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
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)
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
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$96.86 vs $421.18
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The best price we've seen is $324 cheaper (4.3x 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
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 1.5 fps
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More than 6.5x faster continuous shooting
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-FH6:96x56x20 mm
              DMC-SZ7:99x59x21 mm
              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

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8

              Compact

              $228

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $109 - $161

              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1

              Travel zoom

              $167

              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix FH10

              Panasonic Lumix FH10

              Ultra compact

              $112

              Longest exposure Much longer exposures

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH6 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot A2600

              Canon PowerShot A2600

              Compact

              $102

              Screen size Larger screen
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH5

              Ultra compact

              $93

              Size Slightly smaller
              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Nikon Coolpix S6500

              Nikon Coolpix S6500

              Travel zoom

              $102 - $220

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Compact

              $120

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $172 - $180

              Zoom More zoom
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1

              Ultra compact

              $110

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Smaller
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon ELPH 310 HS

              Canon ELPH 310 HS

              Travel zoom

              $258

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15

              Panasonic Lumix ZS15

              Travel zoom

              Zoom More zoom
              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              Size Significantly larger
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon ELPH 520 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

              Ultra compact

              $150

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

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