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Advantages of the Canon SD1200 IS

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Size
Significantly smaller
86×55×22 mm vs 103×60×33 mm
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Around 50% smaller
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.8 vs f/3.3
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At its widest zoom, the SD1200 IS's lens captures marginally more light (0.5 f-stops)
Thickness
Much thinner
0.9" vs 1.3"
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More than 30% thinner
Weight
Significantly lighter
120 g vs 229 g
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Around 50% lighter
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Tunnel vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-ZS3

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Wide angle
Much better wide angle
25 mm vs 35 mm
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Around 30% better wide angle
Screen size
Larger screen
3" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
12x vs 3x
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16x more zoom
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1500s
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More than 20% faster max shutter speed
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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              Usually standard
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Common Weaknesses
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              SD1200 IS230k dots
              DMC-ZS3460k dots

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              Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS
              PowerShot SD1200 IS
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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3
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