As well as being compared against other travel zooms, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 is also often compared to pro digicams, entry-level DSLRs and super zooms. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20's top rivals come from Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-TZ60 and the Lumix DMC-ZS60 (Lumix DMC-TZ80)) and Canon (such as the PowerShot SX260 HS and the PowerShot SX610 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) and has a touch screen.

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 920k dots), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (3,200 ISO vs 25,600 ISO), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (10 fps vs 40 fps), is older (january 2012 vs january 2015) and doesn't shoot RAW.

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-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 DMC-ZS100 (Lumix DMC-TZ100)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 (Lumix DMC-TZ100)
3 years newer

Significant advantages of the Lumix DMC-ZS100 (Lumix DMC-TZ100) (vs the ZS20)

  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 25,600 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Shoots much faster: 50 fps vs 10 fps

Significant disadvantages of the Lumix DMC-ZS100 (Lumix DMC-TZ100) (vs the ZS20)

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

common strengths of the Lumix DMC-ZS100 (Lumix DMC-TZ100) 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-ZS50

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50
2 years newer
$298 - $316

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 ZS25

Panasonic Lumix ZS25
1 year newer
$310

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
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic ZS20 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has a built-in flash, 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 and creates panoramas in-camera.

However, on average it 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 922k dots), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (3,200 ISO vs 12,800 ISO) and is older (january 2012 vs september 2015).

Ricoh Theta S

Ricoh Theta S
3 years newer
$334 - $347

Significant advantages of the Theta S (vs the ZS20)

  • Much wider aperture: f/2 vs f/3.3
  • Much longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 15 seconds
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/8000 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the Theta S (vs the ZS20)

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

common strengths of the Theta S and ZS20

  • None found

Canon PowerShot G16

Canon PowerShot G16
1 year newer
$379 - $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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1
1 year newer
$499

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

  • Much wider aperture: f/2 vs f/3.3
  • Shoots RAW
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots

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

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

common strengths of the DMC-LF1 and ZS20

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • In-camera panoramas

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic ZS20 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), records high-speed movies (220 fps vs none), has image stabilization (lens vs none), has a touch screen and shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 4 fps).

However, on average it has a much lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 1,040k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (9.6 MP vs 24.2 MP), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (3,200 ISO vs 12,800 ISO), doesn't record movies in 24p and has a much smaller sensor (1/2.5" 6.08x4.56mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm).

Canon Rebel SL1

Canon Rebel SL1
1 year newer
$340 - $399 (body only)
$430 - $499 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the SL1 (vs the ZS20)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the SL1 (vs the ZS20)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 220 fps
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps

common strengths of the SL1 and ZS20

  • Have touch screens
  • In-camera HDR
  • Very small: Prosumer size (117×91×69 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 mm)

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
1 year newer
$279 (body only)
$349 - $447 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the ZS20)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much higher true resolution: 24.2 MP vs 9.6 MP
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the D3300 (vs the ZS20)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 220 fps
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the D3300 and ZS20

  • Both shoot high resolution HD movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Both have in-camera panoramic stitching, many cameras like these don't
  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (124×98×76 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 mm)

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 (132×92×117 mm)), records high-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 slightly less zoom (20x vs 50x), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs UHD @ 30fps), has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 921k dots), doesn't record movies in 24p and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS
2 years newer
$217 - $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

Nikon Coolpix L840

Nikon Coolpix L840
3 years newer
$159 - $197

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-FZ300

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300
3 years newer
$444 - $598

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

  • Higher resolution movies: UHD @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots

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