Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS vs Panasonic Lumix ZS30

Panasonic Lumix ZS20 vs Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

72

Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

64

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix ZS20

Really small
Size
Compact 105x59x28 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/3200 of a second
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel

differences

Advantages of the Canon SX230 HS

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Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.1 vs f/3.3
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At its widest zoom, the SX230 HS's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
High-speed framerate
Higher speed movies
240 fps vs 220 fps
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Around 10% higher fps
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/3200s vs 1/2000s
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Around 40% faster max shutter speed
Lowest price
Cheaper
$209.99 vs $299.99
Help
The best price we've seen is $90 cheaper (more than 30% less)
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
9.8 MP vs 9.6 MP
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Panasonic ZS20

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Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Zoom
More zoom
20x vs 14x
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More than 2x more zoom
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
Help
Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
Help
Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 3.2 fps
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More than 3x faster continuous shooting
Size
Smaller
105x59x28 mm vs 106x59x33 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Macro focus
Better macro capability
3 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
Battery life
Longer battery life
260 shots vs 210 shots
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More than 20% more shots per battery charge
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
6,400 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Thickness
Thinner
1.1" vs 1.3"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight
Slightly lighter
206 g vs 215 g
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Almost the same
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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
              SX230 HS:240 fps
              ZS20:220 fps
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX230 HS:215 g
              ZS20:206 g

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              SX230 HS:None
              ZS20:6,400 ISO

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Travel zoom

              $198

              Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $369

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $383

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Travel zoom

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $179

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Travel zoom

              $249

              Thickness Is thicker
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Compact

              $229

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Size Is significantly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $140 - $180

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Zoom More zoom
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

              Travel zoom

              $299

              GPS No built-in GPS
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

              Travel zoom

              $345

              Size Slightly smaller
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Supports 24p No 24p support

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $249

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $260

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Travel zoom

              $139 - $248

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Lowest price Cheaper
              GPS No built-in GPS
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Travel zoom

              $330

              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Fastest shutter speed Significantly faster max shutter speed
              Zoom Less zoom
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15

              Panasonic Lumix ZS15

              Travel zoom

              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Fastest shutter speed Significantly faster max shutter speed
              GPS No built-in GPS
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

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