Updated (January, 2012): Compare the Fujifilm FinePix XP20 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

71

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Fujifilm FinePix XP20

56

Fujifilm FinePix XP20

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

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

Reasons to buy the Fujifilm FinePix XP20

Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

differences

Advantages of the Fujifilm XP20

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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
Size
Smaller
99x67x23 mm vs 104x63x27 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The XP20's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Weight
Lighter
162 g vs 197 g
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Around 20% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
0.9" vs 1.1"
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More than 10% thinner
Lowest price
Cheaper
$94.50 vs $371.99
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The best price we've seen is $277 cheaper (3.9x 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)
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
5 cm vs 9 cm
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Focus on subjects more than 40% closer to the lens
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
3.7 fps vs 0.8 fps
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More than 4.5x faster continuous shooting
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 4s
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15x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Common Weaknesses
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              XP20:9 cm
              DMC-TS3:5 cm
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              XP20:0.8 fps
              DMC-TS3:3.7 fps
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              XP20:5x
              DMC-TS3:4.6x

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              Usually standard
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              XP20:Sensor shift
              DMC-TS3:Lens
              Thickness Thin Help
              XP20:0.9"
              DMC-TS3:1.1"
              Common Weaknesses
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Waterproof

              $149 - $178

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Fujifilm FinePix XP30

              Fujifilm FinePix XP30

              Waterproof

              $200

              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

              GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

              Waterproof

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Olympus Stylus Tough 8000

              Olympus Stylus Tough 8000

              Waterproof

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

              Waterproof

              $210

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen

              Fujifilm FinePix XP20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix XP50

              Fujifilm FinePix XP50

              Waterproof

              $135

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Size Slightly larger
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Fujifilm FinePix XP60

              Fujifilm FinePix XP60

              Waterproof

              $160 - $169

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Nikon Coolpix S32

              Nikon Coolpix S32

              Waterproof

              $97 - $200

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Much larger
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $550 - $600 body only

              $699 - $700 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Size Much larger
              Weight Much heavier
              Fujifilm FinePix XP10

              Fujifilm FinePix XP10

              Waterproof

              $120

              Size Smaller
              Weight Lighter
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Waterproof

              $198 - $427

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Waterproof

              $128 - $169

              Size Significantly smaller
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Waterproof

              $349 - $390

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

              Panasonic Lumix TS4

              Waterproof

              $395

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Size Slightly smaller
              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Waterproof

              $329

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture

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