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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

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Panasonic Lumix ZS20

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.0
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
2300 ms startup delay
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
310 ms shutter lag
Battery life
Great battery life
400 shots
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix ZS20

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
 
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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
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
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
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
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Zoom More zoom 20x vs 3.8x
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Around 28.5x more zoom
Size Smaller 105x59x28 mm vs 109x65x42 mm
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More than 40% smaller
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 6 fps
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Around 70% faster continuous shooting
Thickness Thinner 1.1" vs 1.7"
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More than 30% thinner
Lowest price Cheaper $339.95 vs $599.00
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The best price we've seen is $259 cheaper (more than 40% less)
Weight Lighter 206 g vs 277 g
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Around 30% lighter
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-LX5

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Aperture Much wider aperture f/2.0 vs f/3.3
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-LX5's lens captures much more light (1.4 f-stops)
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 400 shots vs 260 shots
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More than 50% more shots per battery charge
Sensor size Larger sensor 1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm vs 1/2.5" 6.1x4.6mm
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Around 90% larger sensor
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
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The DMC-LX5's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
True resolution Slightly higher true resolution 10 MP vs 9.6 MP
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Almost the same
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

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

              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $300 - $398

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $319

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $292 - $300

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Travel zoom

              $200 - $209

              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

              $279

              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 DMC-ZS10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Travel zoom

              $300 - $310

              Longest exposure Longer exposures
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Pro digicam

              $329

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Smaller
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $255 - $400

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $348

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Pro digicam

              $299

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $799

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Wide angle Worse wide angle

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