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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20 vs Kodak PixPro AZ251

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20

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Kodak PixPro AZ251

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20

Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/2000 of a second
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
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Reasons to buy the Kodak PixPro AZ251

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

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Explore our gallery of 1 sample photo taken by the Kodak PixPro AZ251.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20.

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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
Wide angle
Slightly better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Size
Slightly smaller
115×74×70 mm vs 120×76×80 mm
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Around 20% smaller
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 2 f-stops better
Weight
Lighter
354 g vs 499 g
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Around 30% lighter
Thickness
Slightly 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
$129.99 vs $224.99
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The best price we've seen is $95 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
2.0 cm vs 3.0 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
              AZ251500 shots
              DMC-LZ20380 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
              AZ2512.7"
              DMC-LZ203.1"
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              AZ2513,200 ISO
              DMC-LZ201,600 ISO
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              AZ251115×74×70 mm
              DMC-LZ20120×76×80 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              AZ2512.7"
              DMC-LZ203.1"
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              AZ251$129.99
              DMC-LZ20$224.99
              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
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              AZ2513.0 cm
              DMC-LZ202.0 cm
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              AZ25125x
              DMC-LZ2021x
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              AZ251230k dots
              DMC-LZ20460k dots

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $110 - $218

              Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Super zoom

              $149 - $150

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Battery life Has a much shorter battery life
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $368 body only

              $479 - $640 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Travel zoom

              $199

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Fujifilm FinePix S8600

              Fujifilm FinePix S8600

              Super zoom

              $106 - $230

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $300 - $547 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Kodak PixPro AZ251 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Kodak PixPro AZ361

              Kodak PixPro AZ361

              Super zoom

              $182 - $197

              Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Super zoom

              $249

              Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Kodak PixPro FZ151

              Kodak PixPro FZ151

              Travel zoom

              $140

              Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Zoom Less zoom
              Nikon Coolpix L330

              Nikon Coolpix L330

              Super zoom

              $160

              Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed
              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Kodak Easyshare Z990 MAX

              Kodak Easyshare Z990 MAX

              Super zoom

              Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Size Larger

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30

              Super zoom

              $141

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Nikon Coolpix L610

              Nikon Coolpix L610

              Travel zoom

              $105

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $174

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Slower max shutter speed
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

              Super zoom

              $1,011

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

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