As well as being compared against other travel zooms, the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3 is also often compared to compacts and ultra compacts. The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3's top rivals come from Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-SZ10 and the Lumix SZ9) and Canon (such as the PowerShot A310 and the PowerShot ELPH 150 IS)

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 (99×60×30 mm)), records movies in 24p, is thinner (0.9" vs 1.2"), is slightly lighter (126 g vs 177 g) and much longer exposures (60 seconds vs 8 seconds).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (720p @ 24fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a significantly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 1,040k dots), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (1.4 fps vs 10 fps) and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10

Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10
2 years newer
$386

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 SZ9

Panasonic Lumix SZ9
similar age

Significant advantages of the SZ9 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 24fps
  • Significantly larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the SZ9 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • No 24p support
  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the SZ9 and DMC-SZ3

  • Very small: Super compact (97×57×21 mm) vs Super compact (95×56×22 mm)
  • Very light: 119 g vs 126 g
  • Very thin: 0.8" vs 0.9"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7
1 year older
$211

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

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 24fps
  • Significantly larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

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

  • Very small: Super compact (99×59×21 mm) vs Super compact (95×56×22 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.8" vs 0.9"
  • Very light: 133 g vs 126 g

Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS
1 year newer
$324

Significant advantages of the ELPH 150 IS (vs the DMC-SZ3)

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

Significant disadvantages of the ELPH 150 IS (vs the DMC-SZ3)

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

common strengths of the ELPH 150 IS and DMC-SZ3

  • Very small: Compact (95×57×24 mm) vs Super compact (95×56×22 mm)
  • Light weight: 142 g vs 126 g
  • Thin: 0.9" vs 0.9"

Sony CyberShot DSC-W730

Sony CyberShot DSC-W730
similar age
$140

Significant advantages of the DSC-W730 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

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

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W730 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

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

common strengths of the DSC-W730 and DMC-SZ3

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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS45

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS45
2 years newer
$215

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

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 24fps
  • More zoom: 20x vs 10x
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 230k dots

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

  • Significantly larger: Compact (108×60×32 mm) vs Super compact (95×56×22 mm)
  • No 24p support
  • Much heavier: 249 g vs 126 g

common strengths of the DMC-ZS45 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 33 mm), has a significantly larger screen (2.7" vs 2.4"), is slightly smaller (super compact (95×56×22 mm) vs compact (99×56×34 mm)), has better image stabilization (lens vs none) and takes slightly higher resolution photos (9.6 MP vs 4.9 MP).

However, on average it doesn't have a touch screen, is slightly more expensive ($400.56 vs $160.51) and doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs tunnel).

Canon PowerShot A310

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9 years older

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

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 smaller screen: 2.4" vs 2.7"
  • No 24p support

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

  • None found

Panasonic Lumix FX80

Panasonic Lumix FX80
1 year older

Significant advantages of the FX80 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 24fps
  • Significantly larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"

Significant disadvantages of the FX80 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm
  • No 24p support
  • Much shorter max exposures: 8 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the FX80 and DMC-SZ3

  • Fairly small: Super compact (96×56×19 mm) vs Super compact (95×56×22 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Thin: 0.8" vs 0.9"

Samsung TL240

Samsung TL240
3 years older

Significant advantages of the TL240 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • Much larger screen: 3.5" vs 2.7"
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the TL240 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • Much worse wide angle: 31 mm vs 25 mm
  • No 24p support
  • Much shorter max exposures: 8 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the TL240 and DMC-SZ3

  • Fairly small: Super compact (104×58×20 mm) vs Super compact (95×56×22 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Thin: 0.8" vs 0.9"

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"

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

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 38 mm), has better image stabilization (lens vs none), slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 2,000 ISO), records movies in 24p and is newer (january 2013 vs february 2011).

However, on average it is slightly larger (super compact (95×56×22 mm) vs ultra compact (92×54×19 mm)), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (1.4 fps vs 10 fps), is thicker (0.9" vs 0.7"), is slightly more expensive ($400.56 vs $148.00) and has a slower max shutter speed (1/1600 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second).

Nikon Coolpix S3100

Nikon Coolpix S3100
1 year older
$148

Significant advantages of the S3100 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the S3100 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • None found

common strengths of the S3100 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

Panasonic Lumix FH10

Panasonic Lumix FH10
similar age
$120

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

Nikon Coolpix S210

Nikon Coolpix S210
5 years older
$300

Significant advantages of the S210 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the S210 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • None found

common strengths of the S210 and DMC-SZ3

  • None found