Updated (March 2013): Compare the Nikon Coolpix P330 vs Panasonic Lumix ZS30

Panasonic Lumix ZS20 vs Nikon Coolpix P310

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20
Nikon Coolpix P310

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix ZS20

Really small
Size
Compact (105×59×28 mm)
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
220 fps
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Thin
Thickness
1.1"
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P310

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/1.8
Focus points
Many focus points
99
Macro focus
Great macro
2.0 cm
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix P310.
Explore our gallery of 32 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20.

differences

Advantages of the Nikon P310

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Aperture
Much wider aperture
f/1.8 vs f/3.3
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At its widest zoom, the P310's lens captures much more light (1.7 f-stops)
Focus points
Many more focus points
99 vs 23
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Macro focus
Better macro capability
2.0 cm vs 3.0 cm
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Focus on subjects more than 30% closer to the lens
Weight
Slightly lighter
194 g vs 206 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Panasonic ZS20

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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
Significantly more zoom
20x vs 4.2x
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More than 23x more zoom
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
220 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 6 fps
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Around 70% faster continuous shooting
Size
Smaller
105×59×28 mm vs 103×58×32 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Battery life
Longer battery life
260 shots vs 230 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
Thickness
Thinner
1.1" vs 1.3"
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More than 10% thinner
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
15s vs 4s
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Around 4x longer exposures
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$361.67 vs $402.90
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The best price we've seen is $41 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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recommendations

Snapsort can't make a recommendation (yet) because it doesn't have enough data yet about the Nikon P310.

similarities

Compared to recent compacts

Common Strengths
3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Wide angle Good wide angle Help
24 mm
Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
P3101080p @ 30fps
ZS201080p @ 60fps
Screen size Larger than average screens Help
3"
HDR In-camera HDR Help
Combines multiple exposures
Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
  1. Lens
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
Lowest price Very expensive Help
P310$402.90
ZS20$361.67
Supports RAW No RAW support Help
Less editing fidelity
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Travel zoom

$440

Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is slightly heavier
Nikon Coolpix P340

Nikon Coolpix P340

Pro digicam

$348

True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
Sensor size Has a marginally larger sensor
Thickness Is thicker
HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Pro digicam

$448

Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
Thickness Is thicker
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

Travel zoom

$293 - $298

Zoom Has much more zoom
Battery life Has a much longer battery life
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is significantly heavier

Nikon Coolpix P310 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Nikon Coolpix P300

Nikon Coolpix P300

Pro digicam

$349

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Continuous shooting Shoots faster
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Macro focus Worse macro capability
Nikon Coolpix P330

Nikon Coolpix P330

Pro digicam

$282

GPS Has a GPS
Supports RAW Shoots RAW
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Battery life Shorter battery life
Canon PowerShot S90

Canon PowerShot S90

Pro digicam

Supports RAW Shoots RAW
Sensor size Larger sensor
Movie format Lower resolution movies
Wide angle Much worse wide angle
Nikon Coolpix P7000

Nikon Coolpix P7000

Pro digicam

$375

External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Size Much larger
Wide angle Much worse wide angle
Nikon Coolpix S7000

Nikon Coolpix S7000

Travel zoom

$177 - $197

Zoom Significantly more zoom
Size Smaller
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Panasonic Lumix ZS30

Panasonic Lumix ZS30

Travel zoom

$259

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Panasonic Lumix ZS25

Panasonic Lumix ZS25

Travel zoom

$306

Weight Slightly lighter
Longest exposure Longer exposures
Touch screen No touch screen
GPS No built-in GPS
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Travel zoom

$247

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

Panasonic Lumix ZS35

Travel zoom

$130 - $209

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Lowest price Significantly cheaper
Touch screen No touch screen
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

Travel zoom

$389

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

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