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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5

Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Battery life
Great battery life
250 shots
Thickness
Thin
0.8"
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S6300

Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon S6300

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Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 6 fps vs 1.5 fps
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4x faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The S6300's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-SZ5

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Macro focus Much better macro capability 5 cm vs 10 cm
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Focus on subjects 2x closer to the lens
Screen size Larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Size Slightly smaller 58x104x21 mm vs 94x58x26 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Aperture Slightly wider aperture f/3.1 vs f/3.2
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-SZ5's lens captures marginally more light (0.1 f-stops)
Thickness Thinner 0.8" vs 1"
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Around 20% thinner
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 250 shots vs 230 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Weight Lighter 136 g vs 160 g
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Around 20% lighter
Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures 8s vs 4s
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2x longer exposures
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        similarities

        Compared to recent compacts

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
        View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
        Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
        Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity
        Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
        S6300:10 cm
        DMC-SZ5:5 cm
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        230k dots

        Compared to recent travel zooms

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Size Fairly small Help
        S6300:94x58x26 mm
        DMC-SZ5:58x104x21 mm
        Weight Light weight Help
        S6300:160 g
        DMC-SZ5:136 g
        Thickness Thin Help
        S6300:1"
        DMC-SZ5:0.8"
        Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
        S6300:4s
        DMC-SZ5:8s
        Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
        S6300:230 shots
        DMC-SZ5:250 shots
        Touch screen No touchscreens Help
        More buttons
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        S6300:6 fps
        DMC-SZ5:1.5 fps
        High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
        Not supported
        Zoom Poor zoom Help
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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

        Compact

        $200

        Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos

        Nikon Coolpix S6300 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix S6500

        Nikon Coolpix S6500

        Travel zoom

        $124 - $220

        Screen size Larger screen
        Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
        Battery life Shorter battery life
        Olympus VR-360

        Olympus VR-360

        Digicam

        Screen size Larger screen
        Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

        Travel zoom

        $179 - $204

        Macro focus Much better macro capability
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690

        Travel zoom

        $177

        Macro focus Much better macro capability
        Screen size Larger screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

        Travel zoom

        $134 - $158

        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Macro focus Much better macro capability
        Zoom Slightly less zoom
        Aperture Slightly narrower aperture

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3

        Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3

        Travel zoom

        $133

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Screen size Smaller screen
        Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

        Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

        Ultra compact

        $78

        Size Significantly smaller
        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Thickness Much thicker
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1

        Travel zoom

        $324

        Macro focus Better macro capability
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3

        Ultra compact

        $100

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Screen size Smaller screen
        Panasonic Lumix ZS25

        Panasonic Lumix ZS25

        Travel zoom

        $231 - $240

        Zoom Significantly more zoom
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Size Larger
        Aperture Narrower aperture

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