Need a compact zoom, Will ZS20 suffice?
I compared the Panny ZS20 with the Canon SX260HS for several weeks (reading numerous online reviews, comparing pics, features etc.). I wanted one for the same purposes you describe, and for convenience when traveling/out and about. I finally pulled the trigger on the ZS20 and am very pleased with it so far. I didn't buy it expecting it to replace my DSLR and expensive lenses, but I think it's a lot of camera for such a small package.
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