As well as being compared against other travel zooms, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 is also often compared to pro digicams, entry-level DSLRs and super zooms. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20's top rivals come from Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-TZ60 and the Lumix DMC-ZS60 (Lumix DMC-TZ80)) and Sony (such as the Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V and the Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V)

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, records even higher-speed movies (220 fps vs none) and has a touch screen.

However, on average it has a significantly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 1,040k dots), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (3,200 ISO vs 12,800 ISO), is older (january 2012 vs january 2015), doesn't shoot RAW and is significantly more expensive ($649.99 vs $251.41).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60
2 years newer
$251

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

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots
  • Shoots RAW
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

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

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 220 fps
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the DMC-TZ60 and ZS20

  • Built-in GPS
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • In-camera HDR

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS60 (Lumix DMC-TZ80)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS60 (Lumix DMC-TZ80)
3 years newer

Significant advantages of the Lumix DMC-ZS60 (Lumix DMC-TZ80) (vs the ZS20)

  • Higher resolution movies: UHD @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Shoots significantly faster: 40 fps vs 10 fps

Significant disadvantages of the Lumix DMC-ZS60 (Lumix DMC-TZ80) (vs the ZS20)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 220 fps
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the Lumix DMC-ZS60 (Lumix DMC-TZ80) and ZS20

  • Have touch screens

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50
2 years newer
$315 - $319

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

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

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

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 220 fps
  • No built-in GPS
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the DMC-ZS50 and ZS20

  • None found

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS45

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS45
2 years newer
$179 - $191

Significant advantages of the DMC-ZS45 (vs the ZS20)

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

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-ZS45 (vs the ZS20)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 220 fps
  • No built-in GPS
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the DMC-ZS45 and ZS20

  • None found

Panasonic Lumix ZS30

Panasonic Lumix ZS30
1 year newer
$220

Significant advantages of the ZS30 (vs the ZS20)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the ZS30 (vs the ZS20)

  • None found

common strengths of the ZS30 and ZS20

  • Built-in GPS
  • Extremely high speed movies: 220 fps vs 220 fps
  • Have touch screens

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V
similar age
$369

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX20V (vs the ZS20)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
  • Better macro capability: 1.0 cm vs 3.0 cm

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX20V (vs the ZS20)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 220 fps
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the DSC-HX20V and ZS20

  • Built-in GPS
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • In-camera HDR

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic ZS20 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it records even higher-speed movies (220 fps vs none), has a touch screen, captures 3D images and has a built-in GPS.

However, on average it has a slightly smaller sensor (1/2.5" 6.08x4.56mm vs 1" 13.2x8.8mm), doesn't shoot RAW, has a much narrower aperture (f/3.3 vs f/1.8), has a significantly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 1,228k dots) and takes significantly lower resolution photos (9.6 MP vs 20 MP).

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
4 months newer
$498

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

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.3
  • Much larger sensor: 1" 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.5" 6.08x4.56mm
  • Shoots RAW

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

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 220 fps
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 and ZS20

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • In-camera panoramas

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III
2 years newer
$798

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

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.3
  • Much larger sensor: Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.5" 6.08x4.56mm
  • Shoots RAW

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

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Lower speed movies: 120 fps vs 220 fps
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 III and ZS20

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Extremely high speed movies: 120 fps vs 220 fps
  • In-camera panoramas

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
1 year older
$599

Significant advantages of the DMC-LX5 (vs the ZS20)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Much wider aperture: f/2 vs f/3.3
  • Better macro capability: 1.0 cm vs 3.0 cm

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-LX5 (vs the ZS20)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 220 fps
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

common strengths of the DMC-LX5 and ZS20

  • Each has a built-in flash

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV
3 years newer
$948

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

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.3
  • Much larger sensor: Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.5" 6.08x4.56mm
  • Higher resolution movies: UHD @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps

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

  • Lower speed movies: 120 fps vs 220 fps
  • No touch screen
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 IV and ZS20

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Extremely high speed movies: 120 fps vs 220 fps

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7
5 months newer
$549

Significant advantages of the DMC-LX7 (vs the ZS20)

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.4 vs f/3.3
  • Shoots RAW
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-LX7 (vs the ZS20)

  • Lower speed movies: 120 fps vs 220 fps
  • No touch screen
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the DMC-LX7 and ZS20

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Extremely high speed movies: 120 fps vs 220 fps
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1
1 year newer
$789

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

  • Shoots RAW
  • Much wider aperture: f/2 vs f/3.3
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots

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

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 220 fps
  • No touch screen
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the DMC-LF1 and ZS20

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • In-camera panoramas

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic ZS20 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), records high-speed movies (220 fps vs none), has image stabilization (lens vs none), has a touch screen and shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 4 fps).

However, on average it has a much lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 921k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (9.6 MP vs 24.2 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't have a screen which flips out and has a much smaller sensor (1/2.5" 6.08x4.56mm vs APS-C 23.6x15.6mm).

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
1 year newer
$435 (body only)
$397 - $547 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the ZS20)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much higher true resolution: 24.2 MP vs 9.6 MP
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the D3300 (vs the ZS20)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 220 fps
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 10 fps

common strengths of the D3300 and ZS20

  • Both shoot high resolution HD movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Light weight: 430 g vs 206 g

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
10 months older
$345 (body only)
$509 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5100 (vs the ZS20)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Supports 24p
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the D5100 (vs the ZS20)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 220 fps
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps

common strengths of the D5100 and ZS20

  • In-camera HDR

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 (111×76×83 mm)), records high-speed movies (220 fps vs none), has better image stabilization (lens vs none), has a touch screen and shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 0.5 fps).

However, on average it has slightly less zoom (20x vs 42x), has a much narrower wide angle lens (24 mm vs 4 mm), has a much shorter battery life (260 shots vs 960 shots), is older (january 2012 vs january 2016) and is significantly more expensive ($649.99 vs $139.00).

Canon PowerShot SX420 IS

Canon PowerShot SX420 IS
3 years newer
$299

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX420 IS (vs the ZS20)

  • More zoom: 42x vs 20x
  • Significantly faster max shutter speed: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX420 IS (vs the ZS20)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 220 fps
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the PowerShot SX420 IS and ZS20

  • Fairly small: Standard size (104×69×85 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Light weight: 325 g vs 206 g

Nikon Coolpix L340

Nikon Coolpix L340
3 years newer
$139

Significant advantages of the L340 (vs the ZS20)

  • Much better wide angle: 4 mm vs 24 mm
  • Much longer battery life: 960 shots vs 260 shots

Significant disadvantages of the L340 (vs the ZS20)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 220 fps
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Doesn't take 3D photos

common strengths of the L340 and ZS20

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (111×76×83 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 mm)
  • Thin: 3.3" vs 1.1"
  • Light weight: 430 g vs 206 g