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 ZS30 and the Lumix DMC-ZS50) and Canon (such as the PowerShot SX260 HS and the PowerShot SX720 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 and creates panoramas in-camera.

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 920k dots), has a slightly shorter battery life (260 shots vs 320 shots), is older (january 2012 vs january 2015), is slightly more expensive ($499.95 vs $249.00) and doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital).

Panasonic Lumix ZS30

Panasonic Lumix ZS30
1 year newer
$230

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-ZS50

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50
2 years newer
$249 - $269

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-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

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)

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

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 DMC-ZS45

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS45
2 years newer
$210

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

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)

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

common strengths of the ZS15 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 records even higher-speed movies (220 fps vs none), has a touch screen, has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD), has in-camera HDR and creates panoramas in-camera.

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 slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 1,040k dots) and takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.6 MP vs 20 MP).

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)

  • No touch screen

common strengths of the S100 and ZS20

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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
1 year older
$599

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

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2 vs f/3.3
  • Significantly longer battery life: 400 shots vs 260 shots
  • Supports an external flash

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

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

common strengths of the DMC-LX5 and ZS20

  • Each has a built-in flash

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
4 months newer
$448

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
  • Much 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
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 and ZS20

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Inexpensive: $448.00 vs $499.95

Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110
7 months newer
$445

Significant advantages of the S110 (vs the ZS20)

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2 vs f/3.3
  • Supports 24p
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the S110 (vs the ZS20)

  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the S110 and ZS20

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 220 fps
  • Inexpensive: $445.00 vs $499.95

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10 (Lumix DMC-LX15)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10 (Lumix DMC-LX15)
4 years newer

Significant advantages of the Lumix DMC-LX10 (Lumix DMC-LX15) (vs the ZS20)

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.4 vs f/3.3
  • Much larger sensor: Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.5" 6.08x4.56mm
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the Lumix DMC-LX10 (Lumix DMC-LX15) (vs the ZS20)

  • No built-in GPS
  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the Lumix DMC-LX10 (Lumix DMC-LX15) and ZS20

  • 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 (130×97×118 mm)), records even higher-speed movies (220 fps vs none), has better image stabilization (lens vs none), has a touch screen and has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/3.3 vs f/2.8), has way more less zoom (20x vs 60x), has a much narrower wide angle lens (24 mm vs 4 mm), doesn't have a screen which flips out and lacks and external mic jack.

Nikon Coolpix P900

Nikon Coolpix P900
3 years newer
$499 - $597

Significant advantages of the P900 (vs the ZS20)

  • Much more zoom: 83.3x vs 20x
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the P900 (vs the ZS20)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 220 fps
  • Much larger: Large (140×103×137 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 mm)
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the P900 and ZS20

  • Built-in GPS

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
5 months newer
$395

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-FZ70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70
1 year newer
$250

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

  • Much more zoom: 60x vs 20x
  • Significantly 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)

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

common strengths of the DMC-FZ70 and ZS20

  • None found

Nikon Coolpix L340

Nikon Coolpix L340
3 years newer
$199

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
  • No built-in GPS

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