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

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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 FT4

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

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 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
Weight Lighter 142 g vs 197 g
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Around 30% lighter
Thickness Thinner 0.7" vs 1.1"
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Around 30% thinner
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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
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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
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
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
FT20:1.3 fps
FT4:3.7 fps
Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
230k dots
Screen size Very small screens Help
2.7"
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
Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
Lens
Thickness Thin Help
FT20:0.7"
FT4:1.1"
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

$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 FT25

Panasonic Lumix FT25

Waterproof

$172

Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3

Waterproof

$412

Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is slightly heavier
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2

Waterproof

Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is slightly heavier
Nikon Coolpix AW120

Nikon Coolpix AW120

Waterproof

$289 - $340

Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is significantly heavier
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
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

Waterproof

$209

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

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
Nikon Coolpix S32

Nikon Coolpix S32

Waterproof

$107 - $109

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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition

GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition

Waterproof

$379

Wide angle Much better wide angle
External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Built-in flash No built-in flash
Image stabilization No image stabilization

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discussion

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