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Panasonic FS7 vs Panasonic SZ3

Portability
95
Imaging
33
Features
17
Overall
26
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS7 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ3 front
Portability
96
Imaging
40
Features
29
Overall
35

Panasonic FS7 vs Panasonic SZ3 Key Specs

Panasonic FS7
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.5" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600 (Push to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 33-132mm (F2.8-5.9) lens
  • 139g - 97 x 54 x 22mm
  • Announced January 2009
Panasonic SZ3
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-250mm (F3.1-5.9) lens
  • 126g - 95 x 56 x 22mm
  • Introduced January 2013
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Panasonic FS7 vs Panasonic SZ3 Overview

On this page, we will be evaluating the Panasonic FS7 and Panasonic SZ3, former being a Ultracompact while the latter is a Small Sensor Compact and both of them are created by Panasonic. There is a noticeable difference among the sensor resolutions of the FS7 (10MP) and SZ3 (16MP) and the FS7 (1/2.5") and SZ3 (1/2.3") posses different sensor sizes.

Photography Glossary

The FS7 was unveiled 5 years prior to the SZ3 and that is a fairly sizable difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Each of these cameras have different body design with the Panasonic FS7 being a Ultracompact camera and the Panasonic SZ3 being a Compact camera.

Before we go into a thorough comparison, here is a quick summation of how the FS7 matches up versus the SZ3 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FS7 over the Panasonic SZ3

 FS7 SZ3 

Reasons to pick Panasonic SZ3 over the Panasonic FS7

 SZ3 FS7 
IntroducedJanuary 2013January 2009More recent by 48 months

Common features in the Panasonic FS7 and Panasonic SZ3

 FS7 SZ3 
Focus manually Lack of manual focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimensions2.7"2.7"Equal screen dimensions
Screen resolution230k230kIdentical screen resolution
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither has Touch friendly screen

Panasonic FS7 vs Panasonic SZ3 Physical Comparison

If you're looking to lug around your camera, you are going to need to think about its weight and proportions. The Panasonic FS7 has outer dimensions of 97mm x 54mm x 22mm (3.8" x 2.1" x 0.9") having a weight of 139 grams (0.31 lbs) and the Panasonic SZ3 has measurements of 95mm x 56mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9") with a weight of 126 grams (0.28 lbs).

Take a look at the Panasonic FS7 and Panasonic SZ3 in our brand new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you have at the time. Here is a front view physical size comparison of the FS7 compared to the SZ3.

Panasonic FS7 vs Panasonic SZ3 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability score of the FS7 and SZ3 is 95 and 96 respectively.

Panasonic FS7 vs Panasonic SZ3 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FS7 vs Panasonic SZ3 Sensor Comparison

Generally, its difficult to imagine the contrast in sensor measurements purely by seeing a spec sheet. The photograph below will offer you a clearer sense of the sensor dimensions in the FS7 and SZ3.

As you can see, both of these cameras have different megapixel count and different sensor measurements. The FS7 having a smaller sensor is going to make shooting bokeh more challenging and the Panasonic SZ3 will show greater detail having an extra 6 Megapixels. Higher resolution will help you crop photographs a bit more aggressively. The older FS7 will be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor technology.

Panasonic FS7 vs Panasonic SZ3 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FS7 vs Panasonic SZ3 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FS7 vs Panasonic SZ3 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FS7 Portrait photography factors
Panasonic SZ3 Portrait photography factors
19
focusing manually not possible
manual mode not possible
cannot use external flash
sensor resolution low (10MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.5")
no RAW format
30
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
no manual focus
lack of manual mode
cannot use external flash
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FS7 as a Street photography camera
Panasonic SZ3 as a Street photography camera
56
built in image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
sensor size is small (1/2.5")
no RAW format
64
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors in class (126 grams)
fixed screen
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Panasonic FS7
Sports photography with Panasonic SZ3
24
built in image stabilization (Optical)
max frames per second low (3.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.5")
no phase detect autofocus
41
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
offers tracking focus
max fps very slow (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic FS7
Travel photography with Panasonic SZ3
51
has built in flash
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
display is not selfie friendly
wide angle not fantastic (33mm)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
71
lighter than competitors in class (126g)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
flash built-in
pretty wide (25mm)
very long zoom (250mm)
no Timelapse mode
screen isn't selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Panasonic FS7
Landscape photography with Panasonic SZ3
27
built in image stabilization (Optical)
focusing manually not possible
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not fantastic (33mm)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
screen is small (2.7")
manual mode not possible
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.5")
no RAW format
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
39
pretty wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
tiny screen (2.7 inches)
lack of manual mode
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
no Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Panasonic FS7
Vlogging with Panasonic SZ3
25
built in image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not fantastic (33mm)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
display is not selfie friendly
low video resolution (640 x 480 pxls)
doesn't have mic jack
31
pretty wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors in class (126 grams)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
screen isn't selfie friendly
video res low (1280 x 720 pixels)
no microphone jack
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Panasonic FS7 vs Panasonic SZ3 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FS7 and Panasonic SZ3
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS7Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ3
General Information
Make Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS7 Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ3
Category Ultracompact Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2009-01-16 2013-01-07
Body design Ultracompact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.5" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 5.744 x 4.308mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 24.7mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2 -
Highest Possible resolution 3648 x 2736 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 1600 6400
Maximum enhanced ISO 6400 -
Minimum native ISO 80 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points 9 23
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 33-132mm (4.0x) 25-250mm (10.0x)
Maximum aperture f/2.8-5.9 f/3.1-5.9
Macro focus range 5cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 6.3 5.9
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 2.7" 2.7"
Resolution of screen 230 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen tech - TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Min shutter speed 60 secs 60 secs
Max shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/1600 secs
Continuous shutter speed 3.0fps 1.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range - 4.10 m
Flash modes Auto, Auto Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced Off Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 640x480 1280x720
Video data format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 139g (0.31 pounds) 126g (0.28 pounds)
Physical dimensions 97 x 54 x 22mm (3.8" x 2.1" x 0.9") 95 x 56 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life - 250 pictures
Style of battery - Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots Single Single
Launch pricing $160 $150