Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5 (Black) comparison

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 (Black)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 (Black)
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS30 (Black)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS30 (Black)
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Canon PowerShot SX280 HS (Red)

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Price $145 at 1 store $169 to $219 at 2 stores $349 to $406 at 2 stores $399 at 1 store
CNET editors' rating
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.5 (3.5 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.3 (4.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
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4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.3 (4.0 stars)
Average user rating 2.5 stars out of 13 reviews 4.0 stars out of 4 reviews 3.5 stars out of 2 reviews 5.0 stars out of 4 reviews 1.0 stars out of 1 review
Release date February 25, 2010 April 01, 2012 March 19, 2013 July 20, 2010 March 27, 2013
The Bottom Line If you just want a decent compact megazoom, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5 is one of the better options thanks to a well-rounded feature set and very good photo quality at lower ISOs. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20's 20x zoom lens might be the main attraction, but the camera is all-around excellent. A fully loaded travel zoom that's fun to use, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS30 has a lot to offer both advanced and casual snapshooters. Wi-Fi connectivity and a new processor help make Canon's PowerShot SX280 HS one of the top compact megazooms available. But you'd better load up on batteries.

Basic specs

Features See What's the Same or What's different
Flash Memory 40 MB Flash - Integrated
12 MB Flash - Integrated
Info unavailable 40 MB Flash - Integrated
Info unavailable
Type LCD display - TFT active matrix - 2.7 in - Color
TFT active matrix - Color
LCD display - 3 in
LCD display - 3 in
LCD display - TFT active matrix - 3 in - Color
LCD display - 3 in
Dimensions (W x D x H) 4.1 in x 1.3 in x 2.4 in
4.1 in x 1.1 in x 2.3 in
4.3 in x 1.1 in x 2.3 in
4.1 in x 1.3 in x 2.4 in
4.2 in x 1.3 in x 2.5 in
Lens System 12 x x Zoom lens - 4.1 mm - 49.2 mm - F/3.3-4.9
20 x x Zoom lens - 4.3 mm - 86 mm - F/3.3-6.4
20 x x
Zoom lens - 4.3 mm - 86 mm - F/3.3-6.4
12 x x Zoom lens - 4.1 mm - 49.2 mm - F/3.3-4.9
20 x x
Zoom lens - 4.5 mm - 90 mm - F/3.5-6.8
Optical sensor type CCD
MOS
MOS
CCD
CMOS
Light sensitivity ISO auto (1600-6400)
ISO 1600
ISO 800
ISO 100
ISO 200
ISO 80
ISO 400
ISO auto
ISO auto (1600-6400)
ISO 1600
ISO 800
ISO 100
ISO 200
ISO 400
ISO auto
ISO auto (1600-6400)
ISO 3200
ISO 1600
ISO 800
ISO 100
ISO 200
ISO 6400
ISO 400
ISO auto
ISO auto (1600-6400)
ISO 1600
ISO 800
ISO 100
ISO 200
ISO 80
ISO 400
ISO auto
ISO 3200
ISO 1600
ISO 800
ISO 100
ISO 200
ISO 80
ISO 6400
ISO 400
ISO auto
Memory storage capacity 40 MB
12 MB
Info unavailable 40 MB
Info unavailable
Video capture QuickTime - 1280 x 720 -
QuickTime - 848 x 480 -
QuickTime - 640 x 480 -
QuickTime - 320 x 240 -
AVCHD - 1920 x 1080 -
AVCHD - 1920 x 1080 -
AVCHD - 1280 x 720 -
H.264 - 1920 x 1080 -
H.264 - 1280 x 720 -
H.264 - 640 x 480 -
MJPEG - 320 x 240 -
AVCHD - 1920 x 1080 -
AVCHD - 1920 x 1080 -
AVCHD - 1280 x 720 -
H.264 - 1920 x 1080 -
H.264 - 1280 x 720 -
H.264 - 1280 x 720 -
MJPEG - 640 x 480 -
QuickTime - 1280 x 720 -
QuickTime - 848 x 480 -
QuickTime - 640 x 480 -
QuickTime - 320 x 240 -
H.264 - 1920 x 1080 -
H.264 - 1280 x 720 -
H.264 - 640 x 480 -
H.264 - 640 x 480 -
H.264 - 320 x 240 -
H.264 - 1920 x 1080 -
Digital zoom 4 x
4 x
4 x
4 x
4 x
Battery technology Lithium ion
Lithium ion
Info unavailable Lithium ion
Info unavailable
Weight 6.7 oz
6.5 oz
6.1 oz
6.9 oz
7.4 oz
Product Type Digital camera - Compact
Digital camera - Compact
Digital camera - Compact
Digital camera - Compact
Digital camera - Compact
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