Updated (April, 2013): Compare the Kodak PixPro AZ361 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20

Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/2000 of a second
 

Reasons to buy the Kodak PixPro AZ251

HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Battery life
Great battery life
500 shots
 
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differences

Advantages of the Kodak AZ251

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HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 500 shots vs 380 shots
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More than 30% more shots per battery charge
Size Smaller 115x74x69 mm vs 120x76x80 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Wide angle Slightly better wide angle 24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Zoom Slightly more zoom 25x vs 21x
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More than 40% more zoom
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The AZ251's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Weight Lighter 354 g vs 499 g
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Around 30% lighter
Thickness Thinner 2.7" vs 3.1"
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More than 10% thinner
True resolution Slightly higher true resolution 9.8 MP vs 9.6 MP
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Almost the same
Lowest price Cheaper $124.00 vs $199.99
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The best price we've seen is $76 cheaper (around 40% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-LZ20

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Aperture Wider aperture f/3.1 vs f/3.7
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-LZ20's lens captures marginally more light (0.5 f-stops)
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/2000s vs 30s
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60000x faster max shutter speed
Macro focus Better macro capability 2 cm vs 3 cm
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Focus on subjects more than 30% closer to the lens
Longest exposure Longer exposures 15s vs 1/2000s
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Around 30000x 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
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              AZ251:500 shots
              DMC-LZ20:380 shots
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              AZ251:2.7"
              DMC-LZ20:3.1"
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Size Fairly small Help
              AZ251:115x74x69 mm
              DMC-LZ20:120x76x80 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              AZ251:2.7"
              DMC-LZ20:3.1"
              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
              AZ251:25x
              DMC-LZ20:21x
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              AZ251:230k dots
              DMC-LZ20:460k dots

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $165 - $227

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Travel zoom

              $149 - $180

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Thickness Is thinner
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Super zoom

              $220

              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Fujifilm FinePix S4800

              Fujifilm FinePix S4800

              Super zoom

              $146

              3D Captures 3D images
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $171 - $270

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Travel zoom

              $150 - $248

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Thickness Is thinner
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8

              Super zoom

              $554

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas

              Kodak PixPro AZ251 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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
              Kodak PixPro AZ361

              Kodak PixPro AZ361

              Super zoom

              $179

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Zoom More zoom
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Samsung WB1100F

              Samsung WB1100F

              Super zoom

              $184 - $244

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Larger
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $195

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter max exposures
              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-FZ40

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

              Super zoom

              $387

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen

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