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-FS3 and the Lumix DMC-ZS45) and Sony (such as the Cyber-shot DSC-W110 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 (108×60×32 mm)), is thinner (0.9" vs 1.3"), is slightly lighter (126 g vs 243 g) and much longer exposures (60 seconds vs 4 seconds).

However, on average it has way more less zoom (10x vs 20x), has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 1,040k dots), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (1.4 fps vs 10 fps), has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS) and is older (january 2013 vs january 2014).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS45

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS45
2 years newer
$330

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

  • Much more zoom: 20x vs 10x
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Significantly 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)
  • Significantly heavier: 249 g vs 126 g
  • Significantly thicker: 1.3" vs 0.9"

common strengths of the DMC-ZS45 and DMC-SZ3

  • Fairly small: Compact (108×60×32 mm) vs Super compact (95×56×22 mm)
  • Very thin: 1.3" vs 0.9"
  • Light weight: 249 g vs 126 g

Nikon Coolpix S3600

Nikon Coolpix S3600
1 year newer
$100

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

  • None found

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

  • Much less zoom: 8x vs 10x
  • 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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5
5 months older
$305

Significant advantages of the DMC-SZ5 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-SZ5 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 1,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
  • Much shorter max exposures: 8 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the DMC-SZ5 and DMC-SZ3

  • Very small: Compact (58×104×21 mm) vs Super compact (95×56×22 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.8" vs 0.9"
  • Very light: 136 g vs 126 g

Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7
1 year older

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

  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

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

  • 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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50
2 years newer
$279

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

  • Much more zoom: 30x vs 10x
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 230k dots

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

  • Significantly 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

  • Fairly small: Compact (111×65×34 mm) vs Super compact (95×56×22 mm)
  • Very thin: 1.3" vs 0.9"
  • Light weight: 243 g vs 126 g

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80
similar age
$337

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

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

  • Much less zoom: 8x vs 10x
  • 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

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-SZ3 compared to compact competitors include: it has way more more zoom (10x vs 3x), has a much wider wide angle lens (25 mm vs 32 mm), is slightly smaller (super compact (95×56×22 mm) vs compact (96×63×31 mm)), has better image stabilization (lens vs none) and takes slightly higher resolution photos (9.6 MP vs 7.1 MP).

However, on average it has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS) and doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs tunnel).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS3
5 years older
$628

Significant advantages of the DMC-FS3 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FS3 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • Much less zoom: 3x vs 10x
  • Much worse wide angle: 33 mm vs 25 mm
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 1,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO

common strengths of the DMC-FS3 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

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W110

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W110
5 years older

Significant advantages of the DSC-W110 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W110 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • Much less zoom: 4x vs 10x
  • Much worse wide angle: 32 mm vs 25 mm
  • Much shorter max exposures: 1/8 of a second vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the DSC-W110 and DMC-SZ3

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Super compact (88×57×22 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 ELPH 320 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS
1 year older
$176

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)

  • Much less zoom: 5x vs 10x
  • 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

  • Great zoom: 5x vs 10x
  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Super compact (94×57×21 mm) vs Super compact (95×56×22 mm)

Olympus C-1

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12 years older

Significant advantages of the C-1 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None

Significant disadvantages of the C-1 (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • Much less zoom: 1x vs 10x
  • Much worse wide angle: 35 mm vs 25 mm
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the C-1 and DMC-SZ3

  • Each has a built-in flash

Canon PowerShot A1000 IS

Canon PowerShot A1000 IS
4 years older
$148

Significant advantages of the A1000 IS (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None

Significant disadvantages of the A1000 IS (vs the DMC-SZ3)

  • Much less zoom: 4x vs 10x
  • Much worse wide angle: 35 mm vs 25 mm
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the A1000 IS and DMC-SZ3

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Light weight: 155 g vs 126 g

compared toUltra compact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-SZ3 compared to ultra compact competitors include: it has way more more zoom (10x vs 5x), has better image stabilization (lens vs sensor shift), slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO), is newer (january 2013 vs february 2011) and much longer exposures (60 seconds vs 4 seconds).

However, on average it has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS), is thicker (0.9" vs 0.7") and is slightly more expensive ($380.15 vs $179.00).

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

Nikon Coolpix S3100

Nikon Coolpix S3100
1 year older
$179

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