As well as being compared against other travel zooms, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 is also often compared to super zooms, pro digicams and compacts. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20's top rivals come from Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-ZS50 and the Lumix DMC-ZS100 (Lumix DMC-TZ100)) and Sony (such as the Cybershot DSC-RX100 and the Cyber-shot DSC-HX80)

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), is older (january 2012 vs january 2015), is slightly more expensive ($635.79 vs $269.00) and doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50
2 years newer
$279

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-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)

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

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

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

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 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 ZS30

Panasonic Lumix ZS30
1 year newer
$260

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
$300

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-ZS7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7
2 years older
$370

Significant advantages of the DMC-ZS7 (vs the ZS20)

  • Much longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 15 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-ZS7 (vs the ZS20)

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

common strengths of the DMC-ZS7 and ZS20

  • Built-in GPS
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic ZS20 compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.7"), is significantly smaller (compact (105×59×28 mm) vs prosumer size (128×88×87 mm)), records even higher-speed movies (220 fps vs none), has better image stabilization (lens vs sensor shift) and has a touch screen.

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/3.3 vs f/2.8), has slightly less zoom (20x vs 39.1x), has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (24 mm vs 20 mm), doesn't have a screen which flips out and has a much shorter battery life (260 shots vs 600 shots).

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 B500

Nikon Coolpix B500
4 years newer
$215 - $257

Significant advantages of the Coolpix B500 (vs the ZS20)

  • Much longer battery life: 600 shots vs 260 shots
  • More zoom: 39.1x vs 20x
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the Coolpix B500 (vs the ZS20)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 220 fps
  • No built-in GPS
  • Significantly larger: Prosumer size (114×78×95 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 mm)

common strengths of the Coolpix B500 and ZS20

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (114×78×95 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 mm)

Nikon Coolpix L340

Nikon Coolpix L340
3 years newer
$120 - $177

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

Nikon Coolpix P100

Nikon Coolpix P100
2 years older
$599

Significant advantages of the P100 (vs the ZS20)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the P100 (vs the ZS20)

  • Significantly larger: Prosumer size (114×83×99 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 mm)
  • No built-in GPS
  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the P100 and ZS20

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (114×83×99 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 mm)
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 220 fps
  • Light weight: 481 g vs 206 g

Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

Canon PowerShot SX10 IS
3 years older
$500

Significant advantages of the SX10 IS (vs the ZS20)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Supports an external flash
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the SX10 IS (vs the ZS20)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 220 fps
  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 24 mm

common strengths of the SX10 IS and ZS20

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (128×88×87 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 mm)
  • Thin: 3.4" vs 1.1"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35
2 years older
$725

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ35 (vs the ZS20)

  • Much longer battery life: 470 shots vs 260 shots
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Much longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 15 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ35 (vs the ZS20)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 220 fps
  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 27 mm vs 24 mm

common strengths of the DMC-FZ35 and ZS20

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (118×76×89 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 mm)
  • Light weight: 367 g vs 206 g
  • Thin: 3.5" vs 1.1"

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), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 24fps), has a slightly wider wide angle lens (24 mm vs 28 mm), records even higher-speed movies (220 fps vs none) and has a touch screen.

However, on average it has a marginally smaller sensor (1/2.5" 6.08x4.56mm vs 1" 13.2x8.8mm), has a significantly narrower aperture (f/3.3 vs f/2), has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 920k dots), takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.6 MP vs 14.2 MP) and doesn't record movies in 24p.

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
4 months newer
$435 - $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
  • 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
  • Significantly less zoom: 3.6x vs 20x

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"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1
1 year newer

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

  • Much wider aperture: f/2 vs f/3.3
  • Higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

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

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

common strengths of the DMC-LF1 and ZS20

  • Built-in flashes
  • Very small: Compact (103×62×28 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 mm)
  • Very thin: 1.1" vs 1.1"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX150

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX150
3 years older
$200

Significant advantages of the DMC-FX150 (vs the ZS20)

  • Supports 24p
  • Higher true resolution: 14.2 MP vs 9.6 MP
  • Much longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 15 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FX150 (vs the ZS20)

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

common strengths of the DMC-FX150 and ZS20

  • Built-in flashes
  • Very small: Compact (97×54×25 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 mm)
  • Very thin: 1" vs 1.1"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3
3 years older
$341

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

  • Much 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

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

Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100
4 months older
$438

Significant advantages of the S100 (vs the ZS20)

  • Much 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

  • Built-in flashes
  • Very small: Compact (99×60×28 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 mm)
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 220 fps

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic ZS20 compared to compact competitors include: it has significantly more zoom (20x vs 5x), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs 480p @ 30fps), has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.7"), records even higher-speed movies (220 fps vs none) and has a touch screen.

However, on average it doesn't have a screen which flips out, has a significantly shorter battery life (260 shots vs 370 shots), is slightly more expensive ($635.79 vs $342.84), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs tunnel) and is not waterproof.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W170

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W170
4 years older

Significant advantages of the DSC-W170 (vs the ZS20)

  • Significantly longer battery life: 370 shots vs 260 shots
  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W170 (vs the ZS20)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 220 fps
  • Lower resolution movies: 480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 24 mm

common strengths of the DSC-W170 and ZS20

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

Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS
2 years newer
$343

Significant advantages of the TG-850 iHS (vs the ZS20)

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

Significant disadvantages of the TG-850 iHS (vs the ZS20)

  • Significantly less zoom: 5x vs 20x
  • No touch screen
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the TG-850 iHS and ZS20

  • Good wide angle: 21 mm vs 24 mm
  • Both shoot high resolution HD movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"