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

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.5
 

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
 
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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)
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 Slightly better macro capability 4 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 20% closer to the lens
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recommendations

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
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
Supports RAW No RAW support Help
Less editing fidelity
High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
Not supported

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3

Travel zoom

$125 - $199

Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1

Travel zoom

$338

Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Compact

$199

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH6 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8

Compact

$190

Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Screen size Larger screen
Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
Canon PowerShot A2500

Canon PowerShot A2500

Compact

$79 - $83

Macro focus Better macro capability
Longest exposure Longer exposures
Wide angle Worse wide angle
Aperture Narrower aperture
Nikon Coolpix L320

Nikon Coolpix L320

Super zoom

$159

Zoom Much more zoom
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Size Much larger
Thickness Much thicker
Nikon Coolpix S3300

Nikon Coolpix S3300

Compact

Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Thickness Slightly thinner
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

Travel zoom

$108 - $128

Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Zoom Slightly more zoom
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Screen resolution Lower resolution screen

Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Panasonic Lumix SZ9

Panasonic Lumix SZ9

Travel zoom

$344 - $384

Size Slightly smaller
Weight Slightly lighter
Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Panasonic Lumix SZ8

Panasonic Lumix SZ8

Travel zoom

$115 - $133

Battery life Significantly longer battery life
Zoom Slightly more zoom
Movie format Lower resolution movies
Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
Panasonic Lumix ZS19

Panasonic Lumix ZS19

Travel zoom

$190 - $220

Zoom Significantly more zoom
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Size Larger
Aperture Narrower aperture
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150

Travel zoom

$280

Battery life Slightly longer battery life
Size Slightly smaller
Aperture Narrower aperture
Thickness Slightly thicker
Panasonic Lumix ZS25

Panasonic Lumix ZS25

Travel zoom

$215 - $240

Zoom Significantly more zoom
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Size Larger
Aperture Narrower aperture

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