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Panasonic FZ1000 vs Panasonic TS3

Portability
55
Imaging
52
Features
80
Overall
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 front
Portability
92
Imaging
36
Features
31
Overall
34

Panasonic FZ1000 vs Panasonic TS3 Key Specs

Panasonic FZ1000
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 125 - 12800 (Bump to 25600)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 25-400mm (F2.8-4.0) lens
  • 831g - 137 x 99 x 131mm
  • Introduced June 2014
  • Newer Model is Panasonic FZ2500
Panasonic TS3
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-128mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 197g - 103 x 64 x 27mm
  • Revealed August 2011
  • Additionally Known as Lumix DMC-FT3
  • Replaced the Panasonic TS2
  • Successor is Panasonic TS4
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Panasonic FZ1000 vs Panasonic TS3 Overview

Here is a detailed overview of the Panasonic FZ1000 vs Panasonic TS3, one being a Large Sensor Superzoom and the latter is a Waterproof and both are designed by Panasonic. There is a crucial difference among the image resolutions of the FZ1000 (20MP) and TS3 (12MP) and the FZ1000 (1") and TS3 (1/2.3") enjoy different sensor sizing.

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The FZ1000 was manufactured 2 years later than the TS3 and that is a fairly serious gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Each of these cameras offer different body type with the Panasonic FZ1000 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Panasonic TS3 being a Compact camera.

Before we go in to a comprehensive comparison, below is a short view of how the FZ1000 grades versus the TS3 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FZ1000 over the Panasonic TS3

 FZ1000 TS3 
RevealedJune 2014August 2011Fresher by 35 months
Manual focus Dial accurate focusing
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen sizing3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution921k230kCrisper screen (+691k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Panasonic TS3 over the Panasonic FZ1000

 TS3 FZ1000 

Common features in the Panasonic FZ1000 and Panasonic TS3

 FZ1000 TS3 
Touch friendly screen Missing Touch friendly screen

Panasonic FZ1000 vs Panasonic TS3 Physical Comparison

For those who are intending to carry your camera frequently, you need to take into account its weight and proportions. The Panasonic FZ1000 enjoys outside measurements of 137mm x 99mm x 131mm (5.4" x 3.9" x 5.2") and a weight of 831 grams (1.83 lbs) whilst the Panasonic TS3 has measurements of 103mm x 64mm x 27mm (4.1" x 2.5" x 1.1") and a weight of 197 grams (0.43 lbs).

Check out the Panasonic FZ1000 vs Panasonic TS3 in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change dependant on the lens you choose at that time. Here is the front view measurements comparison of the FZ1000 versus the TS3.

Panasonic FZ1000 vs Panasonic TS3 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability rating of the FZ1000 and TS3 is 55 and 92 respectively.

Panasonic FZ1000 vs Panasonic TS3 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FZ1000 vs Panasonic TS3 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, its difficult to visualize the gap in sensor sizing simply by going through specs. The photograph below may provide you a better sense of the sensor measurements in the FZ1000 and TS3.

As you can plainly see, both the cameras enjoy different megapixel count and different sensor sizing. The FZ1000 due to its bigger sensor is going to make shooting shallower depth of field less difficult and the Panasonic FZ1000 will produce extra detail due to its extra 8MP. Higher resolution can also allow you to crop shots far more aggressively. The more recent FZ1000 provides an edge in sensor technology.

Panasonic FZ1000 vs Panasonic TS3 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FZ1000 vs Panasonic TS3 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FZ1000 vs Panasonic TS3 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FZ1000 as a Portrait photography camera
Panasonic TS3 as a Portrait photography camera
71
manual focus
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
decent sensor size (1")
includes face detection focus
delivers RAW files
21
lack of manual focus
no manual exposure
external flash not possible
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FZ1000 Street photography features
Panasonic TS3 Street photography features
71
screen articulates
image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor size (1")
delivers RAW files
61
built in image stabilization (Optical)
weather proofing
screen does not articulate
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FZ1000 Sports photography information
Panasonic TS3 Sports photography information
67
long zoom range (25-400mm 16.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
decent sensor size (1")
includes tracking autofocus
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
38
built in image stabilization (Optical)
offers tracking focus
weather proofing
better than average battery life (310 CIPA)
low max shutter speed (1/1,300s)
max fps low (4.0 fps)
lack of shutter priority mode
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FZ1000 Travel photography information
Panasonic TS3 Travel photography information
65
megapixel count good (20MP)
has built in flash
selfie friendly display
relatively wide (25mm)
great zoom (400mm)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
64
better than average battery life (310 shots)
weather proofing
built-in flash
reasonably wide (28mm)
doesn't have Timelapse mode
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FZ1000 Landscape photography details
Panasonic TS3 Landscape photography details
65
manual focus
relatively wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (20MP)
decent sensor size (1")
delivers RAW files
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
38
reasonably wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
weather proofing
better than average battery life (310 per charge)
lack of manual focus
cannot switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
small screen (2.7 inch)
no manual exposure
low resolution sensor (12MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
doesn't have Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FZ1000 as a Vlogging camera
Panasonic TS3 as a Vlogging camera
66
relatively wide (25mm)
selfie friendly display
image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection focus
high res video (3840 x 2160 pixels)
has external mic jack
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
32
reasonably wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
screen isn't selfie friendly
doesn't have microphone jack
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Panasonic FZ1000 vs Panasonic TS3 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FZ1000 and Panasonic TS3
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3
Other name - Lumix DMC-FT3
Type Large Sensor Superzoom Waterproof
Introduced 2014-06-12 2011-08-16
Body design SLR-like (bridge) Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Venus Engine Venus Engine FHD
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 13.2 x 8.8mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 116.2mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 5472 x 3648 4000 x 3000
Highest native ISO 12800 6400
Highest enhanced ISO 25600 -
Min native ISO 125 100
RAW data
Min enhanced ISO 80 -
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points 49 11
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-400mm (16.0x) 28-128mm (4.6x)
Max aperture f/2.8-4.0 f/3.3-5.9
Macro focus distance 3cm 5cm
Crop factor 2.7 5.9
Screen
Screen type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inch 2.7 inch
Screen resolution 921 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Screen tech - TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 2,359 thousand dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.7x -
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60 seconds 60 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/1300 seconds
Continuous shutter speed 12.0 frames/s 4.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 13.50 m (at Auto ISO) 5.60 m
Flash modes Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 3840x2160 (30p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p, 24p) 1280x720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 3840x2160 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 831 gr (1.83 pounds) 197 gr (0.43 pounds)
Dimensions 137 x 99 x 131mm (5.4" x 3.9" x 5.2") 103 x 64 x 27mm (4.1" x 2.5" x 1.1")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 64 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 22.1 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 11.7 not tested
DXO Low light score 517 not tested
Other
Battery life 360 photos 310 photos
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model DMW-BLC12PP -
Self timer Yes Yes
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage - SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots Single Single
Pricing at release $800 $380