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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

Panasonic Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

On average Panasonic compact cameras have good reviews compared to other manufacturers as do all cameras manufactured by Panasonic.

CCD Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CCD sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on compact cameras that have been available for a similar time 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 other digital cameras that have a CCD sensor currently available which you might also want to look at including the Samsung 90[plb_1216_price], the Olympus VG-180[plb_1873256_price], or the GE J1455[plb_1773004_price] which has better reviews.

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Supports Wi-Fi

The DMC-SZ9 supports wi-Fi, which is unusual. Most of the other cameras of this age and type do not support wi-Fi.

Other digital cameras which support wi-Fi currently available which you might want to look at include the ST200[pl_378406_price], the Galaxy Camera EK-GC110[pl_2083466_price], or the SAMSUNG WB150F[pl_1682907_price] all from Samsung which has better reviews.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is the most commonly supported compatible memory cards on compact cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

There are a number of other digital cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available that you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], or the Canon N100[plb_2118439_price].

If you would prefer a digital camera with a better memory card type then you might also want to look at the Sony DSC-WX220[plb_2165839_price] (MicroSD (TransFlash)|MicroSDHC|MicroSDXC|MS Duo|MS Micro (M2)|MS PRO Duo|MS PRO Duo HS|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC) which also has a higher rating.

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Quite High Megapixel

The Panasonic DMC-SZ9 has one of the higher megapixels (16.1 megapixels) amongst cameras of this age. Compact cameras that have been around for more than two years have megapixels of between 0.3MP and 46MP, and the average megapixel is 14MP.

There are a number of alternative 16.1MP digital cameras currently available that you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Panasonic DMC-FS50[plb_1975491_price], the Sony DSC-H90[plb_1610625_price], or the Casio EX-ZR700[plb_1722253_price].

If you want a digital camera with a higher megapixel then you might also want to look at the Kodak Pixpro FZ41[plb_3227932_price] (16.15MP and higher rated), the Samsung WB50F[plb_2254604_price] (16.2MP and higher rated), or the Sony DSC-WX50[plb_2154757_price] (16.2MP and higher rated).

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Panasonic DMC-SZ9 has a built-in flash. Most of the other compact cameras that came out around the same time as the DMC-SZ9 also have a built-in flash.

We compared all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Nikon D300s[plb_994_price], the SeaLife DC1400 Pro Video[plb_1829794_price], and the Panasonic DMC-LF1[plb_1727132_price] is also worth considering.

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Has Five White Balances

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

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Has Three Photo Effectss

The Panasonic DMC-SZ9 has a greater number of photo effects than most comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to it. This digital camera has a Black&White photo effects, which is the most commonly found photo effects found on cameras of a comparable age and spec to the DMC-SZ9. The photo effectss "Sepia" and "Vivid" are also found on this Panasonic camera.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Panasonic DMC-SZ9 has a higher still image resolution than most cameras of this age and type. This camera has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s), whereas most similar spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). This Panasonic digital 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. Across all compact cameras that have been available for more than two years the still image resolution ranges from 640 x 360 (worst) to 5152 x 3864 (best).

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Fairly Many Total Megapixels

The average total megapixels of digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DMC-SZ9 is 16MP. The DMC-SZ9 has a quite many total megapixels (17.5 megapixels) compared to most of the other compact cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

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 common video resolution supported by cameras of a comparable spec and age to the DMC-SZ9. 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 amongst all cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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

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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 the most frequently found maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution is actually the best video resolution across all similar spec digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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

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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 commonly found maximum image resolution on compact cameras that have been around for a similar time to it.

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Features One Auto Focusing (AF) Modes

The DMC-SZ9 has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most cameras of this spec and age. The most frequently featured auto focusing (AF) modes is Face detection, but this auto focusing (AF) modes is not featured on this digital 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 available for a comparable time 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 spec to the DMC-SZ9. The camera file system "DCF" is also supported by this Panasonic camera.

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TFT Display

The DMC-SZ9 has a TFT display which is better than the LCD display found on most comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. 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. Across all digital cameras that are a similar age to the DMC-SZ9 the worst display is LCD and the best is AMOLED.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This camera has an Auto focus adjustment, which is typical of many digital cameras of this type and age.

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11 Reasons Against

Poor Expert Reviews

This camera received a rating of 60 out of 100 from expert review website computerbild.de. The expert review sites aren't convinced by this digital camera.

Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

The DMC-SZ9 does not have an image stabilizer, unlike most of the other compact cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with an image stabilizer and we think the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], the GE J1250[plb_1773000_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ36[plb_1725803_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Video Capability

The Panasonic DMC-SZ9 does not support video capability, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other compact cameras that were launched around the same time as the DMC-SZ9 also do not support video capability.

It is worth considering other digital cameras which also support video capability including the Nikon D300s[plb_994_price], the Fujifilm FinePix JZ 200[plb_1520169_price], or the Canon IXUS 130[plb_1644860_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Panasonic DMC-SZ9 does not support Full HD video. Most of the other compact cameras that have been around for more than two years also do not support Full HD video.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with a Full HD video and we think the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], the Nikon 9500[plb_1721861_price], or the Sony KHX20BBGSFDI[plb_1543754_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not 3D

Most compact cameras that were launched around the same time as the DMC-SZ9 are not 3D. The DMC-SZ9 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.

If you are looking for a camera that is 3D then you might want to consider the Olympus VR-360[plb_362476_price], the Vivitar T135[plb_1838910_price], or the Nikon 9500[plb_1721861_price].

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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 compact cameras that were released around the same time as the DMC-SZ9 also do not have a GPS (satellite).

It is worth also looking at alternative cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) including the Nikon Coolpix P330[plb_1724102_price], the Sony DSC-HX10V/R[plb_1543755_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ40[plb_2046319_price] which is also higher rated.

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Not Waterproof

The DMC-SZ9 is not waterproof. Most of the other compact cameras that came out around the same time as the DMC-SZ9 are also not waterproof.

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Only Features Three Flash Modess

The number of flash modes featured on the DMC-SZ9 is more than most digital cameras of this type and age. This camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most commonly featured flash modes featured on digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the DMC-SZ9. The flash modess "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Panasonic camera.

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Quite Low Motion JPEG Frame Rate

At only 25 frames per second, the Panasonic DMC-SZ9 has a quite low motion JPEG frame rate compared to most of the other cameras of this spec and age. Cameras of a similar spec and age to the DMC-SZ9 have motion JPEG frame rates of between 15fps and 240fps, and the average motion JPEG frame rate is 33fps.

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Only Has One Image Editing

The number of image editing modes found on the DMC-SZ9 is more than most cameras of a comparable age and type 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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Only Supports One Image Formats Supported

The number of supported image formats on the DMC-SZ9 is more than most comparable spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most frequently supported image formats supported supported by compact cameras that have been available for a similar time to the DMC-SZ9.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic DMC-SZ9

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when this digital camera was released.

Average Display Diagonal

The DMC-SZ9 has a pretty standard display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other cameras of this age and type.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 3" screen digital cameras currently available including the Nikon D300s[plb_994_price], the HP P550[plb_1609839_price], or the Canon PowerShot G16[plb_1602829_price] which has better reviews.

If this camera display diagonal is not large enough for you then you might want to look at 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

With a digital zoom of 4 times zoom factor, the DMC-SZ9 has a pretty standard digital zoom compared to most of the other cameras that have been around for more than two years.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 4x digital zoom cameras currently available including the PowerShot ELPH 300 HS[pl_1658031_price], or the PowerShot G16[pl_1602829_price] both from Canon or the Nikon S02[plb_2006649_price] which has better reviews.

If you would prefer a bigger digital zoom then you might want to consider the 200F[pl_2071998_price] (5x), or the WB350F[pl_2134241_price] (5x) both from Samsung or the Pentax Efina[plb_2009791_price] (5x) which is also higher rated.

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Average Optical Zoom

The Panasonic DMC-SZ9 has a relatively standard optical zoom (10 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the DMC-SZ9.

Alternative 10x optical zoom cameras currently available that you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the GE E1410SW[plb_1861642_price], the Nikon Coolpix 8800[plb_1640989_price], or the Samsung 31F[plb_1609431_price].

If this compact camera digital camera optical zoom is too small for you then you might also want to look at the Rollei Powerflex 850[plb_2811791_price] (12x), the Nikon Coolpix S6900[plb_2513006_price] (12x), or the Samsung WB50F[plb_2254604_price] (12x) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 119 grams, the DMC-SZ9 has a pretty standard weight compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as the DMC-SZ9.

Alternative 119g cameras currently available which you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the FinePix AX600[pl_1735654_price], or the FinePix AX550[pl_1672381_price] both from Fujifilm.

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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

Kompaktkameras sind Kameras mit festem Objektiv und vor allem wegen ihrer Mobilität und dem günstigen Preis beliebt. COMPUTER BILD hat 25 Modelle getestet.Es muss nicht immer die teure... Read more…

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
AkkuLeistung

User Reviews

(2)
Reviewed 12 January 2014 by Mr. Peter Lawson
(Verified Purchase)

The first one lasted 3 months before it failed by turning all pictures into deck-chair stripes. My wife loved the camera and a replacement in time for Christmas was essential. Unfortunately Amazon... Read more…

Reviewed 10 June 2013 by Adam Arnold
(Verified Purchase)

Good, if you can live with Internet Explorer. For reasons unknown, this tablet does not like Google Chrome. If you can put up with IE 10 then this ticks all the boxes. Personally I can't stand IE... Read more…

Brochures and Manuals

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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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