As well as being compared against other travel zooms, the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3 is also often compared to ultra compacts, super zooms and compacts. The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3's top rivals come from Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-SZ10 and the Lumix FH10) and Nikon (such as the Coolpix L320 and the Coolpix L28)

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-SZ3 compared to other travel zoom competitors include: it is significantly smaller (super compact (95×56×22 mm) vs compact (103×59×36 mm)), slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO), records movies in 24p, is newer (january 2013 vs january 2011) and is thinner (0.9" vs 1.3").

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 460k dots) and has a slower max shutter speed (1/1600 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10

Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10
2 years newer
$298

Significant advantages of the DMC-SZ10 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • Significantly larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/1600 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-SZ10 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • No 24p support
  • Significantly larger: Compact (99×60×30 mm) vs Super compact (95×56×22 mm)
  • Significantly thicker: 1.2" vs 0.9"

common strengths of the DMC-SZ10 and DMC-SZ3

  • Fairly small: Compact (99×60×30 mm) vs Super compact (95×56×22 mm)
  • Light weight: 177 g vs 126 g

Panasonic Lumix SZ8

Panasonic Lumix SZ8
1 year newer
$298

Significant advantages of the SZ8 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • Significantly larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Significantly longer battery life: 340 shots vs 250 shots
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/1600 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the SZ8 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • No 24p support

common strengths of the SZ8 and DMC-SZ3

  • Fairly small: Compact (100×60×27 mm) vs Super compact (95×56×22 mm)
  • Light weight: 159 g vs 126 g
  • Thin: 1.1" vs 0.9"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR3
2 years older

Significant advantages of the DMC-ZR3 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-ZR3 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • No 24p support
  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/1300 of a second vs 1/1600 of a second

common strengths of the DMC-ZR3 and DMC-SZ3

  • Fairly small: Compact (98×55×26 mm) vs Super compact (95×56×22 mm)
  • Light weight: 159 g vs 126 g
  • Thin: 1" vs 0.9"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50
2 years newer
$275 - $279

Significant advantages of the DMC-ZS50 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • Much more zoom: 30x vs 10x
  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 24fps
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-ZS50 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • Much larger: Compact (111×65×34 mm) vs Super compact (95×56×22 mm)
  • No 24p support
  • Much heavier: 243 g vs 126 g

common strengths of the DMC-ZS50 and DMC-SZ3

  • None found

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25
2 years older

Significant advantages of the DMC-FH25 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FH25 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm
  • No 24p support

common strengths of the DMC-FH25 and DMC-SZ3

  • Fairly small: Compact (99×57×28 mm) vs Super compact (95×56×22 mm)
  • Very light: 135 g vs 126 g
  • Thin: 1.1" vs 0.9"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ4

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ4
5 years older

Significant advantages of the DMC-TZ4 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/1600 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-TZ4 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm
  • Much larger: Compact (103×59×36 mm) vs Super compact (95×56×22 mm)
  • No 24p support

common strengths of the DMC-TZ4 and DMC-SZ3

  • Very long exposure times: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

compared toUltra compact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-SZ3 compared to ultra compact competitors include: it slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO), records movies in 24p and is newer (january 2013 vs january 2011).

However, on average it is slightly larger (super compact (95×56×22 mm) vs ultra compact (93×55×18 mm)), is thicker (0.9" vs 0.7") and is slightly more expensive ($325.00 vs $165.57).

Panasonic Lumix FH10

Panasonic Lumix FH10
similar age
$166

Significant advantages of the FH10 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the FH10 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • None found

common strengths of the FH10 and DMC-SZ3

  • None found

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH5
2 years older

Significant advantages of the DMC-FH5 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FH5 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-FH5 and DMC-SZ3

  • None found

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-SZ3 compared to super zoom competitors include: it is slightly smaller (super compact (95×56×22 mm) vs prosumer size (111×76×83 mm)), slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO), records movies in 24p, is thinner (0.9" vs 3.3") and is slightly lighter (126 g vs 430 g).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (25 mm vs 22 mm), has a much smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), has a slightly shorter battery life (250 shots vs 310 shots) and is older (january 2013 vs march 2013).

Nikon Coolpix L320

Nikon Coolpix L320
similar age

Significant advantages of the L320 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"

Significant disadvantages of the L320 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • No 24p support
  • Significantly thicker: 3.3" vs 0.9"
  • Heavier: 430 g vs 126 g

common strengths of the L320 and DMC-SZ3

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (111×76×83 mm) vs Super compact (95×56×22 mm)
  • Light weight: 430 g vs 126 g
  • Thin: 3.3" vs 0.9"

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-SZ3 compared to compact competitors include: it records lower quality movies (720p @ 24fps vs 800 x 592 @ 20fps), has a much wider wide angle lens (25 mm vs 35 mm), has a much larger screen (2.7" vs 1.5"), is significantly smaller (super compact (95×56×22 mm) vs compact (110×64×28 mm)) and has better image stabilization (lens vs none).

However, on average it doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 240 fps), has a slightly shorter battery life (250 shots vs 300 shots) and doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs tunnel).

Fujifilm FinePix A920

Fujifilm FinePix A920
5 years older

Significant advantages of the A920 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the A920 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • Much worse wide angle: 39 mm vs 25 mm
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • No 24p support

common strengths of the A920 and DMC-SZ3

  • None found

Olympus Stylus 410

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9 years older
$161

Significant advantages of the Stylus 410 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None

Significant disadvantages of the Stylus 410 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • Much smaller screen: 1.5" vs 2.7"
  • Much worse wide angle: 35 mm vs 25 mm
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the Stylus 410 and DMC-SZ3

  • None found

Casio Exilim EX-Z5

Casio Exilim EX-Z5
6 years older

Significant advantages of the EX-Z5 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/1600 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the EX-Z5 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • Much worse wide angle: 38 mm vs 25 mm
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.5" vs 2.7"

common strengths of the EX-Z5 and DMC-SZ3

  • Fairly small: Super compact (95×60×20 mm) vs Super compact (95×56×22 mm)
  • Thin: 0.8" vs 0.9"

Canon PowerShot A310

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9 years older
$151

Significant advantages of the A310 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

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

Significant disadvantages of the A310 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • Much smaller screen: 1.5" vs 2.7"
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much worse wide angle: 33 mm vs 25 mm

common strengths of the A310 and DMC-SZ3

  • None found

Samsung TL100

Samsung TL100
4 years older

Significant advantages of the TL100 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the TL100 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • Much worse wide angle: 35 mm vs 25 mm
  • Much larger: Compact (105×61×37 mm) vs Super compact (95×56×22 mm)
  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Digital
    vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the TL100 and DMC-SZ3

  • None found

Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS
1 year newer
$659

Significant advantages of the TG-850 iHS (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 24fps
  • Significantly better wide angle: 21 mm vs 25 mm

Significant disadvantages of the TG-850 iHS (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • No 24p support
  • Significantly larger: Compact (110×64×28 mm) vs Super compact (95×56×22 mm)
  • Significantly heavier: 218 g vs 126 g

common strengths of the TG-850 iHS and DMC-SZ3

  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens