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

Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/2000 of a second
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Kodak PixPro AZ251

HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Battery life
Great battery life
500 shots
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

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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
Weight
Lighter
354 g vs 499 g
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Around 30% lighter
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
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
$134.95 vs $250.00
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The best price we've seen is $115 cheaper (around 50% 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
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              AZ251:3,200 ISO
              DMC-LZ20:1,600 ISO
              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
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              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 L320

              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Super zoom

              $249

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Travel zoom

              $129 - $198

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Thickness Is thinner
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $194 - $297

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Olympus SP-620 UZ

              Olympus 620 UZ

              Travel zoom

              $206

              Size Is slightly smaller
              3D Captures 3D images
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Travel zoom

              $119 - $164

              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

              $270

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $159

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life

              Kodak PixPro AZ251 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Kodak PixPro AZ361

              Kodak PixPro AZ361

              Super zoom

              $179

              Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Fujifilm FinePix S4800

              Fujifilm FinePix S4800

              Super zoom

              $100

              Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Significantly larger
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1

              Ultra compact

              $131

              Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Placeholder

              Kodak PixPro

              Pro digicam

              $99 - $149

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              External flash Supports an external flash
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Wide angle Worse wide angle

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $310

              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

              $544

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Super zoom

              $199 - $200

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30

              Super zoom

              $200 - $255

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

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