Updated (January 2013): Compare the Nikon Coolpix P310 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
Fewer buttons
Thin
Thickness
1.1"
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P310

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/1.8
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Focus points
Many focus points
99
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions

Items often bought with the Panasonic ZS20 or Nikon P310

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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Focus points
Many more focus points
99 vs 23
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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)
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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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
Zoom
Significantly more zoom
20x vs 4.2x
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More than 23x more zoom
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
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
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recommendations

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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
HDR In-camera HDR Help
Combines multiple exposures
Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
  1. Lens
Focus points Many focus points Help
P31099
ZS2023
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
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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Travel zoom

$247

Zoom Has much more zoom
Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
Thickness Is thicker
Size Is significantly larger
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

Travel zoom

$428

Zoom Has much more zoom
Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is slightly heavier
Nikon Coolpix S7000

Nikon Coolpix S7000

Travel zoom

$119 - $197

Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
Weight Is slightly lighter
Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Pro digicam

$328

Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is significantly heavier
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

Travel zoom

$213 - $298

Size Is slightly smaller
Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
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

Nikon Coolpix P310 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Nikon Coolpix P340

Nikon Coolpix P340

Pro digicam

$350

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Supports RAW Shoots RAW
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Nikon Coolpix S9900

Nikon Coolpix S9900

Travel zoom

$249 - $297

Zoom Much more zoom
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Size Much larger
Nikon Coolpix P330

Nikon Coolpix P330

Pro digicam

$328

GPS Has a GPS
Supports RAW Shoots RAW
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Battery life Shorter battery life
Canon PowerShot G12

Canon PowerShot G12

Pro digicam

$799

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Size Much larger
Movie format Lower resolution movies
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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Panasonic Lumix ZS30

Panasonic Lumix ZS30

Travel zoom

$220

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Placeholder

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (DMC-TZ70)

Travel zoom

$487

Zoom Significantly more zoom
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Touch screen No touch screen
Size Significantly larger
Panasonic Lumix ZS35

Panasonic Lumix ZS35

Travel zoom

$110 - $209

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Lowest price Cheaper
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
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
Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Travel zoom

$400

Supports 24p Supports 24p
High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Touch screen No touch screen

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