As well as being compared against other compacts, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX3 is also often compared to travel zooms, entry-level DSLRs, pro digicams and digicams. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX3's top rivals come from Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-ZR3 and the Lumix DMC-FX07) and Nikon (such as the D5300)

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FX3 compared to other compact competitors include: it slightly longer exposures (60 seconds vs 8 seconds).

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (35 mm vs 24 mm), has a slightly lower resolution screen (115k dots vs 460k dots), takes slightly lower resolution photos (5.9 MP vs 9.6 MP), is older (july 2006 vs january 2012) and doesn't support an external flash.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX07

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX07
similar age
$275

Significant advantages of the DMC-FX07 (vs the DMC-FX3)

  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 35 mm

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FX07 (vs the DMC-FX3)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-FX07 and DMC-FX3

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Super compact (94×51×24 mm) vs Super compact (94×51×24 mm)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH6

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH6
5 years newer

Significant advantages of the DMC-FH6 (vs the DMC-FX3)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 35 mm

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FH6 (vs the DMC-FX3)

  • Much shorter max exposures: 8 seconds vs 60 seconds
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/1600 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

common strengths of the DMC-FH6 and DMC-FX3

  • Wide aperture: f/2.5 vs f/2.8
  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Super compact (96×56×20 mm) vs Super compact (94×51×24 mm)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3
2 years newer
$778

Significant advantages of the DMC-LX3 (vs the DMC-FX3)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 35 mm
  • Wider aperture: f/2 vs f/2.8
  • Larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-LX3 (vs the DMC-FX3)

  • Larger: Compact (109×60×27 mm) vs Super compact (94×51×24 mm)
  • Significantly heavier: 265 g vs 165 g

common strengths of the DMC-LX3 and DMC-FX3

  • Wide aperture: f/2 vs f/2.8
  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS3
1 year newer
$393

Significant advantages of the DMC-FS3 (vs the DMC-FX3)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FS3 (vs the DMC-FX3)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-FS3 and DMC-FX3

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Super compact (95×53×23 mm) vs Super compact (94×51×24 mm)

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FX3 compared to travel zoom competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.3) and has a faster max shutter speed (1/2000 of a second vs 1/1300 of a second).

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (35 mm vs 25 mm), takes slightly lower resolution photos (5.9 MP vs 9.8 MP) and is older (july 2006 vs january 2010).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR3
3 years newer

Significant advantages of the DMC-ZR3 (vs the DMC-FX3)

  • Much better wide angle: 25 mm vs 35 mm

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-ZR3 (vs the DMC-FX3)

  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/1300 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

common strengths of the DMC-ZR3 and DMC-FX3

  • Very small: Compact (98×55×26 mm) vs Super compact (94×51×24 mm)
  • Very thin: 1" vs 0.9"
  • Very light: 159 g vs 165 g

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FX3 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has image stabilization (lens vs none), is much smaller (super compact (94×51×24 mm) vs prosumer size (124×99×76 mm)), is thinner (0.9" vs 3"), is significantly lighter (165 g vs 480 g) and much longer exposures (60 seconds vs 30 seconds).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (848 x 480 @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a much smaller screen (2.5" vs 3.2"), has a much lower resolution screen (115k dots vs 1,037k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (5.9 MP vs 24 MP) and doesn't record movies in 24p.

Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300
7 years newer
$474 (body only)
$459 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5300 (vs the DMC-FX3)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 5.9 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,037k dots vs 115k dots
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None

Significant disadvantages of the D5300 (vs the DMC-FX3)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much larger: Prosumer size (124×99×76 mm) vs Super compact (94×51×24 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3" vs 0.9"

common strengths of the D5300 and DMC-FX3

  • None found

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FX3 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it is thinner (0.9" vs 2.2"), is slightly lighter (165 g vs 353 g) and significantly longer exposures (60 seconds vs 30 seconds).

However, on average it has a marginally smaller sensor (1/2.5" 5.75x4.31mm vs 2/3" 8.8x6.6mm), has a significantly narrower aperture (f/2.8 vs f/2), has a much narrower wide angle lens (35 mm vs 28 mm), has a slightly smaller screen (2.5" vs 2.8") and has a significantly lower resolution screen (115k dots vs 460k dots).

Fujifilm FinePix x20

Fujifilm FinePix x20
6 years newer
$528

Significant advantages of the x20 (vs the DMC-FX3)

  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 35 mm
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2 vs f/2.8
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the x20 (vs the DMC-FX3)

  • Significantly shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the x20 and DMC-FX3

  • Each has a built-in flash

compared toDigicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FX3 compared to digicam competitors include: it has a much larger screen (2.5" vs 1.5"), takes slightly higher resolution photos (5.9 MP vs 3.1 MP), is newer (july 2006 vs october 2003) and much longer exposures (60 seconds vs 8 seconds).

However, on average it doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs tunnel).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX1

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2 years older

Significant advantages of the DMC-FX1 (vs the DMC-FX3)

  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FX1 (vs the DMC-FX3)

  • Much smaller screen: 1.5" vs 2.5"
  • Much shorter max exposures: 8 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the DMC-FX1 and DMC-FX3

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Light weight: 185 g vs 165 g