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Panasonic LX3 vs Panasonic LZ30

Portability
91
Imaging
34
Features
40
Overall
36
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 front
Portability
66
Imaging
40
Features
32
Overall
36

Panasonic LX3 vs Panasonic LZ30 Key Specs

Panasonic LX3
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/1.63" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-60mm (F2.0-2.8) lens
  • 265g - 109 x 60 x 27mm
  • Revealed November 2008
  • New Model is Panasonic LX5
Panasonic LZ30
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-875mm (F3.0-5.9) lens
  • 552g - 124 x 84 x 92mm
  • Revealed January 2013
  • Replaced the Panasonic LZ20
  • Replacement is Panasonic LZ40
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Panasonic LX3 vs Panasonic LZ30 Overview

The following is a in-depth comparison of the Panasonic LX3 and Panasonic LZ30, former is a Small Sensor Compact while the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom and both of them are manufactured by Panasonic. There exists a substantial gap between the sensor resolutions of the LX3 (10MP) and LZ30 (16MP) and the LX3 (1/1.63") and LZ30 (1/2.3") enjoy totally different sensor measurements.

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The LX3 was unveiled 5 years before the LZ30 which is quite a big difference as far as technology is concerned. Both of these cameras offer different body type with the Panasonic LX3 being a Compact camera and the Panasonic LZ30 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera.

Before delving in to a more detailed comparison, below is a quick view of how the LX3 matches up versus the LZ30 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic LX3 over the Panasonic LZ30

 LX3 LZ30 
Manually focus Dial precise focus

Reasons to pick Panasonic LZ30 over the Panasonic LX3

 LZ30 LX3 
RevealedJanuary 2013November 2008Newer by 50 months

Common features in the Panasonic LX3 and Panasonic LZ30

 LX3 LZ30 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display measurements
Display resolution460k460kSame display resolution
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen
Touch display Neither comes with Touch display

Panasonic LX3 vs Panasonic LZ30 Physical Comparison

For those who are looking to travel with your camera, you'll have to factor its weight and dimensions. The Panasonic LX3 comes with outer measurements of 109mm x 60mm x 27mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.1") along with a weight of 265 grams (0.58 lbs) while the Panasonic LZ30 has dimensions of 124mm x 84mm x 92mm (4.9" x 3.3" x 3.6") having a weight of 552 grams (1.22 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you are working with at that moment. Underneath is the front view scale comparison of the LX3 versus the LZ30.

Panasonic LX3 vs Panasonic LZ30 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the LX3 and LZ30 is 91 and 66 respectively.

Panasonic LX3 vs Panasonic LZ30 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic LX3 vs Panasonic LZ30 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, its difficult to envision the difference between sensor dimensions simply by reviewing technical specs. The image underneath will help provide you a greater sense of the sensor sizing in the LX3 and LZ30.

As you can tell, each of the cameras offer different megapixels and different sensor dimensions. The LX3 using its larger sensor will make shooting shallow DOF easier and the Panasonic LZ30 will offer extra detail having an extra 6MP. Greater resolution will also let you crop images a little more aggressively. The more aged LX3 is going to be behind with regard to sensor tech.

Panasonic LX3 vs Panasonic LZ30 sensor size comparison

Panasonic LX3 vs Panasonic LZ30 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic LX3 vs Panasonic LZ30 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic LX3 Portrait photography info
Panasonic LZ30 Portrait photography info
40
focusing manually
supports RAW files
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
small sensor (1/1.63")
32
good megapixels (16MP)
no manual focus
no external flash support
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic LX3 as a Street photography camera
Panasonic LZ30 as a Street photography camera
60
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW files
no articulating screen
small sensor (1/1.63")
more heavy than competition (265 grams)
43
has image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
more heavy than competition (552 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic LX3 Sports photography highlights
Panasonic LZ30 Sports photography highlights
27
has image stabilization (Optical)
continuous shooting slow (3.0 fps)
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
small sensor (1/1.63")
lack of phase detect AF
47
long zoom range (25-875mm 35.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16MP)
has tracking autofocus
good battery power (380 CIPA)
low frames per second (1.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic LX3 Travel photography factors
Panasonic LZ30 Travel photography factors
60
has built in flash
relatively wide (24mm)
fast max aperture (f2.0)
missing Timelapse mode
more heavy than competition (265 grams)
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
does not posses selfie friendly display
56
good battery power (380 CIPA)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
relatively wide (25mm)
long zoom (875mm)
no Timelapse mode
more heavy than competition (552g)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
sluggish max aperture (f3.0)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic LX3 Landscape photography details
Panasonic LZ30 Landscape photography details
52
focusing manually
relatively wide (24mm)
fast max aperture (f2.0)
pretty good screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW files
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
small sensor (1/1.63")
missing Timelapse mode
45
relatively wide (25mm)
screen is a good size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
good battery power (380 CIPA)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.0)
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
no Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic LX3 Vlogging info
Panasonic LZ30 Vlogging info
30
relatively wide (24mm)
fast max aperture (f2.0)
has image stabilization (Optical)
does not posses selfie friendly display
low res video (1280 x 720 pixels)
missing microphone socket
more heavy than competition (265g)
22
relatively wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
sluggish max aperture (f3.0)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
low video resolution (1280 x 720 resolution)
no external microphone support
more heavy than competition (552g)
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Panasonic LX3 vs Panasonic LZ30 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic LX3 and Panasonic LZ30
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30
General Information
Company Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2008-11-04 2013-01-07
Physical type Compact SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/1.63" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 8.07 x 5.56mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 44.9mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 -
Highest resolution 3648 x 2736 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 6400 6400
Minimum native ISO 80 100
RAW data
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 24-60mm (2.5x) 25-875mm (35.0x)
Largest aperture f/2.0-2.8 f/3.0-5.9
Macro focus range 1cm 1cm
Crop factor 4.5 5.8
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 460 thousand dots 460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Display tech - TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60 seconds 15 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 3.0 frames per sec 1.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 8.30 m 4.40 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (HD 24 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30fps), 320 x 240 (10fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video format - Motion JPEG
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 265 gr (0.58 lbs) 552 gr (1.22 lbs)
Dimensions 109 x 60 x 27mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.1") 124 x 84 x 92mm (4.9" x 3.3" x 3.6")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 39 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 19.6 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 10.8 not tested
DXO Low light score 94 not tested
Other
Battery life - 380 photographs
Form of battery - AA
Battery model - 4 x AA
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 0r 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Price at launch $449 $230