Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5 vs Nikon Coolpix S6300

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5

Really small
Size
Compact (58×104×21 mm)
Thin
Thickness
0.8"
Light-weight
Weight
136 g
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

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
Size
Really small
Compact (94×58×26 mm)

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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 2 f-stops better
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1600s
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20% faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-SZ5

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Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Macro focus
Much better macro capability
5.0 cm vs 10.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 2x closer to the lens
Size
Smaller
58×104×21 mm vs 94×58×26 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Aperture
Slightly wider aperture
f/3.1 vs f/3.2
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Almost the same
Thickness
Thinner
0.8" vs 1"
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Around 20% thinner
Battery life
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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$149.99 vs $269.00
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The best price we've seen is $119 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Size Fairly small Help
              S630094×58×26 mm
              DMC-SZ558×104×21 mm
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Weight Light weight Help
              S6300160 g
              DMC-SZ5136 g
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              S630010.0 cm
              DMC-SZ55.0 cm
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              S63003,200 ISO
              DMC-SZ51,600 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths
              Thickness Thin Help
              S63001"
              DMC-SZ50.8"
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              S63004s
              DMC-SZ58s
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7

              Travel zoom

              $259

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              Nikon Coolpix S6300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $250

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Travel zoom

              $177 - $197

              Zoom More zoom
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Nikon Coolpix S6500

              Nikon Coolpix S6500

              Travel zoom

              $148

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690

              Travel zoom

              $120

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon Coolpix S6800

              Nikon Coolpix S6800

              Travel zoom

              $99

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3

              Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3

              Travel zoom

              $195

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Panasonic Lumix FH10

              Panasonic Lumix FH10

              Ultra compact

              $128

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Wider aperture
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $179 - $221

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Zoom More zoom
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Travel zoom

              $306

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Larger
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix L31

              Nikon Coolpix L31

              Compact

              $86 - $92

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen

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