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

Really small
Size
Super compact 95x56x22 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

Thickness
Thin
0.8"
Size
Really small
Super compact 99x59x21 mm
Weight
Light-weight
131 g

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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
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
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
$109.99 vs $234.17
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The best price we've seen is $124 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-SZ395x56x22 mm
              DMC-SZ199x59x21 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-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
              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-SZ7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7

              Travel zoom

              $391

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Ultra compact

              $78

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Thickness Is thicker
              Light sensitivity Slightly lower maximum light sensitivity
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Travel zoom

              $108 - $118

              Light sensitivity Slightly lower maximum light sensitivity
              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Travel zoom

              $227

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix SZ8

              Panasonic Lumix SZ8

              Travel zoom

              $117

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Larger
              Samsung WB350F

              Samsung WB350F

              Travel zoom

              $140 - $199

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Significantly larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220

              Travel zoom

              $168

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1

              Travel zoom

              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Travel zoom

              $239

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Larger
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $589

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Size Much larger
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25

              Travel zoom

              $300

              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Samsung WB150F

              Samsung WB150F

              Travel zoom

              $189

              Zoom More zoom
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Larger
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture

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