Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Fujifilm FinePix XP60 vs Panasonic Lumix FT25

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Reasons to buy the Fujifilm FinePix XP50

Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix FT20

Wide angle
Wide angle lens
25 mm
Size
Really small
Super compact 101x58x19 mm
Thickness
Thin
0.7"
Weight
Light-weight
142 g
 
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differences

Advantages of the Fujifilm XP50

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Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The XP50's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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Advantages of the Panasonic FT20

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Size Significantly smaller 101x58x19 mm vs 99x68x26 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Wide angle Better wide angle 25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
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
Image stabilization Better image stabilization Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Battery life Longer battery life 260 shots vs 220 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Thickness Thinner 0.7" vs 1"
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Around 30% thinner
Weight Lighter 142 g vs 175 g
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Around 20% lighter
Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures 8s vs 4s
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2x longer exposures
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent waterproof cameras, and ignoring price

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        similarities

        Compared to recent compacts

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
        Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
        Waterproof Waterproof Help
        Great at the beach
        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        XP50:0.8 fps
        FT20:1.3 fps
        Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
        XP50:9 cm
        FT20:5 cm
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        230k dots
        Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
        f/3.9
        Screen size Very small screens Help
        2.7"
        Zoom Poor zoom Help
        XP50:5x
        FT20:4x

        Compared to recent waterproof cameras

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
        Usually standard
        Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
        XP50:Sensor shift
        FT20:Lens
        Thickness Thin Help
        XP50:1"
        FT20:0.7"
        GPS No built-in GPS Help
        Missing geo-tagging
        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
        Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
        XP50:28 mm
        FT20:25 mm

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix FT25

        Panasonic Lumix FT25

        Waterproof

        $183

        Longest exposure Much longer exposures
        Nikon Coolpix AW110

        Nikon Coolpix AW110

        Waterproof

        $213

        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Fujifilm FinePix XP60

        Fujifilm FinePix XP60

        Waterproof

        $169 - $180

        Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
        Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Olympus TG-320

        Olympus Tough TG-320

        Waterproof

        $211

        Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
        3D Captures 3D images
        Thickness Is thicker
        Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
        Nikon Coolpix AW100

        Nikon Coolpix AW100

        Waterproof

        $250 - $297

        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Size Is slightly larger

        Fujifilm FinePix XP50 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Fujifilm FinePix XP70

        Fujifilm FinePix XP70

        Waterproof

        $145 - $195

        Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
        Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
        Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
        Fujifilm FinePix XP30

        Fujifilm FinePix XP30

        Waterproof

        $155 - $200

        GPS Has a GPS
        Size Slightly smaller
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Fujifilm FinePix XP22

        Fujifilm FinePix XP22

        Waterproof

        GPS Has a GPS
        Size Slightly smaller
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
        Fujifilm FinePix XP100

        Fujifilm FinePix XP100

        Waterproof

        Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
        Battery life Longer battery life
        HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
        Size Larger

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT10

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT10

        Waterproof

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Continuous shooting Shoots faster
        Wide angle Much worse wide angle
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Panasonic Lumix FT5

        Panasonic Lumix FT5

        Waterproof

        $298

        3D Takes 3D photos
        Aperture Wider aperture
        Size Significantly larger
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4

        Panasonic Lumix FT4

        Waterproof

        3D Takes 3D photos
        Aperture Wider aperture
        Size Significantly larger
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Nikon Coolpix S32

        Nikon Coolpix S32

        Waterproof

        $107 - $188

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Size Much larger
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2

        Waterproof

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Longest exposure Much longer exposures
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Wide angle Worse wide angle

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        Fujifilm FinePix XP50 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20
        Fujifilm FinePix XP50 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20

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