Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Panasonic Lumix FT25 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20

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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"
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT10

Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
360 ms shutter lag
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 
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differences

Advantages of the Panasonic FT20

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Wide angle Much better wide angle 25 mm vs 35 mm
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Around 30% better wide angle
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Size Smaller 101x58x19 mm vs 100x64x22 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Weight Lighter 142 g vs 172 g
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Around 20% lighter
Thickness Thinner 0.7" vs 0.9"
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More than 10% thinner
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $226.70 vs $277.45
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The best price we've seen is $51 cheaper (around 20% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FT10

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Aperture Wider aperture f/3.5 vs f/3.9
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-FT10's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 4.6 fps vs 1.3 fps
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More than 3.5x 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
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Thickness Thin Help
              FT20:0.7"
              DMC-FT10:0.9"
              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
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              5 cm
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              FT20:f/3.9
              DMC-FT10:f/3.5
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
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              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              Usually standard
              Size Fairly small Help
              FT20:101x58x19 mm
              DMC-FT10:100x64x22 mm
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              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
              DMC-FT10:35 mm

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix FT25

              Panasonic Lumix FT25

              Waterproof

              $242

              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Fujifilm FinePix XP50

              Fujifilm FinePix XP50

              Waterproof

              $169

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4

              Panasonic Lumix FT4

              Waterproof

              $329

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              3D Captures 3D images
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Fujifilm FinePix XP60

              Fujifilm FinePix XP60

              Waterproof

              $160 - $179

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Olympus TG-310

              Olympus TG310

              Waterproof

              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT1

              Waterproof

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2

              Waterproof

              $322

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Waterproof

              $150 - $192

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Size Significantly larger
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

              Waterproof

              $210

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter max exposures
              Canon IXUS 155

              Canon IXUS 155

              Travel zoom

              $128

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Size Larger

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT10 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-H70

              Sony Cybershot H70

              Travel zoom

              $125

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Size Larger
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower

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