As well as being compared against other waterproofs and compacts, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3 is also often compared to travel zooms. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3's top rivals come from Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-FT30 and the Lumix FT25) and Olympus (such as the Tough TG-320 and the Stylus Tough TG-870)

compared toWaterproof competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FT3 compared to other waterproof competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps), has better image stabilization (lens vs sensor shift), has a slightly longer battery life (310 shots vs 250 shots), has a built-in GPS and much longer exposures (60 seconds vs 8 seconds).

However, on average it is slightly larger (compact (104×64×28 mm) vs compact (96×63×23 mm)), has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS), is older (january 2011 vs january 2015), is thicker (1.1" vs 0.9") and has a slower max shutter speed (1/1300 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30
4 years newer
$262

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 FT25

Panasonic Lumix FT25
1 year newer
$140

Significant advantages of the FT25 (vs the DMC-FT3)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the FT25 (vs the DMC-FT3)

  • None found

common strengths of the FT25 and DMC-FT3

  • None found

Panasonic Lumix FT5

Panasonic Lumix FT5
1 year newer
$374

Significant advantages of the FT5 (vs the DMC-FT3)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the FT5 (vs the DMC-FT3)

  • None found

common strengths of the FT5 and DMC-FT3

  • None found

Panasonic Lumix FT4

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4
1 year newer
$294

Significant advantages of the FT4 (vs the DMC-FT3)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the FT4 (vs the DMC-FT3)

  • None found

common strengths of the FT4 and DMC-FT3

  • None found

Nikon Coolpix S33

Nikon Coolpix S33
4 years newer
$176

Significant advantages of the S33 (vs the DMC-FT3)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the S33 (vs the DMC-FT3)

  • None found

common strengths of the S33 and DMC-FT3

  • None found

Olympus Tough TG-320

Olympus TG-320
1 year newer
$259

Significant advantages of the TG-320 (vs the DMC-FT3)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the TG-320 (vs the DMC-FT3)

  • None found

common strengths of the TG-320 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 records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps), has a much wider wide angle lens (28 mm vs 35 mm), has better image stabilization (lens vs none), takes slightly higher resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 7.1 MP) and has a slightly longer battery life (310 shots vs 240 shots).

However, on average it is slightly larger (compact (104×64×28 mm) vs compact (103×55×23 mm)), doesn't have a touch screen, is thicker (1.1" vs 0.9"), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs tunnel) and has fewer storage slots (1 vs 2).

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T10

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T10
4 years older
$500

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

  • Significantly smaller: Super compact (90×55×21 mm) vs Compact (104×64×28 mm)
  • 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
  • Lower resolution movies: 480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.5" vs 2.7"

common strengths of the DSC-T10 and DMC-FT3

  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

Samsung Digimax V40

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7 years older

Significant advantages of the V40 (vs the DMC-FT3)

  • Has more storage slots: 2 vs 1
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/1300 of a second
  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None

Significant disadvantages of the V40 (vs the DMC-FT3)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much smaller screen: 2" vs 2.7"
  • Much worse wide angle: 35 mm vs 28 mm

common strengths of the V40 and DMC-FT3

  • None found

Canon Digital IXUS 80 IS

Canon Digital IXUS 80 IS
3 years older

Significant advantages of the 80 IS (vs the DMC-FT3)

  • Significantly smaller: Super compact (87×55×22 mm) vs Compact (104×64×28 mm)
  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/1500 of a second vs 1/1300 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the 80 IS (vs the DMC-FT3)

  • Much worse wide angle: 38 mm vs 28 mm
  • Lower resolution movies: 480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.5" vs 2.7"

common strengths of the 80 IS and DMC-FT3

  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

Olympus mju 730 Digital

Olympus mju 730 Digital
4 years older

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

  • Significantly larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Significantly smaller: Super compact (96×62×21 mm) vs Compact (104×64×28 mm)
  • Much 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
  • Lower resolution movies: 480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps

common strengths of the 730 Digital and DMC-FT3

  • None found

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX70
7 months older

Significant advantages of the DMC-FX70 (vs the DMC-FT3)

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2.2 vs f/3.3
  • Significantly better wide angle: 24 mm vs 28 mm
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FX70 (vs the DMC-FT3)

  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • No built-in GPS
  • Not waterproof

common strengths of the DMC-FX70 and DMC-FT3

  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Very long exposure times: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Samsung ST6500

Samsung ST6500
similar age

Significant advantages of the ST6500 (vs the DMC-FT3)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Significantly larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Significantly smaller: Super compact (102×57×19 mm) vs Compact (104×64×28 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the ST6500 (vs the DMC-FT3)

  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • No built-in GPS
  • Not waterproof

common strengths of the ST6500 and DMC-FT3

  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    2. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens

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, records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 848 x 480 @ 30fps), has better image stabilization (lens vs sensor shift), has a significantly longer battery life (310 shots vs 200 shots) and is newer (january 2011 vs january 2007).

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), users slower contrast detection autofocus (contrast detection vs phase detection) and has a slower max shutter speed (1/1300 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second).

Canon IXUS 132

Canon IXUS 132
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the IXUS 132 (vs the DMC-FT3)

  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Significantly smaller: Super compact (93×52×22 mm) vs Compact (104×64×28 mm)
  • Lighter: 133 g vs 197 g

Significant disadvantages of the IXUS 132 (vs the DMC-FT3)

  • No built-in GPS
  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 25fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the IXUS 132 and DMC-FT3

  • Fairly small: Super compact (93×52×22 mm) vs Compact (104×64×28 mm)
  • Thin: 0.9" vs 1.1"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3
4 years older
$140

Significant advantages of the DMC-TZ3 (vs the DMC-FT3)

  • Significantly larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/1300 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-TZ3 (vs the DMC-FT3)

  • No built-in GPS
  • Lower resolution movies: 848 x 480 @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Significantly heavier: 280 g vs 197 g

common strengths of the DMC-TZ3 and DMC-FT3

  • None found