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

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20

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Panasonic Lumix FT20

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3

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

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix FT20

Wide angle
Wide angle lens
25 mm
Size
Really small
Super compact 101x58x19 mm
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Thickness
Thin
0.7"
 
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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
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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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        similarities

        Compared to recent compacts

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Waterproof Waterproof Help
        Great at the beach
        Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
        CCD
        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity
        Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
        6,400 ISO
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
        5 cm
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        1,600 ISO
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        DMC-FT3:3.7 fps
        FT20:1.3 fps
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        230k dots
        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 Common Weaknesses
        Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
        Usually standard
        Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
        Lens
        Thickness Thin Help
        DMC-FT3:1.1"
        FT20:0.7"
        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

        $172

        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4

        Panasonic Lumix FT4

        Waterproof

        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Panasonic Lumix FT5

        Panasonic Lumix FT5

        Waterproof

        $298 - $300

        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-FT2

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2

        Waterproof

        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Nikon Coolpix AW100

        Nikon Coolpix AW100

        Waterproof

        $250

        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Size Is slightly larger
        Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

        Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

        Waterproof

        $349

        Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

        Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

        Waterproof

        $339

        Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Olympus TG-1 iHS

        Olympus TG-1 iHS

        Waterproof

        $580

        Aperture Much wider aperture
        Screen type Has an OLED screen
        Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
        Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Olympus TG-320

        Olympus Tough TG-320

        Waterproof

        $211

        3D Takes 3D photos
        Aperture Wider aperture
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
        Fujifilm FinePix XP50

        Fujifilm FinePix XP50

        Waterproof

        $250

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
        Size Significantly larger
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Nikon Coolpix S6500

        Nikon Coolpix S6500

        Travel zoom

        $131

        Aperture Significantly wider aperture
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
        Size Larger

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