Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot D20 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 vs Canon PowerShot D20

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Long exposures
Longest exposure
60 seconds
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot D20

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot D20.
Explore our gallery of 31 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3.

differences

Advantages of the Canon D20

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High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
240 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
461k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The D20's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Lowest price
Cheaper
$299.99 vs $389.95
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The best price we've seen is $90 cheaper (more than 20% less)
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/1600s vs 1/1300s
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Around 20% faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-TS3

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Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.3 vs f/3.9
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-TS3's lens captures marginally more light (0.5 f-stops)
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Size
Smaller
104×64×28 mm vs 112×71×28 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Weight
Lighter
197 g vs 228 g
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More than 10% lighter
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent waterproof cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              D201080p @ 24fps
              DMC-TS31080p @ 30fps
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              D201/1600s
              DMC-TS31/1300s
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D203,200 ISO
              DMC-TS31,600 ISO
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              D205x
              DMC-TS34.6x

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths
              Thickness Thin Help
              1.1"
              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              D20$299.99
              DMC-TS3$389.95

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Waterproof

              $289 - $299

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

              Panasonic Lumix TS4

              Waterproof

              $350

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Waterproof

              $300

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Thickness Is thinner
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $170

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Waterproof

              $188 - $198

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Nikon Coolpix AW130

              Nikon Coolpix AW130

              Compact

              $279 - $297

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Waterproof Is not waterproof
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860

              Waterproof

              $249

              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon PowerShot D20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot D30

              Canon PowerShot D30

              Waterproof

              $249 - $330

              Size Smaller
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

              GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

              Waterproof

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot D10

              Canon PowerShot D10

              Waterproof

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Weight Lighter
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Waterproof

              $238 - $324

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Battery life Shorter battery life

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS30 (Lumix DMC-FT30)

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS30 (Lumix DMC-FT30)

              Waterproof

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Size Significantly smaller
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS6 (Lumix DMC-FT6)

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS6 (Lumix DMC-FT6)

              Waterproof

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Size Larger
              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX10

              Sony Cybershot TX10

              Waterproof

              $244

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Aperture Narrower aperture

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              Canon PowerShot D20 Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3
              Canon PowerShot D20 Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

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