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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
 

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 Significantly 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
        Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
        Lens
        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
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        S6300:6 fps
        DMC-SZ5:1.5 fps
        Touch screen No touchscreens Help
        More buttons
        High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
        Not supported
        Zoom Poor zoom Help
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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix S3500

        Nikon Coolpix S3500

        Compact

        $90 - $120

        Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

        Travel zoom

        $148

        Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
        Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly higher boost light sensitivity
        Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

        Travel zoom

        $179 - $204

        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3

        Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3

        Travel zoom

        $125 - $144

        Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Canon PowerShot ELPH 140 IS

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 140 IS

        Travel zoom

        $129 - $162

        Macro focus Significantly closer macro focusing
        Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

        Travel zoom

        $129 - $130

        Macro focus Significantly closer macro focusing
        Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos

        Nikon Coolpix S6300 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690

        Travel zoom

        $177

        Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
        Screen size Larger screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Nikon Coolpix S6500

        Nikon Coolpix S6500

        Travel zoom

        $84 - $220

        Screen size Larger screen
        Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
        Battery life Shorter battery life
        Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

        Compact

        $214

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Macro focus Much better macro capability
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Nikon Coolpix S6200

        Nikon Coolpix S6200

        Travel zoom

        $145 - $147

        Battery life Slightly longer battery life
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

        Sony Cyber-shot WX50

        Ultra compact

        $138

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Zoom Less zoom

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ8

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ8

        Compact

        Longest exposure Much longer exposures
        Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
        Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $590 - $748 with 12-32mm lens

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Sony Cybershot DSC-H70

        Sony Cybershot H70

        Travel zoom

        $169

        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Longest exposure Significantly longer exposures
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

        Panasonic Lumix ZS20

        Travel zoom

        $330 - $399

        GPS Has a GPS
        Zoom Significantly more zoom
        Size Larger
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1

        Travel zoom

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
        Wide angle Much worse wide angle
        Size Much larger

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