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

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3

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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

High ISO
Light sensitivity
6,400 ISO
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Long exposures
Longest exposure
60 seconds
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1

Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

differences

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
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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
              Size Fairly small Help
              DMC-SZ3:95x56x22 mm
              DMC-SZ1:99x59x21 mm
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              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"
              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
              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 flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              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

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

              Common Weaknesses
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              250 shots
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              DMC-SZ3:5 cm
              DMC-SZ1:4 cm
              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

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $109 - $160

              Macro focus Significantly closer macro focusing
              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Light sensitivity Slightly lower maximum light sensitivity
              Panasonic Lumix SZ9

              Panasonic Lumix SZ9

              Travel zoom

              $213

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Light sensitivity Slightly lower maximum light sensitivity
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $159

              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
              Samsung WB200F

              Samsung WB200F

              Travel zoom

              $140 - $150

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Light sensitivity Slightly lower maximum light sensitivity
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1

              Ultra compact

              $131

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life

              Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix SZ8

              Panasonic Lumix SZ8

              Travel zoom

              $89

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen size Larger screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Larger
              Samsung WB30F

              Samsung WB30F

              Ultra compact

              $164

              Screen size Larger screen
              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

              Travel zoom

              Screen size Larger screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Significantly larger

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Samsung WB150F

              Samsung WB150F

              Travel zoom

              $150

              Zoom More zoom
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Pentax K-30

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $370 body only

              $449 - $560 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Much larger
              Weight Much heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8

              Compact

              $269

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              Zoom Less zoom
              Lowest price More expensive
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Travel zoom

              $70 - $165

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Samsung ST200F

              Samsung ST200F

              Digicam

              $198

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              True resolution Slightly higher true resolution
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive

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