Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Panasonic Lumix ZS30 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix ZS20

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Size
Really small
Compact 105x59x28 mm
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
220 fps
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 
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Advantages of the Panasonic ZS20

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GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
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
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
Zoom More zoom 20x vs 16x
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Around 60% more zoom
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
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
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 1.9 fps
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Around 5.5x faster continuous shooting
Size Smaller 105x59x28 mm vs 105x58x33 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 ZS20's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Thickness Thinner 1.1" vs 1.3"
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Around 20% thinner
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-ZS8

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Longest exposure Much longer exposures 60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
Lowest price Cheaper $249.89 vs $319.99
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The best price we've seen is $70 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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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 Common Weaknesses
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Weight Heavy Help
              ZS20:206 g
              DMC-ZS8:210 g
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              6,400 ISO

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

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

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $498

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Travel zoom

              $221 - $240

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Travel zoom

              $289 - $300

              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $482 - $500

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15

              Panasonic Lumix ZS15

              Travel zoom

              $320

              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $278 - $288

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $235 - $300

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix ZS19

              Panasonic Lumix ZS19

              Travel zoom

              $198 - $220

              Lowest price Cheaper
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $368

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Touch screen No touch screen

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3

              Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3

              Travel zoom

              $125 - $144

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Significantly smaller
              Zoom Less zoom
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5

              Travel zoom

              $294

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Zoom Less zoom
              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Travel zoom

              $155 - $250

              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Size Much larger
              Wide angle Worse wide angle

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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

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