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

Panasonic Lumix ZS20

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix ZS20

Really small
Size
Compact 105x59x28 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Thin
Thickness
1.1"
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Better editing
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
 

differences

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
Size
Significantly smaller
105x59x28 mm vs 124x81x95 mm
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5.5x smaller
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
Slightly cheaper
$299.99 vs $359.99
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The best price we've seen is $60 cheaper (around 20% 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
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
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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recommendations

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
              High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
              220 fps
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              6,400 ISO

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $248 - $345

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $349 - $500

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $207 - $229

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              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 ZS25

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Travel zoom

              $195 - $240

              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

              $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 ZS35

              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Travel zoom

              $158 - $248

              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

              $300 - $396

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $350 - $598

              3D Takes 3D photos
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Pro digicam

              $820 - $898

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Size Significantly larger
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Super zoom

              $383

              3D Takes 3D photos
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Longest exposure Shorter max exposures
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10

              Pro digicam

              $998 - $1,100

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Zoom Less zoom
              Fujifilm FinePix HS10

              Fujifilm FinePix HS10

              Super zoom

              $400

              High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Size Significantly larger
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag

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