Updated (January, 2012): Compare the Olympus mju 9010 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ25

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20

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Olympus mju 9010

48

Olympus mju 9010

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20

Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
220 fps
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus mju 9010

Size
Really small
Compact 94x58x31 mm
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
 

differences

Advantages of the Olympus mju 9010

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Size
Smaller
94x58x31 mm vs 105x58x33 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Macro focus
Better macro capability
1 cm vs 3 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Aperture
Slightly wider aperture
f/3.2 vs f/3.3
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At its widest zoom, the mju 9010's lens captures marginally more light (0.1 f-stops)
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.2" vs 1.3"
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Around 10% thinner
Weight
Slightly lighter
211 g vs 219 g
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-TZ20

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GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Zoom
More zoom
16x vs 10x
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More than 2.5x more zoom
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
220 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 0.7 fps
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Around 14.5x faster continuous shooting
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 4s
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15x longer exposures
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The DMC-TZ20's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent travel zooms, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Weight Heavy Help
              mju 9010:211 g
              DMC-TZ20:219 g
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting weaknesses shared by these two products.

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ10

              Travel zoom

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon IXUS 220 HS

              Canon IXUS 220 HS

              Compact

              $874

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Size Is significantly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is much more expensive

              Olympus mju 9010 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS45

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS45

              Compact

              $136

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Zoom Less zoom
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Olympus mju 7040

              Olympus mju 7040

              Compact

              Screen size Larger screen
              Size Smaller
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A380

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A380

              Entry-level DSLR

              $857 body only

              Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses
              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Size Much larger
              Weight Much heavier
              Olympus VH-510

              Olympus VH-510

              Travel zoom

              $120

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

              Ultra compact

              $150

              Size Significantly smaller
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Zoom Less zoom

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $260

              Zoom Much more zoom
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30

              Panasonic Lumix TZ30

              Travel zoom

              $266

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Zoom More zoom
              Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
              Fastest shutter speed Significantly slower max shutter speed
              Panasonic Lumix TZ40

              Panasonic Lumix TZ40

              Travel zoom

              $224

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
              Fastest shutter speed Significantly slower max shutter speed
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ18

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ18

              Travel zoom

              $247 - $275

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Lowest price Cheaper
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Olympus SZ-10

              Olympus SZ10

              Travel zoom

              $149

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Wide angle Worse wide angle

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