As well as being compared against other compacts, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-F3 is also often compared to travel zooms, ultra compacts and entry-level DSLRs. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-F3's top rivals come from Panasonic (such as the Lumix SZ9 and the Lumix DMC-FH8) and Sony (such as the Cyber-shot DSC-HX7v and the Cyber-shot DSC-W350)

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-F3 compared to other compact competitors include: it has better image stabilization (digital vs none) and much longer exposures (60 seconds vs 8 seconds).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (28 mm vs 24 mm), is older (january 2010 vs january 2012) and has a slower max shutter speed (1/1000 of a second vs 1/1600 of a second).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the DMC-FH8 (vs the DMC-F3)

  • Significantly better wide angle: 24 mm vs 28 mm
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Digital
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FH8 (vs the DMC-F3)

  • Much shorter max exposures: 8 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the DMC-FH8 and DMC-F3

  • Wide aperture: f/2.5 vs f/2.8
  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Super compact (96×57×19 mm) vs Super compact (96×54×22 mm)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-S2

Panasonic Lumix DMC-S2
2 years newer
$128

Significant advantages of the DMC-S2 (vs the DMC-F3)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Digital
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/1600 of a second vs 1/1000 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-S2 (vs the DMC-F3)

  • Much shorter max exposures: 8 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the DMC-S2 and DMC-F3

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Super compact (98×57×21 mm) vs Super compact (96×54×22 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.8" vs 0.9"

Agfa DC-600uw

AgfaPhoto DC-600uw
6 months older

Significant advantages of the DC-600uw (vs the DMC-F3)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DC-600uw (vs the DMC-F3)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Digital
  • Significantly larger: Compact (101×61×32 mm) vs Super compact (96×54×22 mm)
  • Much thicker: 1.3" vs 0.9"

common strengths of the DC-600uw and DMC-F3

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Light weight: 161 g vs 130 g

Nikon Coolpix S570

Nikon Coolpix S570
5 months older
$299

Significant advantages of the S570 (vs the DMC-F3)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the S570 (vs the DMC-F3)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Digital

common strengths of the S570 and DMC-F3

  • Wide aperture: f/2.7 vs f/2.8
  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Super compact (92×57×22 mm) vs Super compact (96×54×22 mm)

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-F3 compared to travel zoom competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.5), is thinner (0.9" vs 1.1"), is slightly lighter (130 g vs 208 g) and much longer exposures (60 seconds vs 30 seconds).

However, on average it has a significantly narrower wide angle lens (28 mm vs 25 mm), doesn't have a built-in GPS, has a slightly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), has a significantly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 921k dots) and has worse image stabilization (digital vs lens).

Panasonic Lumix SZ9

Panasonic Lumix SZ9
3 years newer
$248

Significant advantages of the SZ9 (vs the DMC-F3)

  • Significantly better wide angle: 25 mm vs 28 mm
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Digital

Significant disadvantages of the SZ9 (vs the DMC-F3)

  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the SZ9 and DMC-F3

  • Very small: Super compact (97×57×21 mm) vs Super compact (96×54×22 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.8" vs 0.9"
  • Very light: 119 g vs 130 g

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7v

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX7v (vs the DMC-F3)

  • Has a GPS
  • Significantly better wide angle: 25 mm vs 28 mm
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX7v (vs the DMC-F3)

  • Significantly heavier: 208 g vs 130 g
  • Significantly thicker: 1.1" vs 0.9"
  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the DSC-HX7v and DMC-F3

  • Very small: Compact (102×58×28 mm) vs Super compact (96×54×22 mm)
  • Very thin: 1.1" vs 0.9"
  • Very light: 208 g vs 130 g

compared toUltra compact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-F3 compared to ultra compact competitors include: it much longer exposures (60 seconds vs 2 seconds).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (28 mm vs 26 mm), is slightly larger (super compact (96×54×22 mm) vs ultra compact (91×52×17 mm)), has worse image stabilization (digital vs lens), is thicker (0.9" vs 0.7") and has a slower max shutter speed (1/1000 of a second vs 1/1600 of a second).

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350
similar age

Significant advantages of the DSC-W350 (vs the DMC-F3)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W350 (vs the DMC-F3)

  • None found

common strengths of the DSC-W350 and DMC-F3

  • None found

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-F3 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has image stabilization (digital vs none), is much smaller (super compact (96×54×22 mm) vs prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)), is thinner (0.9" vs 3"), is much lighter (130 g vs 505 g) and much longer exposures (60 seconds vs 30 seconds).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a much smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 921k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 24.1 MP) and doesn't record movies in 24p.

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
2 years newer
$550 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D3200 (vs the DMC-F3)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24.1 MP vs 9.8 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None

Significant disadvantages of the D3200 (vs the DMC-F3)

  • Much larger: Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm) vs Super compact (96×54×22 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3" vs 0.9"
  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the D3200 and DMC-F3

  • None found