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Panasonic LX3 vs Panasonic SZ7

Portability
91
Imaging
35
Features
40
Overall
37
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 front
Portability
95
Imaging
38
Features
41
Overall
39

Panasonic LX3 vs Panasonic SZ7 Key Specs

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
  • Introduced November 2008
  • Renewed by Panasonic LX5
Panasonic SZ7
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-250mm (F3.1-5.9) lens
  • 133g - 99 x 59 x 21mm
  • Launched January 2012
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Panasonic LX3 vs Panasonic SZ7 Overview

Here, we will be comparing the Panasonic LX3 vs Panasonic SZ7, both Small Sensor Compact cameras and both of them are created by Panasonic. There exists a large gap among the sensor resolutions of the LX3 (10MP) and SZ7 (14MP) and the LX3 (1/1.63") and SZ7 (1/2.3") boast different sensor sizes.

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The LX3 was announced 4 years before the SZ7 which is a fairly serious difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Both cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before we go right into a detailed comparison, here is a brief summation of how the LX3 matches up vs the SZ7 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic LX3 over the Panasonic SZ7

 LX3 SZ7 
Focus manually Very accurate focus

Reasons to pick Panasonic SZ7 over the Panasonic LX3

 SZ7 LX3 
LaunchedJanuary 2012November 2008Newer by 38 months

Common features in the Panasonic LX3 and Panasonic SZ7

 LX3 SZ7 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen size3"3"Same screen dimensions
Screen resolution460k460kExact same screen resolution
Selfie screen No selfie screen
Touch friendly screen No Touch friendly screen

Panasonic LX3 vs Panasonic SZ7 Physical Comparison

When you are looking to travel with your camera frequently, you need to consider its weight and volume. The Panasonic LX3 enjoys outside measurements of 109mm x 60mm x 27mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.1") and a weight of 265 grams (0.58 lbs) and the Panasonic SZ7 has sizing of 99mm x 59mm x 21mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.8") and a weight of 133 grams (0.29 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you are utilising at the time. Below is a front view over all size comparison of the LX3 and the SZ7.

Panasonic LX3 vs Panasonic SZ7 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the LX3 and SZ7 is 91 and 95 respectively.

Panasonic LX3 vs Panasonic SZ7 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic LX3 vs Panasonic SZ7 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, its difficult to imagine the difference in sensor dimensions merely by looking through a spec sheet. The image here should offer you a far better sense of the sensor measurements in the LX3 and SZ7.

As you can see, both of the cameras come with different megapixel count and different sensor dimensions. The LX3 with its bigger sensor is going to make shooting shallow depth of field simpler and the Panasonic SZ7 will result in greater detail with its extra 4MP. Higher resolution will help you crop shots a good deal more aggressively. The more aged LX3 will be behind when it comes to sensor technology.

Panasonic LX3 vs Panasonic SZ7 sensor size comparison

Panasonic LX3 vs Panasonic SZ7 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic LX3 vs Panasonic SZ7 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Panasonic LX3
Portrait photography with Panasonic SZ7
41
focusing manually
supports RAW files
sensor resolution low (10MP)
sensor is tiny (1/1.63")
34
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
features face detection focus
lack of manual focus
manual exposure not available
can't use external flash
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Panasonic LX3 as a Street photography camera
Panasonic SZ7 as a Street photography camera
60
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW files
no moving screen
sensor is tiny (1/1.63")
more heavy than average in class (265 grams)
63
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (133g)
screen is fixed
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic LX3 Sports photography advice
Panasonic SZ7 Sports photography advice
27
built in image stabilization (Optical)
max fps very slow (3.0 frames per second)
sensor resolution low (10MP)
sensor is tiny (1/1.63")
does not have phase detect AF
44
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
features tracking autofocus
no shutter priority
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic LX3
Travel photography with Panasonic SZ7
60
built-in flash
decently wide (24mm)
fast maximum aperture (f2.0)
lack of Timelapse function
more heavy than average in class (265g)
sensor resolution low (10MP)
display isn't selfie friendly
70
lighter than competition (133 grams)
decent sensor resolution (14 megapixels)
built-in flash
rather wide (25mm)
very long reach (250mm)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
slow max aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic LX3 Landscape photography details
Panasonic SZ7 Landscape photography details
53
focusing manually
decently wide (24mm)
fast maximum aperture (f2.0)
screen is a good size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW files
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sensor resolution low (10MP)
sensor is tiny (1/1.63")
lack of Timelapse function
42
rather wide (25mm)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (14 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.1)
manual exposure not available
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
doesn't have Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic LX3 Vlogging info
Panasonic SZ7 Vlogging info
30
decently wide (24mm)
fast maximum aperture (f2.0)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
display isn't selfie friendly
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pxls)
lack of external microphone socket
more heavy than average in class (265g)
35
rather wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
features face detection focus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competition (133g)
slow max aperture (f3.1)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
doesn't have external microphone port
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Panasonic LX3 vs Panasonic SZ7 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic LX3 and Panasonic SZ7
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7
General Information
Make Panasonic Panasonic
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Introduced 2008-11-04 2012-01-09
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/1.63" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 8.07 x 5.56mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 44.9mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixels 14 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 3648 x 2736 4320 x 3240
Max native ISO 6400 6400
Minimum native ISO 80 100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points - 23
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 24-60mm (2.5x) 25-250mm (10.0x)
Maximum aperture f/2.0-2.8 f/3.1-5.9
Macro focusing distance 1cm 4cm
Crop factor 4.5 5.9
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3" 3"
Screen resolution 460 thousand dot 460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Screen tech - TFT Color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60s 8s
Highest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/1600s
Continuous shooting speed 3.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 8.30 m 5.60 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
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) 1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video format - MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
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 seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 265 grams (0.58 lb) 133 grams (0.29 lb)
Physical dimensions 109 x 60 x 27mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.1") 99 x 59 x 21mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.8")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 39 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 19.6 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 10.8 not tested
DXO Low light rating 94 not tested
Other
Battery life - 220 images
Type of battery - Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots Single Single
Cost at launch $449 $199