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

Fujifilm FinePix XP50 vs Panasonic Lumix FT20

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Reasons to buy the Fujifilm FinePix XP50

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix FT20

Wide angle
Wide angle lens
25 mm
Size
Really small
Super compact 101x58x19 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Macro focus
Great macro
5 cm

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
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1300s
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Around 40% faster max shutter speed
Lowest price
Cheaper
$135.00 vs $223.11
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The best price we've seen is $88 cheaper (around 40% less)
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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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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
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              f/3.9
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              XP50:5x
              FT20:4x

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              Usually standard
              Thickness Thin Help
              XP50:1"
              FT20:0.7"
              Common Weaknesses
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              XP50:28 mm
              FT20:25 mm

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix FT25

              Panasonic Lumix FT25

              Waterproof

              $231

              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Waterproof

              $100 - $199

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Fujifilm FinePix XP60

              Fujifilm FinePix XP60

              Waterproof

              $128 - $169

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix S32

              Nikon Coolpix S32

              Waterproof

              $108

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $219 - $347

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TF1

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TF1

              Waterproof

              $168 - $208

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Olympus mju Tough 8010

              Olympus mju Tough 8010

              Waterproof

              Macro focus Significantly closer macro focusing
              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Fujifilm FinePix XP50 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Waterproof

              $239

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Lowest price More expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Slower max shutter speed
              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 XP30

              Fujifilm FinePix XP30

              Waterproof

              $249

              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

              $139

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT1

              Waterproof

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              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
              Panasonic Lumix FT5

              Panasonic Lumix FT5

              Waterproof

              $263 - $298

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Significantly larger
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS30 (Lumix DMC-FT30)

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS30 (Lumix DMC-FT30)

              Waterproof

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Size Slightly larger
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life

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