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
Really small
Size
Super compact 96x56x20 mm
Thin
Thickness
0.8"
 

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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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
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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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
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
10 fps vs 1.5 fps
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More than 6.5x faster continuous shooting
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
Zoom
Slightly 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-FH696x56x20 mm
              DMC-SZ799x59x21 mm
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              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
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3

              Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3

              Travel zoom

              $231

              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1

              Travel zoom

              $110

              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix SZ8

              Panasonic Lumix SZ8

              Travel zoom

              $109

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix S6300

              Nikon Coolpix S6300

              Travel zoom

              $269

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH6 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Samsung DV300F

              Samsung DV300F

              Ultra compact

              $200

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH5

              Ultra compact

              $145

              Size Slightly smaller
              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Compact

              $100

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8

              Compact

              $274

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen size Larger screen
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix FH10

              Panasonic Lumix FH10

              Ultra compact

              $91

              Size Smaller
              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Battery life Shorter battery life

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Travel zoom

              $685

              GPS Has a GPS
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Size Significantly larger
              Olympus Stylus SZ-15

              Olympus Stylus SZ-15

              Travel zoom

              $85

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Aperture Slightly wider aperture
              Size Much larger
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Travel zoom

              $239

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Larger
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $329 - $430

              Zoom Much more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker

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