As well as being compared against other travel zooms, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZX3 is also often compared to compacts and ultra compacts. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZX3's top rivals come from Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-FX3 and the Lumix DMC-FX35) and Sony (such as the Cyber-shot DSC-W300 and the Cyber-shot DSC-WX500)

Competitor classes

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-ZX3 compared to other travel zoom competitors include: it is much smaller (compact (98×55×26 mm) vs compact (103×60×33 mm)), is thinner (1" vs 1.3"), is slightly lighter (159 g vs 218 g) and significantly longer exposures (60 seconds vs 30 seconds).

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, has a significantly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 921k dots), significantly lower maximum light sensitivity (1,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO) and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (1.8 fps vs 10 fps).

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500
5 years newer
$348 - $428

Significant advantages of the DSC-WX500 (vs the DMC-ZX3)

  • Significantly more zoom: 30x vs 8x
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-WX500 (vs the DMC-ZX3)

  • Much larger: Compact (102×58×36 mm) vs Compact (98×55×26 mm)
  • Significantly thicker: 1.4" vs 1"
  • Significantly heavier: 236 g vs 159 g

common strengths of the DSC-WX500 and DMC-ZX3

  • Very small: Compact (102×58×36 mm) vs Compact (98×55×26 mm)
  • Light weight: 236 g vs 159 g
  • Thin: 1.4" vs 1"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZX1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZX1
6 months older

Significant advantages of the DMC-ZX1 (vs the DMC-ZX3)

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

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-ZX1 (vs the DMC-ZX3)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-ZX1 and DMC-ZX3

  • Very small: Compact (98×55×26 mm) vs Compact (98×55×26 mm)
  • Very light: 158 g vs 159 g
  • Very thin: 1" vs 1"

Canon PowerShot ELPH 360 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 360 HS
6 years newer
$180 - $189

Significant advantages of the PowerShot ELPH 360 HS (vs the DMC-ZX3)

  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Much 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 PowerShot ELPH 360 HS (vs the DMC-ZX3)

  • Much shorter max exposures: 15 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the PowerShot ELPH 360 HS and DMC-ZX3

  • Very small: Compact (100×58×23 mm) vs Compact (98×55×26 mm)
  • Very light: 147 g vs 159 g
  • Very thin: 0.9" vs 1"

Sony CyberShot DSC-W730

Sony CyberShot DSC-W730
2 years newer
$138

Significant advantages of the DSC-W730 (vs the DMC-ZX3)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (93×52×23 mm) vs Compact (98×55×26 mm)
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/1300 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W730 (vs the DMC-ZX3)

  • Much shorter max exposures: 2 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the DSC-W730 and DMC-ZX3

  • Very small: Super compact (93×52×23 mm) vs Compact (98×55×26 mm)
  • Very light: 122 g vs 159 g
  • Very thin: 0.9" vs 1"

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX10V (vs the DMC-ZX3)

  • Has a GPS
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX10V (vs the DMC-ZX3)

  • Much larger: Compact (105×60×34 mm) vs Compact (98×55×26 mm)
  • Significantly heavier: 234 g vs 159 g
  • Significantly thicker: 1.3" vs 1"

common strengths of the DSC-HX10V and DMC-ZX3

  • Very small: Compact (105×60×34 mm) vs Compact (98×55×26 mm)
  • Very light: 234 g vs 159 g
  • Thin: 1.3" vs 1"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ10

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ10
similar age

Significant advantages of the DMC-TZ10 (vs the DMC-ZX3)

  • Has a GPS
  • Much 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-TZ10 (vs the DMC-ZX3)

  • Much larger: Compact (103×60×33 mm) vs Compact (98×55×26 mm)
  • Significantly heavier: 218 g vs 159 g
  • Significantly thicker: 1.3" vs 1"

common strengths of the DMC-TZ10 and DMC-ZX3

  • Very small: Compact (103×60×33 mm) vs Compact (98×55×26 mm)
  • Very light: 218 g vs 159 g
  • Thin: 1.3" vs 1"

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-ZX3 compared to compact competitors include: it has a much wider wide angle lens (25 mm vs 35 mm), has a slightly larger screen (2.7" vs 2.5"), has better image stabilization (lens vs digital), is newer (january 2010 vs september 2008) and much longer exposures (60 seconds vs 15 seconds).

However, on average it 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).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX3
3 years older

Significant advantages of the DMC-FX3 (vs the DMC-ZX3)

  • Significantly smaller: Super compact (94×51×24 mm) vs Compact (98×55×26 mm)
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/1300 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FX3 (vs the DMC-ZX3)

  • Much worse wide angle: 35 mm vs 25 mm
  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.5" vs 2.7"

common strengths of the DMC-FX3 and DMC-ZX3

  • Very small: Super compact (94×51×24 mm) vs Compact (98×55×26 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Very light: 165 g vs 159 g

Canon Digital IXUS 980 IS

Canon Digital IXUS 980 IS
1 year older

Significant advantages of the 980 IS (vs the DMC-ZX3)

  • Higher true resolution: 14.6 MP vs 9.8 MP
  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None
  • Significantly faster max shutter speed: 1/1600 of a second vs 1/1300 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the 980 IS (vs the DMC-ZX3)

  • Much worse wide angle: 36 mm vs 25 mm
  • Much larger: Compact (98×62×28 mm) vs Compact (98×55×26 mm)
  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.5" vs 2.7"

common strengths of the 980 IS and DMC-ZX3

  • Very small: Compact (98×62×28 mm) vs Compact (98×55×26 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Thin: 1.1" vs 1"

Agfa DC-600uw

AgfaPhoto DC-600uw
7 months older

Significant advantages of the DC-600uw (vs the DMC-ZX3)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DC-600uw (vs the DMC-ZX3)

  • Much larger: Compact (101×61×32 mm) vs Compact (98×55×26 mm)
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much smaller screen: 2.4" vs 2.7"

common strengths of the DC-600uw and DMC-ZX3

  • Very small: Compact (101×61×32 mm) vs Compact (98×55×26 mm)
  • Very light: 161 g vs 159 g

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300
1 year older

Significant advantages of the DSC-W300 (vs the DMC-ZX3)

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

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W300 (vs the DMC-ZX3)

  • Much worse wide angle: 35 mm vs 25 mm
  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the DSC-W300 and DMC-ZX3

  • Very small: Compact (94×59×27 mm) vs Compact (98×55×26 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Light weight: 187 g vs 159 g

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX35

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX35
2 years older

Significant advantages of the DMC-FX35 (vs the DMC-ZX3)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (95×52×22 mm) vs Compact (98×55×26 mm)
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/1300 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FX35 (vs the DMC-ZX3)

  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.5" vs 2.7"

common strengths of the DMC-FX35 and DMC-ZX3

  • Very small: Super compact (95×52×22 mm) vs Compact (98×55×26 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Very thin: 0.9" vs 1"

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W710

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W710
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the DSC-W710 (vs the DMC-ZX3)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (97×55×20 mm) vs Compact (98×55×26 mm)
  • Thinner: 0.8" vs 1"
  • Lighter: 114 g vs 159 g

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W710 (vs the DMC-ZX3)

  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm
  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Digital
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Much shorter max exposures: 2 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the DSC-W710 and DMC-ZX3

  • Very small: Super compact (97×55×20 mm) vs Compact (98×55×26 mm)
  • Very light: 114 g vs 159 g
  • Very thin: 0.8" vs 1"

compared toUltra compact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-ZX3 compared to ultra compact competitors include: it has a much wider wide angle lens (25 mm vs 38 mm), has a slightly larger screen (2.7" vs 2.5"), has better image stabilization (lens vs none), is thinner (1" vs 2.1") and is slightly less expensive ($351.78 vs $1,007.62).

However, on average it is much larger (compact (98×55×26 mm) vs ultra compact (50×22×54 mm)), is older (january 2010 vs february 2014) and has a slower max shutter speed (1/1300 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second).

Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

Sony CyberShot DSC-W800
4 years newer
$80 - $105

Significant advantages of the DSC-W800 (vs the DMC-ZX3)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W800 (vs the DMC-ZX3)

  • None found

common strengths of the DSC-W800 and DMC-ZX3

  • None found

Samsung NV3

Samsung NV3
3 years older
$1,008

Significant advantages of the NV3 (vs the DMC-ZX3)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the NV3 (vs the DMC-ZX3)

  • None found

common strengths of the NV3 and DMC-ZX3

  • None found