Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ25

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20

67

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Canon IXUS 230 HS

53

Canon IXUS 230 HS

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20

Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
200 ms shutter lag
Long exposures
Longest exposure
60 seconds
 

Reasons to buy the Canon IXUS 230 HS

Size
Really small
Super compact 96x57x22 mm
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon IXUS 230 HS

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Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Size
Significantly smaller
96x57x22 mm vs 105x58x33 mm
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More than 40% smaller
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.0 vs f/3.3
Help
At its widest zoom, the IXUS 230 HS's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Macro focus
Better macro capability
1 cm vs 3 cm
Help
Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Weight
Significantly lighter
140 g vs 219 g
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Around 40% lighter
Thickness
Significantly thinner
0.9" vs 1.3"
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More than 30% thinner
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 1 f-stop better
High-speed framerate
Higher speed movies
240 fps vs 220 fps
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Around 10% higher fps
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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
Zoom
More zoom
16x vs 8x
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4x more zoom
Wide angle
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
Help
Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Continuous shooting
Shoots 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
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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 Very high speed movies Help
              IXUS 230 HS:240 fps
              DMC-TZ20:220 fps
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              IXUS 230 HS:Sensor shift, Lens
              DMC-TZ20:Lens
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses

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

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon IXUS 220 HS

              Canon IXUS 220 HS

              Compact

              $964

              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $391 - $399

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon IXUS 155

              Canon IXUS 155

              Travel zoom

              $140

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $368

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier

              Canon IXUS 230 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon IXUS 265 HS

              Canon IXUS 265 HS

              Travel zoom

              $419

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Zoom More zoom
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Digicam

              $180

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot IXUS 240 HS

              Canon IXUS 240 HS

              Compact

              $251

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $179 - $180

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $179 - $349

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Larger
              Macro focus Worse macro capability

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30

              Panasonic Lumix TZ30

              Travel zoom

              $275

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Zoom More zoom
              Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $260

              Zoom Much more zoom
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ10

              Travel zoom

              $160

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panasonic Lumix TZ35

              Panasonic Lumix TZ35

              Travel zoom

              $186

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Zoom More zoom
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix TZ40

              Panasonic Lumix TZ40

              Travel zoom

              $229

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Zoom More zoom
              Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures

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              Canon IXUS 230 HS Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20
              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.