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 Slightly cheaper $89.99 vs $186.89
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The best price we've seen is $97 cheaper (2.1x 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
              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"
              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 SZ8

              Panasonic Lumix SZ8

              Travel zoom

              $122 - $129

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              3D Captures 3D images
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $129 - $182

              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Light sensitivity Slightly lower maximum light sensitivity
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1

              Ultra compact

              $79 - $131

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Travel zoom

              $118 - $128

              Light sensitivity Slightly lower maximum light sensitivity
              Panasonic Lumix FH10

              Panasonic Lumix FH10

              Ultra compact

              $84 - $120

              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Light sensitivity Slightly lower maximum light sensitivity
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7

              Travel zoom

              $430

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

              Travel zoom

              $490

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3

              Ultra compact

              $102

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Zoom Less zoom
              Panasonic Lumix SZ9

              Panasonic Lumix SZ9

              Travel zoom

              $301 - $336

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Travel zoom

              $134 - $158

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              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

              $293

              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Ultra compact

              $78

              Size Significantly smaller
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Thickness Much thicker
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Samsung WB350F

              Samsung WB350F

              Travel zoom

              $140 - $259

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Size Larger
              Weight Significantly heavier
              Samsung WB150F

              Samsung WB150F

              Travel zoom

              $160

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

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