Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 vs Panasonic Lumix ZS30

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 vs Panasonic Lumix ZS20

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

57

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

49

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2.5
Large screen
Screen size
3.5"
Really small
Size
Super compact 99x55x20 mm
Thin
Thickness
0.8"
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix ZS20

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
220 fps
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel

galleries

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

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
Significantly 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
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
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 3.7 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
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
Macro focus
Better macro capability
3.0 cm vs 5.0 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
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1300s
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Around 40% faster max shutter speed
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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              DMC-FX781080p @ 30fps
              ZS201080p @ 60fps
              Wide angle Good wide angle Help
              24 mm
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              DMC-FX78$299.00
              ZS20$299.95
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              DMC-FX781,600 ISO
              ZS203,200 ISO

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Travel zoom

              $329

              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $340 - $398

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $350 - $448

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75

              Compact

              $150

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Panasonic Lumix FX80

              Panasonic Lumix FX80

              Compact

              $154

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Slightly smaller
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90

              Compact

              $128

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR3

              Travel zoom

              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Casio Exilim EX-ZR200

              Casio Exilim ZR-200

              Travel zoom

              $267

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $281

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Travel zoom

              $239

              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

              $325

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
              Touch screen No touch screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (Lumix DMC-TZ70)

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (Lumix DMC-TZ70)

              Travel zoom

              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

              $140 - $189

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Lowest price Cheaper
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Touch screen No touch screen

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