Updated (January 2012): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70 vs Panasonic Lumix ZS20

Winner
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70

71

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

46

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2.6
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
Really small
Size
Ultra compact (92×52×13 mm)
High ISO
Light sensitivity
12,800 ISO
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix ZS20

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
220 fps
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions

Items often bought with the Sony DSC-WX70 or Panasonic ZS20

galleries

Explore our gallery of 32 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70.

differences

Advantages of the Panasonic ZS20

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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
Zoom
Significantly more zoom
20x vs 5x
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16x more zoom
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
Help
Almost the same
Macro focus
Better macro capability
3.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
Help
Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
Battery life
Longer battery life
260 shots vs 240 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
15s vs 4s
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Around 4x longer exposures
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1600s
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20% faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-WX70

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Size
Much smaller
92×52×13 mm vs 105×59×28 mm
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2.8x smaller
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.6 vs f/3.3
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At its widest zoom, the DSC-WX70's lens captures slightly more light (0.7 f-stops)
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The DSC-WX70's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Thickness
Much thinner
0.5" vs 1.1"
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2.2x thinner
Weight
Significantly lighter
114 g vs 206 g
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More than 40% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$189.99 vs $369.99
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The best price we've seen is $180 cheaper (around 50% less)
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent compacts, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Fewer buttons
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 60fps
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              10 fps
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $220

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $213 - $298

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Travel zoom

              $249 - $297

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $314

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $257

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Travel zoom

              $159 - $200

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Lowest price Cheaper
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Touch screen No touch screen
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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (DMC-TZ70)

              Travel zoom

              $477

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Size Significantly larger
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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS45 (DMC-TZ57)

              Travel zoom

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $380

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

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Travel zoom

              $200

              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

              Sony Cyber-shot WX50

              Ultra compact

              $169

              Touch screen No touch screen
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $525 - $698 with 12-32mm lens

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Sony Cybershot DSC-WX200

              Sony Cybershot DSC-WX200

              Travel zoom

              $202

              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Pro digicam

              $798

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Size Much larger
              Touch screen No touch screen

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