As well as being compared against other travel zooms, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 is also often compared to pro digicams, waterproofs and super zooms. 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 (105×59×28 mm) vs compact (111×64×34 mm)), records even higher-speed movies (220 fps vs none), has a touch screen and captures 3D images.

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 january 2014) and doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital).

Panasonic Lumix ZS30

Panasonic Lumix ZS30
1 year newer
$259

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
$247

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)

  • No touch screen
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 220 fps
  • Significantly larger: Compact (111×64×34 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 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
$376

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

Panasonic Lumix ZS35

Panasonic Lumix ZS35
1 year newer
$130 - $209

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

common strengths of the ZS35 and ZS20

  • Good wide angle: 24 mm vs 24 mm
  • Full HD (1080p) video: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Fast continuous shooting: 10 fps vs 10 fps

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS
similar age
$441

Significant advantages of the SX260 HS (vs the ZS20)

  • Supports 24p
  • 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 (111×65×34 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 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

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 captures 3D images.

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/1.4), has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 920k dots) and takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.6 MP vs 20 MP).

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
  • 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

Nikon Coolpix P340

Nikon Coolpix P340
2 years newer
$384

Significant advantages of the P340 (vs the ZS20)

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.3
  • Shoots RAW
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the P340 (vs the ZS20)

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

common strengths of the P340 and ZS20

  • In-camera panoramas

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
1 year older
$589

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

  • Shoots RAW
  • Much wider aperture: f/2 vs f/3.3
  • Significantly longer battery life: 400 shots vs 260 shots

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

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • No touch screen
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

common strengths of the DMC-LX5 and ZS20

  • None found

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7
5 months newer
$328

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

Olympus XZ-1

Olympus XZ-1
1 year older
$206

Significant advantages of the XZ-1 (vs the ZS20)

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.3
  • Shoots RAW
  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD

Significant disadvantages of the XZ-1 (vs the ZS20)

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

common strengths of the XZ-1 and ZS20

  • In-camera panoramas

compared toWaterproof competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic ZS20 compared to waterproof competitors include: it has significantly more zoom (20x vs 4.6x), is slightly smaller (compact (105×59×28 mm) vs compact (130×64×28 mm)), records high-speed movies (220 fps vs none), has a touch screen and significantly closer macro focusing (3.0 cm vs 5.0 cm).

However, on average it doesn't have a screen which flips out, has a significantly shorter battery life (260 shots vs 370 shots), is older (january 2012 vs february 2015), is slightly more expensive ($361.67 vs $242.89) and is not waterproof.

Panasonic Lumix TS5

Panasonic Lumix TS5
1 year newer
$243 - $289

Significant advantages of the TS5 (vs the ZS20)

  • Significantly longer battery life: 370 shots vs 260 shots
  • Waterproof
  • Much longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 15 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the TS5 (vs the ZS20)

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

common strengths of the TS5 and ZS20

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Fast continuous shooting: 10 fps vs 10 fps

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860
3 years newer
$279

Significant advantages of the Stylus Tough TG-860 (vs the ZS20)

  • Significantly better wide angle: 21 mm vs 24 mm
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Waterproof

Significant disadvantages of the Stylus Tough TG-860 (vs the ZS20)

  • No touch screen
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 220 fps
  • Significantly less zoom: 5x vs 20x

common strengths of the Stylus Tough TG-860 and ZS20

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Thin: 1.1" vs 1.1"

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 a touch screen, has in-camera HDR and is thinner (1.1" vs 4.6").

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 significantly shorter battery life (260 shots vs 410 shots).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150
5 months older
$347

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 (124×82×92 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70
1 year newer
$220 - $248

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 (130×97×118 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 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