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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3 vs Panasonic Lumix FT20

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3

71

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20

64

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
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

Wide angle
Wide angle lens
25 mm
Size
Really small
Super compact 101x58x19 mm
Thickness
Thin
0.7"
Weight
Light-weight
142 g

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differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FT3

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
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)
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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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Wide angle
Significantly better wide angle
25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
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
Thickness
Significantly 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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$224.72 vs $273.51
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The best price we've seen is $49 cheaper (around 20% less)
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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
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/1300 of a second
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              5 cm
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              DMC-FT33.7 fps
              FT201.3 fps
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              DMC-FT34.6x
              FT204x

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              DMC-FT3104x63x27 mm
              FT20101x58x19 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              DMC-FT31.1"
              FT200.7"
              Common Weaknesses
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix FT25

              Panasonic Lumix FT25

              Waterproof

              $323

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix FT5

              Panasonic Lumix FT5

              Waterproof

              $220

              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-TS30 (Lumix DMC-FT30)

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS30 (Lumix DMC-FT30)

              Waterproof

              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4

              Panasonic Lumix FT4

              Waterproof

              $329

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2

              Waterproof

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $300

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Waterproof

              $280

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Waterproof

              $350

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix AW130

              Nikon Coolpix AW130

              Compact

              $297 - $327

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Size Slightly larger

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20.

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