Updated (January 2013): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 vs Panasonic Lumix ZS30

Panasonic Lumix ZS20 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix ZS20

Really small
Size
Compact (105×59×28 mm)
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
220 fps
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20

Battery life
Great battery life
380 shots

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20.
Explore our gallery of 32 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20.

differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-LZ20

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Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
380 shots vs 260 shots
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Around 50% more shots per battery charge
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.1 vs f/3.3
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-LZ20's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
Macro focus
Better macro capability
2.0 cm vs 3.0 cm
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Focus on subjects more than 30% closer to the lens
Lowest price
Cheaper
$224.99 vs $361.67
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The best price we've seen is $137 cheaper (around 40% less)
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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
105×59×28 mm vs 120×76×80 mm
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4.2x smaller
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
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
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 1.2 fps
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Around 8.5x faster continuous shooting
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Focus points
More focus points
23 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.1" vs 3.1"
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2.9x thinner
Weight
Significantly lighter
206 g vs 499 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 2 f-stops 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
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              6,400 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              DMC-LZ201,600 ISO
              ZS203,200 ISO

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $220 - $248

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30

              Super zoom

              $309

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Travel zoom

              $231

              Size Smaller
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Super zoom

              $149 - $156

              Zoom More zoom
              Size Smaller
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Travel zoom

              $177 - $197

              Size Significantly smaller
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $368 body only

              $640 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $259

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $247

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Touch screen No touch screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Travel zoom

              $376

              Longest exposure Longer exposures
              Touch screen No touch screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Travel zoom

              $130 - $209

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Lowest price Cheaper
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $441

              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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