Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4 vs Panasonic Lumix FT25

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3

71

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20

65

Panasonic Lumix FT20

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3

Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
Long exposures
Longest exposure
60 seconds
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix FT20

Size
Really small
Super compact 101x58x19 mm
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Thickness
Thin
0.7"
Weight
Light-weight
142 g
 

differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FT3

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.3 vs f/3.9
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-FT3's lens captures marginally more light (0.5 f-stops)
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Battery life
Longer battery life
310 shots vs 260 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
3.7 fps vs 1.3 fps
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Around 3x faster continuous shooting
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 8s
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7.5x longer exposures
Lowest price
Cheaper
$169.89 vs $276.43
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The best price we've seen is $107 cheaper (around 40% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic FT20

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Size
Significantly smaller
101x58x19 mm vs 104x63x27 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Wide angle
Better wide angle
25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Thickness
Thinner
0.7" vs 1.1"
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More than 30% thinner
Weight
Lighter
142 g vs 197 g
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Around 30% lighter
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent waterproof cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Common Weaknesses
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              6,400 ISO
              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
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              5 cm
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              DMC-FT3:3.7 fps
              FT20:1.3 fps
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              DMC-FT3:4.6x
              FT20:4x

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              Usually standard
              Thickness Thin Help
              DMC-FT3:1.1"
              FT20:0.7"
              Common Weaknesses
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              DMC-FT3:28 mm
              FT20:25 mm

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix FT25

              Panasonic Lumix FT25

              Waterproof

              $251

              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix FT5

              Panasonic Lumix FT5

              Waterproof

              $291 - $298

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4

              Panasonic Lumix FT4

              Waterproof

              $149

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2

              Waterproof

              $322

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Waterproof

              $274

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Waterproof

              $199 - $248

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Waterproof

              $198 - $212

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Waterproof

              $349 - $350

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Larger
              Olympus Tough TG-810

              Olympus Tough TG-810

              Waterproof

              $386

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Ricoh WG-20

              Ricoh WG-20

              Waterproof

              $140 - $149

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Size Significantly larger
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Fujifilm FinePix XP200

              Fujifilm FinePix XP200

              Waterproof

              $295

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Much larger
              Wide angle Worse wide angle

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