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Panasonic LZ20 vs Panasonic TS30

Portability
71
Imaging
40
Features
34
Overall
37
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS30 front
Portability
95
Imaging
41
Features
31
Overall
37

Panasonic LZ20 vs Panasonic TS30 Key Specs

Panasonic LZ20
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600 (Expand to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-525mm (F3.1-5.8) lens
  • 499g - 120 x 76 x 80mm
  • Launched July 2012
  • Later Model is Panasonic LZ30
Panasonic TS30
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600 (Expand to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-100mm (F3.9-5.7) lens
  • 142g - 104 x 58 x 20mm
  • Introduced January 2015
  • Alternative Name is Lumix DMC-FT30
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Panasonic LZ20 vs Panasonic TS30 Overview

Here is a in-depth review of the Panasonic LZ20 and Panasonic TS30, one being a Small Sensor Superzoom and the latter is a Waterproof and both are offered by Panasonic. The resolution of the LZ20 (16MP) and the TS30 (16MP) is relatively comparable and both cameras offer the identical sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The LZ20 was introduced 3 years before the TS30 and that is a fairly big gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Each of these cameras feature different body design with the Panasonic LZ20 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Panasonic TS30 being a Compact camera.

Before getting straight to a comprehensive comparison, here is a brief overview of how the LZ20 matches up against the TS30 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic LZ20 over the Panasonic TS30

 LZ20 TS30 
Screen size3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution460k230kCrisper screen (+230k dot)

Reasons to pick Panasonic TS30 over the Panasonic LZ20

 TS30 LZ20 
IntroducedJanuary 2015July 2012Fresher by 30 months

Common features in the Panasonic LZ20 and Panasonic TS30

 LZ20 TS30 
Focus manually Lack of manual focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Absent Touch friendly screen

Panasonic LZ20 vs Panasonic TS30 Physical Comparison

When you are looking to carry your camera, you'll need to factor in its weight and proportions. The Panasonic LZ20 comes with external measurements of 120mm x 76mm x 80mm (4.7" x 3.0" x 3.1") along with a weight of 499 grams (1.10 lbs) while the Panasonic TS30 has measurements of 104mm x 58mm x 20mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 0.8") along with a weight of 142 grams (0.31 lbs).

Analyze the Panasonic LZ20 and Panasonic TS30 in the latest Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary dependant on the lens you are utilising at that time. Following is a front view measurements comparison of the LZ20 vs the TS30.

Panasonic LZ20 vs Panasonic TS30 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability score of the LZ20 and TS30 is 71 and 95 respectively.

Panasonic LZ20 vs Panasonic TS30 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic LZ20 vs Panasonic TS30 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it's hard to envision the gap in sensor sizing merely by going through a spec sheet. The photograph here will help provide you a far better sense of the sensor measurements in the LZ20 and TS30.

As you can see, both of the cameras feature the identical sensor size and the same exact resolution so you should expect comparable quality of files but you should always factor the release date of the cameras into account. The older LZ20 will be disadvantaged in sensor tech.

Panasonic LZ20 vs Panasonic TS30 sensor size comparison

Panasonic LZ20 vs Panasonic TS30 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic LZ20 vs Panasonic TS30 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic LZ20 Portrait photography factors
Panasonic TS30 Portrait photography factors
37
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
includes face detection autofocus
manual focus not available
can't use external flash
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
36
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
includes face detect focusing
no manual focus
lack of manual exposure
cannot use external flash
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic LZ20 as a Street photography camera
Panasonic TS30 as a Street photography camera
45
has image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
heavier than competition in class (499 grams)
67
built in image stabilization (Optical)
weather proof
lighter than competition (142g)
no articulating screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic LZ20 Sports photography information
Panasonic TS30 Sports photography information
47
excellent zoom range (25-525mm 21.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
includes tracking autofocus
great battery life (380 per charge)
max frames per second low (1.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus
42
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
includes tracking focus
weather proof
maximum shutter speed is a little low (1/1,300 seconds)
continuous shooting slow (1.3 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic LZ20 Travel photography details
Panasonic TS30 Travel photography details
58
great battery life (380 CIPA)
resolution is good (16MP)
built-in flash
decently wide (25mm)
very long zoom (525mm)
does not have Time Lapse recording
heavier than competition in class (499g)
display isn't selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f3.1)
74
lighter than competition (142g)
weather proof
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
has built in flash
reasonably wide (25mm)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
slow maximum aperture (f3.9)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic LZ20 Landscape photography advice
Panasonic TS30 Landscape photography advice
45
decently wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
great battery life (380 per charge)
manual focus not available
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.1)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
does not have Time Lapse recording
44
reasonably wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
weather proof
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.9)
tiny screen (2.7 inch)
lack of manual exposure
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic LZ20 Vlogging info
Panasonic TS30 Vlogging info
25
decently wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection autofocus
slow max aperture (f3.1)
display isn't selfie friendly
low res video (1280 x 720 pixels)
does not have external mic jack
heavier than competition in class (499 grams)
33
reasonably wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detect focusing
lighter than competition (142 grams)
slow maximum aperture (f3.9)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pixels)
missing mic jack
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Panasonic LZ20 vs Panasonic TS30 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic LZ20 and Panasonic TS30
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS30
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Panasonic
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20 Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS30
Also referred to as - Lumix DMC-FT30
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Waterproof
Launched 2012-07-18 2015-01-06
Body design SLR-like (bridge) Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 1600 1600
Highest boosted ISO 6400 6400
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points 9 23
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 25-525mm (21.0x) 25-100mm (4.0x)
Largest aperture f/3.1-5.8 f/3.9-5.7
Macro focusing distance 2cm 5cm
Crop factor 5.9 5.9
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3 inches 2.7 inches
Resolution of screen 460k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Screen technology TFT Screen LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 15s 8s
Highest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/1300s
Continuous shooting speed 1.0fps 1.3fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 6.80 m 4.40 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, on, slow sync w/redeye reduction, off
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720p ( 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video format Motion JPEG MPEG-4
Mic 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 None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 499 gr (1.10 lb) 142 gr (0.31 lb)
Physical dimensions 120 x 76 x 80mm (4.7" x 3.0" x 3.1") 104 x 58 x 20mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 0.8")
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 380 photos 250 photos
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots One One
Launch pricing $250 $180