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Panasonic TS20 vs Panasonic ZS3

Portability
95
Imaging
39
Features
28
Overall
34
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS20 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 front
Portability
91
Imaging
33
Features
30
Overall
31

Panasonic TS20 vs Panasonic ZS3 Key Specs

Panasonic TS20
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-100mm (F3.9-5.7) lens
  • 142g - 101 x 58 x 19mm
  • Launched January 2012
  • Alternative Name is Lumix DMC-FT20
Panasonic ZS3
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-300mm (F3.3-4.9) lens
  • 229g - 103 x 60 x 33mm
  • Launched May 2009
  • Additionally referred to as Lumix DMC-TZ7
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Panasonic TS20 vs Panasonic ZS3 Overview

Let's look more closely at the Panasonic TS20 versus Panasonic ZS3, former is a Waterproof while the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom and both of them are created by Panasonic. There exists a considerable gap between the image resolutions of the TS20 (16MP) and ZS3 (10MP) but they possess the exact same sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The TS20 was introduced 2 years after the ZS3 which is quite a large difference as far as technology is concerned. Each of the cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before diving straight into a complete comparison, below is a quick view of how the TS20 grades versus the ZS3 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic TS20 over the Panasonic ZS3

 TS20 ZS3 
LaunchedJanuary 2012May 2009More modern by 34 months

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS3 over the Panasonic TS20

 ZS3 TS20 
Screen dimension3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution460k230kSharper screen (+230k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic TS20 and Panasonic ZS3

 TS20 ZS3 
Manual focus Lack of manual focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Lack of Touch friendly screen

Panasonic TS20 vs Panasonic ZS3 Physical Comparison

When you are intending to carry around your camera, you'll have to think about its weight and dimensions. The Panasonic TS20 has outer dimensions of 101mm x 58mm x 19mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 0.7") having a weight of 142 grams (0.31 lbs) and the Panasonic ZS3 has dimensions of 103mm x 60mm x 33mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.3") and a weight of 229 grams (0.50 lbs).

Take a look at the Panasonic TS20 versus Panasonic ZS3 in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into account, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you are employing at the time. The following is the front view proportions comparison of the TS20 compared to the ZS3.

Panasonic TS20 vs Panasonic ZS3 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the TS20 and ZS3 is 95 and 91 respectively.

Panasonic TS20 vs Panasonic ZS3 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic TS20 vs Panasonic ZS3 Sensor Comparison

Normally, its hard to picture the contrast between sensor sizes purely by reading a spec sheet. The picture below may offer you a far better sense of the sensor dimensions in the TS20 and ZS3.

Clearly, both of the cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements albeit different megapixels. You can expect the Panasonic TS20 to offer more detail using its extra 6 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also help you crop shots somewhat more aggressively. The more recent TS20 provides an edge when it comes to sensor technology.

Panasonic TS20 vs Panasonic ZS3 sensor size comparison

Panasonic TS20 vs Panasonic ZS3 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic TS20 vs Panasonic ZS3 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic TS20 Portrait photography highlights
Panasonic ZS3 Portrait photography highlights
30
decent MP (16MP)
focusing manually not possible
no manual control
cannot use external flash
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
19
no manual focus
no manual mode
can't use external flash
MP count low (10 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Panasonic TS20
Street photography with Panasonic ZS3
67
image stabilization (Optical)
weather proofing
lighter than competition in class (142g)
no moving screen
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
60
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (229g)
no moving screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic TS20 Sports photography information
Panasonic ZS3 Sports photography information
41
image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
features tracking focus
weather proofing
low maximum shutter speed (1/1,300s)
continuous shooting slow (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF
24
has image stabilization (Optical)
slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
MP count low (10 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic TS20 Travel photography info
Panasonic ZS3 Travel photography info
70
lighter than competition in class (142g)
weather proofing
decent MP (16MP)
built-in flash
reasonably wide (25mm)
no Timelapse mode
screen is not selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.9)
63
lighter than competition (229 grams)
has built in flash
relatively wide (25mm)
very long reach (300mm)
missing Timelapse recording
MP count low (10MP)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic TS20 Landscape photography advice
Panasonic ZS3 Landscape photography advice
41
reasonably wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
weather proofing
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.9)
small screen (2.7")
no manual control
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
no Timelapse mode
35
relatively wide (25mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
no manual mode
MP count low (10 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
missing Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic TS20 Vlogging advice
Panasonic ZS3 Vlogging advice
31
reasonably wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (142g)
sluggish max aperture (f3.9)
screen is not selfie friendly
low res video (1280 x 720 pixels)
no microphone port
30
relatively wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (229g)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
low res video (1280 x 720 resolution)
missing external microphone jack
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Panasonic TS20 vs Panasonic ZS3 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic TS20 and Panasonic ZS3
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS20Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Panasonic
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS20 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3
Also referred to as Lumix DMC-FT20 Lumix DMC-TZ7
Type Waterproof Small Sensor Superzoom
Launched 2012-01-31 2009-05-14
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 10MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4608 x 3456 3648 x 2736
Maximum native ISO 6400 6400
Minimum native ISO 100 80
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points 23 11
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 25-100mm (4.0x) 25-300mm (12.0x)
Largest aperture f/3.9-5.7 f/3.3-4.9
Macro focusing range 5cm 3cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 5.9
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 2.7 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 230 thousand dot 460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Display tech TFT LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 8 seconds 60 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/1300 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 1.0 frames per sec 2.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 4.40 m 5.30 m (Auto ISO)
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video file format MPEG-4 AVCHD Lite
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 None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 142 gr (0.31 pounds) 229 gr (0.50 pounds)
Dimensions 101 x 58 x 19mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 0.7") 103 x 60 x 33mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.3")
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 250 images -
Battery format Battery Pack -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal
Storage slots 1 1
Price at launch $179 $200