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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
Significantly 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
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)
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
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
$483.69 vs $599.90
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The best price we've seen is $116 cheaper (around 20% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              High-speed framerate Extremely high speed movies Help
              ZS20220 fps
              WB850F480 fps
              Zoom Great zoom Help
              ZS2020x
              WB850F21x
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 60fps
              Wide angle Good wide angle Help
              ZS2024 mm
              WB850F23 mm
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3"
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              ZS20$599.90
              WB850F$483.69
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

              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
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 60fps

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