As well as being compared against other travel zooms, the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3 is also often compared to super zooms, ultra compacts and compacts. The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3's top rivals come from Sony (such as the CyberShot DSC-H400 and the Cybershot W580) and Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-SZ10 and the Lumix DMC-FH5)

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-SZ3 compared to other travel zoom competitors include: it records movies in 24p and significantly longer exposures (60 seconds vs 15 seconds).

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, has a much smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 920k dots), doesn't have a screen which flips out and has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10

Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10
2 years newer
$370

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

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 460k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has a flip-out screen

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

  • No 24p support
  • Much shorter max exposures: 8 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the DMC-SZ10 and DMC-SZ3

  • None found

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60
1 year newer
$418

Significant advantages of the DMC-TZ60 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Has a GPS
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-TZ60 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • No 24p support
  • Much shorter max exposures: 4 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the DMC-TZ60 and DMC-SZ3

  • None found

Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

Canon PowerShot SX170 IS
7 months newer
$200

Significant advantages of the SX170 IS (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/3200 of a second vs 1/1600 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the SX170 IS (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • No 24p support
  • Significantly shorter max exposures: 15 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the SX170 IS and DMC-SZ3

  • None found

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS45

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS45
2 years newer
$210

Significant advantages of the DMC-ZS45 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-ZS45 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • No 24p support
  • Much shorter max exposures: 4 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the DMC-ZS45 and DMC-SZ3

  • None found

Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7
1 year older

Significant advantages of the DMC-SZ7 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Much higher resolution screen: 460k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-SZ7 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • No 24p support
  • Much shorter max exposures: 8 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the DMC-SZ7 and DMC-SZ3

  • None found

Panasonic Lumix SZ8

Panasonic Lumix SZ8
1 year newer
$560

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

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 460k dots vs 230k dots
  • Longer battery life: 340 shots vs 250 shots

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

  • No 24p support

common strengths of the SZ8 and DMC-SZ3

  • Very long exposure times: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-SZ3 compared to super zoom competitors include: it is significantly smaller (super compact (95×56×22 mm) vs large (130×95×122 mm)), slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO), records movies in 24p, is thinner (0.9" vs 4.8") and is significantly lighter (126 g vs 628 g).

However, on average it has much less zoom (10x vs 64.6x), has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (25 mm vs 22 mm), has a much smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 460k dots) and lacks and external mic jack.

Sony CyberShot DSC-H400

Sony CyberShot DSC-H400
1 year newer
$268

Significant advantages of the DSC-H400 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Much more zoom: 64.6x vs 10x
  • Much higher resolution screen: 460k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-H400 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • Significantly larger: Large (130×95×122 mm) vs Super compact (95×56×22 mm)
  • No 24p support
  • Much thicker: 4.8" vs 0.9"

common strengths of the DSC-H400 and DMC-SZ3

  • None found

Nikon Coolpix L320

Nikon Coolpix L320
similar age
$226

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 toUltra compact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-SZ3 compared to ultra compact competitors include: it has a significantly wider wide angle lens (25 mm vs 28 mm), has a significantly larger screen (2.7" vs 1.7"), has better image stabilization (lens vs none), slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO) and records movies in 24p.

However, on average it is slightly larger (super compact (95×56×22 mm) vs ultra compact (90×30×30 mm)) and is slightly more expensive ($413.61 vs $109.99).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH5
2 years older
$281

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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1
similar age
$101

Significant advantages of the DMC-XS1 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-XS1 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-XS1 and DMC-SZ3

  • None found

Fujifilm FinePix A350 Zoom

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8 years older

Significant advantages of the A350 Zoom (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the A350 Zoom (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • None found

common strengths of the A350 Zoom and DMC-SZ3

  • None found

Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

Sony CyberShot DSC-W800
1 year newer
$120

Significant advantages of the DSC-W800 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W800 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • None found

common strengths of the DSC-W800 and DMC-SZ3

  • None found

Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3
6 months newer

Significant advantages of the DMC-XS3 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-XS3 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-XS3 and DMC-SZ3

  • None found

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-SZ3 compared to compact competitors include: it has a much wider wide angle lens (25 mm vs 36 mm), has better image stabilization (lens vs none), slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO), records movies in 24p and is newer (january 2013 vs january 2009).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/3.1 vs f/2.6), has a much smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 461k dots), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 240 fps) and has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS).

Sony Cybershot W580

Sony Cybershot DSC-W580
1 year older

Significant advantages of the W580 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Has more storage slots: 2 vs 1

Significant disadvantages of the W580 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • No 24p support
  • Much shorter max exposures: 2 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the W580 and DMC-SZ3

  • Fairly small: Super compact (94×56×19 mm) vs Super compact (95×56×22 mm)
  • Thin: 0.8" vs 0.9"
  • Light weight: 127 g vs 126 g

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-N2

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-N2
6 years older

Significant advantages of the DSC-N2 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-N2 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much worse wide angle: 38 mm vs 25 mm
  • No 24p support

common strengths of the DSC-N2 and DMC-SZ3

  • Fairly small: Super compact (94×60×20 mm) vs Super compact (95×56×22 mm)
  • Thin: 0.8" vs 0.9"
  • Light weight: 139 g vs 126 g

Nikon Coolpix L28

Nikon Coolpix L28
similar age
$90

Significant advantages of the L28 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

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

Significant disadvantages of the L28 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • No 24p support
  • Larger: Compact (95×60×29 mm) vs Super compact (95×56×22 mm)
  • Much shorter max exposures: 4 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the L28 and DMC-SZ3

  • Light weight: 164 g vs 126 g

Kodak EasyShare C140

Kodak EasyShare C140
4 years older

Significant advantages of the C140 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the C140 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much worse wide angle: 36 mm vs 25 mm
  • No 24p support

common strengths of the C140 and DMC-SZ3

  • Fairly small: Compact (92×63×22 mm) vs Super compact (95×56×22 mm)
  • Thin: 0.9" vs 0.9"
  • Light weight: 160 g vs 126 g

Canon ELPH 320 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS
1 year older
$221

Significant advantages of the 320 HS (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • Much larger screen: 3.2" vs 2.7"
  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 24fps

Significant disadvantages of the 320 HS (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • Shorter battery life: 170 shots vs 250 shots
  • Much shorter max exposures: 15 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the 320 HS and DMC-SZ3

  • Fairly small: Super compact (94×57×21 mm) vs Super compact (95×56×22 mm)
  • Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these
  • Thin: 0.8" vs 0.9"

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
7 months older
$425 - $448

Significant advantages of the DSC-RX100 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 230k dots
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.1
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-RX100 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm
  • Significantly larger: Compact (102×58×36 mm) vs Super compact (95×56×22 mm)
  • No 24p support

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 and DMC-SZ3

  • Long exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds