As well as being compared against other waterproofs and compacts, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3 is also often compared to super zooms and travel zooms. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3's top rivals come from Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-FT2 and the Lumix DMC-FZ200) and Nikon (such as the Coolpix AW100 and the Coolpix AW110)

compared toWaterproof competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FT3 compared to other waterproof competitors include: it has a significantly longer battery life (310 shots vs 250 shots), has a built-in GPS and significantly longer exposures (60 seconds vs 8 seconds).

However, on average it is slightly larger (compact (104×64×28 mm) vs compact (98×63×23 mm)), has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS), is older (january 2011 vs august 2011), is thicker (1.1" vs 0.9") and has a slower max shutter speed (1/1300 of a second vs 1/3000 of a second).

Nikon Coolpix AW100

Nikon Coolpix AW100
7 months newer
$649

Significant advantages of the AW100 (vs the DMC-FT3)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the AW100 (vs the DMC-FT3)

  • None found

common strengths of the AW100 and DMC-FT3

  • None found

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2
1 year older

Significant advantages of the DMC-FT2 (vs the DMC-FT3)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FT2 (vs the DMC-FT3)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-FT2 and DMC-FT3

  • None found

Panasonic Lumix FT20

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the FT20 (vs the DMC-FT3)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the FT20 (vs the DMC-FT3)

  • None found

common strengths of the FT20 and DMC-FT3

  • None found

Pentax Optio WG-1

Pentax Optio WG-1
similar age

Significant advantages of the WG-1 (vs the DMC-FT3)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the WG-1 (vs the DMC-FT3)

  • None found

common strengths of the WG-1 and DMC-FT3

  • None found

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30
4 years newer
$236

Significant advantages of the DMC-FT30 (vs the DMC-FT3)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FT30 (vs the DMC-FT3)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-FT30 and DMC-FT3

  • None found

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT1
2 years older

Significant advantages of the DMC-FT1 (vs the DMC-FT3)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FT1 (vs the DMC-FT3)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-FT1 and DMC-FT3

  • None found

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FT3 compared to other compact competitors include: it has significantly more zoom (4.6x vs 3x), has a much wider wide angle lens (28 mm vs 38 mm), has better image stabilization (lens vs none), is newer (january 2011 vs september 2006) and has a built-in GPS.

However, on average it is slightly larger (compact (104×64×28 mm) vs super compact (96×62×21 mm)), is thicker (1.1" vs 0.8"), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs tunnel) and has a slower max shutter speed (1/1300 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second).

Canon Digital IXUS 900 Ti

Canon Digital IXUS 900 Ti
4 years older

Significant advantages of the 900 Ti (vs the DMC-FT3)

  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None
  • Significantly faster max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/1300 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the 900 Ti (vs the DMC-FT3)

  • Much worse wide angle: 37 mm vs 28 mm
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Significantly less zoom: 3x vs 4.6x

common strengths of the 900 Ti and DMC-FT3

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Thin: 1.1" vs 1.1"

Olympus mju 730 Digital

Olympus mju 730 Digital
4 years older

Significant advantages of the 730 Digital (vs the DMC-FT3)

  • Significantly thinner: 0.8" vs 1.1"
  • Significantly faster max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/1300 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the 730 Digital (vs the DMC-FT3)

  • Much worse wide angle: 38 mm vs 28 mm
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Significantly less zoom: 3x vs 4.6x

common strengths of the 730 Digital and DMC-FT3

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Thin: 0.8" vs 1.1"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP3
1 year older
$176

Significant advantages of the DMC-FP3 (vs the DMC-FT3)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Smaller: Super compact (99×59×19 mm) vs Compact (104×64×28 mm)
  • Significantly thinner: 0.7" vs 1.1"

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FP3 (vs the DMC-FT3)

  • Much worse wide angle: 35 mm vs 28 mm
  • No built-in GPS
  • Not waterproof

common strengths of the DMC-FP3 and DMC-FT3

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Thin: 0.7" vs 1.1"

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T10

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T10
4 years older
$475

Significant advantages of the DSC-T10 (vs the DMC-FT3)

  • Significantly smaller: Super compact (90×55×21 mm) vs Compact (104×64×28 mm)
  • Significantly thinner: 0.8" vs 1.1"

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-T10 (vs the DMC-FT3)

  • Much worse wide angle: 38 mm vs 28 mm
  • Significantly less zoom: 3x vs 4.6x
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the DSC-T10 and DMC-FT3

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Thin: 0.8" vs 1.1"

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W100

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W100
4 years older

Significant advantages of the DSC-W100 (vs the DMC-FT3)

  • Significantly longer battery life: 360 shots vs 310 shots
  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None
  • Significantly faster max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/1300 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W100 (vs the DMC-FT3)

  • Much worse wide angle: 38 mm vs 28 mm
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Significantly less zoom: 3x vs 4.6x

common strengths of the DSC-W100 and DMC-FT3

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Great battery life: 360 shots vs 310 shots
  • Thin: 1" vs 1.1"

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FT3 compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a significantly wider wide angle lens (28 mm vs 38 mm), is slightly smaller (compact (104×64×28 mm) vs professional size (125×87×110 mm)), has better image stabilization (lens vs none), is newer (january 2011 vs february 2007) and is thinner (1.1" vs 4.3").

However, on average it doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 240 fps), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (3.7 fps vs 12 fps), doesn't have a screen which flips out, has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS) and lacks and external mic jack.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
1 year newer
$554

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ200 (vs the DMC-FT3)

  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Significantly better wide angle: 25 mm vs 28 mm
  • Much longer battery life: 540 shots vs 310 shots

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ200 (vs the DMC-FT3)

  • Significantly larger: Professional size (125×87×110 mm) vs Compact (104×64×28 mm)
  • No built-in GPS
  • Significantly thicker: 4.3" vs 1.1"

common strengths of the DMC-FZ200 and DMC-FT3

  • Fairly small: Professional size (125×87×110 mm) vs Compact (104×64×28 mm)
  • Thin: 4.3" vs 1.1"
  • Light weight: 588 g vs 197 g

Fujifilm FinePix S700

Fujifilm Finepix S700
3 years older
$345

Significant advantages of the S700 (vs the DMC-FT3)

  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the S700 (vs the DMC-FT3)

  • Much worse wide angle: 38 mm vs 28 mm
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the S700 and DMC-FT3

  • Very small: Prosumer size (106×76×81 mm) vs Compact (104×64×28 mm)
  • Thin: 3.2" vs 1.1"
  • Very light: 406 g vs 197 g

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FT3 compared to travel zoom competitors include: it has a built-in GPS, is waterproof and significantly longer exposures (60 seconds vs 8 seconds).

However, on average it has way more less zoom (4.6x vs 16x), has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (28 mm vs 25 mm), has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 1,230k dots), has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS) and is older (january 2011 vs january 2014).

Ricoh CX6

Ricoh CX6
9 months newer
$409

Significant advantages of the CX6 (vs the DMC-FT3)

  • Much more zoom: 10.7x vs 4.6x
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,230k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the CX6 (vs the DMC-FT3)

  • No built-in GPS
  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Not waterproof

common strengths of the CX6 and DMC-FT3

  • Very small: Compact (104×59×29 mm) vs Compact (104×64×28 mm)
  • Very thin: 1.1" vs 1.1"
  • Very light: 201 g vs 197 g

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ18

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ18
similar age
$275

Significant advantages of the DMC-TZ18 (vs the DMC-FT3)

  • Much more zoom: 16x vs 4.6x
  • Significantly better wide angle: 24 mm vs 28 mm
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/1300 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-TZ18 (vs the DMC-FT3)

  • No built-in GPS
  • Not waterproof

common strengths of the DMC-TZ18 and DMC-FT3

  • Very small: Compact (105×58×33 mm) vs Compact (104×64×28 mm)
  • Very thin: 1.3" vs 1.1"
  • Very light: 210 g vs 197 g

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830
2 years newer
$80 - $118

Significant advantages of the DSC-W830 (vs the DMC-FT3)

  • Much more zoom: 8x vs 4.6x
  • Significantly better wide angle: 25 mm vs 28 mm
  • Smaller: Super compact (93×52×23 mm) vs Compact (104×64×28 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W830 (vs the DMC-FT3)

  • No built-in GPS
  • Not waterproof
  • Much shorter max exposures: 2 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the DSC-W830 and DMC-FT3

  • Very small: Super compact (93×52×23 mm) vs Compact (104×64×28 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.9" vs 1.1"
  • Very light: 122 g vs 197 g