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

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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
Thin
Thickness
0.8"
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7

Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
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 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)
Battery life
Longer battery life
280 shots vs 220 shots
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Around 30% more shots per battery charge
Wide angle
Slightly better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Size
Slightly smaller
96x56x20 mm vs 99x59x21 mm
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More than 10% smaller
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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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 1.5 fps
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More than 6.5x faster continuous shooting
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-FH6:96x56x20 mm
              DMC-SZ7:99x59x21 mm
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Thickness Thin Help
              0.8"
              Weight Light weight Help
              DMC-FH6:119 g
              DMC-SZ7:133 g
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/1600 of a second
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8

              Compact

              $269

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Travel zoom

              $107

              Macro focus Significantly closer macro focusing
              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1

              Ultra compact

              $141 - $183

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Samsung DV150F

              Samsung DV150F

              Ultra compact

              $110 - $189

              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
              Canon IXUS 132

              Canon IXUS 132

              Travel zoom

              $110

              Autofocus Focuses automatically
              Macro focus Significantly closer macro focusing
              Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH6 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Compact

              $90

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              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
              Samsung WB35F

              Samsung WB35F

              Travel zoom

              $88 - $109

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Zoom More zoom
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Significantly larger
              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

              $146

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $175 - $180

              Zoom More zoom
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Canon PowerShot G9

              Canon PowerShot G9

              Pro digicam

              $860

              Aperture Wider aperture
              External flash Supports an external flash
              Size Much larger
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Samsung NX1

              Samsung NX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,499 - $1,500 body only

              $1,699 - $2,799 with 16-50mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

              Travel zoom

              $250 - $273

              Zoom More zoom
              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Significantly larger

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