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Advantages of the Canon SD960 IS

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Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.8 vs f/3.1
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At its widest zoom, the SD960 IS's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
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Advantages of the Panasonic SZ9

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Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Wide angle
Significantly better wide angle
25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3" vs 2.8"
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Around 10% larger screen
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The SZ9's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
10x vs 4x
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Around 6.5x more zoom
Weight
Lighter
119 g vs 145 g
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Around 20% lighter
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 15s
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2x longer exposures
Thickness
Slightly thinner
0.8" vs 0.9"
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$248.29 vs $312.32
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The best price we've seen is $64 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Size Very small Help
              SD960 IS98×54×22 mm
              SZ997×57×21 mm
              Thickness Very thin Help
              SD960 IS0.9"
              SZ90.8"
              Weight Very light Help
              SD960 IS145 g
              SZ9119 g
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              SD960 IS$312.32
              SZ9$248.29
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/1600 of a second
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              SD960 IS1,600 ISO
              SZ93,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              SD960 IS230k dots
              SZ9460k dots
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              SD960 IS4x
              SZ910x

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