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Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ9
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ9 Digital Camera

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16.1MP 10x MOS Feb 2013
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31 Reasons For

One Industry Award

The reviewer at Ephotozine said that concluded that they would endorse this compact camera camera and gave it their "Recommended" award.

Average Expert Reviews

On average, based on eleven expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine, Expert Reviews and computerbild.de this Panasonic camera has an overall expert rating of 70 out of 100.

Good User Reviews

Owners have rated this digital camera on average 87 out of 100.

Good Size

Some people who purchased the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ9 considered that it was compact. Photographyblog.com mentioned in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ9 on PhotographyBlog.com “The Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ9 is a brand new travel-zoom compact camera” and gave this digital camera a score of 4 stars.

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ9 reviewer who reviewed it considered that it was thin. Cnet.co.uk said on expert website CNET.co.uk “Tweaks and options are a little thin on the ground.” in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ9.

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ9 reviewer wrote in their reviews that the product was heavy and bulky. Expert website Expertreviews.co.uk wrote in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ9 “Not everyone wants to carry a bulky ultra-zoom camera, though”.

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Panasonic Digital Cameras Have Good Reviews

We checked 7,426 expert and owner reviews for Panasonic cameras and found that on average Panasonic has good ratings compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Panasonic has good ratings specifically within its compact camera digital cameras range.

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Good Quality Pictures

Several people mentioned in their reviews that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ9 was able to produce good images. Expert website Cnet.co.uk gave it a rating of 4 stars and said three years ago “In this review Wireless controls Core specs Stills performance Still life test Video performance Conclusion The Lumix DMC-SZ9 is "every photographer’s friend", according to Panasonic”.

A number of Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ9 owners who bought the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ9 considered that it had a good picture resolution. Three years ago Ephotozine.com mentioned on Ephotozine “The new Panasonic Lumix SZ9 updates the Panasonic Lumix SZ7, adding a 16.1 megapixel sensor, Wi-Fi, high speed shooting at 5fps with continuous AF, full HD video recording with stereo sound” in their review of this digital camera. Ephotozine.com also said “The Panasonic Lumix SZ9 adds a 16.1 megapixel sensor, Wi-Fi, high speed shooting at 5fps with continuous AF, full HD video recordi”.

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Good Connectivity

A few Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ9 reviewers who bought the product reckoned that it was wifi compatible. Expert review site Photographyblog.com said three years ago “A 10x zoom lens (25-250mm), 3 inch LCD screen, built-in wi-fi connectivity, 10fps burst shooting”. Expert website Expertreviews.co.uk mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Superbly conceived with Wi-Fi and a 10x zoom.” nonetheless they gave the product a score of 3 stars.

Nice Design

A number of Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ9 owners who reviewed this digital camera agreed that it was good looking. Three years ago Ephotozine.com said in their review on Ephotozine “The Panasonic Lumix SZ9 is a stylish compact camera with an impressive 10x optical zoom lens squashed into a camera that easily fits into tight pockets” and scored it 4 stars. Photographyblog.com wrote in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ9 review on expert website PhotographyBlog.com “The stylish Panasonic SZ9 offers 16 megapixels”.

Robust

Several customers wrote that this digital camera was reliable. Ephotozine.com said on expert review site Ephotozine “Image quality is good with good levels of detail, good colour reproduction and quick and reliable foc”. Cnet.co.uk said “Reliable, predictable image quality” in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ9 review.

Good Quality Lens

Some people who reviewed the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ9 concluded that it had a good zoom. Three years ago expert review site Ephotozine.com mentioned in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ9 “The new Panasonic Lumix SZ9 updates the Super Zoom, with the same 10x optical zoom lens”.

Good Video Capture

A number of people who reviewed it reckoned that it was good for video recording.

Easy to Use

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ9 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was easy to use. Cnet.co.uk said on CNET.co.uk “It’s small enough to take anywhere, easy to use”.

Good Product Quality

A few Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ9 reviewers thought the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ9 was good quality. Cnet.com.au wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert review site CNET.com.au “The SZ9 delivers good image quality and seamless Wi-Fi functionality that belies its list price”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One customer who bought this digital camera concluded that it had a good screen.

Good Technical Features

One person said in their reviews that this digital camera had good features. Cnet.com.au wrote on expert review site CNET.com.au “The Lumix SZ9 comes equipped with plenty of features for a compact camera” and gave the product a rating of 4 stars.

Supports WiFi Connectivity

The Lumix DMC-SZ9 supports WiFi connectivity, unlike most of the other cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Lumix DMC-SZ9 which do not support WiFi connectivity.

We compared all the other cameras which support WiFi connectivity to this camera and we think the Nikon Coolpix P520[plb_2085254_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many compact camera digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

Other cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available that you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the XQ1[pl_1962901_price], or the FinePix X10[pl_1150_price] both from Fujifilm or the Nikon Coolpix S9400[plb_1873860_price].

If the memory card type of this compact camera camera is too bad for you then you might also want to look at the Sony DSC-WX50[plb_2154757_price] (MS Duo|MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC) which also has a higher rating.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Lumix DMC-SZ9 supports Full HD video, unlike most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-SZ9 which do not support Full HD video.

We compared all the other digital cameras which support Full HD video to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price], the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ36[plb_1725803_price], and the Casio Exilim EX-ZR400[plb_1892885_price] is also worth considering.

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Fairly High Megapixel Count

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ9 has a quite high megapixel count (16.1 megapixels) compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as the Lumix DMC-SZ9. The lowest megapixel count of digital cameras of this age and type is 0.3MP and the highest is 46MP.

There are a number of alternative 16.1MP digital cameras currently available that you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ35[plb_1974789_price], or the Canon IXUS 125 HS[plb_1329985_price].

Digital cameras with a higher megapixel count that might be worth looking at include the Kodak Pixpro FZ41[plb_3227932_price] (16.15MP and higher rated), or the Sony DSC-WX50[plb_2154757_price] (16.2MP and higher rated).

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Lumix DMC-SZ9 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the Lumix DMC-SZ9.

It may also be worth considering one of the other digital cameras with an image stabiliser currently available including the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price] which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Lumix DMC-SZ9 has a built-in flash. Most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been available for more than two years also have a built-in flash.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash and we think because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price], and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77[plb_1836487_price] is also worth considering.

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Has Two Image Editing Modes

The Lumix DMC-SZ9 has a greater number of image editing modes than most compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. This Panasonic camera has a Resizing image editing mode, which is the most commonly found image editing mode found on digital cameras of this spec and age. The image editing mode "Crop" is also found on this Panasonic digital camera.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Lumix DMC-SZ9 has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution which is higher than most digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. Most comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 640 x 480 still image resolution. This Panasonic camera also have still image resolutions of 2048 x 1536, 2560 x 1920, 3648 x 2736 and 4608 x 2592 and 4608 x 3072. The worst still image resolution of all compact camera digital cameras that have been available for more than two years is 384 x 480 and the best is 5152 x 3864.

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Has Three Photo Effects

The Lumix DMC-SZ9 has a greater number of photo effects than most comparable spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This camera has a Black&White photo effect, which is the most commonly found photo effect found on digital cameras that were released around the same time as the Lumix DMC-SZ9. The photo effects "Sepia" and "Vivid" are also found on this digital camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

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

A 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution is actually the best video resolution amongst all comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years.

Amongst similar types of digital camera the worst video resolution is 320 x 240 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ9 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this Panasonic camera). In addition, this camera supports a video resolution 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 in fact the best supported video resolution across all cameras of this spec and age.

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

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Fairly Many Total Megapixel Count

With a total megapixel count of 17.5 megapixels, the Lumix DMC-SZ9 has one of the more total megapixel counts amongst comparable spec cameras of this age. The total megapixel counts of similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Lumix DMC-SZ9 range from 10MP to 48MP, and the average total megapixel count is 16MP.

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Fairly High Maximum ISO Speed

Across all the compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Lumix DMC-SZ9 the maximum ISO speeds range from 200 to 26,000, and the average maximum ISO speed is 4,500. With a maximum ISO speed of 6,400, the Lumix DMC-SZ9 has one of the higher maximum ISO speeds amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

This camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum image resolution on digital cameras of this spec and age.

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Features Three Auto Focus

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the Lumix DMC-SZ9 is more than most compact camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This Panasonic camera features a Face detection auto focus, which is the most frequently featured auto focus featured on digital cameras of this spec and age. The auto focus "Continuous Auto Focus" and "Tracking Auto Focus" are also featured on this camera.

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Supports Two Camera File Systems

The Lumix DMC-SZ9 has a greater number of camera file systems than most digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. This camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most frequently supported camera file system supported by digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the Lumix DMC-SZ9. The camera file system "DCF" is also supported by this Panasonic camera.

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8 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Video Recording

Most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the Lumix DMC-SZ9 support video recording, however the Lumix DMC-SZ9 does not support video recording.

We think you might also be interested in alternative cameras which also support video recording including the FinePix X10[pl_1150_price], or the FinePix JX500[pl_1672380_price] both from Fujifilm or the Samsung EX2F[plb_1609335_price] which is also higher rated.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the Lumix DMC-SZ9, the Lumix DMC-SZ9 is not 3D compatible.

If you would prefer a camera that is 3D compatible then you might also want to consider the Canon PowerShot A3300 IS[plb_66875_price], or the Nikon Coolpix P7700[plb_1714924_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Lumix DMC-SZ9 does not have a GPS, although it is worth noting that most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also do not have a GPS.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras which also have a GPS which you might want to look at including the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2[plb_2711451_price], the Canon IXUS 140[plb_1561326_price], or the Sony DSC-HX400V[plb_2297093_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Lumix DMC-SZ9, the Lumix DMC-SZ9 is not waterproof.

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Only Features Five Flash Modes

The number of flash modes featured on the Lumix DMC-SZ9 is more than most compact camera digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. This Panasonic digital camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on compact camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-SZ9. The flash modes "Forced off", "Forced on", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this camera.

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Quite Low JPEG Frame Rate

The lowest JPEG frame rate of compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years is 15fps and the highest is 240fps. With a JPEG frame rate of only 25 frames per second, the Lumix DMC-SZ9 has a fairly low JPEG frame rate compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the Lumix DMC-SZ9.

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Only Has Four Playback Modes

The number of camera playback modes found on the Lumix DMC-SZ9 is more than most compact camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as it. This camera has a Movie playback mode, which is the most commonly found playback mode found on similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Lumix DMC-SZ9. The playback modes "Single image", "Slide show" and "Thumbnails" are also found on this digital camera.

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Only Supports Two Image Formats

The number of supported image formats on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ9 is more than most similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. This Panasonic digital camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by compact camera digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The image format "MPO" is also supported by this digital camera.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ9

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when Panasonic released the Lumix DMC-SZ9.

Average Screen Size

The Lumix DMC-SZ9 has a pretty average screen size (3 inches) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

It may also be worth considering one of the other 3" screen cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Samsung WB200F[plb_2071998_price].

If you would prefer a camera with a larger screen size then you might want to consider the Nikon Coolpix P520[plb_2085254_price] (3.2") which is also higher rated.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ9 has a pretty average digital zoom compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Lumix DMC-SZ9.

We compared all the other 4x digital zoom digital cameras to this digital camera and we think the Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3[plb_2003627_price], the Canon PowerShot G16[plb_1602829_price], and the Casio EX-ZR300[plb_1713952_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you are looking for a digital camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might want to look at the WB350F[pl_2134241_price] (5x and higher rated), or the WB200F[pl_2071998_price] (5x and higher rated) both from Samsung.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 10 times zoom factor, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ9 has a fairly typical optical zoom compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

If you want a bigger optical zoom then you might want to look at the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8[plb_2232116_price] (12x) which also has a higher rating.

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MOS Sensor Type

The Lumix DMC-SZ9 has a better sensor type than most cameras that have been available for more than two years. This digital camera has a MOS sensor type, whereas most cameras of this age and type have a CCD sensor type.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative digital cameras that have a MOS sensor currently available including the Lumix DMC-TS5[pl_1900903_price], the Lumix DMC-TZ35[pl_1974789_price], or the Lumix DMC-XS3[pl_2003627_price] all from Panasonic which has better reviews.

If you want a camera with a better sensor type then you might want to look at the EX2F[pl_1609335_price] (CMOS), or the MV900F[pl_1519008_price] (CMOS) both from Samsung which also has a higher rating.

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Average Weight

The Lumix DMC-SZ9 has a relatively average weight (119 grams) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Lumix DMC-SZ9.

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Specification

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Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Extra / Smart Zoom
Lens Structure
Focusing
Auto Focus
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range
Focus
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
HD Type
Audio
Audio System
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Second Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
Camera
GPS
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Playback Mode
Scene Mode
On Screen Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
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Battery Capacity
Shot Per Battery Charge
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Packaging Content
Bundled Software
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Networking
Bluetooth
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1 Award

Ephotozine Recommended

Expert Reviews

(13)
30 July 2013

The Panasonic Lumix SZ9 is a stylish compact camera with an impressive 10x optical zoom lens squashed into a camera that easily fits into tight pockets. Image quality is good with good levels of...

Ephotozine

8 May 2013

Even though it's light on the wallet and in the pocket, the SZ9 delivers good image quality and seamless Wi-Fi functionality that belies its list price...

6 March 2013

Reliable, predictable image quality and built-in Wi-Fi make the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ9 a tempting choice for novice users. Tweaks and options are a little thin on the ground, but the option to...

28 February 2013

Superbly conceived with Wi-Fi and a 10x zoom, but image quality is disappointing...

26 February 2013

This is the first camera we've noticed the DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) certificate listed for. This is a universal system which was introduced when the main players (Panasonic, Sony,...

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User Reviews

(40)
Reviewed 1 August 2013 by Matt Hawkins
(Verified Purchase)

I bought this camera to replace my Canon Powershot A720i. I set £150 as my upper limit and spent a few hours looking at reviews. There are lots of cameras out there and it's not easy choosing.... Read more…

Reviewed 2 June 2013 by Francesca Rapp
(Verified Purchase)

Really nice camera! Big screen, very good hd movie. Very pleased with it, easy to use and prompt delivery. I will suggest...

Reviewed 12 November 2013 by Drteg
(Verified Purchase)

Nice camera, easy interface (though one could wish for more setting in fast access mode) but generally good. Bought as replacement for broken Panasonic FS10. 10x zoom does good job. But the image... Read more…

Reviewed 23 July 2013 by Mrs sharon jones
(Verified Purchase)

Very neat camera, easy to use and very slim. Almost too slim have to be careful with hand shake, but if you use the intelligent auto it does warn you. I would have prefered a manual rather than a... Read more…

Reviewed 14 September 2013 by W. Forrow
(Verified Purchase)

I've been a long term Canon Ixus fan, because they fit in my top pocket, but I held off upgrading because I assumed my iPhone would take over all my photos. Well, good as it is, it's quite as easy... Read more…

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Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

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