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

Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Light sensitivity (boost)
High ISO (boost)
6,400 ISO
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
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
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 Longer battery life 500 shots vs 380 shots
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More than 30% more shots per battery charge
Zoom Slightly more zoom 25x vs 21x
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More than 40% more zoom
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
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
True resolution Slightly higher true resolution 9.8 MP vs 9.6 MP
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Almost the same
Thickness Thinner 2.7" vs 3.1"
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More than 10% thinner
Lowest price Cheaper $129.00 vs $217.56
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The best price we've seen is $89 cheaper (more than 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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              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
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              AZ251:2.7"
              DMC-LZ20:3.1"
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported

              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"
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              External flash No external flash support Help
              Less expandable
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              AZ251:3,200 ISO
              DMC-LZ20:1,600 ISO
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              AZ251:25x
              DMC-LZ20:21x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $198

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              3D Captures 3D images
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Super zoom

              $115

              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $180 - $279

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Super zoom

              $188 - $231

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Travel zoom

              $113 - $149

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Thickness Is thinner
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Travel zoom

              $130 - $184

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Thickness Is thinner
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Super zoom

              $184 - $275

              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life

              Kodak PixPro AZ251 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30

              Super zoom

              $196

              Zoom More zoom
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Samsung WB2100

              Samsung WB2100

              Super zoom

              $175 - $229

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen

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