Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1

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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3

Really small
Size
Super compact (95×56×22 mm)
High ISO
Light sensitivity
6,400 ISO
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Light-weight
Weight
126 g
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1

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Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection
Thickness
Thin
0.8"
Size
Really small
Super compact (99×59×21 mm)
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-SZ3

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Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 8s
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7.5x longer exposures
Size
Slightly smaller
95×56×22 mm vs 99×59×21 mm
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Almost the same
Weight
Slightly lighter
126 g vs 131 g
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-SZ1

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Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Macro focus
Better macro capability
4.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 20% closer to the lens
Lowest price
Cheaper
$110.29 vs $229.99
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The best price we've seen is $120 cheaper (2.1x less)
Thickness
Slightly thinner
0.8" vs 0.9"
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Almost the same
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent travel zooms, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              DMC-SZ395×56×22 mm
              DMC-SZ199×59×21 mm
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Weight Light weight Help
              DMC-SZ3126 g
              DMC-SZ1131 g
              Thickness Thin Help
              DMC-SZ30.9"
              DMC-SZ10.8"
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/1600 of a second
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              DMC-SZ31.4 fps
              DMC-SZ11.3 fps
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              DMC-SZ35.0 cm
              DMC-SZ14.0 cm
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              DMC-SZ3720p @ 24fps
              DMC-SZ1720p @ 30fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5

              Travel zoom

              $150

              3D Captures 3D images
              Light sensitivity Significantly lower maximum light sensitivity
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25

              Travel zoom

              $300

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

              Travel zoom

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7

              Travel zoom

              $259

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10

              Travel zoom

              $178 - $198

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1

              Ultra compact

              $126

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture

              Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3

              Ultra compact

              $105

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $548 - $566 with 18-55mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $179 - $180

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $250

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8

              Compact

              $242

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Lowest price More expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $328 - $398

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Nikon Coolpix S6200

              Nikon Coolpix S6200

              Travel zoom

              $134

              Fastest shutter speed Faster max shutter speed
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (Lumix DMC-TZ70)

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (Lumix DMC-TZ70)

              Travel zoom

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Much larger
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Travel zoom

              $130 - $209

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Much larger
              Aperture Narrower aperture

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