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
Battery life
Great battery life
380 shots
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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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 Better wide angle 24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Size Smaller 115x74x69 mm vs 120x76x80 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 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
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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
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              AZ251:$127.99
              DMC-LZ20:$131.23
              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
              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"
              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
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              AZ251:25x
              DMC-LZ20:21x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30

              Super zoom

              $186

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Super zoom

              $207

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $115

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              3D Captures 3D images
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              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
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Super zoom

              $188 - $238

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $380 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              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
              Kodak PixPro FZ151

              Kodak PixPro FZ151

              Travel zoom

              $119

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Smaller
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Zoom Less zoom
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $199 - $230

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Fujifilm FinePix S4800

              Fujifilm FinePix S4800

              Super zoom

              $127 - $129

              Aperture Wider aperture
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Significantly larger
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $480 - $774 body only

              $200 - $617 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Size Larger

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Size Larger
              Nikon Coolpix L310

              Nikon Coolpix L310

              Super zoom

              $198

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Size Slightly smaller
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

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