As well as being compared against other travel zooms, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 is also often compared to super zooms, pro digicams, mirrorless and compacts. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20's top rivals come from Panasonic (such as the Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82) and the Lumix DMC-TZ60) and Canon (such as the PowerShot SX720 HS and the PowerShot ELPH 160)

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 january 2014) and has a slower max shutter speed (1/2000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60
2 years newer
$471

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

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots
  • 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"
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Panasonic Lumix ZS35

Panasonic Lumix ZS35
1 year newer
$180

Significant advantages of the ZS35 (vs the ZS20)

  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the ZS35 (vs the ZS20)

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

common strengths of the ZS35 and ZS20

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

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS
4 years newer
$315

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX720 HS (vs the ZS20)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 460k dots
  • Significantly faster max shutter speed: 1/3200 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX720 HS (vs the ZS20)

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

common strengths of the PowerShot SX720 HS and ZS20

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

Panasonic Lumix ZS30

Panasonic Lumix ZS30
1 year newer
$344

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 ZS25

Panasonic Lumix ZS25
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the ZS25 (vs the ZS20)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the ZS25 (vs the ZS20)

  • No built-in GPS
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the ZS25 and ZS20

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Extremely high speed movies: 220 fps vs 220 fps
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10
1 year older
$478

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

  • Significantly 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)

  • None found

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

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 (130×94×119 mm)), has a touch screen, is thinner (1.1" vs 4.7"), is significantly lighter (206 g vs 616 g) and has a built-in GPS.

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/3.3 vs f/2.8), has much less zoom (20x vs 60x), has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (24 mm vs 20 mm), has a significantly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 1,040k dots) and records less high-speed movies (220 fps vs 240 fps).

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 more zoom: 60x vs 20x
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Better wide angle: 20 mm vs 24 mm

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
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Nikon Coolpix L830

Nikon Coolpix L830
1 year newer
$150 - $255

Significant advantages of the L830 (vs the ZS20)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Significantly longer battery life: 390 shots vs 260 shots

Significant disadvantages of the L830 (vs the ZS20)

  • No built-in GPS
  • No touch screen
  • Significantly thicker: 3.6" vs 1.1"

common strengths of the L830 and ZS20

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (111×76×91 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 mm)
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 220 fps
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic ZS20 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has significantly more zoom (20x vs 3.6x), has a slightly wider wide angle lens (24 mm vs 26 mm), is slightly smaller (compact (105×59×28 mm) vs compact (102×61×34 mm)), records high-speed movies (220 fps vs none) and has better image stabilization (lens vs sensor shift).

However, on average it has a marginally smaller sensor (1/2.5" 6.08x4.56mm vs 1" 13.2x8.8mm), has a much 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 doesn't record movies in 24p.

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
4 months newer
$368

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

  • Much larger sensor: 1" 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.5" 6.08x4.56mm
  • Much 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)

  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 24 mm
  • Significantly less zoom: 3.6x vs 20x
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 and ZS20

  • Built-in flashes
  • Fairly small: Compact (102×58×36 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 mm)
  • Thin: 1.4" vs 1.1"

Olympus Stylus XZ-10

Olympus Stylus XZ-10
1 year newer
$359

Significant advantages of the XZ-10 (vs the ZS20)

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.3
  • Higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots
  • Significantly longer exposures: 30 seconds vs 15 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the XZ-10 (vs the ZS20)

  • Significantly less zoom: 5x vs 20x
  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the XZ-10 and ZS20

  • Built-in flashes
  • Fairly small: Compact (102×61×34 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 mm)
  • Have touch screens

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3
3 years older
$392

Significant advantages of the DMC-LX3 (vs the ZS20)

  • Much wider aperture: f/2 vs f/3.3
  • Much longer battery life: 380 shots vs 260 shots
  • Supports an external flash

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-LX3 (vs the ZS20)

  • Significantly less zoom: 2.5x vs 20x
  • No touch screen
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

common strengths of the DMC-LX3 and ZS20

  • Built-in flashes
  • Very small: Compact (109×60×27 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 mm)
  • Very thin: 1.1" vs 1.1"

Olympus Tough TG-4

Olympus Tough TG-4
3 years newer
$480

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

  • Much wider aperture: f/2 vs f/3.3
  • Much longer battery life: 380 shots vs 260 shots
  • Waterproof

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

  • Significantly less zoom: 4x vs 20x
  • No touch screen
  • Larger: Compact (112×66×31 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 mm)

common strengths of the TG-4 and ZS20

  • Built-in flashes
  • Fairly small: Compact (112×66×31 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 mm)
  • Built-in GPS

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 a touch screen, has a built-in GPS and has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs LIVEMOS).

However, on average it has a significantly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 920k dots), takes significantly lower resolution photos (9.6 MP vs 15.9 MP), significantly lower maximum light sensitivity (3,200 ISO vs 25,600 ISO), doesn't record movies in 24p and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Olympus PEN E-PL5

Olympus PEN E-PL5
7 months newer
$499 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-PL5 (vs the ZS20)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 25,600 ISO vs 3,200 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the E-PL5 (vs the ZS20)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 220 fps
  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the E-PL5 and ZS20

  • Have touch screens
  • Fairly small: Mid size (111×64×38 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 mm)
  • Light weight: 325 g vs 206 g

Sony Alpha NEX-3

Sony Alpha NEX-3
1 year older
$398 (body only)
$450 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the NEX-3 (vs the ZS20)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the NEX-3 (vs the ZS20)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 220 fps
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the NEX-3 and ZS20

  • Fairly small: Compact (117×62×33 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 mm)
  • Light weight: 297 g vs 206 g
  • Thin: 1.3" vs 1.1"

Olympus PEN E-PL7

Olympus PEN E-PL7
2 years newer
$471 (body only)
$813 12-42mm, 40-150mm lenses

Significant advantages of the E-PL7 (vs the ZS20)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,037k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the E-PL7 (vs the ZS20)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 220 fps
  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the E-PL7 and ZS20

  • Have touch screens
  • Fairly small: Mid size (115×67×38 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 mm)
  • Light weight: 309 g vs 206 g

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic ZS20 compared to compact competitors include: it has significantly more zoom (20x vs 4x), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs 800 x 592 @ 20fps), has a much wider wide angle lens (24 mm vs 35 mm), has a slightly higher resolution screen (460k dots vs 230k dots) and records high-speed movies (220 fps vs none).

However, on average it is significantly larger (compact (105×59×28 mm) vs super compact (101×59×18 mm)), is thicker (1.1" vs 0.8"), is slightly heavier (206 g vs 140 g), is significantly more expensive ($498.00 vs $107.40) and has fewer storage slots (1 vs 2).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP8

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP8
2 years older
$107

Significant advantages of the DMC-FP8 (vs the ZS20)

  • Significantly smaller: Super compact (96×60×20 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 mm)
  • Significantly thinner: 0.8" vs 1.1"
  • Lighter: 151 g vs 206 g

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FP8 (vs the ZS20)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 220 fps
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 24 mm
  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps

common strengths of the DMC-FP8 and ZS20

  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

Samsung SL30

Samsung SL30
2 years older
$93

Significant advantages of the SL30 (vs the ZS20)

  • Significantly lighter: 140 g vs 206 g

Significant disadvantages of the SL30 (vs the ZS20)

  • Much worse wide angle: 38 mm vs 24 mm
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 220 fps

common strengths of the SL30 and ZS20

  • None found

Sony Cybershot W580

Sony Cybershot DSC-W580
1 year older

Significant advantages of the W580 (vs the ZS20)

  • Wider aperture: f/2.6 vs f/3.3
  • Significantly smaller: Super compact (94×56×19 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 mm)
  • Has more storage slots: 2 vs 1

Significant disadvantages of the W580 (vs the ZS20)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 220 fps
  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Significantly less zoom: 5x vs 20x

common strengths of the W580 and ZS20

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP7
1 year older
$233

Significant advantages of the DMC-FP7 (vs the ZS20)

  • Much larger screen: 3.5" vs 3"
  • Significantly smaller: Super compact (101×59×18 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 mm)
  • Significantly thinner: 0.7" vs 1.1"

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FP7 (vs the ZS20)

  • Much worse wide angle: 35 mm vs 24 mm
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 220 fps
  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps

common strengths of the DMC-FP7 and ZS20

  • Larger than average screens: 3.5" vs 3"
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Have touch screens