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Panasonic LX3 vs Panasonic TS3

Portability
91
Imaging
34
Features
40
Overall
36
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 front
Portability
92
Imaging
36
Features
31
Overall
34

Panasonic LX3 vs Panasonic TS3 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
  • Released November 2008
  • Renewed by Panasonic LX5
Panasonic TS3
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-128mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 197g - 103 x 64 x 27mm
  • Announced August 2011
  • Additionally referred to as Lumix DMC-FT3
  • Replaced the Panasonic TS2
  • Successor is Panasonic TS4
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Panasonic LX3 vs Panasonic TS3 Overview

In this article, we are matching up the Panasonic LX3 versus Panasonic TS3, former is a Small Sensor Compact while the other is a Waterproof and both are offered by Panasonic. The resolution of the LX3 (10MP) and the TS3 (12MP) is very close but the LX3 (1/1.63") and TS3 (1/2.3") enjoy different sensor dimensions.

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The LX3 was released 3 years prior to the TS3 which is a fairly significant difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Each of the cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before diving straight into a complete comparison, below is a concise synopsis of how the LX3 grades vs the TS3 for portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic LX3 over the Panasonic TS3

 LX3 TS3 
Focus manually Very exact focusing
Display sizing3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution460k230kClearer display (+230k dot)

Reasons to pick Panasonic TS3 over the Panasonic LX3

 TS3 LX3 
AnnouncedAugust 2011November 2008More modern by 33 months

Common features in the Panasonic LX3 and Panasonic TS3

 LX3 TS3 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither contains selfie screen
Touch display Neither contains Touch display

Panasonic LX3 vs Panasonic TS3 Physical Comparison

For those who are planning to carry around your camera regularly, you'll have to think about its weight and size. The Panasonic LX3 has got external 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) and the Panasonic TS3 has specifications of 103mm x 64mm x 27mm (4.1" x 2.5" x 1.1") and a weight of 197 grams (0.43 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you use at the time. Underneath is the front view dimensions comparison of the LX3 and the TS3.

Panasonic LX3 vs Panasonic TS3 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the LX3 and TS3 is 91 and 92 respectively.

Panasonic LX3 vs Panasonic TS3 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic LX3 vs Panasonic TS3 Sensor Comparison

Typically, its hard to visualize the difference in sensor sizes just by viewing technical specs. The pic below should offer you a stronger sense of the sensor sizing in the LX3 and TS3.

As you have seen, the 2 cameras offer different megapixel count and different sensor sizes. The LX3 featuring a larger sensor is going to make shooting bokeh simpler and the Panasonic TS3 will provide you with more detail as a result of its extra 2MP. Greater resolution can also allow you to crop pics a little more aggressively. The more aged LX3 will be behind with regard to sensor technology.

Panasonic LX3 vs Panasonic TS3 sensor size comparison

Panasonic LX3 vs Panasonic TS3 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic LX3 vs Panasonic TS3 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Panasonic LX3
Portrait photography with Panasonic TS3
40
manual focus
supports RAW files
sensor resolution not great (10 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/1.63")
21
focusing manually not possible
manual exposure not possible
can't use external flash
megapixel count low (12MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
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Street Comparison

Panasonic LX3 Street photography features
Panasonic TS3 Street photography features
60
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW files
fixed screen
sensor is tiny (1/1.63")
heavier than competition (265 grams)
61
has image stabilization (Optical)
weather proof
screen is fixed
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic LX3 Sports photography information
Panasonic TS3 Sports photography information
27
built in image stabilization (Optical)
continuous shooting slow (3.0 frames per second)
sensor resolution not great (10 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/1.63")
no phase detect autofocus
38
has image stabilization (Optical)
offers tracking focus
weather proof
good battery (310 CIPA)
low maximum shutter speed (1/1,300s)
continuous shooting slow (4.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
megapixel count low (12MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic LX3 Travel photography information
Panasonic TS3 Travel photography information
60
built-in flash
rather wide (24mm)
great maximum aperture (f2.0)
does not have Time Lapse function
heavier than competition (265 grams)
sensor resolution not great (10 megapixels)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
64
good battery (310 shots)
weather proof
flash built-in
decently wide (28mm)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic LX3 as a Landscape photography camera
Panasonic TS3 as a Landscape photography camera
52
manual focus
rather wide (24mm)
great maximum aperture (f2.0)
decent sized screen (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW files
cannot swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
sensor resolution not great (10 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/1.63")
does not have Time Lapse function
38
decently wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
weather proof
good battery (310 per charge)
focusing manually not possible
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
screen is somewhat small (2.7")
manual exposure not possible
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
doesn't have Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic LX3 as a Vlogging camera
Panasonic TS3 as a Vlogging camera
30
rather wide (24mm)
great maximum aperture (f2.0)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pxls)
does not have external mic support
heavier than competition (265g)
32
decently wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
doesn't have microphone support
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Panasonic LX3 vs Panasonic TS3 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic LX3 and Panasonic TS3
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3
General Information
Brand Name Panasonic Panasonic
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3
Otherwise known as - Lumix DMC-FT3
Category Small Sensor Compact Waterproof
Released 2008-11-04 2011-08-16
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor - Venus Engine FHD
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/1.63" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 8.07 x 5.56mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 44.9mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixels 12 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 4000 x 3000
Max native ISO 6400 6400
Lowest native ISO 80 100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points - 11
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 24-60mm (2.5x) 28-128mm (4.6x)
Largest aperture f/2.0-2.8 f/3.3-5.9
Macro focusing distance 1cm 5cm
Crop factor 4.5 5.9
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3" 2.7"
Resolution of display 460k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Display tech - TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60 seconds 60 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/1300 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 3.0fps 4.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 8.30 m 5.60 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance 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 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video data format - MPEG-4, AVCHD
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 BuiltIn
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 265g (0.58 lb) 197g (0.43 lb)
Dimensions 109 x 60 x 27mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.1") 103 x 64 x 27mm (4.1" x 2.5" x 1.1")
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 - 310 shots
Battery style - Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Retail pricing $449 $380