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

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1

Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
 
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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 $143.97 vs $213.77
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The best price we've seen is $70 cheaper (more than 30% 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
              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
              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-XS1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1

              Ultra compact

              $86

              Size Is slightly smaller
              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-FH8

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8

              Compact

              $230

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5

              Travel zoom

              3D Captures 3D images
              Light sensitivity Slightly lower maximum light sensitivity
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $471 - $484

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $179 - $204

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1

              Travel zoom

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix SZ8

              Panasonic Lumix SZ8

              Travel zoom

              $124 - $129

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen size Larger screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Travel zoom

              $118 - $128

              Size Slightly smaller
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Travel zoom

              $134 - $148

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $129 - $206

              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Travel zoom

              $87

              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Size Slightly smaller
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Aperture Narrower aperture

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25

              Travel zoom

              $210

              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $389 - $506 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W710

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W710

              Compact

              $98 - $160

              Size Smaller
              Weight Lighter
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Olympus TG-820 iHS

              Olympus TG-820

              Waterproof

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Wide angle Worse wide angle

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