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Panasonic ZR1 vs Panasonic ZS20

Portability
94
Imaging
35
Features
17
Overall
27
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 front
Portability
92
Imaging
38
Features
46
Overall
41

Panasonic ZR1 vs Panasonic ZS20 Key Specs

Panasonic ZR1
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-200mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 158g - 98 x 55 x 26mm
  • Revealed July 2009
  • Additionally Known as Lumix DMC-ZX1
Panasonic ZS20
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-480mm (F3.3-6.4) lens
  • 206g - 105 x 59 x 28mm
  • Launched April 2012
  • Additionally referred to as Lumix DMC-TZ30
  • Previous Model is Panasonic ZS15
  • Updated by Panasonic ZS25
Photography Glossary

Panasonic ZR1 vs Panasonic ZS20 Overview

Below, we are contrasting the Panasonic ZR1 vs Panasonic ZS20, former is a Small Sensor Compact while the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom and they are both offered by Panasonic. The sensor resolution of the ZR1 (12MP) and the ZS20 (14MP) is very close and they use the exact same sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The ZR1 was unveiled 3 years before the ZS20 which is a fairly big difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Both of these cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before diving in to a comprehensive comparison, below is a simple highlight of how the ZR1 scores against the ZS20 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic ZR1 over the Panasonic ZS20

 ZR1 ZS20 

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS20 over the Panasonic ZR1

 ZS20 ZR1 
LaunchedApril 2012July 2009Newer by 33 months
Display dimension3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution460k230kCrisper display (+230k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Panasonic ZR1 and Panasonic ZS20

 ZR1 ZS20 
Manual focus Lack of manual focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither provides selfie screen

Panasonic ZR1 vs Panasonic ZS20 Physical Comparison

For those who are planning to travel with your camera regularly, you have to think about its weight and dimensions. The Panasonic ZR1 provides physical dimensions of 98mm x 55mm x 26mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.0") having a weight of 158 grams (0.35 lbs) while the Panasonic ZS20 has dimensions of 105mm x 59mm x 28mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.1") and a weight of 206 grams (0.45 lbs).

Check out the Panasonic ZR1 vs Panasonic ZS20 in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you are using during that time. Underneath is the front view physical size comparison of the ZR1 vs the ZS20.

Panasonic ZR1 vs Panasonic ZS20 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability grade of the ZR1 and ZS20 is 94 and 92 respectively.

Panasonic ZR1 vs Panasonic ZS20 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic ZR1 vs Panasonic ZS20 Sensor Comparison

Usually, its hard to visualise the difference in sensor dimensions purely by researching a spec sheet. The image below might provide you a much better sense of the sensor dimensions in the ZR1 and ZS20.

As you can see, both of these cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements but not the same resolution. You can expect to see the Panasonic ZS20 to render extra detail having an extra 2 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also enable you to crop images somewhat more aggressively. The more aged ZR1 will be disadvantaged in sensor innovation.

Panasonic ZR1 vs Panasonic ZS20 sensor size comparison

Panasonic ZR1 vs Panasonic ZS20 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic ZR1 vs Panasonic ZS20 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic ZR1 Portrait photography highlights
Panasonic ZS20 Portrait photography highlights
21
lack of manual focus
lack of manual mode
cannot use external flash
MP count low (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
30
resolution is good (14 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
cannot use external flash
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic ZR1 as a Street photography camera
Panasonic ZS20 as a Street photography camera
56
built in image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
65
built in image stabilization (Optical)
features focus via touch
lighter than competitors (206 grams)
screen does not articulate
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic ZR1 Sports photography highlights
Panasonic ZS20 Sports photography highlights
25
built in image stabilization (Optical)
low fps (2.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
MP count low (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus
47
amazing zoom range (24-480mm 20.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (14 megapixels)
has tracking focus
very small sensor (1/2.3")
terrible battery (260 CIPA)
lacks phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic ZR1 Travel photography factors
Panasonic ZS20 Travel photography factors
57
built-in flash
rather wide (25mm)
does not have Timelapse function
MP count low (12MP)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
68
lighter than competitors (206 grams)
features focus via touch
resolution is good (14MP)
has built in flash
quite wide (24mm)
very long reach (480mm)
lack of Timelapse mode
terrible battery (260 per charge)
display is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic ZR1 Landscape photography highlights
Panasonic ZS20 Landscape photography highlights
32
rather wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
tiny screen (2.7 inches)
lack of manual mode
MP count low (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
does not have Timelapse function
42
quite wide (24mm)
good sized screen (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (14MP)
focusing manually not possible
can't switch lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
terrible battery (260 shots)
lack of Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic ZR1 Vlogging factors
Panasonic ZS20 Vlogging factors
28
rather wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
video res low (1280 x 720 pixels)
does not have microphone port
34
quite wide (24mm)
touchscreen capability
built in image stabilization (Optical)
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competitors (206g)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
display is not selfie friendly
lack of microphone support
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Panasonic ZR1 vs Panasonic ZS20 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic ZR1 and Panasonic ZS20
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Panasonic
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20
Also called Lumix DMC-ZX1 Lumix DMC-TZ30
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2009-07-27 2012-04-26
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Venus Engine V -
Sensor type CCD CMOS
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 12MP 14MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4000 x 3000 4320 x 3240
Maximum native ISO 6400 6400
Minimum native ISO 80 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points 11 23
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 25-200mm (8.0x) 24-480mm (20.0x)
Maximum aperture f/3.3-5.9 f/3.3-6.4
Macro focusing range 3cm 3cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 5.9
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 2.7" 3"
Resolution of display 230 thousand dots 460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60s 15s
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000s 1/2000s
Continuous shooting rate 2.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 5.10 m 6.40 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (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 Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone support
Headphone support
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 sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 158 gr (0.35 lb) 206 gr (0.45 lb)
Dimensions 98 x 55 x 26mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.0") 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 - 260 pictures
Style of battery - Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC card, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots 1 1
Retail cost $280 $349