As well as being compared against other travel zooms, the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3 is also often compared to compacts. The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3's top rivals come from Nikon (such as the Coolpix L28 and the Coolpix S2900) and Sony (such as the Cyber-shot DSC-W830 and the Cyber-shot DSC-WX80)

Competitor classes

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-SZ3 compared to other travel zoom competitors include: it is slightly smaller (super compact (95×56×22 mm) vs compact (105×58×33 mm)), slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO), is thinner (0.9" vs 1.3"), is slightly lighter (126 g vs 219 g) and much longer exposures (60 seconds vs 4 seconds).

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (1.4 fps vs 10 fps), has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS), is older (january 2013 vs january 2014) and is slightly more expensive ($384.67 vs $217.85).

Nikon Coolpix S3600

Nikon Coolpix S3600
1 year newer
$160

Significant advantages of the S3600 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the S3600 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 1,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
  • Much shorter max exposures: 4 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the S3600 and DMC-SZ3

  • Very small: Super compact (97×58×20 mm) vs Super compact (95×56×22 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.8" vs 0.9"
  • Very light: 125 g vs 126 g

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830
1 year newer
$118

Significant advantages of the DSC-W830 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W830 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • Much shorter max exposures: 2 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the DSC-W830 and DMC-SZ3

  • Very small: Super compact (93×52×23 mm) vs Super compact (95×56×22 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.9" vs 0.9"
  • Very light: 122 g vs 126 g

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10
1 year older
$450

Significant advantages of the DMC-ZS10 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • Has a GPS
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-ZS10 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • Significantly larger: Compact (105×58×33 mm) vs Super compact (95×56×22 mm)
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 1,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
  • Much thicker: 1.3" vs 0.9"

common strengths of the DMC-ZS10 and DMC-SZ3

  • Fairly small: Compact (105×58×33 mm) vs Super compact (95×56×22 mm)
  • Very thin: 1.3" vs 0.9"
  • Light weight: 219 g vs 126 g

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80
similar age

Significant advantages of the DSC-WX80 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
  • Shoots faster: 10 fps vs 1.4 fps

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-WX80 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • Much shorter max exposures: 4 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the DSC-WX80 and DMC-SZ3

  • Very small: Super compact (92×52×22 mm) vs Super compact (95×56×22 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.9" vs 0.9"
  • Very light: 124 g vs 126 g

Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS
2 years newer
$218

Significant advantages of the ELPH 170 IS (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the ELPH 170 IS (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 1,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 200 shots vs 250 shots
  • Much shorter max exposures: 15 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the ELPH 170 IS and DMC-SZ3

  • Very small: Compact (100×58×23 mm) vs Super compact (95×56×22 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.9" vs 0.9"
  • Very light: 141 g vs 126 g

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50
2 years newer
$279

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

  • Significantly more zoom: 30x vs 10x
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • 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)
  • Much thicker: 1.3" vs 0.9"
  • Significantly heavier: 243 g vs 126 g

common strengths of the DMC-ZS50 and DMC-SZ3

  • Thin: 1.3" vs 0.9"
  • Light weight: 243 g vs 126 g
  • Inexpensive: $279.00 vs $384.67

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-SZ3 compared to compact competitors include: it has a slightly wider wide angle lens (25 mm vs 28 mm), has better image stabilization (lens vs digital), significantly higher maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO), is newer (january 2013 vs june 2009) and is thinner (0.9" vs 1").

However, on average it has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS) and is slightly more expensive ($384.67 vs $180.05).

Nikon Coolpix L28

Nikon Coolpix L28
similar age
$180

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

  • None found

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

  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 1,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
  • Significantly thicker: 1.1" vs 0.9"
  • Much shorter max exposures: 4 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the L28 and DMC-SZ3

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Thin: 1.1" vs 0.9"
  • Light weight: 164 g vs 126 g

Nikon Coolpix S2900

Nikon Coolpix S2900
2 years newer
$139

Significant advantages of the S2900 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the S2900 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Digital
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Much shorter max exposures: 4 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the S2900 and DMC-SZ3

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Super compact (95×59×20 mm) vs Super compact (95×56×22 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.8" vs 0.9"

Canon ELPH 320 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS
1 year older
$292

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

  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Has a touch screen

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

  • Significantly 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

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Super compact (94×57×21 mm) vs Super compact (95×56×22 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS5
5 years older

Significant advantages of the DMC-FS5 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FS5 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • Much worse wide angle: 30 mm vs 25 mm
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 1,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO

common strengths of the DMC-FS5 and DMC-SZ3

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Super compact (95×53×23 mm) vs Super compact (95×56×22 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

Agfa DC-600uw

AgfaPhoto DC-600uw
3 years older

Significant advantages of the DC-600uw (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DC-600uw (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Significantly larger: Compact (101×61×32 mm) vs Super compact (95×56×22 mm)
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 1,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO

common strengths of the DC-600uw and DMC-SZ3

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Light weight: 161 g vs 126 g

Canon PowerShot SD870 IS

Canon PowerShot SD870 IS
5 years older

Significant advantages of the SD870 IS (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SD870 IS (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 1,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
  • Significantly heavier: 205 g vs 126 g

common strengths of the SD870 IS and DMC-SZ3

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Compact (93×59×26 mm) vs Super compact (95×56×22 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens