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

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 

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
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon D20

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Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
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
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
Screen size Larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Macro focus Significantly better macro capability 1 cm vs 5 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 1 f-stop better
Lowest price Cheaper $229.00 vs $371.99
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The best price we've seen is $143 cheaper (around 40% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-TS3

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3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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)
Size Smaller 104x63x27 mm vs 112x71x28 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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recommendations

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 Common Weaknesses
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              D20:5x
              DMC-TS3:4.6x

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              Usually standard
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Thickness Thin Help
              1.1"
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              D20:15s
              DMC-TS3:60s
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Waterproof

              $250

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Thickness Is thinner
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Waterproof

              $293 - $298

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Waterproof

              $203

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $289 - $297

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

              Waterproof

              $339

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Waterproof

              $349

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Olympus TG-820 iHS

              Olympus TG-820

              Waterproof

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS

              Canon PowerShot D20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot D30

              Canon PowerShot D30

              Waterproof

              $299 - $330

              Size Smaller
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Lowest price More expensive
              GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

              GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

              Waterproof

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

              Canon PowerShot D10

              Waterproof

              $480

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Weight Lighter
              Size Much larger
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Waterproof

              $198 - $212

              Size Much smaller
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

              Panasonic Lumix TS4

              Waterproof

              $290

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Size Slightly smaller
              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Waterproof

              $139 - $169

              Size Significantly smaller
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2

              Waterproof

              $400

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Olympus TG-1 iHS

              Olympus TG-1 iHS

              Waterproof

              $580

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures

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