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

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

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
 
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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 $99.57 vs $222.84
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The best price we've seen is $123 cheaper (2.2x less)
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 Significantly 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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              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
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              DMC-SZ3:1.4 fps
              DMC-SZ1:1.3 fps
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              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.

              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

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Panasonic Lumix FH10

              Panasonic Lumix FH10

              Ultra compact

              $104

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Light sensitivity Significantly lower maximum light sensitivity
              Sony CyberShot DSC-W730

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W730

              Travel zoom

              $92

              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Light sensitivity Slightly lower maximum light sensitivity
              Nikon Coolpix S3500

              Nikon Coolpix S3500

              Compact

              $86 - $120

              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Light sensitivity Significantly lower maximum light sensitivity
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Travel zoom

              $148 - $191

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8

              Compact

              $142

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Nikon Coolpix S6500

              Nikon Coolpix S6500

              Travel zoom

              $94 - $167

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1

              Ultra compact

              $120 - $159

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Zoom Less zoom
              Samsung WB30F

              Samsung WB30F

              Ultra compact

              $88 - $129

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Panasonic Lumix SZ9

              Panasonic Lumix SZ9

              Travel zoom

              $306 - $398

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

              Travel zoom

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Significantly larger
              Samsung WB250F

              Samsung WB250F

              Travel zoom

              $111 - $169

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Larger

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25

              Travel zoom

              $159

              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              True resolution Slightly higher true resolution
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70

              Ultra compact

              $110 - $170

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Zoom Less zoom
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810

              Compact

              $128 - $159

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Slightly smaller
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen

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