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

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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
Light-weight
Weight
126 g
Long exposures
Longest exposure
60 seconds
 

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
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$166.96 vs $186.73
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The best price we've seen is $20 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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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
              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
              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
              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
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix SZ8

              Panasonic Lumix SZ8

              Travel zoom

              $69

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              3D Captures 3D images
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

              Travel zoom

              $273

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8

              Compact

              $228

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7

              Travel zoom

              $421

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Nikon Coolpix S6300

              Nikon Coolpix S6300

              Travel zoom

              $220

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $109 - $161

              Macro focus Slightly 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 DMC-SZ3 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX7

              Compact

              $385

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Fastest shutter speed Faster max shutter speed
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              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-FS22

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS22

              Compact

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $199

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Zoom Less zoom

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Samsung WB150F

              Samsung WB150F

              Travel zoom

              $150

              Zoom More zoom
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Travel zoom

              $158

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

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