie-enabled camera, the HX90V is the obvious choice.

Either way, whichever you choose will undoubtedly serve as an excellent travel companion.

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  • Paul

    Read my post again. “…and yet have a large zoom…”

    Specifications are:
    LX100 & TYP109 : 24 – 75mm (35mm equiv)
    TZ70 & HV90: 24 – 720mm (35mm equiv)

    It’s all about the physics.

  • It’s not impossible to have a large sensor in a compact! It’s been done. LX100 & TYP 109 to name two. Stick to pointing out whether people’s posting mistakes are singular or Plural. You really must have lot’s of time to waste, maybe grab your camera and take some photo’s instead..?

  • Paul

    Stupid comment for someone who, as a photographer, should know better. It’s impossible to have a large sensor size coupled to a small camera and yet have a large zoom. BTW, the plural of camera is cameras, not camera’s.

  • cynic1927

    One cannot defy the laws of physics. One cannot have the zoom range of these cameras with a larger sensor. The LX100 has a zoom range of what? Oh yeah,24–75mm equivalent. It is a different class of camera.

  • As a Publicity Photographer and Tutor – I’m always on the look out for new camera’s to recommend to people. These new camera’s should have by now a larger sensor at least 1 inch or larger to make them worth investing in. For now it’s still the Panasonic LX 100 or Leica TYP 109 for me!