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

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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-TZ5

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1000 ms startup delay
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
Zoom Significantly more zoom 20x vs 10x
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4x more zoom
Wide angle Better wide angle 24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
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
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
Size Smaller 105x59x28 mm vs 103x59x36 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 2.5 fps
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4x faster continuous shooting
Macro focus Better macro capability 3 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
Thickness 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 Slightly higher true resolution 9.6 MP vs 9 MP
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Capture around 10% more detail in your photos
Lowest price Cheaper $339.95 vs $752.04
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The best price we've seen is $412 cheaper (2.2x less)
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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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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
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Weight Heavy Help
              ZS20:206 g
              DMC-TZ5:245 g
              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

              $319

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Travel zoom

              $195 - $209

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $279

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix ZS40

              Panasonic Lumix ZS40

              Travel zoom

              $385 - $398

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Travel zoom

              $189 - $404

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $308 - $398

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15

              Panasonic Lumix ZS15

              Travel zoom

              $436

              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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 DMC-ZS10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Travel zoom

              $300 - $310

              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Zoom Less zoom
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25

              Travel zoom

              $293

              Size Significantly smaller
              Weight Much lighter
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ4

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ4

              Travel zoom

              $300

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

              Travel zoom

              $490

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $179 - $203

              Size Significantly smaller
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $278 - $297

              Zoom Much more zoom
              GPS Has a GPS
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger

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              discussion

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