Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Panasonic Lumix ZS30 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix ZS20

Size
Really small
Compact 105x59x28 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.8
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Better editing
 
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differences

Advantages of the Panasonic ZS20

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Size Significantly smaller 105x59x28 mm vs 124x81x95 mm
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5.5x smaller
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
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Thickness Much thinner 1.1" vs 3.7"
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3.4x thinner
Weight Significantly lighter 206 g vs 539 g
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2.6x 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 Cheaper $315.00 vs $439.00
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The best price we've seen is $124 cheaper (around 30% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ100

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Aperture Wider aperture f/2.8 vs f/3.3
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-FZ100's lens captures marginally more light (0.5 f-stops)
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Macro focus Better macro capability 1 cm vs 3 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
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
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 11 fps vs 10 fps
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10% faster continuous shooting
Longest exposure Longer exposures 60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
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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 Common Weaknesses
              High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
              220 fps
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              6,400 ISO

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $367 - $536

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $599

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Sensor size Has a slightly larger sensor
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $269 - $319

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Travel zoom

              $190

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Longest exposure Longer exposures
              Touch screen No touch screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $501

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Zoom More zoom
              Touch screen No touch screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $239 - $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

              $250

              Lowest price Cheaper
              GPS No built-in GPS

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Super zoom

              $704

              3D Takes 3D photos
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive
              Longest exposure Shorter max exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

              Super zoom

              $616

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Size Smaller
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $280 - $319

              Zoom Much more zoom
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Size Significantly larger
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Pro digicam

              $860 - $898

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Size Significantly larger
              Zoom Less zoom

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