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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5

Size
Really small
Compact 58x104x21 mm
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Thickness
Thin
0.8"
Weight
Light-weight
136 g
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S6300

Size
Really small
Compact 94x58x26 mm
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
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
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $229.00 vs $272.80
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The best price we've seen is $44 cheaper (around 20% less)
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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
              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
              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 S6500

              Nikon Coolpix S6500

              Travel zoom

              $84 - $220

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $99 - $182

              Macro focus Significantly closer macro focusing
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7

              Travel zoom

              $442

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              Nikon Coolpix S6300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $185

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $197 - $227

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Nikon Coolpix S6800

              Nikon Coolpix S6800

              Travel zoom

              $139 - $147

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Screen size Larger screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Travel zoom

              $78 - $119

              Size Smaller
              Weight Lighter
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690

              Travel zoom

              $435

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix SZ9

              Panasonic Lumix SZ9

              Travel zoom

              $301 - $336

              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 TS5

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Waterproof

              $169 - $314

              GPS Has a GPS
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Significantly larger
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Panasonic Lumix SZ8

              Panasonic Lumix SZ8

              Travel zoom

              $122 - $129

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Size Larger
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

              Canon ELPH 320 HS

              Compact

              $159 - $250

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15

              Panasonic Lumix ZS15

              Travel zoom

              $445

              Zoom More zoom
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Significantly larger
              Aperture Narrower aperture

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