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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/2000 of a second
 

Reasons to buy the Kodak PixPro AZ251

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Battery life
Great battery life
500 shots
 

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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
$119.00 vs $199.99
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The best price we've seen is $81 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-LZ20

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Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 30s
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60000x faster max shutter speed
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
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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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
              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
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Size Fairly small Help
              AZ251:115x74x69 mm
              DMC-LZ20:120x76x80 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              AZ251:2.7"
              DMC-LZ20:3.1"
              Common Weaknesses
              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 L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $262

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              3D Captures 3D images
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $195 - $246

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Fujifilm FinePix S4800

              Fujifilm FinePix S4800

              Super zoom

              $139

              3D Captures 3D images
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Travel zoom

              $147 - $225

              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

              $249

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Fujifilm FinePix S8600

              Fujifilm FinePix S8600

              Super zoom

              $129 - $215

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Travel zoom

              $135 - $164

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

              Kodak PixPro AZ251 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Kodak PixPro AZ361

              Kodak PixPro AZ361

              Super zoom

              $179

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              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
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $168 - $184

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed
              Size Much larger
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Kodak PixPro AZ521

              Kodak PixPro AZ521

              Super zoom

              $199 - $220

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Size Larger
              Kodak PixPro FZ151

              Kodak PixPro FZ151

              Travel zoom

              $100 - $120

              Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Zoom Less zoom

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix S2950

              Fujifilm FinePix S2950

              Super zoom

              $175

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Size Slightly smaller
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Samsung WB100

              Samsung WB100

              Super zoom

              $194 - $210

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30

              Super zoom

              $201

              Zoom More zoom
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd

              Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd

              Super zoom

              $800

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Storage slots Has more storage slots
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

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