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

50

Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1

48

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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

Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$161.90 vs $229.99
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The best price we've seen is $68 cheaper (around 30% 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-SZ395x56x22 mm
              DMC-SZ199x59x21 mm
              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
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              DMC-SZ3720p @ 24fps
              DMC-SZ1720p @ 30fps

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              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

              Sony DSC WX100

              Sony DSC WX100

              Travel zoom

              $226

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Slightly lower maximum light sensitivity
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Travel zoom

              $88 - $115

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Light sensitivity Slightly lower maximum light sensitivity
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7

              Travel zoom

              $382

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1

              Ultra compact

              $104

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Panasonic Lumix FH10

              Panasonic Lumix FH10

              Ultra compact

              $100

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Light sensitivity Significantly lower maximum light sensitivity
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $149

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Travel zoom

              $65

              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Light sensitivity Significantly lower maximum light sensitivity
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture

              Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10

              Travel zoom

              $198 - $199

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Significantly larger
              Panasonic Lumix SZ8

              Panasonic Lumix SZ8

              Travel zoom

              $80 - $91

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen size Larger screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3

              Ultra compact

              $97

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Zoom Less zoom
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $109 - $161

              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 DMC-SZ1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

              Sony Cyber-shot WX50

              Ultra compact

              $220

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Zoom Less zoom
              Samsung WB150F

              Samsung WB150F

              Travel zoom

              $160

              Zoom More zoom
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $185 - $237

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Samsung Galaxy Camera

              Samsung Galaxy Camera

              Travel zoom

              $75 - $428

              Screen size Much larger screen
              GPS Has a GPS
              Size Larger
              Weight Much heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8

              Compact

              $226

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              Zoom Less zoom
              Lowest price More expensive

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