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Panasonic TS20 vs Panasonic TS4

Portability
95
Imaging
39
Features
28
Overall
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS20 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4 front
Portability
92
Imaging
36
Features
33
Overall
34

Panasonic TS20 vs Panasonic TS4 Key Specs

Panasonic TS20
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-100mm (F3.9-5.7) lens
  • 142g - 101 x 58 x 19mm
  • Introduced January 2012
  • Additionally referred to as Lumix DMC-FT20
Panasonic TS4
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-128mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 197g - 103 x 64 x 27mm
  • Announced January 2012
  • Other Name is Lumix DMC-FT4
  • Previous Model is Panasonic TS3
  • Successor is Panasonic TS5
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Panasonic TS20 vs Panasonic TS4 Overview

The following is a detailed comparison of the Panasonic TS20 and Panasonic TS4, both Waterproof cameras and both are produced by Panasonic. There is a considerable difference among the resolutions of the TS20 (16MP) and TS4 (12MP) but both cameras boast the same sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The TS20 was announced at a similar time to the TS4 which means that they are of a similar age. Each of these cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before we go straight to a more detailed comparison, here is a short highlight of how the TS20 matches up against the TS4 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic TS20 over the Panasonic TS4

 TS20 TS4 

Reasons to pick Panasonic TS4 over the Panasonic TS20

 TS4 TS20 

Common features in the Panasonic TS20 and Panasonic TS4

 TS20 TS4 
AnnouncedJanuary 2012January 2012Same age
Manually focus No manual focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display dimensions2.7"2.7"Equal display sizing
Display resolution230k230kEqual display resolution
Selfie screen Neither contains selfie screen
Touch display Neither contains Touch display

Panasonic TS20 vs Panasonic TS4 Physical Comparison

In case you're intending to travel with your camera regularly, you'll need to take into account its weight and size. The Panasonic TS20 has got external measurements of 101mm x 58mm x 19mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 0.7") along with a weight of 142 grams (0.31 lbs) whilst the Panasonic TS4 has specifications of 103mm x 64mm x 27mm (4.1" x 2.5" x 1.1") along with a weight of 197 grams (0.43 lbs).

Contrast the Panasonic TS20 and Panasonic TS4 in our brand new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Always remember, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you choose at the time. Following is a front view size comparison of the TS20 vs the TS4.

Panasonic TS20 vs Panasonic TS4 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability rating of the TS20 and TS4 is 95 and 92 respectively.

Panasonic TS20 vs Panasonic TS4 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic TS20 vs Panasonic TS4 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it can be hard to picture the gap in sensor dimensions just by viewing specifications. The picture here might provide you a much better sense of the sensor sizing in the TS20 and TS4.

Plainly, the two cameras provide the same sensor dimensions but different megapixels. You can expect to see the Panasonic TS20 to result in greater detail with its extra 4MP. Greater resolution will allow you to crop images more aggressively.

Panasonic TS20 vs Panasonic TS4 sensor size comparison

Panasonic TS20 vs Panasonic TS4 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic TS20 vs Panasonic TS4 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic TS20 as a Portrait photography camera
Panasonic TS4 as a Portrait photography camera
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decent megapixels (16MP)
focusing manually not possible
lack of manual exposure
cannot use external flash
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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focusing manually not possible
cannot use external flash
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Panasonic TS20 Street photography features
Panasonic TS4 Street photography features
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has image stabilization (Optical)
environment proof
lighter than competitors (142 grams)
no articulating screen
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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image stabilization (Optical)
weather proofing
no moving screen
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic TS20 Sports photography info
Panasonic TS4 Sports photography info
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has image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16MP)
supports tracking autofocus
environment proof
max shutter speed is low (1/1,300 seconds)
slow fps (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
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image stabilization (Optical)
offers tracking focus
weather proofing
better than average battery (310 per charge)
low maximum shutter speed (1/1,300s)
very slow continuous shooting (4.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
megapixel count low (12MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic TS20 Travel photography info
Panasonic TS4 Travel photography info
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lighter than competitors (142g)
environment proof
decent megapixels (16MP)
built-in flash
really wide (25mm)
lack of Time Lapse recording
does not have a selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.9)
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better than average battery (310 CIPA)
weather proofing
built-in flash
rather wide (28mm)
megapixel count low (12MP)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic TS20 Landscape photography advice
Panasonic TS4 Landscape photography advice
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really wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16MP)
environment proof
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.9)
screen is small (2.7")
lack of manual exposure
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
lack of Time Lapse recording
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rather wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
weather proofing
better than average battery (310 per charge)
focusing manually not possible
cannot switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
screen is somewhat small (2.7")
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic TS20 Vlogging factors
Panasonic TS4 Vlogging factors
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really wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors (142 grams)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.9)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
low res video (1280 x 720 pixels)
lack of external mic socket
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rather wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
missing mic socket
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Panasonic TS20 vs Panasonic TS4 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic TS20 and Panasonic TS4
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS20Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS20 Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4
Also called as Lumix DMC-FT20 Lumix DMC-FT4
Class Waterproof Waterproof
Introduced 2012-01-31 2012-01-31
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip - Venus Engine FHD
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 area 27.7mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4608 x 3456 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 6400 6400
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points 23 23
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-100mm (4.0x) 28-128mm (4.6x)
Max aperture f/3.9-5.7 f/3.3-5.9
Macro focus range 5cm 5cm
Crop factor 5.9 5.9
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 2.7 inches 2.7 inches
Screen resolution 230k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen technology TFT LCD TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 8 seconds 60 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/1300 seconds 1/1300 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 1.0 frames per second 4.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 4.40 m 5.60 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 142g (0.31 pounds) 197g (0.43 pounds)
Physical dimensions 101 x 58 x 19mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 0.7") 103 x 64 x 27mm (4.1" x 2.5" x 1.1")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 250 shots 310 shots
Battery type Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots One One
Pricing at launch $179 $399