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Canon A810 vs Panasonic ZS20

Portability
93
Imaging
39
Features
26
Overall
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Canon PowerShot A810 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 front
Portability
92
Imaging
38
Features
46
Overall
41

Canon A810 vs Panasonic ZS20 Key Specs

Canon A810
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F2.8-6.9) lens
  • 171g - 95 x 62 x 30mm
  • Revealed February 2012
Panasonic ZS20
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-480mm (F3.3-6.4) lens
  • 206g - 105 x 59 x 28mm
  • Introduced April 2012
  • Other Name is Lumix DMC-TZ30
  • Replaced the Panasonic ZS15
  • Newer Model is Panasonic ZS25
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Canon A810 vs Panasonic ZS20 Overview

Its time to look more in depth at the Canon A810 vs Panasonic ZS20, one being a Small Sensor Compact and the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom by rivals Canon and Panasonic. The image resolution of the A810 (16MP) and the ZS20 (14MP) is pretty close and both cameras provide the identical sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The A810 was unveiled 2 months before the ZS20 which means that they are both of a similar generation. Both of the cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before diving into a full comparison, here is a quick overview of how the A810 matches up versus the ZS20 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Canon A810 over the Panasonic ZS20

 A810 ZS20 

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS20 over the Canon A810

 ZS20 A810 
Screen size3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution460k230kCrisper screen (+230k dot)
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Canon A810 and Panasonic ZS20

 A810 ZS20 
IntroducedFebruary 2012April 2012Same generation
Manual focus No manual focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen

Canon A810 vs Panasonic ZS20 Physical Comparison

In case you're aiming to carry your camera frequently, you'll have to take into account its weight and measurements. The Canon A810 features exterior measurements of 95mm x 62mm x 30mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.2") and a weight of 171 grams (0.38 lbs) and the Panasonic ZS20 has proportions of 105mm x 59mm x 28mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.1") and a weight of 206 grams (0.45 lbs).

Check the Canon A810 vs Panasonic ZS20 in the all new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you have chosen at that time. The following is a front view sizing comparison of the A810 and the ZS20.

Canon A810 vs Panasonic ZS20 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the A810 and ZS20 is 93 and 92 respectively.

Canon A810 vs Panasonic ZS20 top view buttons comparison

Canon A810 vs Panasonic ZS20 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, its tough to picture the difference in sensor sizing simply by researching a spec sheet. The graphic underneath should give you a far better sense of the sensor sizing in the A810 and ZS20.

As you can see, each of the cameras feature the identical sensor size albeit different resolution. You should expect the Canon A810 to result in greater detail having an extra 2MP. Higher resolution will also let you crop shots way more aggressively.

Canon A810 vs Panasonic ZS20 sensor size comparison

Canon A810 vs Panasonic ZS20 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon A810 vs Panasonic ZS20 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon A810 Portrait photography details
Panasonic ZS20 Portrait photography details
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good megapixels (16 megapixels)
has face detection focusing
manual focus not available
no manual control
no external flash support
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
30
resolution is good (14 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
no external flash support
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Canon A810
Street photography with Panasonic ZS20
57
built in image stabilization (Optical)
no moving screen
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
65
built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides focus by touch
lighter than competition in class (206g)
fixed screen
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Canon A810 Sports photography advice
Panasonic ZS20 Sports photography advice
40
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16MP)
has tracking autofocus
painfully slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
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incredible zoom range (24-480mm 20.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (14MP)
comes with tracking autofocus
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
not so great battery (260 shots)
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Canon A810 Travel photography info
Panasonic ZS20 Travel photography info
65
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
relatively wide (28mm)
missing Time Lapse recording
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
68
lighter than competition in class (206g)
provides focus by touch
resolution is good (14MP)
flash built-in
relatively wide (24mm)
long reach (480mm)
no Timelapse function
not so great battery (260 shots)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon A810 Landscape photography highlights
Panasonic ZS20 Landscape photography highlights
38
relatively wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16MP)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
small screen (2.7")
no manual control
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
missing Time Lapse recording
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relatively wide (24mm)
screen is a good size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (14MP)
lack of manual focus
can't switch lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
not so great battery (260 per charge)
no Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon A810 Vlogging highlights
Panasonic ZS20 Vlogging highlights
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relatively wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection focusing
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
display is not selfie friendly
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pixels)
missing external mic support
34
relatively wide (24mm)
touchscreen functionality
built in image stabilization (Optical)
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than competition in class (206 grams)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
no external microphone jack
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Canon A810 vs Panasonic ZS20 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon A810 and Panasonic ZS20
 Canon PowerShot A810Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20
General Information
Brand Canon Panasonic
Model type Canon PowerShot A810 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20
Alternate name - Lumix DMC-TZ30
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2012-02-07 2012-04-26
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 14 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4608 x 3456 4320 x 3240
Maximum native ISO 1600 6400
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW data
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points 9 23
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-140mm (5.0x) 24-480mm (20.0x)
Maximal aperture f/2.8-6.9 f/3.3-6.4
Macro focusing distance 3cm 3cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.9
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 2.7 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 230k dot 460k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 15 secs 15 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 1.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 3.00 m 6.40 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (25 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (220 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video data format H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 171 gr (0.38 pounds) 206 gr (0.45 pounds)
Physical dimensions 95 x 62 x 30mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.2") 105 x 59 x 28mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.1")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 220 shots 260 shots
Type of battery AA Battery Pack
Battery ID 2 x AA -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots Single Single
Retail pricing $99 $349