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Advantages of the Canon SD980 IS

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Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.8 vs f/3.3
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At its widest zoom, the SD980 IS's lens captures marginally more light (0.5 f-stops)
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Screen size
Larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Size
Smaller
100×53×23 mm vs 98×55×26 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/3000s vs 1/1300s
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2.3x faster max shutter speed
Thickness
Thinner
0.9" vs 1"
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More than 10% thinner
Weight
Slightly lighter
150 g vs 159 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-ZR3

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Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
1.8 fps vs 0.8 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              SD980 IS100×53×23 mm
              DMC-ZR398×55×26 mm
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              Usually standard
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Thickness Very thin Help
              SD980 IS0.9"
              DMC-ZR31"
              Weight Light weight Help
              SD980 IS150 g
              DMC-ZR3159 g
              Common Weaknesses
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              SD980 IS0.8 fps
              DMC-ZR31.8 fps
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              SD980 IS5x
              DMC-ZR38x

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              Canon PowerShot SD980 IS Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR3

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