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Advantages of the Panasonic ZS20

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Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Battery life
Longer battery life
260 shots vs 180 shots
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More than 40% more shots per battery charge
Weight
Lighter
206 g vs 232 g
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More than 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Samsung WB850F

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Screen type
Has an OLED screen
OLED vs LCD
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OLED screens are often brighter and more vibrant than typical LCD screens
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Wide angle
Better wide angle
23 mm vs 24 mm
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Almost the same
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.8 vs f/3.3
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At its widest zoom, the WB850F's lens captures marginally more light (0.5 f-stops)
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
21x vs 20x
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More than 10% more zoom
Thickness
Thinner
1" vs 1.1"
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More than 10% thinner
Lowest price
Cheaper
$379.99 vs $599.90
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The best price we've seen is $220 cheaper (around 40% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              High-speed framerate Extremely high speed movies Help
              ZS20220 fps
              WB850F480 fps
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Wide angle Good wide angle Help
              ZS2024 mm
              WB850F23 mm
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 60fps
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              ZS201/2.5" 6.08x4.56mm
              WB850F1/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              ZS209.6 MP
              WB850F9.8 MP

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              ZS20105×59×28 mm
              WB850F110×62×25 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              ZS201.1"
              WB850F1"
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/2000 of a second
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 60fps
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              ZS20260 shots
              WB850F180 shots
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              ZS2020x
              WB850F21x

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