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Panasonic DMC-SZ9 Digital Camera

Compact Camera 16.1MP 10x CCD Jul 2013
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Sensor Type Release Date
One industry award
Reasonably priced
Very compact
19 Reviews + 1 Award
01net.com 5 Star

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Reviews

One Industry Award

01net.com gave this digital camera a "5 Star" award.

Expert Reviews Are Average

On average, based on seven expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Expert Reviews, besteproduct.nl and CNET.co.uk this digital camera has an overall expert rating of 73 out of 100.

Good User Reviews

On average, people who bought this camera rated it as 85 out of 100. Over 84% of reviewers gave this camera either 4 or 5 stars.

Panasonic Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

We checked 9,075 expert and user reviews (including 790 verified purchases) for Panasonic cameras and found that on average Panasonic has good ratings compared to other brands. We also found that Panasonic has good ratings specifically within its medium megapixel cameras range. 96% of those that bought a Panasonic camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Price

Reasonably Priced

Two owners who reviewed it agreed that it was good value for money. Amazon Customer wrote “Overall excellent value for money!” in their review of this digital camera. They also said “Overall impressive for the price” in their review.


Design

Easy to Use

Three customers who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it was easy to use. Expert website Cnet.co.uk mentioned “It’s small enough to take anywhere, easy to use” and scored it 4 stars out of 5. Valg gave it a score of 5 stars out of 5 and wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “It is easy to use”.

Good Image Quality

Two people wrote in their reviews that the Panasonic DMC-SZ9 was good quality. Website Cnet.co.uk mentioned four years ago “Good image quality”. Valg wrote “The picture quality is excellent”.


Weight & Dimensions

Very Compact

Two people mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was compact. Website Cnet.co.uk wrote four years ago “Very compact” in their review of this digital camera and scored it 4 stars out of 5.

Very Light

With a weight of only 119 grams, the DMC-SZ9 is one of the lighter similar spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera amongst medium megapixel cameras of this age. Across all the medium megapixel cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camera the weights range from 20g to 1.3kg, and the average weight is 250g.

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Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was July 2013 when this camera was released.


Display

Average Display Diagonal

The DMC-SZ9 has a fairly standard display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera.

We compared this camera to all the other 3" screen digital cameras and we think the Sony NEX-F3D, and the Olympus SZ-14 (£99.99) which both of have better reviews are also worth considering.

Digital cameras with a larger display diagonal that might be worth looking at include the D4 (£4,225) (3.2" and higher rated), or the D4S (£3,379.99) (3.2" and higher rated) both from Nikon or the Leica T (£816.44) (3.7" and higher rated).

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Lens System

Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the DMC-SZ9 has a fairly standard digital zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

Other 4x digital zoom cameras currently available which you might want to look at include because of its better review score, the Nikon 310.

If this camera digital zoom is too small for you then you might want to consider the WB250 (5x and higher rated), or the 150F (5x and higher rated) both from Samsung or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 (£242.99) (5x and higher rated).

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Average Optical Zoom

At 10 times zoom factor, the Panasonic DMC-SZ9 has a relatively typical optical zoom compared to most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to this digital camera.

If this digital camera optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the Panasonic DMC-SZ8 (12x) which is also higher rated.

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Networking

Supports Wi-Fi

The Panasonic DMC-SZ9 supports Wi-Fi. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that were launched more than two years ago also support Wi-Fi.

There are a number of other cameras which support Wi-Fi currently available which you might want to consider including the Samsung 150F which has better reviews.

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Does Not Feature Bluetooth

The Panasonic DMC-SZ9 does not feature bluetooth. Most of the other medium megapixel cameras that came out around the same time as this camera also do not feature bluetooth.

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Camera

Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The DMC-SZ9 does not have a GPS (satellite), although it is worth noting that most of the other cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera also do not have a GPS (satellite).

Alternative cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) that you might want to consider include the Sony HX100V, or the Samsung SAMSUNG WB850F.

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Features Calendar

The Panasonic DMC-SZ9 features calendar. Most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera also feature calendar.

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Features Histogram

The DMC-SZ9 features histogram. Most of the other similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to this camera also feature histogram.

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Good Quality Pictures

Two customers reckoned that it was able to produce good images.


Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Panasonic DMC-SZ9 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available including the SeaLife DC1400 Pro Duo which has better reviews.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Panasonic DMC-SZ9 has an HDMI port. Most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to this camera also have an HDMI port.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Panasonic DMC-SZ9 has a USB 2.0 port. Most of the other cameras of this age and type also have a USB 2.0 port.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The Panasonic DMC-SZ9 has an AC adapter included, as do most of the other medium megapixel cameras that are a similar age to this camera.

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Has a Hand Strap

The DMC-SZ9 has a hand strap, as do most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this digital camera.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Panasonic DMC-SZ9 has a batteries included, as do most of the other similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to this camera.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports PictBridge

The DMC-SZ9 supports PictBridge. Most of the other digital cameras that have been around for more than two years also support PictBridge.

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Audio

Features Voice Recording

The Panasonic DMC-SZ9 features voice recording. Most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to this camera also feature voice recording.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The DMC-SZ9 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

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Video

1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the DMC-SZ9 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels digital camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution supported by digital cameras of a similar age and type to this digital camera. 640 x 480 pixels 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.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions is in fact the best supported video resolution across all cameras of this type and age.

Across similar types of digital camera the worst supported video resolution is 320 x 120 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

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

A 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution is actually the best video resolution across all cameras of this age and type.

A 640 x 480 pixels maximum video resolution is the worst video resolution across similar types of camera.

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Picture Quality

4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

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 medium megapixel cameras that are a comparable age to it. In addition, this Panasonic digital camera have still image resolution(s) of 2048 x 1536, 2560 x 1920, 3456 x 3456, 3648 x 2736 and 4608 x 2592 and 4608 x 3072. Across all cameras of a similar age and type to this digital camera the still image resolution ranges from 640 x 360 (worst) to 4928 x 3264 (best).

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Image Resolution

This camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is typical of many medium megapixel cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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16.1 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 16.1 megapixels camera.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 16.1MP cameras currently available including the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 (£242.99), or the Nikon Coolpix S8200 which both of have better reviews.

If you want a higher megapixel then you might want to consider the Kodak Pixpro AZ421 (£158.38) (16.15MP and higher rated).

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Product Identifiers

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

Panasonic DMC-SZ9 Review Sources

To prepare this Panasonic DMC-SZ9 review we compared this digital camera to 1,217 other models. For each digital camera that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 311,698 product attributes, 177,254 digital camera reviews and 3,980,200 historical digital camera prices from 0 digital camera retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this digital camera compared to the other models as well as any areas where this digital camera is lacking.

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