• 1/2.33 inch 28.2mm2
  • 14.1 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 480.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 18.2 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 500.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Panasonic ZS20 advantages over Sony HX20V

  • Less expensive
    $300 vs $400 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Sony HX20V advantages over Panasonic ZS20

  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 320 vs 260 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • More dots on screen
    922k vs 460k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • More pixels
    18.2 vs 14.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 6400 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
  • Built-in GPS
    Both provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video

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
  • RAW file ability
    Neither provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • 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
  • 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 Panasonic ZS10

Panasonic ZS20
Panasonic ZS10
  • $162
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $214
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Faster shutter
Sony HX20V
Panasonic ZS10
  • $326
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Built-in GPS
  • $214
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi

Compared to Samsung WB150F

Panasonic ZS20
Samsung WB150F
  • $162
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • HDMI out
  • $145
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Sony HX20V
Samsung WB150F
  • $326
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Manual focus
  • $145
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Thinner

Compared to Sony HX10V

Panasonic ZS20
Sony HX10V
  • $162
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $375
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • More dots on screen
Sony HX20V
Sony HX10V
  • $326
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Built-in GPS
  • $375
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive

Compared to Sony HX30V

Panasonic ZS20
Sony HX30V
  • $162
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $477
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Fast startup
Sony HX20V
Sony HX30V
  • $326
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • $477
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Built-in Wi-Fi

Compared to Panasonic ZS25

Panasonic ZS20
Panasonic ZS25
  • $162
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in GPS
  • $199
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
Sony HX20V
Panasonic ZS25
  • $326
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in GPS
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $199
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Lighter weight
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