Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Panasonic Lumix ZS30 vs Samsung WB850F

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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 Samsung WB850F

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.8
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Size
Really small
Compact 109x61x24 mm
 
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differences

Advantages of the Panasonic ZS20

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Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
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
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Advantages of the Samsung WB850F

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Screen type Has an OLED screen OLED vs LCD
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OLED screens are often brighter and more vibrant than typical LCD screens
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Aperture Wider aperture f/2.8 vs f/3.3
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At its widest zoom, the WB850F's lens captures marginally more light (0.5 f-stops)
Wide angle Slightly better wide angle 23 mm vs 24 mm
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Almost the same
Zoom Slightly more zoom 21x vs 20x
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More than 10% more zoom
Thickness Thinner 1" vs 1.1"
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More than 10% thinner
Lowest price Cheaper $239.00 vs $299.95
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The best price we've seen is $61 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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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
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Zoom Great zoom Help
              ZS20:20x
              WB850F:21x
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity

              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

              $269 - $319

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Travel zoom

              $190 - $240

              Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $200 - $300

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Thickness Is thicker
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $471 - $484

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $368 - $450

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix ZS40

              Panasonic Lumix ZS40

              Travel zoom

              $398 - $400

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Travel zoom

              $300

              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Travel zoom

              $300 - $335

              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Zoom Less zoom
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Panasonic Lumix ZS19

              Panasonic Lumix ZS19

              Travel zoom

              $250

              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              GPS No built-in GPS

              Samsung WB850F Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Samsung WB350F

              Samsung WB350F

              Travel zoom

              $140 - $206

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lowest price Cheaper
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Samsung WB800F

              Samsung WB800F

              Travel zoom

              $160

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Size Slightly smaller
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Samsung Galaxy Camera

              Samsung Galaxy Camera

              Travel zoom

              $83 - $454

              Screen size Much larger screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Size Slightly larger
              Samsung WB750

              Samsung WB750

              Travel zoom

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Size Slightly smaller
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen

              appearance

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 Samsung WB850F
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 Samsung WB850F
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 Samsung WB850F

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              Avatar for Steven Steven (4:13 PM, February 27, 2012)
              "Snapsort recommends the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20. This recommendation, however, should be taken with a grain of salt since it doesn't always make sense to compare a travel zoom with a digicam."

              Panasonic ZS20 and Samsung WB850F are both travel zoom cameras (i.e., high zoom lens in a compact body)