Updated (January 2012): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30

Panasonic Lumix TZ30 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30

73

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20

70

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix TZ30

Really small
Size
Compact (105×59×28 mm)
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
220 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20

Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/4000 of a second
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
220 fps

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20.
Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30.

differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-TZ20

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Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Panasonic TZ30

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Zoom
More zoom
20x vs 16x
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Around 60% more zoom
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Size
Smaller
105×59×28 mm vs 105×58×33 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The TZ30's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Thickness
Thinner
1.1" vs 1.3"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight
Slightly lighter
206 g vs 219 g
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Around 10% lighter
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recommendations

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

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              High-speed framerate Extremely high speed movies Help
              220 fps
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Fewer buttons
              Wide angle Good wide angle Help
              24 mm
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              DMC-TZ201080p @ 30fps
              TZ301080p @ 60fps
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              10 fps
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              DMC-TZ201,600 ISO
              TZ303,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              6,400 ISO

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $247

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $220

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Placeholder

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (DMC-TZ70)

              Travel zoom

              $484

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Travel zoom

              $110 - $200

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Travel zoom

              $306

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen
              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Travel zoom

              $177 - $197

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              Placeholder

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS45 (DMC-TZ57)

              Travel zoom

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $369

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Zoom More zoom
              Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
              Fastest shutter speed Significantly slower max shutter speed
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Travel zoom

              $344

              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot G3 X

              Canon PowerShot G3 X

              Super zoom

              $999

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Size Much larger
              GPS No built-in GPS

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Travel zoom

              $410

              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Fastest shutter speed Significantly faster max shutter speed
              Zoom Less zoom
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $400

              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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              Aa (1:52 PM, March 26, 2012)
              Does it have DLNA and Wi-Fi support?
               
              Avatar for Νίκος Παπάς Νίκος Παπάς (8:44 PM, February 28, 2012)
              TZ20 doesn't support 1080p. Please fix it. It supports only 1080i.