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

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3

Size
Really small
Super compact 95x56x22 mm
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1

Size
Really small
Super compact 99x59x21 mm
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Thickness
Thin
0.8"
 
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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 95x56x22 mm vs 99x59x21 mm
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Almost the same
Lowest price Cheaper $125.21 vs $213.77
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The best price we've seen is $89 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-SZ1

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Screen size Larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Macro focus Better macro capability 4 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 20% closer to the lens
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 Common Weaknesses
              Size Fairly small Help
              DMC-SZ3:95x56x22 mm
              DMC-SZ1:99x59x21 mm
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Weight Light weight Help
              DMC-SZ3:126 g
              DMC-SZ1:131 g
              Thickness Thin Help
              DMC-SZ3:0.9"
              DMC-SZ1:0.8"
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              DMC-SZ3:1.4 fps
              DMC-SZ1:1.3 fps
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              DMC-SZ3:720p @ 24fps
              DMC-SZ1:720p @ 30fps

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              250 shots
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              10x
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Travel zoom

              $148

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1

              Ultra compact

              $131

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7

              Travel zoom

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

              Travel zoom

              $433

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix S3500

              Nikon Coolpix S3500

              Compact

              $90 - $120

              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Light sensitivity Slightly lower maximum light sensitivity
              Panasonic Lumix FH10

              Panasonic Lumix FH10

              Ultra compact

              $119

              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Light sensitivity Slightly lower maximum light sensitivity

              Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $129 - $130

              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Panasonic Lumix SZ8

              Panasonic Lumix SZ8

              Travel zoom

              $122 - $129

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen size Larger screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Larger
              Samsung WB35F

              Samsung WB35F

              Travel zoom

              $99 - $149

              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Travel zoom

              $108 - $138

              Size Slightly smaller
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Travel zoom

              $149 - $180

              Zoom More zoom
              Screen size Larger screen
              Size Much larger
              Supports 24p No 24p support

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25

              Travel zoom

              $160

              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $179 - $204

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

              Sony Cyber-shot WX50

              Ultra compact

              $200

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Zoom Less zoom
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15

              Panasonic Lumix ZS15

              Travel zoom

              $320

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Significantly larger
              Aperture Narrower aperture

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