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Panasonic DMC-SZ9
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Panasonic DMC-SZ9 Digital Camera

16.1MP 10x CCD 4x Jul 2013
Megapixel Optical Zoom Sensor Type Digital Zoom Release Date
Compact Digital Camera SZ9 - Slim Design With 10x Optical Zoom And Wi-Fi The DMC-SZ9 incorporates 25mm ultra wide-angle LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens with powerful 10x optical zoom (35mm camera... More
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17 Reasons For

Good Brand

Panasonic has good average reviews for its compact cameras as well as across its entire camera range.

CCD Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CCD sensor type, which is typical of many cameras of a similar age and type to it. CCD sensors produce high quality, low-noise images but consume a lot more power than CMOS sensors. CCD is the most common image sensor type used in digital cameras.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras that have a CCD sensor currently available that you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Samsung 90[plb_1216_price], the Sony DSC-W530L[plb_1873911_price], or the Panasonic DMC-FS40EF-Y[plb_1786919_price].

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Supports Wi-Fi

The Panasonic DMC-SZ9 supports wi-Fi, which is unusual. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the DMC-SZ9 do not support wi-Fi.

There are a number of other digital cameras which support wi-Fi currently available that you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Samsung ST200[plb_378406_price], the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ40[plb_2046319_price], or the Sony DSC-WX300[plb_1621847_price].

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is typical of many digital cameras of a comparable type and age to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory and we think the Nikon Coolpix L320[plb_1939468_price], the GE E1410SW[plb_1861642_price], and the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Fairly High Megapixel

With a megapixel of 16.1 megapixels, the DMC-SZ9 has one of the higher megapixels amongst digital cameras of this age. Similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the DMC-SZ9 have megapixels of between 0.3MP and 46MP, and the average megapixel is 14MP.

We compared this camera to all the other 16.1MP digital cameras and we think the DMC-FS50[pl_1975491_price], and the DMC-FS45, BNDL[pl_1284724_price] both from Panasonic or the Sony DSC-W580B[plb_1620659_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If this Panasonic digital camera megapixel is not high enough for you then you might want to look at the Kodak Pixpro FZ41[plb_3227932_price] (16.15MP), the Samsung WB50F[plb_2254604_price] (16.2MP), or the Sony DSC-WX50[plb_2154757_price] (16.2MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the DMC-SZ9, the Panasonic DMC-SZ9 has a built-in flash.

There are a number of other cameras with a built-in flash currently available that you might also want to consider including the Nikon D300s[plb_994_price], or the Fujifilm JX650[plb_2417691_price] which has better reviews.

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Has Five White Balances

The DMC-SZ9 has a greater number of white balance modes than most compact cameras that are a comparable age to it. This camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on compact cameras that are a comparable age to the DMC-SZ9. The white balances "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Fluorescent L" and "Shade" are also found on this Panasonic digital camera.

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Has Three Photo Effectss

The number of photo effects found on the DMC-SZ9 is more than most compact cameras that came out more than two years ago. This Panasonic camera has a Black&White photo effects, which is the most commonly found photo effects found on compact cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the DMC-SZ9. The photo effectss "Sepia" and "Vivid" are also found on this camera.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution(s)

The DMC-SZ9 has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution(s) found on most cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This camera also have still image resolution(s)s of 2048 x 1536, 2560 x 1920, 3456 x 3456, 3648 x 2736 and 4608 x 2592 and 4608 x 3072. Compact cameras that are a similar age to the DMC-SZ9 still image resolution(s)s range from 384 x 480 to 5152 x 3864.

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Quite Many Total Megapixels

The DMC-SZ9 has one of the more total megapixelss (17.5 megapixels) amongst similar spec digital cameras of this age. Across all the digital cameras of this age and spec the total megapixelss range from 10MP to 48MP, and the average total megapixels is 16MP.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

The DMC-SZ9 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of the most common video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this camera). In addition, this Panasonic camera supports a video resolutions of 1280 x 720 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best supported video resolution across all compact cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

Across comparable types of digital camera the worst supported video resolution is 320 x 240 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The DMC-SZ9 has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of a 1280 x 720 pixels digital camera, which is the most common video resolution.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best video resolution across all digital cameras of this age and spec.

A 320 x 240 pixels maximum video resolution is the worst video resolution across similar types of digital camera.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum image resolution on compact cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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Features One Auto Focusing (AF) Modes

The Panasonic DMC-SZ9 has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. The most commonly featured auto focusing (AF) modes is Face detection, but this auto focusing (AF) modes is not featured on this Panasonic camera. The auto focusing (AF) modess Continuous Auto Focus are also featured on this camera.

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Supports Two Camera File Systems

The number of camera file systems supported by the DMC-SZ9 is more than most cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most commonly supported camera file system supported by digital cameras that were released around the same time as the DMC-SZ9. The camera file system "DCF" is also supported by this Panasonic camera.

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TFT Display

The Panasonic DMC-SZ9 has a TFT display which is better than the LCD display found on most cameras of this age and spec. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight. The display of all compact cameras that have been around for more than two years ranges from LCD to AMOLED.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This camera has an Auto focus adjustment, which is the most frequently found focus adjustment on cameras that are a similar age to it.

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12 Reasons Against

Poor Expert Reviews

Expert review site computerbild.de scored this Panasonic camera 60%. Digital camera experts don't rate this camera very highly.

Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

The Panasonic DMC-SZ9 does not have an image stabilizer. Most of the other compact cameras that have been around for more than two years do have an image stabilizer.

We compared all the other digital cameras which also have an image stabilizer to this digital camera and we think the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], the GE C1433[plb_1772802_price], or the Nikon 9500[plb_1721861_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Video Capability

Most cameras that were launched around the same time as the DMC-SZ9 do not support video capability. The DMC-SZ9 is no exception to this as it too does not support video capability.

We think you might also be interested in alternative digital cameras which also support video capability including the Nikon D300s[plb_994_price], the Samsung SAMSUNG MV900F[plb_1519008_price], or the Canon IXUS 130[plb_1644860_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Most cameras of this age and type do not support Full HD video. The DMC-SZ9 is no exception to this as it too does not support Full HD video.

It is worth also looking at alternative cameras which also support Full HD video including the X10[pl_1150_price], or the F800EXR[pl_1518759_price] both from Fujifilm or the Olympus XZ-2[plb_1716567_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D

The DMC-SZ9 is not 3D. Most of the other compact cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the DMC-SZ9 are also not 3D.

If you want a digital camera that is 3D then you might want to consider the Olympus VR-360[plb_362476_price], the Samsung ST200[plb_378406_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ41[plb_2149949_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Panasonic DMC-SZ9 does not have a GPS (satellite). Most of the other compact cameras that came out around the same time as the DMC-SZ9 also do not have a GPS (satellite).

It is worth considering alternative cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) including the Lumix DMC-TZ61[pl_2226969_price], or the Lumix DMC-TZ41[pl_2149949_price] both from Panasonic or the Samsung EK-GC100[plb_2075290_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

Most cameras of this age and spec are not waterproof. The DMC-SZ9 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Only Features Three Flash Modess

The number of flash modes featured on the Panasonic DMC-SZ9 is more than most compact cameras that are a comparable age to it. This camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most frequently featured flash modes featured on compact cameras that have been around for a similar time to the DMC-SZ9. The flash modess "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Panasonic digital camera.

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Quite Low Motion JPEG Frame Rate

Comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the DMC-SZ9 have motion JPEG frame rates of between 15fps and 240fps. With a motion JPEG frame rate of only 25 frames per second, the DMC-SZ9 has one of the lower motion JPEG frame rates amongst compact cameras of this age.

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Only Has One Image Editing

The number of image editing modes found on the DMC-SZ9 is more than most digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. The most frequently found image editing is Resizing, but this image editing is not found on this camera. The image editings Trimming are also found on this Panasonic camera.

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Very Short Slowest Camera Shutter Speed

The shortest slowest camera shutter speed of cameras of this spec and age is 0.12s, the longest is 250s, and the average slowest camera shutter speed is 15s. At only 4 seconds, the Panasonic DMC-SZ9 has a fairly short slowest camera shutter speed compared to most of the other compact cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Only Supports One Image Formats Supported

The DMC-SZ9 has a greater number of supported image formats than most compact cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. This Panasonic camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most frequently supported image formats supported supported by cameras of this spec and age.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic DMC-SZ9

Released Over Three Years Ago

This Panasonic camera has been on the market for over three years.

Average Display Diagonal

The DMC-SZ9 has a fairly typical display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DMC-SZ9.

We compared this camera to all the other 3" screen cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the Nikon D300s[plb_994_price], the Sony DSC-RX100M2[plb_1610616_price], and the Canon SX170 IS[plb_1606798_price] is also worth considering.

If this Panasonic digital camera display diagonal is too small for you then you might also want to consider the EK-GC100[pl_2075290_price] (4.8"), the Galaxy Camera EK-GC110[pl_2083466_price] (4.8"), or the GC100[pl_2600424_price] (4.8") all from Samsung which also has a higher rating.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the DMC-SZ9 has a fairly standard digital zoom compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the DMC-SZ9.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 4x digital zoom digital cameras currently available including the S02[pl_2006649_price], the 4200[pl_1830640_price], or the S800c[pl_1788321_price] all from Nikon which has better reviews.

If this digital camera digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might also want to consider the 200F[pl_2071998_price] (5x and higher rated), or the WB350F[pl_2134241_price] (5x and higher rated) both from Samsung or the Pentax Efina[plb_2009791_price] (5x and higher rated).

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Average Optical Zoom

At 10 times zoom factor, the DMC-SZ9 has a fairly standard optical zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the DMC-SZ9.

We compared this camera to all the other 10x optical zoom cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the WB30F[pl_1598460_price], and the ST200[pl_378406_price] both from Samsung or the Canon 255 HS[plb_1538063_price] is also worth considering.

If this compact camera camera optical zoom is too small for you then you might also want to consider the Rollei Powerflex 850[plb_2811791_price] (12x and higher rated), the Samsung WB50F[plb_2254604_price] (12x and higher rated), or the Panasonic DMC-SZ8[plb_2232116_price] (12x and higher rated).

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Average Weight

The Panasonic DMC-SZ9 has a fairly standard weight (119 grams) compared to most of the other cameras that were launched around the same time as the DMC-SZ9.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 119g digital cameras currently available including the FinePix AX650[pl_1570707_price], or the FinePix AX600[pl_1735654_price] both from Fujifilm which has better reviews.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Total Megapixels
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Extra/Smart Zoom
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
Focus Adjustment
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Focus
Normal Focusing Range (wide)
Normal Focusing Range (tele)
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Range (wide)
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Voice Recording
Audio System
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Internal Memory
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Field of View
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Second Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
Camera
GPS (satellite)
White Balance
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Calendar
Histogram
Image Editing
Camera File System
Camera Playback
Scene Modes
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Capacity
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Battery Voltage
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
AC Adapter Included
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Hand Strap
Networking
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
Wi-Fi Standards
Other Features
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity

Expert Reviews

(1)
12 December 2014

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Seamless Wi-Fi integration, including remote viewfinder capability
Compact size with 10x zoom
Generally good image quality
Builtin WiFi
Very compact
Higher resolution LCD screen would be nice
Does have a tendency to blow out highlights
Very few manual options
Peu d'options de rglage manuel
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Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers dmcsz9, dmcsz9e, dmcsz9ep, panasonic dmcsz9, panasonic dmcsz9e, panasonic dmcsz9eb, panasonic dmcsz9ebs
Barcodes 05025232725717, 05025232725724, 05025232725731, 05025232725748, 05025232725755, 05025232725779, 05025232725786

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