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

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8

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

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH6

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.5
Battery life
Great battery life
280 shots
 
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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 $86.56 vs $233.71
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The best price we've seen is $147 cheaper (2.7x 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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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent compacts, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              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
              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 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 DMC-FH5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH5

              Ultra compact

              $103

              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Canon IXUS 155

              Canon IXUS 155

              Travel zoom

              $132

              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Thickness Is thicker
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix FS50

              Panasonic Lumix FS50

              Ultra compact

              $184

              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3

              Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3

              Travel zoom

              $149

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH7

              Compact

              $137

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77

              Compact

              $400

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Travel zoom

              $78 - $119

              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH6 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon IXUS 265 HS

              Canon IXUS 265 HS

              Travel zoom

              $186 - $201

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS

              Travel zoom

              $128 - $237

              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Samsung WB350F

              Samsung WB350F

              Travel zoom

              $129 - $167

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Compact

              $99

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $249 - $349

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Size Larger
              Battery life Shorter battery life

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon IXUS 125 HS

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 125 HS

              Compact

              $108 - $263

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Travel zoom

              $87

              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Samsung WB200F

              Samsung WB200F

              Travel zoom

              $140 - $150

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger

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