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Panasonic Lumix FT4 vs Panasonic Lumix FT20

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20

60

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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

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differences

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 103x64x27 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Thickness
Significantly 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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$216.87 vs $324.48
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The best price we've seen is $108 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic FT4

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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
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
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
              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
              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
              FT201.3 fps
              FT43.7 fps
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              FT204x
              FT44.6x

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              FT20101x58x19 mm
              FT4103x64x27 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              FT200.7"
              FT41.1"
              Common Weaknesses
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix FT5

              Panasonic Lumix FT5

              Waterproof

              $210 - $235

              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

              $298

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3

              Waterproof

              $269

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Waterproof

              $265

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix AW130

              Nikon Coolpix AW130

              Compact

              $327 - $347

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Waterproof Is not waterproof
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2

              Waterproof

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS30 (Lumix DMC-FT30)

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS30 (Lumix DMC-FT30)

              Waterproof

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Size Slightly larger
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Ricoh WG-20

              Ricoh WG-20

              Waterproof

              $126 - $149

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix S32

              Nikon Coolpix S32

              Waterproof

              $245

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Waterproof

              $356

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Larger
              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Waterproof

              $160

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Olympus TG-1 iHS

              Olympus TG-1 iHS

              Waterproof

              $580

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures

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