As well as being compared against other travel zooms, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 is also often compared to waterproofs, pro digicams, super zooms and mirrorless. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20's top rivals come from Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-ZS50 and the Lumix ZS30) and Olympus (such as the Tough TG-4 and the Stylus SH-50 iHS)

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic ZS20 compared to other travel zoom competitors include: it has a built-in GPS, is slightly smaller (compact (105×59×28 mm) vs compact (111×64×34 mm)), has a touch screen, has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD) and is thinner (1.1" vs 1.3").

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 920k dots), has a slightly shorter battery life (260 shots vs 300 shots), is older (january 2012 vs january 2013), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital) and has a slower max shutter speed (1/2000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50
2 years newer
$279

Significant advantages of the DMC-ZS50 (vs the ZS20)

  • More zoom: 30x vs 20x
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Longer battery life: 300 shots vs 260 shots

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-ZS50 (vs the ZS20)

  • No built-in GPS
  • Significantly larger: Compact (111×65×34 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 mm)
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the DMC-ZS50 and ZS20

  • Fairly small: Compact (111×65×34 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 mm)
  • Very thin: 1.3" vs 1.1"
  • Light weight: 243 g vs 206 g

Panasonic Lumix ZS30

Panasonic Lumix ZS30
1 year newer
$396

Significant advantages of the ZS30 (vs the ZS20)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots
  • Longer battery life: 300 shots vs 260 shots

Significant disadvantages of the ZS30 (vs the ZS20)

  • None found

common strengths of the ZS30 and ZS20

  • Built-in GPS
  • Very small: Compact (105×59×28 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 mm)
  • Very thin: 1.1" vs 1.1"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8
1 year older

Significant advantages of the DMC-ZS8 (vs the ZS20)

  • Much longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 15 seconds
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-ZS8 (vs the ZS20)

  • No built-in GPS
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the DMC-ZS8 and ZS20

  • Very small: Compact (105×58×33 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 mm)
  • Very thin: 1.3" vs 1.1"
  • Very light: 210 g vs 206 g

Panasonic Lumix ZS15

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15
similar age

Significant advantages of the ZS15 (vs the ZS20)

  • Much longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 15 seconds
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the ZS15 (vs the ZS20)

  • No built-in GPS
  • No touch screen
  • Thicker: 1.3" vs 1.1"

common strengths of the ZS15 and ZS20

  • Very small: Compact (105×58×33 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 mm)
  • Very thin: 1.3" vs 1.1"
  • Very light: 208 g vs 206 g

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60
2 years newer
$2,192

Significant advantages of the DMC-TZ60 (vs the ZS20)

  • More zoom: 30x vs 20x
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots
  • Longer battery life: 300 shots vs 260 shots

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-TZ60 (vs the ZS20)

  • Significantly larger: Compact (111×64×34 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 mm)
  • No touch screen
  • Significantly thicker: 1.4" vs 1.1"

common strengths of the DMC-TZ60 and ZS20

  • Built-in GPS
  • Fairly small: Compact (111×64×34 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 mm)
  • Thin: 1.4" vs 1.1"

Panasonic Lumix ZS19

Panasonic Lumix ZS19
similar age

Significant advantages of the ZS19 (vs the ZS20)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the ZS19 (vs the ZS20)

  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the ZS19 and ZS20

  • Very small: Compact (105×59×28 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 mm)
  • Very thin: 1.1" vs 1.1"
  • Very light: 206 g vs 206 g

compared toWaterproof competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic ZS20 compared to waterproof competitors include: it has slightly more zoom (20x vs 3x), has a much wider wide angle lens (24 mm vs 38 mm), has better image stabilization (lens vs none), has a touch screen and shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 5 fps).

However, on average it has a significantly shorter battery life (260 shots vs 370 shots), is older (january 2012 vs january 2015), is not waterproof and slightly shorter exposures (15 seconds vs 60 seconds).

Olympus Tough TG-4

Olympus Tough TG-4
3 years newer
$447

Significant advantages of the TG-4 (vs the ZS20)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the TG-4 (vs the ZS20)

  • None found

common strengths of the TG-4 and ZS20

  • None found

Olympus Stylus 790 SW

Olympus Stylus 790 SW
4 years older
$456

Significant advantages of the 790 SW (vs the ZS20)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 790 SW (vs the ZS20)

  • None found

common strengths of the 790 SW and ZS20

  • None found

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS6

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS6
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the DMC-TS6 (vs the ZS20)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-TS6 (vs the ZS20)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-TS6 and ZS20

  • None found

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic ZS20 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has slightly more zoom (20x vs 3.8x), has a slightly wider wide angle lens (24 mm vs 28 mm), has a touch screen, has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD) and is thinner (1.1" vs 1.4").

However, on average it has a slightly smaller sensor (1/2.5" 6.08x4.56mm vs nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm), has a significantly narrower aperture (f/3.3 vs f/1.8), has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 920k dots), takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.6 MP vs 20 MP) and slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (3,200 ISO vs 6,400 ISO).

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III
2 years newer
$510 - $748

Significant advantages of the DSC-RX100 III (vs the ZS20)

  • Much larger sensor: Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.5" 6.08x4.56mm
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.3
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-RX100 III (vs the ZS20)

  • No built-in GPS
  • Significantly larger: Compact (102×58×41 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 mm)
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 III and ZS20

  • None found

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1
1 year newer
$299

Significant advantages of the DMC-LF1 (vs the ZS20)

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2 vs f/3.3
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-LF1 (vs the ZS20)

  • No built-in GPS
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 24 mm
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the DMC-LF1 and ZS20

  • Fairly small: Compact (103×62×28 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 mm)
  • Very thin: 1.1" vs 1.1"
  • Light weight: 192 g vs 206 g

Canon PowerShot S95

Canon PowerShot S95
1 year older
$315

Significant advantages of the S95 (vs the ZS20)

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2 vs f/3.3

Significant disadvantages of the S95 (vs the ZS20)

  • No built-in GPS
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 24 mm

common strengths of the S95 and ZS20

  • Fairly small: Compact (100×58×30 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 mm)
  • Thin: 1.2" vs 1.1"
  • Light weight: 193 g vs 206 g

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
4 months newer
$403 - $448

Significant advantages of the DSC-RX100 (vs the ZS20)

  • Much larger sensor: 1" 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.5" 6.08x4.56mm
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.3
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-RX100 (vs the ZS20)

  • No built-in GPS
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 24 mm
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 and ZS20

  • Light weight: 213 g vs 206 g

Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100
4 months older
$382

Significant advantages of the S100 (vs the ZS20)

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2 vs f/3.3

Significant disadvantages of the S100 (vs the ZS20)

  • No touch screen
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 200 shots vs 260 shots

common strengths of the S100 and ZS20

  • Fairly small: Compact (99×60×28 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 mm)
  • Built-in GPS
  • Very thin: 1.1" vs 1.1"

Nikon Coolpix P330

Nikon Coolpix P330
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the P330 (vs the ZS20)

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.3
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Much longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 15 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the P330 (vs the ZS20)

  • No touch screen
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 200 shots vs 260 shots

common strengths of the P330 and ZS20

  • Built-in GPS
  • Thin: 1.3" vs 1.1"
  • Light weight: 200 g vs 206 g

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic ZS20 compared to super zoom competitors include: it is slightly smaller (compact (105×59×28 mm) vs prosumer size (122×87×93 mm)), has a touch screen, shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 3.7 fps), has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD) and is thinner (1.1" vs 4.7").

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/3.3 vs f/2.8), has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 921k dots), has a much shorter battery life (260 shots vs 450 shots), is older (january 2012 vs january 2013) and doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital).

Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82)

Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82)
5 years newer

Significant advantages of the Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82) (vs the ZS20)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Significantly better wide angle: 20 mm vs 24 mm
  • Wider aperture: f/2.8 vs f/3.3

Significant disadvantages of the Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82) (vs the ZS20)

  • Significantly larger: Large (130×94×119 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 mm)
  • No built-in GPS
  • Much thicker: 4.7" vs 1.1"

common strengths of the Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82) and ZS20

  • Have touch screens
  • Light weight: 616 g vs 206 g

Nikon Coolpix L820

Nikon Coolpix L820
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the L820 (vs the ZS20)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the L820 (vs the ZS20)

  • No built-in GPS
  • No touch screen
  • Significantly thicker: 3.3" vs 1.1"

common strengths of the L820 and ZS20

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (111×76×85 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 mm)
  • Thin: 3.3" vs 1.1"
  • Light weight: 470 g vs 206 g

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48
6 months older

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ48 (vs the ZS20)

  • Wider aperture: f/2.8 vs f/3.3
  • Much longer battery life: 400 shots vs 260 shots
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ48 (vs the ZS20)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • No built-in GPS
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the DMC-FZ48 and ZS20

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 mm)
  • Light weight: 498 g vs 206 g
  • Thin: 3.6" vs 1.1"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35
2 years older
$750

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ35 (vs the ZS20)

  • Much longer battery life: 470 shots vs 260 shots
  • Wider aperture: f/2.8 vs f/3.3
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ35 (vs the ZS20)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 27 mm vs 24 mm
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the DMC-FZ35 and ZS20

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (118×76×89 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 mm)
  • Very light: 367 g vs 206 g
  • Thin: 3.5" vs 1.1"

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V
similar age

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX200V (vs the ZS20)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Wider aperture: f/2.8 vs f/3.3
  • Much longer battery life: 450 shots vs 260 shots

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX200V (vs the ZS20)

  • Larger: Prosumer size (122×87×93 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 mm)
  • No touch screen
  • Significantly thicker: 3.7" vs 1.1"

common strengths of the DSC-HX200V and ZS20

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (122×87×93 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 mm)
  • Built-in GPS
  • Thin: 3.7" vs 1.1"

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic ZS20 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), has image stabilization (lens vs none), has a touch screen, has a built-in GPS and is thinner (1.1" vs 1.7").

However, on average it has a much lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 1,040k dots), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital), records less high-speed movies (220 fps vs 1,200 fps), takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.6 MP vs 15.8 MP) and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (10 fps vs 60 fps).

Nikon 1 V1

Nikon 1 V1
4 months older
$436 (body only)

Significant advantages of the V1 (vs the ZS20)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Shoots much faster: 60 fps vs 10 fps
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the V1 (vs the ZS20)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • No touch screen
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the V1 and ZS20

  • Extremely high speed movies: 1,200 fps vs 220 fps
  • Fairly small: Mid size (113×76×44 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 mm)
  • Light weight: 294 g vs 206 g

Panasonic Lumix DC-GX850 (Lumix DC-GX800 / Lumix DC-GF9)

Panasonic Lumix DC-GX850 (Lumix DC-GX800 / Lumix DC-GF9)
5 years newer

Significant advantages of the Lumix DC-GX850 (Lumix DC-GX800 / Lumix DC-GF9) (vs the ZS20)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the Lumix DC-GX850 (Lumix DC-GX800 / Lumix DC-GF9) (vs the ZS20)

  • No built-in GPS
  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/500 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

common strengths of the Lumix DC-GX850 (Lumix DC-GX800 / Lumix DC-GF9) and ZS20

  • Fairly small: Compact (107×65×33 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 mm)
  • Thin: 1.3" vs 1.1"
  • Light weight: 269 g vs 206 g