As well as being compared against other travel zooms, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 is also often compared to pro digicams and super zooms. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20's top rivals come from Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-TZ60 and the Lumix DMC-ZS50) and Nikon (such as the Coolpix L840 and the Coolpix S9900)

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 slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 920k dots), is older (january 2012 vs february 2014), doesn't shoot RAW, is slightly more expensive ($599.00 vs $251.41) and doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital).

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
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50
2 years newer
$298 - $330

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

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

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 much 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

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Have touch screens
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

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
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Extremely high speed movies: 220 fps vs 220 fps

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10
1 year older
$612

Significant advantages of the DMC-ZS10 (vs the ZS20)

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

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-ZS10 (vs the ZS20)

  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the DMC-ZS10 and ZS20

  • Built-in GPS
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Extremely high speed movies: 220 fps vs 220 fps

Panasonic Lumix ZS15

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15
similar age
$78

Significant advantages of the ZS15 (vs the ZS20)

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

Significant disadvantages of the ZS15 (vs the ZS20)

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

common strengths of the ZS15 and ZS20

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • 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 has a slightly wider wide angle lens (24 mm vs 28 mm), records even higher-speed movies (220 fps vs none), has a touch screen, creates panoramas in-camera and captures 3D images.

However, on average it has a slightly smaller sensor (1/2.5" 6.08x4.56mm vs nikon CX 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 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

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II
1 year newer
$600 - $648

Significant advantages of the DSC-RX100 II (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 II (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 II and ZS20

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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7
5 months newer
$426

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

Canon PowerShot G10

Canon PowerShot G10
3 years older
$994

Significant advantages of the G10 (vs the ZS20)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Much longer battery life: 1000 shots vs 260 shots
  • Significantly higher true resolution: 14.6 MP vs 9.6 MP

Significant disadvantages of the G10 (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 G10 and ZS20

  • Each has a built-in flash

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

Canon PowerShot G16

Canon PowerShot G16
1 year newer
$417 - $499

Significant advantages of the G16 (vs the ZS20)

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.3
  • Shoots RAW
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the G16 (vs the ZS20)

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • No touch screen
  • Worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 24 mm

common strengths of the G16 and ZS20

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 220 fps

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic ZS20 compared to super zoom competitors include: it is significantly smaller (compact (105×59×28 mm) vs large (130×97×118 mm)), records even higher-speed movies (220 fps vs none), has a touch screen, has in-camera HDR and captures 3D images.

However, on average it has much less zoom (20x vs 60x), has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 921k dots), lacks and external mic jack, has a slightly shorter battery life (260 shots vs 400 shots) and users slower contrast detection autofocus (contrast detection vs phase detection).

Nikon Coolpix L840

Nikon Coolpix L840
3 years newer
$179

Significant advantages of the L840 (vs the ZS20)

  • Much longer battery life: 590 shots vs 260 shots
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the L840 (vs the ZS20)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 220 fps
  • Significantly larger: Prosumer size (114×89×96 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 mm)
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the L840 and ZS20

  • None found

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70
1 year newer
$274 - $298

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ70 (vs the ZS20)

  • Much more zoom: 60x vs 20x
  • Better wide angle: 20 mm vs 24 mm
  • Shoots RAW

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ70 (vs the ZS20)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 220 fps
  • Much larger: Large (130×97×118 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 mm)
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the DMC-FZ70 and ZS20

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

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS
2 years newer
$229 - $249

Significant advantages of the SX530 HS (vs the ZS20)

  • Significantly more zoom: 50x vs 20x
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the SX530 HS (vs the ZS20)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 220 fps
  • Significantly larger: Prosumer size (120×82×92 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 mm)
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the SX530 HS and ZS20

  • Light weight: 442 g vs 206 g

Sony CyberShot DSC-H400

Sony CyberShot DSC-H400
2 years newer
$215 - $248

Significant advantages of the DSC-H400 (vs the ZS20)

  • Much more zoom: 64.6x vs 20x
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-H400 (vs the ZS20)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 220 fps
  • Much larger: Large (130×95×122 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 mm)
  • Doesn't take 3D photos

common strengths of the DSC-H400 and ZS20

  • None found

Nikon Coolpix L820

Nikon Coolpix L820
1 year newer
$180

Significant advantages of the L820 (vs the ZS20)

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

Significant disadvantages of the L820 (vs the ZS20)

  • No touch screen
  • Larger: Prosumer size (111×76×85 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 mm)
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the L820 and ZS20

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (111×76×85 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 mm)
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 220 fps
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't