As well as being compared against other compacts, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS6 is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs and travel zooms. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS6's top rivals come from Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-FX33 and the Lumix TS5) and Nikon (such as the D5100)

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FS6 compared to other compact competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.3), is slightly smaller (super compact (97×54×21 mm) vs compact (110×64×29 mm)), has better image stabilization (lens vs none), is thinner (0.8" vs 1.1") and is slightly lighter (137 g vs 214 g).

However, on average it has a significantly narrower wide angle lens (33 mm vs 28 mm), has a slightly smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 460k dots), has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS) and is older (january 2009 vs february 2012).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX33

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX33
1 year older
$359

Significant advantages of the DMC-FX33 (vs the DMC-FS6)

  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 33 mm

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FX33 (vs the DMC-FS6)

  • Much shorter max exposures: 8 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the DMC-FX33 and DMC-FS6

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Super compact (95×52×22 mm) vs Super compact (97×54×21 mm)

Panasonic Lumix TS5

Panasonic Lumix TS5
4 years newer
$509

Significant advantages of the TS5 (vs the DMC-FS6)

  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 33 mm
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Has a GPS

Significant disadvantages of the TS5 (vs the DMC-FS6)

  • Significantly larger: Compact (110×64×29 mm) vs Super compact (97×54×21 mm)
  • Significantly thicker: 1.1" vs 0.8"
  • Significantly heavier: 214 g vs 137 g

common strengths of the TS5 and DMC-FS6

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Thin: 1.1" vs 0.8"

Olympus TG-820

Olympus TG-820 iHS
3 years newer

Significant advantages of the TG-820 (vs the DMC-FS6)

  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 33 mm
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,030k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the TG-820 (vs the DMC-FS6)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.9 vs f/2.8
  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Much shorter max exposures: 4 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the TG-820 and DMC-FS6

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Compact (96×63×23 mm) vs Super compact (97×54×21 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.9" vs 0.8"

Pentax Optio M10

Pentax Optio M10
2 years older

Significant advantages of the M10 (vs the DMC-FS6)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the M10 (vs the DMC-FS6)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much shorter max exposures: 4 seconds vs 60 seconds
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/1500 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

common strengths of the M10 and DMC-FS6

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Compact (89×59×24 mm) vs Super compact (97×54×21 mm)

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FS6 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has image stabilization (lens vs none), is much smaller (super compact (97×54×21 mm) vs prosumer size (127×97×79 mm)), is thinner (0.8" vs 3.1"), is much lighter (137 g vs 560 g) and much longer exposures (60 seconds vs 30 seconds).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (848 x 480 @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a much smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 920k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (8 MP vs 16.1 MP) and doesn't record movies in 24p.

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
2 years newer
$372 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D5100 (vs the DMC-FS6)

  • Much higher true resolution: 16.1 MP vs 8 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None

Significant disadvantages of the D5100 (vs the DMC-FS6)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much larger: Prosumer size (127×97×79 mm) vs Super compact (97×54×21 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 0.8"

common strengths of the D5100 and DMC-FS6

  • None found

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FS6 compared to travel zoom competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.3), is slightly smaller (super compact (97×54×21 mm) vs compact (103×60×32 mm)), is thinner (0.8" vs 1.3"), is slightly lighter (137 g vs 214 g) and has a faster max shutter speed (1/2000 of a second vs 1/1300 of a second).

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (33 mm vs 25 mm) and is older (january 2009 vs january 2010).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the DMC-ZS5 (vs the DMC-FS6)

  • Much better wide angle: 25 mm vs 33 mm

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-ZS5 (vs the DMC-FS6)

  • Significantly larger: Compact (103×60×32 mm) vs Super compact (97×54×21 mm)
  • Much thicker: 1.3" vs 0.8"
  • Significantly heavier: 214 g vs 137 g

common strengths of the DMC-ZS5 and DMC-FS6

  • Very small: Compact (103×60×32 mm) vs Super compact (97×54×21 mm)
  • Very thin: 1.3" vs 0.8"
  • Very light: 214 g vs 137 g

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR3
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the DMC-ZR3 (vs the DMC-FS6)

  • Much better wide angle: 25 mm vs 33 mm

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-ZR3 (vs the DMC-FS6)

  • Thicker: 1" vs 0.8"
  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/1300 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

common strengths of the DMC-ZR3 and DMC-FS6

  • Very small: Compact (98×55×26 mm) vs Super compact (97×54×21 mm)
  • Very thin: 1" vs 0.8"
  • Very light: 159 g vs 137 g