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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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
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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recommendations

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 Common Weaknesses
Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
Lens
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
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"
High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
Not supported
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
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
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

$183

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

$407

Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is significantly heavier
Nikon Coolpix AW100

Nikon Coolpix AW100

Waterproof

$250 - $297

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

$319

Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is significantly heavier
Nikon Coolpix S32

Nikon Coolpix S32

Waterproof

$107 - $188

Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is slightly heavier
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

Waterproof

$198 - $214

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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Olympus Tough TG-810

Olympus Tough TG-810

Waterproof

$299 - $329

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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Pentax WG-4

Pentax WG-4

Waterproof

Aperture Much wider aperture
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Size Much larger
Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

appearance

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discussion

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