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
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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20

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Image stabilization
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Differences | Recommendations | Similarities | Competitors | Appearance | Discussion

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
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

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

              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
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps
              Size Large Help
              S4500:118x81x100 mm
              DMC-LZ20:120x76x80 mm

              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
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              S4500:30x
              DMC-LZ20:21x
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              S4500:230k dots
              DMC-LZ20:460k dots

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix S4800

              Fujifilm FinePix S4800

              Super zoom

              $146

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

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $195

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              3D Captures 3D images
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $167 - $227

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Super zoom

              $146

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $199 - $249

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Fujifilm FinePix S8600

              Fujifilm FinePix S8600

              Super zoom

              $99 - $229

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              Fujifilm FinePix S6800

              Fujifilm FinePix S6800

              Super zoom

              $155 - $159

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger

              Fujifilm FinePix S4500 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix SL300

              Fujifilm FinePix SL300

              Super zoom

              $120

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Size Larger

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30

              Super zoom

              $201

              Zoom More zoom
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $298 - $600

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker

              appearance

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              Fujifilm FinePix S4500 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20
              Fujifilm FinePix S4500 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20

              discussion

              Fujifilm FinePix S4500
              FinePix S4500
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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20
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