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
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
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
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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

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

        Weight Heavy Help
        ZS20:206 g
        DMC-TZ5:245 g
        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity
        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

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Travel zoom

        $368

        Zoom Has way more more zoom
        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

        Pro digicam

        $348 - $362

        Aperture Has a much wider aperture
        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Canon PowerShot S120

        Canon PowerShot S120

        Pro digicam

        $447 - $449

        Aperture Has a much wider aperture
        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

        Super zoom

        $367 - $536

        Zoom Has slightly more zoom
        Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is much heavier

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 Competitors

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        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
        Weight Slightly lighter
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

        Travel zoom

        $501

        Zoom Much more zoom
        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Size Significantly larger
        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-TZ5 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

        Travel zoom

        $500

        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Macro focus Better macro capability
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $378 body only

        $556 with 18-55mm lens

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        Autofocus Faster autofocus
        Size Much larger
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3

        Travel zoom

        Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5

        Travel zoom

        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Size Smaller
        Screen size Smaller screen
        Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ4

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ4

        Travel zoom

        Screen size Significantly smaller screen
        Screen resolution Lower resolution screen

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