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 DMC-ZS60 (Lumix DMC-TZ80) and the Lumix DMC-ZS10) and Canon (such as the PowerShot SX260 HS and the IXUS 165)

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 significantly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 920k dots), has a slightly shorter battery life (260 shots vs 320 shots), is older (january 2012 vs february 2014), is significantly more expensive ($791.98 vs $259.00) and doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital).

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-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
  • Much 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-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 DMC-ZS50

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50
2 years newer
$259 - $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 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-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

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) and has a built-in GPS.

However, on average it has a slightly smaller sensor (1/2.5" 6.08x4.56mm vs nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm), has a much narrower aperture (f/3.3 vs f/1.8), has a significantly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 922k dots), takes slightly 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-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

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

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
  • Significantly 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
  • No built-in GPS
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

common strengths of the DMC-LX3 and ZS20

  • Each has a built-in flash

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
1 year older
$499

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

Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120
1 year newer
$560

Significant advantages of the S120 (vs the ZS20)

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.3
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 460k dots
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the S120 (vs the ZS20)

  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the S120 and ZS20

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

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III
2 years newer
$748 - $749

Significant advantages of the DSC-RX100 III (vs the ZS20)

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.3
  • Much larger sensor: Nikon CX 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 III (vs the ZS20)

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

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 III and ZS20

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Extremely high speed movies: 120 fps vs 220 fps

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 professional size (125×87×110 mm)), records even higher-speed movies (220 fps vs none), has a touch screen, is thinner (1.1" vs 4.3") and is significantly lighter (206 g vs 588 g).

However, on average it has significantly less zoom (20x vs 60x), has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (24 mm vs 20 mm), has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 920k dots), doesn't have a screen which flips out and lacks and external mic jack.

Nikon Coolpix P500

Nikon Coolpix P500
1 year older
$499

Significant advantages of the P500 (vs the ZS20)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the P500 (vs the ZS20)

  • Significantly larger: Professional size (116×84×103 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 mm)
  • No built-in GPS
  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the P500 and ZS20

  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 220 fps
  • Light weight: 481 g vs 206 g

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
5 months newer
$425

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 B500

Nikon Coolpix B500
4 years newer
$199 - $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)
  • Light weight: 541 g vs 206 g