Updated (January 2012): Compare the Canon IXUS 230 HS vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ25

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20 vs Canon IXUS 230 HS

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20

70

Canon IXUS 230 HS

55

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20

Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
10 fps
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/4000 of a second
 

Reasons to buy the Canon IXUS 230 HS

Size
Really small
Super compact (96×57×22 mm)
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Thickness
Thin
0.9"

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20.

differences

Advantages of the Canon IXUS 230 HS

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Size
Significantly smaller
96×57×22 mm vs 105×58×33 mm
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More than 40% smaller
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3 vs f/3.3
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At its widest zoom, the IXUS 230 HS's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Thickness
Significantly thinner
0.9" vs 1.3"
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More than 30% thinner
Macro focus
Better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 3.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Weight
Significantly lighter
140 g vs 219 g
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Around 40% lighter
High-speed framerate
Higher speed movies
240 fps vs 220 fps
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Around 10% higher fps
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The IXUS 230 HS's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-TZ20

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GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Wide angle
Much better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Zoom
More zoom
16x vs 8x
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4x more zoom
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 3.4 fps
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Around 3x faster continuous shooting
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent travel zooms, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              High-speed framerate Extremely high speed movies Help
              IXUS 230 HS240 fps
              DMC-TZ20220 fps
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              IXUS 230 HS
              1. Lens
              2. Sensor shift
              DMC-TZ20
              1. Lens
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              IXUS 230 HS3,200 ISO
              DMC-TZ201,600 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              IXUS 230 HS8x
              DMC-TZ2016x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $349

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon IXUS 230 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $165

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon IXUS 165

              Canon IXUS 165

              Travel zoom

              $137 - $139

              Size Slightly smaller
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

              Canon ELPH 320 HS

              Compact

              $223

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS (IXUS 170)

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS (IXUS 170)

              Travel zoom

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $119 - $352

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $369

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Zoom More zoom
              Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
              Fastest shutter speed Significantly slower max shutter speed
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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (DMC-TZ70)

              Travel zoom

              $485

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $247

              Zoom Much more zoom
              3D Takes 3D photos
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Travel zoom

              $110 - $209

              Zoom More zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $220

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
              Fastest shutter speed Significantly slower max shutter speed

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              Canon IXUS 230 HS Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20

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              Hookey13 (4:49 AM, December 30, 2011)
              I have both the lumix TZ20 and the Canon IXUS 230 HS, I got the TZ20 first to go on a trip but the still shots were well below Par with lots of noise, got worse in low light. The CanonIXUS 230 HS is great in low light with snapshots as well as Video. So I will be taking the Canon on my trip and leaving the TZ20 at home. It is a shame as I had great hope for the TZ20, I am now hoping there will be software up date to fix these areas.