Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Fujifilm FinePix S4800 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30

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Reasons to buy the Fujifilm FinePix S4500

Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20

Battery life
Great battery life
380 shots
 
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differences

Advantages of the Fujifilm S4500

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Zoom More zoom 30x vs 21x
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More than 2x more zoom
Wide angle Slightly better wide angle 24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Digital 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-LZ20

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Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Image stabilization Better image stabilization Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Size Smaller 120x76x80 mm vs 118x81x100 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Battery life Longer battery life 380 shots vs 300 shots
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Around 30% more shots per battery charge
Thickness Thinner 3.1" vs 3.9"
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20% thinner
Weight Slightly lighter 499 g vs 543 g
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Around 10% lighter
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $131.23 vs $152.39
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The best price we've seen is $21 cheaper (more than 10% less)
Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures 15s vs 8s
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Around 90% longer exposures
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent super zooms, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              S4500:$152.39
              DMC-LZ20:$131.23
              Weight Heavy Help
              S4500:543 g
              DMC-LZ20:499 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              S4500:3.9"
              DMC-LZ20:3.1"
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              6,400 ISO
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              1.2 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps
              Size Large Help
              S4500:118x81x100 mm
              DMC-LZ20:120x76x80 mm
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              External flash No external flash support Help
              Less expandable
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              S4500:30x
              DMC-LZ20:21x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix S4800

              Fujifilm FinePix S4800

              Super zoom

              $129 - $130

              3D Captures 3D images
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $175

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              3D Captures 3D images
              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Super zoom

              $172

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $202 - $279

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $227

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Travel zoom

              $170 - $250

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Thickness Is thinner
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Super zoom

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker

              Fujifilm FinePix S4500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $199 - $229

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Fujifilm FinePix S4600

              Fujifilm FinePix S4600

              Super zoom

              $127

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Size Larger
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Super zoom

              $200 - $221

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Viewfinder No viewfinder

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30

              Super zoom

              $149

              Zoom More zoom
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Nikon Coolpix L310

              Nikon Coolpix L310

              Super zoom

              $198

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Size Slightly smaller
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

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              Fujifilm FinePix S4500 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20
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              discussion

              Fujifilm FinePix S4500
              FinePix S4500
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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20
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