Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Panasonic Lumix ZS30 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5

Panasonic Lumix ZS20 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

69

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5

49

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix ZS20

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

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5

Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds

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Explore our gallery of 32 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5.

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Advantages of the Panasonic ZS20

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Wide angle
Much better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
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 10x
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4x more zoom
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
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 2.5 fps
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4x faster continuous shooting
Size
Smaller
105x59x28 mm vs 103x59x36 mm
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More than 20% smaller
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Macro focus
Better macro capability
3.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.1" vs 1.4"
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More than 20% thinner
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
Weight
Lighter
206 g vs 245 g
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Around 20% lighter
True resolution
Higher true resolution
9.6 MP vs 9 MP
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Capture around 10% more detail in your photos
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-TZ5

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Battery life
Longer battery life
300 shots vs 260 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Longest exposure
Much 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 travel zooms, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              ZS203,200 ISO
              DMC-TZ51,600 ISO

              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

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $370

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $275

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (Lumix DMC-TZ70)

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (Lumix DMC-TZ70)

              Travel zoom

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Travel zoom

              $329

              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

              Travel zoom

              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $349

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $350 - $448

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Travel zoom

              $300

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Longest exposure Longer exposures
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $325

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
              Touch screen No touch screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Travel zoom

              $140 - $189

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Lowest price Significantly cheaper
              GPS No built-in GPS
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Pro digicam

              $293

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Zoom Less zoom
              Weight Heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3

              Travel zoom

              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ4

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ4

              Travel zoom

              $500

              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

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