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
Really small
Size
Super compact 96x56x20 mm
Light-weight
Weight
119 g
 

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)
Battery life
Longer battery life
280 shots vs 220 shots
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Around 30% more shots per battery charge
Size
Slightly smaller
96x56x20 mm vs 99x59x21 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Wide angle
Slightly better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$86.56 vs $450.86
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The best price we've seen is $364 cheaper (5.2x 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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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
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $149

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Travel zoom

              $87

              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Travel zoom

              $586

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $99 - $182

              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH6 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH5

              Ultra compact

              $103

              Size Slightly smaller
              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Canon PowerShot A2400 IS

              Canon PowerShot A2400 IS

              Compact

              $110

              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Size Slightly smaller
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              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
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH3

              Compact

              $109

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8

              Compact

              $240

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen size Larger screen
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Lowest price More expensive

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Travel zoom

              $193 - $209

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Size Larger
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3

              Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3

              Travel zoom

              $143

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Battery life Longer battery life
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panasonic Lumix SZ9

              Panasonic Lumix SZ9

              Travel zoom

              $215

              Size Slightly smaller
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Panasonic Lumix SZ8

              Panasonic Lumix SZ8

              Travel zoom

              $89

              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Travel zoom

              $150

              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Size Slightly smaller
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

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