Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ62 vs Panasonic Lumix ZS30

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix ZS20

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ47

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.8
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Battery life
Great battery life
400 shots
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
 
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differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ47

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Aperture Wider aperture f/2.8 vs f/3.3
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-FZ47's lens captures marginally more light (0.5 f-stops)
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 400 shots vs 260 shots
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More than 50% more shots per battery charge
Macro focus Better macro capability 1 cm vs 3 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Zoom Slightly more zoom 24x vs 20x
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More than 40% more zoom
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
True resolution Slightly higher true resolution 9.8 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
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Advantages of the Panasonic ZS20

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Size Significantly smaller 105x59x28 mm vs 120x79x91 mm
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5.1x smaller
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
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
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
Thickness Significantly thinner 1.1" vs 3.6"
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3.3x thinner
Weight Significantly lighter 206 g vs 498 g
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2.4x lighter
Wide angle Slightly better wide angle 24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
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
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $229.00 vs $449.99
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The best price we've seen is $221 cheaper (around 50% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              6,400 ISO

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Travel zoom

              $240

              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $398

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $219 - $230

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $548

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ47 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

              Super zoom

              $379

              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Super zoom

              $704

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive
              Size Slightly larger
              Panasonic Lumix FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix FZ70

              Super zoom

              $265 - $298

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Significantly larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $409 - $552

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ62

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ62

              Super zoom

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              True resolution Slightly lower true resolution
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter max exposures

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $319 - $399

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price More expensive
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $199 - $200

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Touch screen No touch screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $200 - $300

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Touch screen No touch screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

              Travel zoom

              $230 - $328

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO
              Touch screen No touch screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Travel zoom

              $338

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Touch screen No touch screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

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