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Panasonic SZ3 vs Panasonic SZ5

Portability
96
Imaging
40
Features
29
Overall
35
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ3 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5 front
Portability
95
Imaging
38
Features
34
Overall
36

Panasonic SZ3 vs Panasonic SZ5 Key Specs

Panasonic SZ3
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-250mm (F3.1-5.9) lens
  • 126g - 95 x 56 x 22mm
  • Revealed January 2013
Panasonic SZ5
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600 (Boost to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-250mm (F3.1-5.9) lens
  • 136g - 104 x 58 x 21mm
  • Launched July 2012
Photography Glossary

Panasonic SZ3 vs Panasonic SZ5 Overview

On this page, we are contrasting the Panasonic SZ3 and Panasonic SZ5, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras and both are offered by Panasonic. The resolution of the SZ3 (16MP) and the SZ5 (14MP) is fairly similar and both cameras boast the same sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The SZ3 was announced 6 months later than the SZ5 so they are both of a similar generation. Both the cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before delving straight to a step-by-step comparison, here is a quick summation of how the SZ3 scores against the SZ5 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic SZ3 over the Panasonic SZ5

 SZ3 SZ5 

Reasons to pick Panasonic SZ5 over the Panasonic SZ3

 SZ5 SZ3 
Display dimensions3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")

Common features in the Panasonic SZ3 and Panasonic SZ5

 SZ3 SZ5 
LaunchedJanuary 2013July 2012Similar generation
Manual focus Lack of manual focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display resolution230k230kIdentical display resolution
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen
Touch display Missing Touch display

Panasonic SZ3 vs Panasonic SZ5 Physical Comparison

If you are looking to lug around your camera often, you have to consider its weight and volume. The Panasonic SZ3 enjoys physical dimensions of 95mm x 56mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9") along with a weight of 126 grams (0.28 lbs) and the Panasonic SZ5 has sizing of 104mm x 58mm x 21mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 0.8") with a weight of 136 grams (0.30 lbs).

Analyze the Panasonic SZ3 and Panasonic SZ5 in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you choose at the time. The following is a front view measurements comparison of the SZ3 compared to the SZ5.

Panasonic SZ3 vs Panasonic SZ5 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the SZ3 and SZ5 is 96 and 95 respectively.

Panasonic SZ3 vs Panasonic SZ5 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic SZ3 vs Panasonic SZ5 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it is very hard to picture the gap between sensor measurements merely by reviewing specifications. The visual underneath should offer you a clearer sense of the sensor dimensions in the SZ3 and SZ5.

To sum up, both cameras provide the same sensor dimensions but different MP. You should anticipate the Panasonic SZ3 to offer you greater detail with its extra 2 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also let you crop photos more aggressively.

Panasonic SZ3 vs Panasonic SZ5 sensor size comparison

Panasonic SZ3 vs Panasonic SZ5 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic SZ3 vs Panasonic SZ5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic SZ3 as a Portrait photography camera
Panasonic SZ5 as a Portrait photography camera
30
decent MP (16MP)
no manual focus
no manual mode
no external flash support
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
34
MP count good (14MP)
comes with face detection focus
manual focus not available
no manual exposure
no external flash support
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic SZ3 Street photography highlights
Panasonic SZ5 Street photography highlights
64
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (126 grams)
fixed screen
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
63
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (136 grams)
fixed screen
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic SZ3 Sports photography details
Panasonic SZ5 Sports photography details
41
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16MP)
supports tracking focus
slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect auto focus
40
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (14MP)
comes with tracking autofocus
painfully slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic SZ3 Travel photography details
Panasonic SZ5 Travel photography details
71
lighter than competition (126 grams)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
really wide (25mm)
long zoom (250mm)
does not have Time Lapse recording
does not posses selfie friendly screen
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
70
lighter than competition (136 grams)
MP count good (14MP)
flash built-in
fairly wide (25mm)
great zoom (250mm)
lack of Timelapse recording
does not have selfie friendly display
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic SZ3 Landscape photography features
Panasonic SZ5 Landscape photography features
39
really wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
no manual focus
cannot switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
screen is small (2.7 inches)
no manual mode
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
does not have Time Lapse recording
42
fairly wide (25mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (14MP)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
no manual exposure
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
lack of Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic SZ3 Vlogging factors
Panasonic SZ5 Vlogging factors
31
really wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (126 grams)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
low quality video (1280 x 720 pxls)
does not have mic support
32
fairly wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection focus
lighter than competition (136 grams)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
does not have selfie friendly display
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
lack of external microphone port
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Panasonic SZ3 vs Panasonic SZ5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic SZ3 and Panasonic SZ5
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ3Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5
General Information
Company Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ3 Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Revealed 2013-01-07 2012-07-18
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 14 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio - 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4608 x 3456 4320 x 3240
Maximum native ISO 6400 1600
Maximum enhanced ISO - 6400
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points 23 23
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-250mm (10.0x) 25-250mm (10.0x)
Highest aperture f/3.1-5.9 f/3.1-5.9
Macro focus distance 5cm 5cm
Crop factor 5.9 5.9
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 2.7 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 230 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Display tech TFT LCD TFT Screen LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Min shutter speed 60 secs 8 secs
Max shutter speed 1/1600 secs 1/1600 secs
Continuous shutter speed 1.0fps 2.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 4.10 m 5.60 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1280 x 720p ( 30,25 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video format Motion JPEG MPEG-4
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
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
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 126 gr (0.28 pounds) 136 gr (0.30 pounds)
Physical dimensions 95 x 56 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9") 104 x 58 x 21mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 0.8")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 250 pictures 250 pictures
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 secs)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots 1 1
Retail pricing $150 $195