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-ZS50 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, 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), takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.6 MP vs 20 MP), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (3,200 ISO vs 25,600 ISO), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (10 fps vs 50 fps) and is older (january 2012 vs january 2015).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50
2 years newer
$298

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

  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

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
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • Both have in-camera, most cameras like these don't

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
  • Extremely high speed movies: 220 fps vs 220 fps
  • Have touch screens

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS45

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS45
2 years newer
$245

Significant advantages of the DMC-ZS45 (vs the ZS20)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a flip-out screen

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

  • 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)

  • Shoots much faster: 50 fps vs 10 fps
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 25,600 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
  • Much higher true resolution: 20 MP vs 9.6 MP

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

  • Have touch screens
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

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

  • Extremely high speed movies: 220 fps vs 220 fps
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • Both have in-camera, most 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 records even higher-speed movies (220 fps vs none), has a touch screen, shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 2.5 fps), has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD) and has in-camera HDR.

However, on average it has a marginally smaller sensor (1/2.5" 6.08x4.56mm vs 1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm), doesn't shoot RAW, has a much narrower aperture (f/3.3 vs f/2), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (3,200 ISO vs 12,800 ISO) and doesn't record movies in 24p.

Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120
1 year newer
$349

Significant advantages of the S120 (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 S120 (vs the ZS20)

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the S120 and ZS20

  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 220 fps
  • Have touch screens
  • In-camera HDR

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1
1 year newer
$355

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
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the DMC-LF1 and ZS20

  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • In-camera panoramas
  • In-camera HDR

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3
3 years older
$272

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

  • Much wider aperture: f/2 vs f/3.3
  • Shoots RAW
  • Supports 24p

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

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 220 fps
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the DMC-LX3 and ZS20

  • None found

Canon PowerShot G11

Canon PowerShot G11
2 years older
$479

Significant advantages of the G11 (vs the ZS20)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Much longer battery life: 1000 shots vs 260 shots
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the G11 (vs the ZS20)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 220 fps
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the G11 and ZS20

  • None found

Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110
7 months newer
$310

Significant advantages of the S110 (vs the ZS20)

  • Much wider aperture: f/2 vs f/3.3
  • Shoots RAW
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the S110 (vs the ZS20)

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the S110 and ZS20

  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 220 fps
  • Have touch screens
  • In-camera HDR

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
1 year older
$500

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

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

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

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 220 fps
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the DMC-LX5 and ZS20

  • None found

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 @ 24fps), 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 5 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 MP), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (3,200 ISO vs 25,600 ISO), doesn't record movies in 24p and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Canon EOS Rebel T6i
3 years newer
$715 - $749 (body only)
$749 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T6i (vs the ZS20)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 9.6 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the T6i (vs the ZS20)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 220 fps
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Much larger: Professional size (132×101×78 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 mm)

common strengths of the T6i and ZS20

  • Have touch screens

Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000
1 year older
$530 (body only)
$575 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7000 (vs the ZS20)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentaprism vs None
  • Supports 24p
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the D7000 (vs the ZS20)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 220 fps
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 24fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Doesn't take 3D photos

common strengths of the D7000 and ZS20

  • None found

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 prosumer size (114×89×96 mm)), records high-speed movies (220 fps vs none), has a touch screen, shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 0.8 fps) and has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD).

However, on average it has slightly less zoom (20x vs 37.2x), doesn't have a screen which flips out, has a slightly shorter battery life (260 shots vs 590 shots), is older (january 2012 vs february 2015) and is slightly more expensive ($549.99 vs $119.00).

Nikon Coolpix L840

Nikon Coolpix L840
3 years newer
$179 - $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

  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

Canon PowerShot SX400 IS
2 years newer
$119 - $165

Significant advantages of the SX400 IS (vs the ZS20)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SX400 IS (vs the ZS20)

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

common strengths of the SX400 IS and ZS20

  • Fairly small: Standard size (104×69×80 mm) vs Compact (105×59×28 mm)
  • Light weight: 313 g vs 206 g
  • Thin: 3.1" vs 1.1"