• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 560.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 20.1 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 400.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon SX20 IS advantages over Panasonic FZ1000

  • More telephoto lens reach
    560 mm vs 400 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 600 vs 360 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Thinner
    86 mm vs 130 mm
    Thinner
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 73 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Panasonic FZ1000 advantages over Canon SX20 IS

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    1 inch vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 2.41 vs 1.54 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 720p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Fast startup
    ~1.20 vs 2.4 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/4000 vs 1/500 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Newer
    4 years vs 9 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • More dots on screen
    922k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Less shutter lag
    0.10 vs 0.54 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More pixels
    20.1 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Wider angle lens
    25 mm vs 28 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 15 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    9.5 fps vs 1.1 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/3200 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities

Common Weaknesses

  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Extremely compact compared to interchangeable-lens camera with similar lenses; Comfortable grip and controls; Bright, far-reaching 16x zoom lens; Excellent electronic viewfinder; Versatile tilt/swivel LCD; Excellent performance; Great image quality

  • Body materials feel a bit plasticky; Connector compartment door is fiddly; Limited raw buffer depth; Battery life below average for class; No built-in neutral density filter

The Competition

Compared to Sony RX10

Canon SX20 IS
Sony RX10
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $798
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Panasonic FZ1000
Sony RX10
  • $498
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $798
  • 1 inch
  • Top deck display
  • Integrated ND filter

Compared to Canon SX1 IS

Canon SX20 IS
Canon SX1 IS
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $600
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • RAW file ability
  • Shoots 1080p video
Panasonic FZ1000
Canon SX1 IS
  • $498
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $600
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Thinner

Compared to Panasonic DMC-FZ100

Canon SX20 IS
Panasonic DMC-FZ100
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $500
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • RAW file ability
  • Fast startup
Panasonic FZ1000
Panasonic DMC-FZ100
  • $498
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $500
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Thinner

Compared to Panasonic FZ150

Canon SX20 IS
Panasonic FZ150
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $498
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • RAW file ability
  • Manual focus
Panasonic FZ1000
Panasonic FZ150
  • $498
  • 1 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
  • $498
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Leica V-LUX (Typ 114)

Canon SX20 IS
Leica V-LUX (Typ 114)
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Thinner
  • $1195
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Panasonic FZ1000
Leica V-LUX (Typ 114)
  • $498
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1195
  • 1 inch
  • Faster JPEG shooting
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