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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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$498.00 vs $630.35
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The best price we've seen is $132 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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Advantages of the Samsung WB850F

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Zoom
Much more zoom
21x vs 20x
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More than 10% more zoom
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
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)
Thickness
Thinner
1" vs 1.1"
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More than 10% thinner
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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Zoom Incredible zoom Help
              ZS2020x
              WB850F21x
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              Usually standard
              Wide angle Good wide angle Help
              ZS2024 mm
              WB850F23 mm
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3"
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Thickness Thin Help
              ZS201.1"
              WB850F1"
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/2000 of a second
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              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 Very small Help
              ZS20105×59×28 mm
              WB850F110×62×25 mm
              Weight Light weight Help
              ZS20206 g
              WB850F232 g
              Common Weaknesses
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              ZS2020x
              WB850F21x
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              ZS2015s
              WB850F16s
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              ZS20260 shots
              WB850F180 shots
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing

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              Samsung WB850F Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

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              Lumix ZS20
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              Samsung WB850F
              WB850F
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