As well as being compared against other travel zooms, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 is also often compared to pro digicams, super zooms and mirrorless. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20's top rivals come from Panasonic (such as the Lumix ZS30 and the Lumix DMC-TZ60) and Canon (such as the PowerShot SX260 HS and the PowerShot SX700 HS)

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 105x59x28 mm vs compact 106x61x33 mm), has a touch screen, captures 3D images and is thinner (1.1" vs 1.3").

However, on average it has slightly less zoom (20x vs 30x), has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 920k dots), doesn't record movies in 24p, is older (january, 2012 vs february, 2014) and doesn't shoot RAW.

Panasonic Lumix ZS30

Panasonic Lumix ZS30
1 year newer
$340

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

  • Good wide angle: 24 mm vs 24 mm
  • Built-in GPS
  • Both shoot high resolution HD movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 60fps

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60
2 years newer
$260

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

  • Significantly more zoom: 30x vs 20x
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots
  • Shoots RAW

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

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 220 fps
  • No touch screen
  • Significantly larger: Compact 110x64x34 mm vs Compact 105x59x28 mm

common strengths of the DMC-TZ60 and ZS20

  • Good wide angle: 24 mm vs 24 mm
  • Built-in GPS
  • Full HD (1080p) video: 1080p @ 50fps vs 1080p @ 60fps

Panasonic Lumix ZS25

Panasonic Lumix ZS25
1 year newer
$180

Significant advantages of the ZS25 (vs the ZS20)

  • Longer exposures: 30 seconds vs 15 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the ZS25 (vs the ZS20)

  • No built-in GPS
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the ZS25 and ZS20

  • Good wide angle: 24 mm vs 24 mm
  • Both shoot high resolution HD movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Extremely high speed movies: 220 fps vs 220 fps

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS
similar age
$325

Significant advantages of the SX260 HS (vs the ZS20)

  • Supports 24p
  • Significantly faster max shutter speed: 1/3200 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the SX260 HS (vs the ZS20)

  • No touch screen
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Lacks in-camera HDR

common strengths of the SX260 HS and ZS20

  • Built-in GPS
  • Full HD (1080p) video: 1080p @ 24fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 220 fps

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (Lumix DMC-TZ70)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (Lumix DMC-TZ70)
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the Lumix DMC-ZS50 (Lumix DMC-TZ70) (vs the ZS20)

  • Significantly more zoom: 30x vs 20x
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the Lumix DMC-ZS50 (Lumix DMC-TZ70) (vs the ZS20)

  • No built-in GPS
  • No touch screen
  • Significantly larger: Compact 111x65x34 mm vs Compact 105x59x28 mm

common strengths of the Lumix DMC-ZS50 (Lumix DMC-TZ70) and ZS20

  • Good wide angle: 24 mm vs 24 mm
  • Fast continuous shooting: 10 fps vs 10 fps
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10
1 year older
$329

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

  • Good wide angle: 24 mm vs 24 mm
  • Built-in GPS
  • Full HD (1080p) video: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps

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, has a built-in GPS and is slightly less expensive ($299.95 vs $778.00).

However, on average it has a much smaller sensor (1/2.5" 6.1x4.6mm vs 1" 13.2x8.8mm), doesn't shoot RAW, has a much narrower aperture (f/3.3 vs f/1.4), has a significantly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 1,229k dots) and takes much lower resolution photos (9.6 MP vs 20 MP).

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
4 months newer
$398

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

  • Much larger sensor: 1" 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.5" 6.1x4.6mm
  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.3
  • Shoots RAW

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

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

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 and ZS20

  • In-camera panoramas
  • In-camera HDR

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7
5 months newer
$328 - $398

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)

  • No touch screen
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the DMC-LX7 and ZS20

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

Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120
1 year newer
$399

Significant advantages of the S120 (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 S120 (vs the ZS20)

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the S120 and ZS20

  • Have touch screens
  • In-camera HDR

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1
1 year newer
$426

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

  • Shoots RAW
  • Much wider aperture: f/2.0 vs f/3.3
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots

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

  • No touch screen
  • Worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 24 mm
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 220 fps

common strengths of the DMC-LF1 and ZS20

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

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 larger sensor: Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.5" 6.1x4.6mm
  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.3
  • Shoots RAW

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

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • No touch screen
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 III and ZS20

  • In-camera panoramas
  • In-camera HDR

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic ZS20 compared to super zoom competitors include: it is much smaller (compact 105x59x28 mm vs large 130x97x118 mm), has a touch screen, has in-camera HDR, is thinner (1.1" vs 4.3") and is significantly lighter (206 g vs 588 g).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/3.3 vs f/2.8), has significantly less zoom (20x vs 60x), doesn't have a screen which flips out, lacks and external mic jack and has a much shorter battery life (260 shots vs 540 shots).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70
1 year newer
$200 - $298

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

  • Much more zoom: 60x vs 20x
  • Better wide angle: 20 mm vs 24 mm
  • Significantly longer battery life: 400 shots vs 260 shots

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

  • Much larger: Large 130x97x118 mm vs Compact 105x59x28 mm
  • No touch screen
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 220 fps

common strengths of the DMC-FZ70 and ZS20

  • Fast continuous shooting: 9 fps vs 10 fps
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • In-camera HDR

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
5 months newer
$330 - $598

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ200 (vs the ZS20)

  • Has an external mic jack
  • Much longer battery life: 540 shots vs 260 shots
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ200 (vs the ZS20)

  • Much larger: Professional size 125x87x110 mm vs Compact 105x59x28 mm
  • No touch screen
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the DMC-FZ200 and ZS20

  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 220 fps
  • Fast continuous shooting: 12 fps vs 10 fps
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150
5 months older
$314

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ150 (vs the ZS20)

  • Has an external mic jack
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Significantly longer battery life: 410 shots vs 260 shots

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ150 (vs the ZS20)

  • Significantly larger: Prosumer size 124x82x92 mm vs Compact 105x59x28 mm
  • No touch screen
  • Lacks in-camera HDR

common strengths of the DMC-FZ150 and ZS20

  • Very high speed movies: 220 fps vs 220 fps
  • Fast continuous shooting: 12 fps vs 10 fps
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic ZS20 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it records high-speed movies (220 fps vs none), has better image stabilization (lens vs none), has in-camera HDR, creates panoramas in-camera and captures 3D images.

However, on average it has a significantly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 1,040k dots), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital), takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.6 MP vs 15.9 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3
7 months older
$79 (body only)
$280 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the DMC-GF3 (vs the ZS20)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Much longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 15 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-GF3 (vs the ZS20)

  • No image stabilization: None vs Lens
  • Lacks in-camera HDR
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the DMC-GF3 and ZS20

  • Have touch screens
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • Fairly small: Compact 107x67x32 mm vs Compact 105x59x28 mm

Canon EOS M

Canon EOS M
5 months newer
$239 (body only)
$343 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the EOS M (vs the ZS20)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Shoots RAW
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the EOS M (vs the ZS20)

  • No image stabilization: None vs Lens
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the EOS M and ZS20

  • Have touch screens
  • Fairly small: Compact 109x66x32 mm vs Compact 105x59x28 mm
  • Thin: 1.3" vs 1.1"

Olympus OM-D E-M10

Olympus OM-D E-M10
2 years newer
$455 - $599 (body only)
$585 - $699 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-M10 (vs the ZS20)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,400k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Shoots RAW

Significant disadvantages of the E-M10 (vs the ZS20)

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • No built-in GPS
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: LIVEMOS vs CMOS

common strengths of the E-M10 and ZS20

  • Good image stabilization: Sensor shift vs Lens
  • Have touch screens
  • In-camera panoramas