Olympus SH-3 vs Panasonic LX3

Olympus Stylus SH-3 front
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 front

Olympus SH-3 vs Panasonic LX3 Key Specs

Olympus SH-3
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 25-600mm (F3.0-6.9) lens
  • 271g - 109 x 63 x 42mm
  • Released February 2016
  • Old Model is Olympus SH-2
Panasonic LX3
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/1.63" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-60mm (F2.0-2.8) lens
  • 265g - 109 x 60 x 27mm
  • Launched November 2008
  • Newer Model is Panasonic LX5
Photography Glossary

Olympus SH-3 vs Panasonic LX3 Overview

The following is a complete overview of the Olympus SH-3 versus Panasonic LX3, one is a Small Sensor Superzoom and the latter is a Small Sensor Compact by companies Olympus and Panasonic. There is a huge difference between the sensor resolutions of the SH-3 (16MP) and LX3 (10MP) and the SH-3 (1/2.3") and LX3 (1/1.63") enjoy different sensor measurements.

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The SH-3 was unveiled 7 years after the LX3 which is quite a significant gap as far as tech is concerned. Each of the cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before diving straight into a in depth comparison, below is a brief introduction of how the SH-3 grades versus the LX3 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus SH-3 over the Panasonic LX3

 SH-3 LX3 
LaunchedFebruary 2016November 2008Newer by 89 months
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Panasonic LX3 over the Olympus SH-3

 LX3 SH-3 
Focus manually Dial exact focus

Common features in the Olympus SH-3 and Panasonic LX3

 SH-3 LX3 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen measurements
Screen resolution460k460kThe same screen resolution
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen

Olympus SH-3 vs Panasonic LX3 Physical Comparison

When you are looking to travel with your camera, you should take into account its weight and volume. The Olympus SH-3 features outside dimensions of 109mm x 63mm x 42mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.7") along with a weight of 271 grams (0.60 lbs) and the Panasonic LX3 has sizing of 109mm x 60mm x 27mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.1") accompanied by a weight of 265 grams (0.58 lbs).

Compare the Olympus SH-3 versus Panasonic LX3 in the all new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you have attached during that time. Here is the front view physical size comparison of the SH-3 versus the LX3.

Olympus SH-3 vs Panasonic LX3 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability score of the SH-3 and LX3 is 88 and 91 respectively.

Olympus SH-3 vs Panasonic LX3 top view buttons comparison

Olympus SH-3 vs Panasonic LX3 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it's tough to imagine the difference between sensor dimensions merely by reviewing a spec sheet. The picture underneath may give you a stronger sense of the sensor dimensions in the SH-3 and LX3.

As you can see, each of these cameras posses different megapixel count and different sensor dimensions. The SH-3 using its tinier sensor is going to make getting shallower DOF tougher and the Olympus SH-3 will offer greater detail having an extra 6MP. Higher resolution will help you crop pictures somewhat more aggressively. The fresher SH-3 should have an advantage when it comes to sensor tech.

Olympus SH-3 vs Panasonic LX3 sensor size comparison

Olympus SH-3 vs Panasonic LX3 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus SH-3 vs Panasonic LX3 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus SH-3
Portrait photography with Panasonic LX3
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
supports face detection focus
supports RAW files
no manual focus
no external flash support
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
manual focus
supports RAW files
sensor resolution low (10MP)
very small sensor size (1/1.63")
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Olympus SH-3
Street photography with Panasonic LX3
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports RAW files
features focus via touch
lighter than competitors (271 grams)
no articulating screen
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW files
fixed screen
very small sensor size (1/1.63")
heavier than competition (265 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Olympus SH-3
Sports photography with Panasonic LX3
incredible zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
supports tracking autofocus
good battery pack (380 shots)
no shutter priority mode
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
has image stabilization (Optical)
slow fps (3.0 fps)
sensor resolution low (10MP)
very small sensor size (1/1.63")
lack of phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus SH-3 Travel photography information
Panasonic LX3 Travel photography information
good battery pack (380 per charge)
lighter than competitors (271 grams)
features focus via touch
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
pretty wide (25mm)
very long zoom (600mm)
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.0)
built-in flash
really wide (24mm)
very good maximum aperture (f2.0)
no Time Lapse mode
heavier than competition (265g)
sensor resolution low (10MP)
screen isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Olympus SH-3
Landscape photography with Panasonic LX3
pretty wide (25mm)
screen is a decent size (3")
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
supports RAW files
good battery pack (380 shots)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.0)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
manual focus
really wide (24mm)
very good maximum aperture (f2.0)
nice screen size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW files
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/1.63")
no Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Olympus SH-3
Vlogging with Panasonic LX3
pretty wide (25mm)
touch screen
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports face detection focus
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 pxls)
lighter than competitors (271g)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.0)
screen isn't selfie friendly
lack of external mic socket
really wide (24mm)
very good maximum aperture (f2.0)
has image stabilization (Optical)
screen isn't selfie friendly
low res video (1280 x 720 pixels)
no mic port
heavier than competition (265 grams)
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Olympus SH-3 vs Panasonic LX3 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus SH-3 and Panasonic LX3
 Olympus Stylus SH-3Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3
General Information
Brand Name Olympus Panasonic
Model Olympus Stylus SH-3 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Compact
Released 2016-02-08 2008-11-04
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor TruePic VII -
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/1.63"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 8.07 x 5.56mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 44.9mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 10MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4608 x 3456 3648 x 2736
Highest native ISO 6400 6400
Min native ISO 125 80
RAW pictures
Focus manually
Touch focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-600mm (24.0x) 24-60mm (2.5x)
Largest aperture f/3.0-6.9 f/2.0-2.8
Macro focus distance 3cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.8 4.5
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 460k dot 460k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Min shutter speed 30s 60s
Max shutter speed 1/2000s 1/2000s
Continuous shutter speed 11.5 frames per second 3.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 8.30 m (at ISO 3200) 8.30 m
Flash options Auto, redeye reduction, fill-in, off Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
WB bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 3840 x 2160 (15 fps), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (HD 24 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30fps), 320 x 240 (10fps)
Highest video resolution 3840x2160 1280x720
Video file format H.264 -
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Wireless Built-In None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 271 grams (0.60 lb) 265 grams (0.58 lb)
Dimensions 109 x 63 x 42mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.7") 109 x 60 x 27mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.1")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested 39
DXO Color Depth score not tested 19.6
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 10.8
DXO Low light score not tested 94
Battery life 380 shots -
Style of battery Battery Pack -
Battery model LI-92B -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec, custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD, SDHC, SDXC, Internal Memory SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal
Storage slots One One
Cost at release $579 $449