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
Great battery life
Battery life
280 shots
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 60fps
Screen size
Large screen
3"
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light

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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)
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
96×56×20 mm vs 99×59×21 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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$168.07 vs $258.88
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The best price we've seen is $91 cheaper (around 40% less)
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
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
10 fps vs 1.5 fps
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More than 6.5x faster continuous shooting
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 resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
10x vs 5x
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4x more zoom
Macro focus
Better macro capability
4.0 cm vs 5.0 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-FH696×56×20 mm
              DMC-SZ799×59×21 mm
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              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
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              DMC-FH65.0 cm
              DMC-SZ74.0 cm
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S6300

              Nikon Coolpix S6300

              Travel zoom

              $269

              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH5

              Ultra compact

              $160

              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1

              Travel zoom

              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

              $160

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Ultra compact

              $88

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Size Smaller
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Nikon Coolpix S3100

              Nikon Coolpix S3100

              Ultra compact

              $85

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Nikon Coolpix L27

              Nikon Coolpix L27

              Compact

              $90

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Fastest shutter speed Faster max shutter speed
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $180

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Size Significantly larger
              Aperture Narrower aperture

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix SZ9

              Panasonic Lumix SZ9

              Travel zoom

              $196

              Size Slightly smaller
              Longest exposure Significantly longer exposures
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $250

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS (IXUS 170)

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS (IXUS 170)

              Travel zoom

              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Fastest shutter speed Faster max shutter speed
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $179 - $221

              Zoom More zoom
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3

              Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3

              Travel zoom

              $195

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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