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

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix FT20

Size
Really small
Super compact 101x58x19 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Thickness
Thin
0.7"
 
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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
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $169.00 vs $226.70
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The best price we've seen is $58 cheaper (around 30% 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 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

              $236

              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Fujifilm FinePix XP60

              Fujifilm FinePix XP60

              Waterproof

              $160 - $169

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Waterproof

              $145 - $191

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Pentax WG-10

              Pentax WG-10

              Waterproof

              $333

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix S32

              Nikon Coolpix S32

              Waterproof

              $97 - $188

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon IXUS 155

              Canon IXUS 155

              Travel zoom

              $132

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Macro focus Significantly closer macro focusing
              Waterproof Is not waterproof
              Thickness Is thicker
              Olympus TG-820 iHS

              Olympus TG-820

              Waterproof

              $238

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger

              Fujifilm FinePix XP50 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix XP30

              Fujifilm FinePix XP30

              Waterproof

              $200

              GPS Has a GPS
              Size Slightly smaller
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Waterproof

              $269

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Lowest price More expensive
              GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

              GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

              Waterproof

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              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
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT10

              Waterproof

              $277

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4

              Panasonic Lumix FT4

              Waterproof

              $329

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Significantly larger
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

              Waterproof

              $210

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter max exposures
              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $229 - $340

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Weight Significantly heavier

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