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

Panasonic Lumix ZS20 vs Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

69

Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

57

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix ZS20

Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
Really small
Size
Compact 105x59x28 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX240 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

differences

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
Help
Around 10% higher fps
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/3200s vs 1/2000s
Help
Around 40% faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Panasonic ZS20

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GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
Help
Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
Help
Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
Help
Almost the same
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 2.4 fps
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More than 4x faster continuous shooting
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
Help
Around 20% smaller
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.3 vs f/3.5
Help
At its widest zoom, the ZS20's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
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
Help
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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$299.99 vs $345.58
Help
The best price we've seen is $46 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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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
              Zoom Great zoom Help
              20x
              High-speed framerate Extremely high speed movies Help
              SX240 HS240 fps
              ZS20220 fps
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              SX240 HS1080p @ 24fps
              ZS201080p @ 60fps
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              SX240 HS$345.58
              ZS20$299.99
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX240 HS224 g
              ZS20206 g

              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

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $260

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $369

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Travel zoom

              $190

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Light sensitivity Slightly lower maximum light sensitivity
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Travel zoom

              $330

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $403

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $283 - $398

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $175 - $180

              Size Smaller
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Travel zoom

              $350

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $329 - $430

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Travel zoom

              $215

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $350

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price More expensive
              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Travel zoom

              $140 - $298

              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-ZS50 (Lumix DMC-TZ70)

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (Lumix DMC-TZ70)

              Travel zoom

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Travel zoom

              $329

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

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              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20
              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

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