Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS vs Panasonic Lumix ZS30

Panasonic Lumix ZS20 vs Olympus SZ-30MR

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

69

Olympus SZ-30MR

58

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix ZS20

Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
220 fps
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus SZ-30MR

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/3.0

galleries

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

differences

Advantages of the Olympus SZ-30MR

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Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.0 vs f/3.3
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At its widest zoom, the SZ-30MR's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
24x vs 20x
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More than 40% more zoom
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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
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
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs Digital, Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Wide angle
Slightly better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 7 fps
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More than 40% faster continuous shooting
Size
Slightly smaller
105x59x28 mm vs 106x69x40 mm
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More than 40% smaller
Thickness
Thinner
1.1" vs 1.6"
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30% thinner
Lowest price
Cheaper
$299.95 vs $386.24
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The best price we've seen is $86 cheaper (more than 20% less)
Weight
Slightly lighter
206 g vs 246 g
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Around 20% lighter
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1700s
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More than 10% faster max shutter speed
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
15s vs 4s
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Around 4x longer exposures
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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 digicams

              Common Strengths
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              6,400 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              SZ-30MR$386.24
              ZS20$299.95

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $281

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $386

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture

              Olympus SZ-30MR Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

              Olympus SZ-31MR

              Travel zoom

              $220

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

              Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

              Travel zoom

              $120

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Olympus SZ-14

              Olympus SZ-14

              Digicam

              $139

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $159 - $207

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Thickness Significantly thicker
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $150

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Thickness Significantly thicker

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Travel zoom

              $239

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Longest exposure Longer exposures
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $325

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Travel zoom

              $329

              Fastest shutter speed Significantly faster max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Significantly longer exposures
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Travel zoom

              $140 - $189

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Lowest price Cheaper
              GPS No built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (Lumix DMC-TZ70)

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (Lumix DMC-TZ70)

              Travel zoom

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Zoom More zoom
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Touch screen No touch screen

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