As well as being compared against other travel zooms, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 is also often compared to pro digicams, mirrorless and super zooms. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20's top rivals come from Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-ZS50 and the Lumix DMC-TZ60) and Canon (such as the PowerShot SX720 HS and the PowerShot SX260 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, records even higher-speed movies (220 fps vs none), has a touch screen, has in-camera HDR and creates panoramas in-camera.

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 920k dots), doesn't record movies in 24p, is older (january 2012 vs february 2014), doesn't shoot RAW and is slightly more expensive ($639.00 vs $270.93).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50
2 years newer
$249 - $278

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)

  • No built-in GPS
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 220 fps
  • 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-TZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60
2 years newer
$340

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 DMC-ZS10

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10
1 year older
$525

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)

  • 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

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS
4 years newer
$271 - $329

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

  • Significantly more zoom: 40x vs 20x
  • 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

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS
similar age
$429

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

common strengths of the SX260 HS and ZS20

  • Built-in GPS
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 220 fps

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS45

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS45
2 years newer
$220

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

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Longer battery life: 350 shots vs 260 shots

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

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

common strengths of the DMC-ZS45 and ZS20

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • 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), is slightly smaller (compact (105×59×28 mm) vs compact (102×58×36 mm)), records even higher-speed movies (220 fps vs none), has a touch screen and has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD).

However, on average it has a slightly smaller sensor (1/2.5" 6.08x4.56mm vs 1" 13.2x8.8mm), has a significantly narrower aperture (f/3.3 vs f/1.8), has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 1,040k dots), takes significantly lower resolution photos (9.6 MP vs 20 MP) and slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (3,200 ISO vs 12,800 ISO).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3
3 years older
$341

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

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2 vs f/3.3
  • Supports 24p
  • Much longer battery life: 380 shots vs 260 shots

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

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 220 fps
  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 24fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Significantly less zoom: 2.5x vs 20x

common strengths of the DMC-LX3 and ZS20

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Very small: Compact (109×60×27 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 mm)
  • Very thin: 1.1" vs 1.1"

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
4 months newer
$448

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
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 460k dots

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

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 220 fps
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 24 mm
  • Significantly less zoom: 3.6x vs 20x

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 and ZS20

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Compact (102×58×36 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 mm)
  • Thin: 1.4" vs 1.1"

Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100
4 months older
$415

Significant advantages of the S100 (vs the ZS20)

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2 vs f/3.3
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the S100 (vs the ZS20)

  • Significantly less zoom: 5x vs 20x
  • No touch screen
  • Shorter battery life: 200 shots vs 260 shots

common strengths of the S100 and ZS20

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Very small: Compact (99×60×28 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 mm)
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 220 fps

Canon PowerShot G7 X

Canon PowerShot G7 X
2 years newer
$649

Significant advantages of the G7 X (vs the ZS20)

  • Much larger sensor: Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.5" 6.08x4.56mm
  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.3
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the G7 X (vs the ZS20)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 220 fps
  • Significantly less zoom: 4.2x vs 20x
  • Significantly larger: Compact (103×60×40 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 mm)

common strengths of the G7 X and ZS20

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Compact (103×60×40 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 mm)

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic ZS20 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it records even higher-speed movies (220 fps vs none), has better image stabilization (lens vs sensor shift), has a touch screen, is slightly smaller (compact (105×59×28 mm) vs mid size (119×82×46 mm)) and has a built-in GPS.

However, on average it has a much lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 1,400k dots), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital), takes significantly lower resolution photos (9.6 MP vs 24 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Olympus OM-D E-M10

Olympus OM-D E-M10
2 years newer
$499 - $649 (body only)
$590 - $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
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the E-M10 (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-M10 and ZS20

  • Have touch screens
  • Inexpensive: $499.00 vs $639.00
  • Each has a built-in flash

Sony Alpha a6300

Sony Alpha a6300
4 years newer
$970 - $998 (body only)
$1,057 - $1,148 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the Alpha a6300 (vs the ZS20)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Many more focus points: 425 vs 23

Significant disadvantages of the Alpha a6300 (vs the ZS20)

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

common strengths of the Alpha a6300 and ZS20

  • Extremely high speed movies: 120 fps vs 220 fps
  • Fairly small: Mid size (120×67×49 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 mm)
  • Each has a built-in flash

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic ZS20 compared to super zoom competitors include: it is much smaller (compact (105×59×28 mm) vs large (132×92×117 mm)), records even higher-speed movies (220 fps vs none), has a touch screen, is thinner (1.1" vs 4.6") and is significantly lighter (206 g vs 691 g).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/3.3 vs f/2.8), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs UHD @ 30fps), has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 1,040k dots), doesn't record movies in 24p and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
5 months newer
$400

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

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

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

  • Much larger: Professional size (125×87×110 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 mm)
  • No built-in GPS
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the DMC-FZ200 and ZS20

  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 220 fps

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300
3 years newer
$498

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ300 (vs the ZS20)

  • Higher resolution movies: UHD @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ300 (vs the ZS20)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 220 fps
  • Much larger: Large (132×92×117 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 mm)
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the DMC-FZ300 and ZS20

  • Have touch screens