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Panasonic S3 vs Panasonic SZ3

Portability
96
Imaging
37
Features
24
Overall
31
Panasonic Lumix DMC-S3 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ3 front
Portability
96
Imaging
40
Features
29
Overall
35

Panasonic S3 vs Panasonic SZ3 Key Specs

Panasonic S3
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-112mm (F3.1-5.6) lens
  • 117g - 99 x 59 x 21mm
  • Announced January 2011
Panasonic SZ3
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-250mm (F3.1-5.9) lens
  • 126g - 95 x 56 x 22mm
  • Announced January 2013
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Panasonic S3 vs Panasonic SZ3 Overview

Below is a complete comparison of the Panasonic S3 and Panasonic SZ3, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras and both of them are produced by Panasonic. The sensor resolution of the S3 (14MP) and the SZ3 (16MP) is pretty similar and both cameras posses the identical sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

Photography Glossary

The S3 was revealed 24 months prior to the SZ3 which makes them a generation apart from each other. Both the cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before we go right into a complete comparison, here is a concise summary of how the S3 scores vs the SZ3 for portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic S3 over the Panasonic SZ3

 S3 SZ3 

Reasons to pick Panasonic SZ3 over the Panasonic S3

 SZ3 S3 
AnnouncedJanuary 2013January 2011More recent by 24 months

Common features in the Panasonic S3 and Panasonic SZ3

 S3 SZ3 
Manual focus No manual focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen size2.7"2.7"Same screen sizing
Screen resolution230k230kExact same screen resolution
Selfie screen No selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither provides Touch friendly screen

Panasonic S3 vs Panasonic SZ3 Physical Comparison

If you're looking to lug around your camera regularly, you will need to consider its weight and size. The Panasonic S3 provides external measurements of 99mm x 59mm x 21mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.8") with a weight of 117 grams (0.26 lbs) while the Panasonic SZ3 has specifications of 95mm x 56mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9") and a weight of 126 grams (0.28 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you choose at the time. Here is a front view dimension comparison of the S3 against the SZ3.

Panasonic S3 vs Panasonic SZ3 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability score of the S3 and SZ3 is 96 and 96 respectively.

Panasonic S3 vs Panasonic SZ3 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic S3 vs Panasonic SZ3 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it's hard to picture the difference between sensor measurements only by reading a spec sheet. The visual below should offer you a much better sense of the sensor sizing in the S3 and SZ3.

As you can see, each of the cameras feature the identical sensor size albeit different resolution. You should expect the Panasonic SZ3 to offer you extra detail because of its extra 2MP. Higher resolution will also make it easier to crop pictures way more aggressively. The older S3 is going to be disadvantaged in sensor innovation.

Panasonic S3 vs Panasonic SZ3 sensor size comparison

Panasonic S3 vs Panasonic SZ3 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic S3 vs Panasonic SZ3 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Panasonic S3
Portrait photography with Panasonic SZ3
28
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
focusing manually not possible
no manual control
no external flash support
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
30
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
manual mode not available
external flash not possible
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic S3 Street photography highlights
Panasonic SZ3 Street photography highlights
63
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors in class (117g)
screen is fixed
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
64
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (126g)
fixed screen
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Panasonic S3
Sports photography with Panasonic SZ3
35
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
low frames per second (2.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
41
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
features tracking focus
low frames per second (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic S3 Travel photography info
Panasonic SZ3 Travel photography info
68
lighter than competitors in class (117 grams)
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
built-in flash
reasonably wide (28mm)
lack of Timelapse mode
screen isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)
71
lighter than competition in class (126 grams)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
rather wide (25mm)
very long reach (250mm)
lack of Time Lapse recording
does not have a selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic S3 Landscape photography factors
Panasonic SZ3 Landscape photography factors
38
reasonably wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
focusing manually not possible
cannot swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)
small screen (2.7 inches)
no manual control
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
lack of Timelapse mode
39
rather wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.1)
tiny screen (2.7")
manual mode not available
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
lack of Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic S3 as a Vlogging camera
Panasonic SZ3 as a Vlogging camera
31
reasonably wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors in class (117g)
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)
screen isn't selfie friendly
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pxls)
lack of external microphone jack
31
rather wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (126g)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.1)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
lack of mic socket
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Panasonic S3 vs Panasonic SZ3 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic S3 and Panasonic SZ3
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-S3Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ3
General Information
Brand Name Panasonic Panasonic
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-S3 Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ3
Category Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2011-01-05 2013-01-07
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Venus Engine IV -
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 -
Highest Possible resolution 4320 x 3240 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 6400 6400
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points 11 23
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-112mm (4.0x) 25-250mm (10.0x)
Max aperture f/3.1-5.6 f/3.1-5.9
Macro focusing range 5cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 5.9
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 2.7 inch 2.7 inch
Screen resolution 230k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Screen technology TFT LCD TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Min shutter speed 8 secs 60 secs
Max shutter speed 1/1600 secs 1/1600 secs
Continuous shutter rate 2.0fps 1.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 3.30 m 4.10 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video data format MPEG-4 Motion JPEG
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 117 gr (0.26 lbs) 126 gr (0.28 lbs)
Physical dimensions 99 x 59 x 21mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.8") 95 x 56 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 250 photos 250 photos
Battery type Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots 1 1
Price at release $110 $150