As well as being compared against other compacts, the Canon IXY Digital L3 is also often compared to pro digicams. The Canon IXY Digital L3's top rivals come from Pentax (such as the Optio SV) and Sony (such as the Cyber-shot DSC-L1)

Competitor classes

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon L3 compared to other compact competitors include: it is slightly lighter (120 g vs 165 g) and slightly longer exposures (15 seconds vs 4 seconds).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/3.2 vs f/2.8), has a much narrower wide angle lens (38 mm vs 32 mm), is older (august 2005 vs february 2009), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs tunnel) and has a slower max shutter speed (1/1600 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second).

Pentax Optio SV

Pentax Optio SV
1 year older

Significant advantages of the SV (vs the L3)

  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None
  • Significantly faster max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/1600 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the SV (vs the L3)

  • None found

common strengths of the SV and L3

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Compact (91×56×28 mm) vs Super compact (96×45×24 mm)
  • Thin: 1.1" vs 0.9"

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-L1

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-L1
1 year older

Significant advantages of the DSC-L1 (vs the L3)

  • Much better wide angle: 32 mm vs 38 mm
  • Significantly faster max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/1600 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-L1 (vs the L3)

  • None found

common strengths of the DSC-L1 and L3

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Super compact (95×44×26 mm) vs Super compact (96×45×24 mm)
  • Very thin: 1" vs 0.9"

Samsung SL620

Samsung SL620
3 years newer

Significant advantages of the SL620 (vs the L3)

  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 38 mm
  • Significantly larger screen: 2.7" vs 1.8"
  • Significantly higher true resolution: 9.8 MP vs 5 MP

Significant disadvantages of the SL620 (vs the L3)

  • None found

common strengths of the SL620 and L3

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Compact (92×61×23 mm) vs Super compact (96×45×24 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.9" vs 0.9"

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon L3 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it takes slightly higher resolution photos (5 MP vs 1.9 MP) and is newer (august 2005 vs august 1999).

However, on average it has a much narrower aperture (f/3.2 vs f/2), has a significantly narrower wide angle lens (38 mm vs 35 mm), has a slightly smaller screen (1.8" vs 2"), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs tunnel) and doesn't support an external flash.

Epson PhotoPC 850 Zoom

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6 years older

Significant advantages of the 850 Zoom (vs the L3)

  • Much wider aperture: f/2 vs f/3.2
  • Significantly better wide angle: 35 mm vs 38 mm
  • Supports an external flash

Significant disadvantages of the 850 Zoom (vs the L3)

  • None found

common strengths of the 850 Zoom and L3

  • Each has a built-in flash