Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Panasonic Lumix FT25 vs Panasonic Lumix FT5

Panasonic Lumix FT4

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4

68

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20

63

Panasonic Lumix FT20

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix FT4

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
Thickness
Thin
0.7"
Weight
Light-weight
142 g
 

differences

Advantages of the Panasonic FT20

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Size
Significantly smaller
101x58x19 mm vs 103x64x27 mm
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Around 40% smaller
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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Around 30% thinner
Weight
Lighter
142 g vs 197 g
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Around 30% lighter
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Advantages of the Panasonic FT4

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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 FT4's lens captures marginally more light (0.5 f-stops)
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
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
$149.00 vs $218.64
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The best price we've seen is $70 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              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
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              5 cm
              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
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              FT20:1.3 fps
              FT4:3.7 fps
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              FT20:4x
              FT4:4.6x

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              Usually standard
              Thickness Thin Help
              FT20:0.7"
              FT4:1.1"
              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
              FT20:25 mm
              FT4:28 mm

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix FT5

              Panasonic Lumix FT5

              Waterproof

              $229 - $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 FT25

              Panasonic Lumix FT25

              Waterproof

              $287

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3

              Waterproof

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Waterproof

              $100 - $169

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $189 - $347

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Waterproof

              $274

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Ricoh WG-4

              Ricoh WG-4

              Waterproof

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S32

              Nikon Coolpix S32

              Waterproof

              $97 - $127

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Much larger
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS

              Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS

              Waterproof

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Screen size Larger screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization

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