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Panasonic LX3 vs Panasonic SZ5

Portability
91
Imaging
34
Features
40
Overall
36
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5 front
Portability
95
Imaging
38
Features
34
Overall
36

Panasonic LX3 vs Panasonic SZ5 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
  • Announced November 2008
  • New Model is Panasonic LX5
Panasonic SZ5
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600 (Push to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-250mm (F3.1-5.9) lens
  • 136g - 104 x 58 x 21mm
  • Revealed July 2012
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Panasonic LX3 vs Panasonic SZ5 Overview

Following is a in-depth assessment of the Panasonic LX3 vs Panasonic SZ5, both Small Sensor Compact cameras and both of them are offered by Panasonic. There exists a big gap among the resolutions of the LX3 (10MP) and SZ5 (14MP) and the LX3 (1/1.63") and SZ5 (1/2.3") have totally different sensor sizing.

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The LX3 was unveiled 4 years prior to the SZ5 which is a fairly big gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Both the cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before delving straight to a in depth comparison, here is a brief introduction of how the LX3 grades vs the SZ5 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic LX3 over the Panasonic SZ5

 LX3 SZ5 
Focus manually Dial exact focus
Screen resolution460k230kClearer screen (+230k dot)

Reasons to pick Panasonic SZ5 over the Panasonic LX3

 SZ5 LX3 
RevealedJuly 2012November 2008More modern by 45 months

Common features in the Panasonic LX3 and Panasonic SZ5

 LX3 SZ5 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen measurement
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen
Touch screen Absent Touch screen

Panasonic LX3 vs Panasonic SZ5 Physical Comparison

For those who are going to carry around your camera, you need to think about its weight and measurements. The Panasonic LX3 features outer dimensions of 109mm x 60mm x 27mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.1") having a weight of 265 grams (0.58 lbs) while the Panasonic SZ5 has proportions of 104mm x 58mm x 21mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 0.8") and a weight of 136 grams (0.30 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you are utilizing at the time. The following is a front view dimensions comparison of the LX3 and the SZ5.

Panasonic LX3 vs Panasonic SZ5 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the LX3 and SZ5 is 91 and 95 respectively.

Panasonic LX3 vs Panasonic SZ5 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic LX3 vs Panasonic SZ5 Sensor Comparison

Typically, its tough to envision the gap in sensor sizes merely by looking through specifications. The picture here will provide you a better sense of the sensor sizes in the LX3 and SZ5.

Plainly, both the cameras have different megapixel count and different sensor sizes. The LX3 using its bigger sensor will make getting shallower depth of field easier and the Panasonic SZ5 will render greater detail having an extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also enable you to crop pictures a bit more aggressively. The more aged LX3 will be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor technology.

Panasonic LX3 vs Panasonic SZ5 sensor size comparison

Panasonic LX3 vs Panasonic SZ5 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic LX3 vs Panasonic SZ5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic LX3 Portrait photography factors
Panasonic SZ5 Portrait photography factors
40
has manual focus
saves RAW formats
sensor resolution not great (10 megapixels)
small sensor (1/1.63")
34
good megapixels (14MP)
has face detect focus
no manual focus
no manual control
no external flash support
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic LX3 Street photography highlights
Panasonic SZ5 Street photography highlights
60
has image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW formats
no articulating screen
small sensor (1/1.63")
heavier than competition in class (265g)
63
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than average in class (136g)
no moving screen
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic LX3 as a Sports photography camera
Panasonic SZ5 as a Sports photography camera
27
has image stabilization (Optical)
continuous shooting slow (3.0 fps)
sensor resolution not great (10 megapixels)
small sensor (1/1.63")
lacks phase detect autofocus
40
image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
has tracking focus
max fps very slow (2.0 fps)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic LX3 Travel photography factors
Panasonic SZ5 Travel photography factors
60
flash built-in
rather wide (24mm)
fast max aperture (f2.0)
no Time Lapse mode
heavier than competition in class (265 grams)
sensor resolution not great (10MP)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
70
lighter than average in class (136 grams)
good megapixels (14MP)
built-in flash
fairly wide (25mm)
great zoom (250mm)
missing Time Lapse mode
does not offer selfie friendly display
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic LX3 Landscape photography info
Panasonic SZ5 Landscape photography info
52
has manual focus
rather wide (24mm)
fast max aperture (f2.0)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW formats
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sensor resolution not great (10MP)
small sensor (1/1.63")
no Time Lapse mode
42
fairly wide (25mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
no manual focus
cannot change lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
no manual control
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
missing Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic LX3 Vlogging details
Panasonic SZ5 Vlogging details
30
rather wide (24mm)
fast max aperture (f2.0)
has image stabilization (Optical)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pixels)
no mic socket
heavier than competition in class (265 grams)
32
fairly wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect focus
lighter than average in class (136 grams)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
does not offer selfie friendly display
low quality video (1280 x 720 pixels)
missing mic support
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Panasonic LX3 vs Panasonic SZ5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic LX3 and Panasonic SZ5
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2008-11-04 2012-07-18
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/1.63" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 8.07 x 5.56mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 44.9mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixel 14 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 3648 x 2736 4320 x 3240
Maximum native ISO 6400 1600
Maximum enhanced ISO - 6400
Lowest native ISO 80 100
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points - 23
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 24-60mm (2.5x) 25-250mm (10.0x)
Maximal aperture f/2.0-2.8 f/3.1-5.9
Macro focus range 1cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 4.5 5.9
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3" 3"
Display resolution 460 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Display technology - TFT Screen LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60 secs 8 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/1600 secs
Continuous shutter rate 3.0fps 2.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 8.30 m 5.60 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance 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 720p ( 30,25 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video format - MPEG-4
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 265 grams (0.58 lbs) 136 grams (0.30 lbs)
Physical dimensions 109 x 60 x 27mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.1") 104 x 58 x 21mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 0.8")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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 - 250 photographs
Battery style - Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 secs)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots 1 1
Price at release $449 $195