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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

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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
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
 
Differences | Recommendations | Similarities | Competitors | Appearance | Discussion

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 Smaller 99x55x20 mm vs 105x59x28 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Weight 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
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $249.99 vs $339.95
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The best price we've seen is $90 cheaper (around 30% less)
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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
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
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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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent compacts, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              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
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              6,400 ISO

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Travel zoom

              $300 - $310

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37

              Compact

              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS

              Travel zoom

              $128 - $237

              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75

              Compact

              $96

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX66

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX66

              Compact

              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $575 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $319

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

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Travel zoom

              $195 - $209

              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

              $279

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $292 - $300

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix ZS40

              Panasonic Lumix ZS40

              Travel zoom

              $385 - $398

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

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              discussion

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