Panasonic FX700 vs Sony TX66

Portability
94
Imaging
38
Features
44
Overall
40
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX66 front
Portability
97
Imaging
43
Features
51
Overall
46

Panasonic FX700 vs Sony TX66 Key Specs

Panasonic FX700
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-120mm (F2.2-5.9) lens
  • 176g - 104 x 56 x 25mm
  • Launched July 2010
Sony TX66
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 26-130mm (F3.5-4.8) lens
  • 109g - 93 x 54 x 13mm
  • Released February 2012
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Panasonic FX700 vs Sony TX66 Overview

Here is a in-depth overview of the Panasonic FX700 and Sony TX66, former being a Small Sensor Compact while the other is a Ultracompact by competitors Panasonic and Sony. There is a noticeable difference between the resolutions of the FX700 (14MP) and TX66 (18MP) but both cameras offer the identical sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The FX700 was unveiled 19 months prior to the TX66 making them a generation apart from each other. Each of the cameras feature different body design with the Panasonic FX700 being a Compact camera and the Sony TX66 being a Ultracompact camera.

Before going into a comprehensive comparison, here is a simple view of how the FX700 grades against the TX66 for portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FX700 over the Sony TX66

 FX700 TX66 

Reasons to pick Sony TX66 over the Panasonic FX700

 TX66 FX700 
ReleasedFebruary 2012July 2010Fresher by 19 months
Display size3.3"3"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution1230k230kCrisper display (+1000k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic FX700 and Sony TX66

 FX700 TX66 
Manually focus Very exact focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch display Easily navigate

Panasonic FX700 vs Sony TX66 Physical Comparison

For those who are intending to carry your camera regularly, you need to factor its weight and volume. The Panasonic FX700 offers exterior dimensions of 104mm x 56mm x 25mm (4.1" x 2.2" x 1.0") and a weight of 176 grams (0.39 lbs) and the Sony TX66 has sizing of 93mm x 54mm x 13mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.5") along with a weight of 109 grams (0.24 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you select at the time. Below is a front view over all size comparison of the FX700 vs the TX66.

Panasonic FX700 vs Sony TX66 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability rating of the FX700 and TX66 is 94 and 97 respectively.

Panasonic FX700 vs Sony TX66 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FX700 vs Sony TX66 Sensor Comparison

Usually, its difficult to see the contrast between sensor sizing just by reading through technical specs. The photograph here will help offer you a stronger sense of the sensor dimensions in the FX700 and TX66.

As you have seen, both the cameras come with the identical sensor size but not the same megapixels. You can anticipate the Sony TX66 to give you extra detail having an extra 4MP. Greater resolution will also enable you to crop images a good deal more aggressively. The older FX700 is going to be disadvantaged in sensor tech.

Panasonic FX700 vs Sony TX66 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FX700 vs Sony TX66 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FX700 vs Sony TX66 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FX700 Portrait photography information
Sony TX66 Portrait photography information
38
you can focus manually
MP count good (14 megapixels)
external flash not possible
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
42
manual focus
resolution is good (18 megapixels)
includes face detection focusing
no manual control
external flash not possible
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FX700 as a Street photography camera
Sony TX66 as a Street photography camera
57
image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
65
has image stabilization (Optical)
provides touch to focus
no articulating screen
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Panasonic FX700
Sports photography with Sony TX66
44
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (14MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF
50
has image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (18MP)
includes tracking autofocus
good battery power (250 CIPA)
no shutter priority
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FX700 Travel photography factors
Sony TX66 Travel photography factors
65
MP count good (14MP)
built-in flash
relatively wide (24mm)
does not have Time Lapse mode
does not contain selfie friendly display
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.2)
72
good battery power (250 shots)
provides touch to focus
resolution is good (18 megapixels)
has built in flash
decently wide (26mm)
lack of Timelapse recording
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Panasonic FX700
Landscape photography with Sony TX66
49
you can focus manually
relatively wide (24mm)
screen is a good size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (14MP)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.2)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
does not have Time Lapse mode
51
manual focus
decently wide (26mm)
screen size is good (3.3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (18MP)
good battery power (250 per charge)
cannot change lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
no manual control
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
lack of Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Panasonic FX700
Vlogging with Sony TX66
34
relatively wide (24mm)
built-in touchscreen
image stabilization (Optical)
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.2)
does not contain selfie friendly display
does not have mic port
36
decently wide (26mm)
touchscreen capability
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
lack of external microphone port
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Panasonic FX700 vs Sony TX66 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FX700 and Sony TX66
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX66
General Information
Brand Name Panasonic Sony
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX66
Category Small Sensor Compact Ultracompact
Launched 2010-07-21 2012-02-28
Body design Compact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Powered by Venus Engine FHD BIONZ
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 14MP 18MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4320 x 3240 4896 x 3672
Highest native ISO 6400 12800
Min native ISO 80 80
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 24-120mm (5.0x) 26-130mm (5.0x)
Max aperture f/2.2-5.9 f/3.5-4.8
Macro focus distance 3cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.9 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3 inch 3.3 inch
Resolution of display 230k dot 1,230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Display tech - XtraFine TruBlack OLED display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60 secs 30 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 10.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 7.40 m 3.10 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync, Rear Slow Sync
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format AVCHD MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 176 gr (0.39 pounds) 109 gr (0.24 pounds)
Physical dimensions 104 x 56 x 25mm (4.1" x 2.2" x 1.0") 93 x 54 x 13mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.5")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life - 250 images
Type of battery - Battery Pack
Battery model - NP-BN
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC card, Internal Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo, microSD/microSDHC
Storage slots 1 1
Cost at launch $399 $350