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

Panasonic Lumix ZS20 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ47

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

39

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ47

36

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix ZS20

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ47

Battery life
Great battery life
400 shots
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds

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
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
24x vs 20x
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More than 40% more zoom
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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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
Size
Significantly smaller
105x59x28 mm vs 120x79x91 mm
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5.1x smaller
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
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digicams, and ignoring price

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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
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              6,400 ISO
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              DMC-FZ47:1,600 ISO
              ZS20:3,200 ISO

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $350 - $598

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $298

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $210 - $347

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ47 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

              Super zoom

              $483

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Super zoom

              $820

              3D Takes 3D photos
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Lowest price Much more expensive
              Size Slightly larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

              Super zoom

              $544

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

              Super zoom

              $430

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Size Significantly larger
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60

              Super zoom

              $407

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter max exposures
              Lowest price More expensive

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $249

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $260

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

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Travel zoom

              $200

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Longest exposure Longer exposures
              Touch screen No touch screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Travel zoom

              $330

              Fastest shutter speed Significantly faster max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Significantly longer exposures
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $368

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

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