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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

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
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
 
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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
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $126.95 vs $149.99
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The best price we've seen is $23 cheaper (around 20% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-SZ5

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Screen size Larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Macro focus Significantly better macro capability 5 cm vs 10 cm
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Focus on subjects 2x closer to the lens
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
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              S6300:$126.95
              DMC-SZ5:$149.99
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported

              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
              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
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              S6300:10 cm
              DMC-SZ5:5 cm
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              S6300:6 fps
              DMC-SZ5:1.5 fps
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              10x
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Travel zoom

              $122 - $138

              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

              Screen size Larger screen
              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              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
              Nikon Coolpix S6200

              Nikon Coolpix S6200

              Travel zoom

              $135 - $147

              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $209

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Aperture Wider aperture
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Travel zoom

              $149 - $150

              Zoom More zoom
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Size Much larger
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3

              Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3

              Travel zoom

              $125 - $199

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Travel zoom

              $250

              Zoom More zoom
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Size Much larger
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS

              Travel zoom

              $122

              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Size Slightly smaller
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix SZ9

              Panasonic Lumix SZ9

              Travel zoom

              $344 - $384

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix SZ8

              Panasonic Lumix SZ8

              Travel zoom

              $126 - $129

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Size Larger
              Aperture Narrower aperture

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