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Panasonic Lumix ZS20

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.5
Screen size
Large screen
3.5"
Size
Really small
Super compact 99x55x20 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix ZS20

Size
Really small
Compact 105x59x28 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 
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differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FX78

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Aperture Significantly wider aperture f/2.5 vs f/3.3
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-FX78's lens captures slightly more light (0.8 f-stops)
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.5" vs 3.0"
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Around 20% larger screen
Size Significantly smaller 99x55x20 mm vs 105x59x28 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Weight Significantly lighter 142 g vs 206 g
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More than 30% lighter
Thickness Thinner 0.8" vs 1.1"
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Around 30% thinner
Longest exposure Much longer exposures 60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Panasonic ZS20

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Zoom Significantly more zoom 20x vs 5x
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16x more zoom
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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
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
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 3.7 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Macro focus Better macro capability 3 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The ZS20's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent compacts, and ignoring price

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        Compared to recent compacts

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Touch screen Have touch screens Help
        Less buttons
        Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
        Lens
        Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
        Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
        Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
        6,400 ISO
        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix ZS30

        Panasonic Lumix ZS30

        Travel zoom

        $329 - $350

        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Panasonic Lumix ZS25

        Panasonic Lumix ZS25

        Travel zoom

        $220 - $240

        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

        Travel zoom

        $215 - $300

        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

        Pro digicam

        $345 - $348

        Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Super zoom

        $399 - $400

        Zoom Has way more more zoom
        Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Samsung WB350F

        Samsung WB350F

        Travel zoom

        $157 - $259

        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

        Canon ELPH 320 HS

        Compact

        $160 - $250

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
        Screen size Smaller screen
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75

        Compact

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Macro focus Better macro capability
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Sony Cybershot DSC-WX10

        Sony Cybershot WX10

        Compact

        3D Takes 3D photos
        Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3

        Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3

        Travel zoom

        $125 - $130

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Aperture Narrower aperture

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

        Travel zoom

        $207 - $300

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Touch screen No touch screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Travel zoom

        $279

        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Touch screen No touch screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

        Travel zoom

        $490 - $515

        Zoom Much more zoom
        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Size Significantly larger
        Panasonic Lumix ZS19

        Panasonic Lumix ZS19

        Travel zoom

        $140 - $220

        Lowest price Cheaper
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Super zoom

        $199 - $230

        Zoom Much more zoom
        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Size Much larger
        Thickness Much thicker

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