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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
 

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
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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
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $108.00 vs $155.99
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The best price we've seen is $48 cheaper (more than 30% 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 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:$155.99
              DMC-SZ5:$108.00
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              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
              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
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              10x
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

              Sony Cyber-shot WX50

              Ultra compact

              $138

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690

              Travel zoom

              $177

              Longest exposure Significantly longer exposures
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $329

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $280 - $399

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon Coolpix S6300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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

              $131

              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Fujifilm FinePix T550

              Fujifilm FinePix T550

              Travel zoom

              $71 - $122

              Screen size Larger screen
              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $215

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Aperture Wider aperture
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Olympus VR-360

              Olympus VR-360

              Digicam

              $183

              Screen size Larger screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3

              Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3

              Travel zoom

              $125

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

              Panasonic Lumix FH10

              Ultra compact

              $105

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Smaller
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Travel zoom

              $421

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7

              Travel zoom

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot SD940 IS

              Canon PowerShot SD940 IS

              Ultra compact

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Smaller
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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