Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX240 HS vs Panasonic Lumix ZS30

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix ZS20

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Size
Really small
Compact 105x59x28 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
 
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Advantages of the Canon SX240 HS

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Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
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 ZS20

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GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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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
Size Smaller 105x59x28 mm vs 106x61x33 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 2.4 fps
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More than 4x faster continuous shooting
Aperture Wider aperture f/3.3 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the ZS20's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
Wide angle Slightly better wide angle 24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
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 230 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
Focus points More focus points 23 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Thickness Thinner 1.1" vs 1.3"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight Lighter 206 g vs 224 g
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Around 10% lighter
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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 Common Weaknesses
        Zoom Great zoom Help
        20x
        High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
        SX240 HS:240 fps
        ZS20:220 fps
        Sensor type Better sensor types Help
        Better in low light
        Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
        Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
        Weight Heavy Help
        SX240 HS:224 g
        ZS20:206 g
        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity

        Compared to recent travel zooms

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

        Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
        SX240 HS:230 shots
        ZS20:260 shots

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

        Travel zoom

        $235 - $300

        Thickness Is thicker
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

        Travel zoom

        $289 - $300

        Longest exposure Much longer exposures
        Thickness Is thicker
        Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

        Travel zoom

        $215

        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Travel zoom

        $320

        Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

        Travel zoom

        $299 - $350

        Zoom Has way more more zoom
        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Super zoom

        $399 - $400

        Zoom Has way more more zoom
        Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is much heavier
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15

        Panasonic Lumix ZS15

        Travel zoom

        $320

        Longest exposure Much longer exposures
        Thickness Is thicker
        High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

        Canon PowerShot SX240 HS Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

        Travel zoom

        $361 - $392

        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Size Slightly larger
        Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

        Travel zoom

        $199 - $252

        Size Smaller
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
        Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

        Travel zoom

        $290

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Size Slightly smaller
        Zoom Less zoom
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

        Travel zoom

        $189 - $200

        GPS Has a GPS
        Aperture Wider aperture
        Zoom Less zoom
        Wide angle Worse wide angle

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix ZS30

        Panasonic Lumix ZS30

        Travel zoom

        $480

        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Lowest price More expensive
        Panasonic Lumix ZS25

        Panasonic Lumix ZS25

        Travel zoom

        $225 - $240

        Weight Slightly lighter
        Lowest price Cheaper
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Panasonic Lumix ZS19

        Panasonic Lumix ZS19

        Travel zoom

        $220

        Lowest price Cheaper
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

        Travel zoom

        $474 - $484

        Zoom Much more zoom
        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Size Significantly larger
        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Pro digicam

        $498

        Aperture Much wider aperture
        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Zoom Significantly less zoom

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