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Panasonic Lumix FT20

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix FT4

Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
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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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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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)
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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
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        similarities

        Compared to recent compacts

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        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
        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
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        FT20:1.3 fps
        FT4:3.7 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
        FT20:4x
        FT4:4.6x

        Compared to recent waterproof cameras

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
        Usually standard
        External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
        Limited to the in-camera mic
        Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
        FT20:25 mm
        FT4:28 mm
        Movie format Poor movies Help
        FT20:720p @ 30fps
        FT4:1080p @ 60fps

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix FT5

        Panasonic Lumix FT5

        Waterproof

        $390 - $407

        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Panasonic Lumix FT25

        Panasonic Lumix FT25

        Waterproof

        $188

        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3

        Waterproof

        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Nikon Coolpix AW110

        Nikon Coolpix AW110

        Waterproof

        $214

        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Nikon Coolpix AW120

        Nikon Coolpix AW120

        Waterproof

        $297 - $548

        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

        $261 - $297

        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Fujifilm FinePix XP70

        Fujifilm FinePix XP70

        Waterproof

        $160 - $258

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

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Olympus TG-320

        Olympus Tough TG-320

        Waterproof

        $200

        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 S32

        Nikon Coolpix S32

        Waterproof

        $107 - $188

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

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4 Competitors

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        No significant competitors found that are specific to the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4.

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