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
Size
Really small
Super compact 96x56x20 mm
Thickness
Thin
0.8"
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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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 Significantly cheaper $86.56 vs $441.80
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The best price we've seen is $355 cheaper (5.1x 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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              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

              Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3

              Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3

              Travel zoom

              $149

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix S6300

              Nikon Coolpix S6300

              Travel zoom

              $229

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              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
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

              Compact

              $250

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Weight Heavier
              Lowest price More expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8

              Compact

              $234

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen size Larger screen
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Lowest price More expensive
              Panasonic Lumix FH10

              Panasonic Lumix FH10

              Ultra compact

              $120

              Size Slightly smaller
              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

              Sony Cyber-shot WX50

              Ultra compact

              $195

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Battery life Shorter battery life

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix SZ8

              Panasonic Lumix SZ8

              Travel zoom

              $122 - $129

              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Panasonic Lumix SZ9

              Panasonic Lumix SZ9

              Travel zoom

              $301 - $336

              Size Slightly smaller
              Longest exposure Significantly longer exposures
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Travel zoom

              $149 - $180

              Zoom More zoom
              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Size Much larger
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Significantly larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1

              Travel zoom

              $303

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Lowest price Cheaper
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

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