Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH6 vs Panasonic Lumix SZ9

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH6 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH6

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2.5
Wide angle lens
Wide angle
24 mm
Really small
Size
Super compact 96x56x20 mm
Great battery life
Battery life
280 shots
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 60fps
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures

differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FH6

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Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.5 vs f/3.1
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-FH6's lens captures slightly more light (0.6 f-stops)
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Battery life
Longer battery life
280 shots vs 220 shots
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Around 30% more shots per battery charge
Size
Smaller
96x56x20 mm vs 99x59x21 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$188.07 vs $381.75
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The best price we've seen is $194 cheaper (2x less)
Weight
Slightly lighter
119 g vs 133 g
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More than 10% lighter
Thickness
Slightly thinner
0.8" vs 0.8"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-SZ7

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
10 fps vs 1.5 fps
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More than 6.5x faster continuous shooting
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
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
Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Zoom
More zoom
10x vs 5x
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4x more zoom
Macro focus
Better macro capability
4 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 20% closer to the lens
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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
              Size Fairly small Help
              DMC-FH696x56x20 mm
              DMC-SZ799x59x21 mm
              Weight Light weight Help
              DMC-FH6119 g
              DMC-SZ7133 g
              Thickness Thin Help
              0.8"
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/1600 of a second
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1

              Travel zoom

              $161

              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH6 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Compact

              $150

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Panasonic Lumix FH10

              Panasonic Lumix FH10

              Ultra compact

              $100

              Size Smaller
              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sony Cybershot DSC-W650

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W650

              Compact

              $105

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen size Larger screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH5

              Ultra compact

              $144

              Size Slightly smaller
              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Samsung ST150F

              Samsung ST150F

              Ultra compact

              $149

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen size Larger screen
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Wide angle Worse wide angle

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix SZ8

              Panasonic Lumix SZ8

              Travel zoom

              $80 - $91

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower
              Kodak EasyShare P712

              Kodak EasyShare P712

              Super zoom

              Aperture Wider aperture
              External flash Supports an external flash
              Size Much larger
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220

              Travel zoom

              $168 - $177

              Size Smaller
              Lowest price Significantly cheaper
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $175 - $180

              Zoom More zoom
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Travel zoom

              $347

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Much larger
              Aperture Narrower aperture

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