• 1/2.5 inch 24.7mm2
  • 9.0 megapixels
  • 38.00mm - 114.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.33 inch 28.2mm2
  • 14.1 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 480.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Nikon S52 advantages over Panasonic ZS20

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.67 vs 1.42 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Thinner
    21 mm vs 28 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    125g vs 207g
    Lighter weight

Panasonic ZS20 advantages over Nikon S52

  • Larger sensor
    1/2.33 inch vs 1/2.5 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • More telephoto lens reach
    480 mm vs 114 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 260 vs 200 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Newer
    6 years vs 10 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • More dots on screen
    460k 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
  • More pixels
    14.1 vs 9.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Wider angle lens
    24 mm vs 38 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Higher extended ISO
    6400 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • 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

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Manual focus
    Neither provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Very long zoom lens; Full HD video; Great grip; Built-in GPS; HDR and Handheld Night Shot modes.

  • Poor image quality due to excessive noise suppression; Flash too close to the grip; No GPS logging; Battery only charges in the camera; Limited touchscreen.

The Competition

Compared to Samsung i8

Nikon S52
Samsung i8
  • $250
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $186
  • 1/2.5 inch
Panasonic ZS20
Samsung i8
  • $162
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Touchscreen
  • $186
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Thinner

Compared to Panasonic DMC-FS20

Nikon S52
Panasonic DMC-FS20
  • $250
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • $300
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Longer stills battery life
Panasonic ZS20
Panasonic DMC-FS20
  • $162
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $300
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Lighter weight

Compared to Nikon S52c

Nikon S52
Nikon S52c
  • $250
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • $225
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Panasonic ZS20
Nikon S52c
  • $162
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Touchscreen
  • $225
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Built-in Wi-Fi

Compared to Panasonic ZS10

Nikon S52
Panasonic ZS10
  • $250
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $214
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Touchscreen
Panasonic ZS20
Panasonic ZS10
  • $162
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Built-in GPS
  • $214
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Faster shutter

Compared to Panasonic ZS25

Nikon S52
Panasonic ZS25
  • $250
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Thinner
  • $199
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • In-camera panoramas
Panasonic ZS20
Panasonic ZS25
  • $162
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $199
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
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