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
Battery life
Great battery life
280 shots
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 60fps
Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
460k dots
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
 
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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
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
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
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
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
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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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
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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1

Ultra compact

$86

Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
Longest exposure Much longer exposures
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3

Travel zoom

$144

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

$214

Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
Nikon Coolpix S3300

Nikon Coolpix S3300

Compact

Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

Travel zoom

$129 - $167

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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH6 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

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
Nikon Coolpix S2700

Nikon Coolpix S2700

Compact

$167

Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Wide angle Worse wide angle
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS80

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS80

Compact

Longest exposure Much longer exposures
Wide angle Much worse wide angle
Size Significantly larger
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH5

Ultra compact

Size Slightly smaller
Longest exposure Much longer exposures
Aperture Narrower aperture
Wide angle Worse wide angle
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W710

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W710

Compact

$160

Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Aperture Narrower aperture
Wide angle Worse wide angle

Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Panasonic Lumix SZ9

Panasonic Lumix SZ9

Travel zoom

$344

Size Slightly smaller
Longest exposure Significantly longer exposures
Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110

Pro digicam

$249

Aperture Significantly wider aperture
Supports 24p Supports 24p
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3

Ultra compact

$100

Aperture Wider aperture
Size Smaller
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Travel zoom

$179 - $204

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Aperture Narrower aperture

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