HX20v vs Lumix ZS3

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Michael Kalm Regular Member • Posts: 274
HX20v vs Lumix ZS3

Apples to oranges, and unfair, but I had fun anyway!

My HX20v arrived today, and I fired it right up and shot some comparison shots with the pocket camera it will be replacing, the Lumix ZS3. Here are the comparisons with some comments.

Although these were my last shots, I'll start with them - a view of downtown Salt Lake City at night.

These next two were macros of clockworks within a glass sphere. It looks like the ZS3 chose to focus on dust on the sphere rather than the clockworks themselves.

Difference in the flash between the two cameras.

Some Color Differences.

Some color and clarity differences.

And now for the dramatic difference in zoom reach. (I know. I know. If it wasn't dramatic, I'd be demanding my money back!)

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ASR45
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Re: HX20v vs Lumix ZS3

Sony wins there Michael
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LSHorwitz1 Senior Member • Posts: 2,423
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What a fantastic comparison for those of us with ZS-3s who are contemplating the purchase of the Sony HX20V.

The improvements in reach, low light gathering and detail, and general image quality are extremely impressive. My Sony HX20V was just ordered!

Thanks for doing the work here Michael. It directly answered my desire to see the two compared.

As a NEX7 and alpha 77 owner, I do not need much "arm-twisting" to be convinced that Sony knows how to do great cameras, but the ability to directly compare these is wonderful nonetheless, and pushed me over the line from "thinking about it" to "doing it"!

Thanks again,
Larry

superstar905
superstar905 Senior Member • Posts: 1,898
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Wow, count me in that group. Thanks very much!

LSHorwitz1 wrote:

What a fantastic comparison for those of us with ZS-3s who are contemplating the purchase of the Sony HX20V.

The improvements in reach, low light gathering and detail, and general image quality are extremely impressive. My Sony HX20V was just ordered!

Thanks for doing the work here Michael. It directly answered my desire to see the two compared.

As a NEX7 and alpha 77 owner, I do not need much "arm-twisting" to be convinced that Sony knows how to do great cameras, but the ability to directly compare these is wonderful nonetheless, and pushed me over the line from "thinking about it" to "doing it"!

Thanks again,
Larry

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Moef Regular Member • Posts: 158
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Nice photo compare, thanks...

Looks like the Sony is an overall better cam. More detailed & sharper photos, much less noise, better colours.

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Jarola Regular Member • Posts: 330
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Thanks for time you put into this comparison. I am leaning toward the HX20v but the images still seem a bit smudged. Is the HX20v a big improvement over the HX9v as far as the smudging goes?

Thanks

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Smudged??

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Jarola Regular Member • Posts: 330
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smeared?

Jinwons Senior Member • Posts: 1,043
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I'm curious on that too. Is there any in-depth comparison review of HX9V vs HX20V?

And I know OP already stated it's apple to orange. But winning three years old ZS3 doesn't tell much for HX20. Panny has very potent ZS15, ZS20 now, so real question is how HX20V stacks against them and also Canon SX260.

Red2112 New Member • Posts: 8
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Yeah, I'm really curious about how the HX20V compares to the ZS20/15. I recently bought the ZS2 after considering the SX260, ZS15, and HX9V.

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I think you are right but the ZS3 is widely regarded as one of the compacts that produces great pictures, and I know I love mine.

However I would like to see a comparison also. As I've mentioned in other threads, the ZS20 interests me too.

Jinwons wrote:

I'm curious on that too. Is there any in-depth comparison review of HX9V vs HX20V?

And I know OP already stated it's apple to orange. But winning three years old ZS3 doesn't tell much for HX20. Panny has very potent ZS15, ZS20 now, so real question is how HX20V stacks against them and also Canon SX260.

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The HX20 wins hands down. Every shot is superior with the HX20

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Very true.....in this set. However as was pointed out quite rightly to me in the Panny forum, my ZS3 produces much better outdoors and macro shots than what is show here.

sparkle1103 wrote:

The HX20 wins hands down. Every shot is superior with the HX20

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My ZS3 did produce better than your defective ZS3 or User error or something is NOT right/

attached several ZS3 shots with trusty TZ7 (ZS3) or even TZ3 (ZS1 ) produce better pictures than posted.

Always carry 3(LX+ZS) for all my travels including Theatre anesthetic inductions demo for teaching to trainees/nerve block stills and videos with ZS3

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shot with a a Zs1 ( TZ6 )

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Now these shots are much more representitive of the ZS3 ....... I think I let my hopes for a replacement that has everything I wanted cloud my judgement.

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The TZ30 is clearly enferior to the TZ8 and even the TZ7. See DPReview studio comparison tool or this one DKamera: http://www.dkamera.de/testbericht/panasonic-lumix-dmc-tz31/bildqualitaet.html

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LesterH New Member • Posts: 3
Re: HX20v vs Lumix ZS20

I did this unscientific comparison - ZS20 was set in IA and HX20V was set in IA +

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Nexusbrz New Member • Posts: 20
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the dog photo, taken on the HX20V is terrible. completelly messed up, when looking at 100%. full of watercolor / oil painting effect. does not happens on the ZS20.

yet, color balance seems way better on the HX20V

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