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
Weight
Light-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
 
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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

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

Travel zoom

$148

Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly higher boost light sensitivity
Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
Panasonic Lumix FH10

Panasonic Lumix FH10

Ultra compact

$105

Longest exposure Much longer exposures
Canon PowerShot A2500

Canon PowerShot A2500

Compact

$79 - $80

Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH6 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8

Compact

$125

Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Screen size Larger screen
Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
Canon ELPH 300 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Compact

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Aperture Narrower aperture
Weight Heavier
Canon PowerShot A3300 IS

Canon PowerShot A3300 IS

Compact

Screen size Larger screen
Macro focus Better macro capability
Wide angle Worse wide angle
Aperture Narrower aperture
Samsung ST72

Samsung ST72

Ultra compact

$75

Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Screen size Larger screen
Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
Nikon Coolpix L620

Nikon Coolpix L620

Travel zoom

$140 - $167

Battery life Much longer battery life
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Size Much larger
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture

Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3

Travel zoom

$125

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

$156

Size Slightly smaller
Weight Slightly lighter
Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Panasonic Lumix ZS30

Panasonic Lumix ZS30

Travel zoom

$329

Zoom Significantly more zoom
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Size Larger
Aperture Narrower aperture
Panasonic Lumix SZ8

Panasonic Lumix SZ8

Travel zoom

$139

Battery life Significantly longer battery life
Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
Movie format Lower resolution movies
Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
Panasonic Lumix ZS19

Panasonic Lumix ZS19

Travel zoom

$140 - $220

Zoom Significantly more zoom
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Size Larger
Aperture Narrower aperture

appearance

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