Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH6 vs Panasonic Lumix FH10

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8

58

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH6

56

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH6

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8

Large screen
Screen size
3.0"
High ISO
Light sensitivity
6,400 ISO
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2.5
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH6

Battery life
Great battery life
280 shots
Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.5
 

differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FH6

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Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
280 shots vs 260 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Lowest price
Cheaper
$157.37 vs $268.50
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The best price we've seen is $111 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FH8

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Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The DMC-FH8's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Macro focus
Better macro capability
4 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 20% closer to the lens
Thickness
Slightly thinner
0.7" vs 0.8"
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Around 10% thinner
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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Aperture Wide aperture Help
              f/2.5
              Size Fairly small Help
              DMC-FH6:96x56x20 mm
              DMC-FH8:96x57x19 mm
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Thickness Thin Help
              DMC-FH6:0.8"
              DMC-FH8:0.7"
              Weight Light weight Help
              DMC-FH6:119 g
              DMC-FH8:123 g
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/1600 of a second
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              DMC-FH6:1.5 fps
              DMC-FH8:1.3 fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix FS50

              Panasonic Lumix FS50

              Ultra compact

              $167

              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH5

              Ultra compact

              $99

              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1

              Ultra compact

              $131

              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH2

              Ultra compact

              $110

              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH6 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Compact

              $93

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Canon IXUS 132

              Canon IXUS 132

              Travel zoom

              $110

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Casio Exilim EX-Z77

              Casio Exilim EX-Z77

              Compact

              $200

              Fastest shutter speed Faster max shutter speed
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $300 - $305

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Size Much larger
              Olympus VR-320

              Olympus VR320

              Travel zoom

              $150

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen size Larger screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

              Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

              Travel zoom

              $123 - $180

              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7

              Travel zoom

              $388

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1

              Travel zoom

              $164

              Zoom More zoom
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3

              Ultra compact

              $98

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon IXUS 125 HS

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 125 HS

              Compact

              $276

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life

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