Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Olympus XZ-1 vs Panasonic Lumix ZS30

Olympus XZ-1 vs Panasonic Lumix ZS20

Winner
Olympus XZ-1

41

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

38

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Olympus XZ-1

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/1.8
Large sensor
Sensor size
1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm
OLED Screen
Screen type
Bright and vivid
Great macro
Macro focus
1.0 cm
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix ZS20

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
220 fps
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Olympus XZ-1. Explore our gallery of 32 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20.

differences

Advantages of the Olympus XZ-1

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Aperture
Much wider aperture
f/1.8 vs f/3.3
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At its widest zoom, the XZ-1's lens captures much more light (1.7 f-stops)
Screen type
Has an OLED screen
OLED vs LCD
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OLED screens are often brighter and more vibrant than typical LCD screens
Sensor size
Significantly larger sensor
1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm vs 1/2.5" 6.08x4.56mm
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Around 90% larger sensor
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
614k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The XZ-1's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Macro focus
Better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 3.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Battery life
Longer battery life
320 shots vs 260 shots
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More than 20% more shots per battery charge
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
10 MP vs 9.6 MP
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Almost the same
Longest exposure
Significantly longer exposures
60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
Lowest price
Cheaper
$199.99 vs $299.95
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The best price we've seen is $100 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic ZS20

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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
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
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
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Zoom
More zoom
20x vs 4x
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25x more zoom
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 110x64x42 mm
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More than 40% smaller
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
6,400 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Thickness
Thinner
1.1" vs 1.7"
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More than 30% thinner
Weight
Lighter
206 g vs 275 g
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Around 30% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              XZ-1None
              ZS206,400 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $350 - $448

              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $349

              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas

              Olympus XZ-1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Pro digicam

              $337

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Pro digicam

              $166

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Sensor size Significantly smaller sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $599

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $237

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $445

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $386

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price More expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $281

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Touch screen No touch screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Travel zoom

              $239

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Longest exposure Longer exposures
              Touch screen No touch screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              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-ZS50 (Lumix DMC-TZ70)

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (Lumix DMC-TZ70)

              Travel zoom

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

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