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Panasonic ZR3 vs Panasonic ZS1

Portability
94
Imaging
37
Features
26
Overall
32
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR3 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1 front
Portability
91
Imaging
34
Features
25
Overall
30

Panasonic ZR3 vs Panasonic ZS1 Key Specs

Panasonic ZR3
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-200mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 159g - 98 x 55 x 26mm
  • Announced January 2010
  • Additionally referred to as Lumix DMC-ZX3
Panasonic ZS1
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.5" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 25-300mm (F3.3-4.9) lens
  • 229g - 103 x 60 x 33mm
  • Announced May 2009
  • Also referred to as Lumix DMC-TZ6
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Panasonic ZR3 vs Panasonic ZS1 Overview

On this page, we will be matching up the Panasonic ZR3 versus Panasonic ZS1, former is a Small Sensor Compact while the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom and both of them are built by Panasonic. There is a large difference among the image resolutions of the ZR3 (14MP) and ZS1 (10MP) and the ZR3 (1/2.3") and ZS1 (1/2.5") boast totally different sensor sizing.

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The ZR3 was announced 9 months after the ZS1 and they are of a similar age. The two cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before diving into a comprehensive comparison, here is a brief synopsis of how the ZR3 grades against the ZS1 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic ZR3 over the Panasonic ZS1

 ZR3 ZS1 
AnnouncedJanuary 2010May 2009More modern by 9 months

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS1 over the Panasonic ZR3

 ZS1 ZR3 

Common features in the Panasonic ZR3 and Panasonic ZS1

 ZR3 ZS1 
Manually focus No manual focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimensions2.7"2.7"Equal screen measurement
Screen resolution230k230kExact same screen resolution
Selfie screen Neither contains selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Missing Touch friendly screen

Panasonic ZR3 vs Panasonic ZS1 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is looking to carry around your camera regularly, you should consider its weight and measurements. The Panasonic ZR3 has got external dimensions of 98mm x 55mm x 26mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.0") and a weight of 159 grams (0.35 lbs) and the Panasonic ZS1 has proportions of 103mm x 60mm x 33mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.3") along with a weight of 229 grams (0.50 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you are utilizing at that moment. Underneath is a front view measurement comparison of the ZR3 and the ZS1.

Panasonic ZR3 vs Panasonic ZS1 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability rating of the ZR3 and ZS1 is 94 and 91 respectively.

Panasonic ZR3 vs Panasonic ZS1 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic ZR3 vs Panasonic ZS1 Sensor Comparison

Often, it's hard to envision the difference in sensor sizes just by viewing a spec sheet. The image below might provide you a better sense of the sensor dimensions in the ZR3 and ZS1.

As you can see, the two cameras provide different megapixel count and different sensor sizes. The ZR3 with its bigger sensor will make shooting shallow DOF less difficult and the Panasonic ZR3 will result in more detail with its extra 4MP. Higher resolution will also enable you to crop shots more aggressively. The fresher ZR3 will have an edge with regard to sensor technology.

Panasonic ZR3 vs Panasonic ZS1 sensor size comparison

Panasonic ZR3 vs Panasonic ZS1 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic ZR3 vs Panasonic ZS1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic ZR3 Portrait photography details
Panasonic ZS1 Portrait photography details
28
megapixel count good (14MP)
lack of manual focus
manual exposure not possible
cannot use external flash
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
26
comes with face detect focusing
focusing manually not possible
lack of manual mode
external flash not possible
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.5")
lacks RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic ZR3 Street photography highlights
Panasonic ZS1 Street photography highlights
57
has image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
60
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors (229g)
screen does not articulate
very small sensor (1/2.5")
lacks RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic ZR3 Sports photography factors
Panasonic ZS1 Sports photography factors
37
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (14MP)
provides tracking focus
low max shutter speed (1/1,300s)
slow fps (2.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
25
image stabilization (Optical)
slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.5")
lacks phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic ZR3 Travel photography highlights
Panasonic ZS1 Travel photography highlights
65
megapixel count good (14MP)
flash built-in
quite wide (25mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
display isn't selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
63
lighter than competitors (229g)
flash built-in
rather wide (25mm)
long zoom (300mm)
no Timelapse function
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Panasonic ZR3
Landscape photography with Panasonic ZS1
37
quite wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (14 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
screen is small (2.7")
manual exposure not possible
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
31
rather wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
focusing manually not possible
cannot swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inch)
lack of manual mode
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.5")
lacks RAW files
no Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic ZR3 Vlogging information
Panasonic ZS1 Vlogging information
29
quite wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
display isn't selfie friendly
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pxls)
doesn't have mic jack
31
rather wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detect focusing
lighter than competitors (229 grams)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
screen isn't selfie friendly
low video resolution (640 x 480 resolution)
no microphone socket
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Panasonic ZR3 vs Panasonic ZS1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic ZR3 and Panasonic ZS1
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR3Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1
General Information
Brand Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR3 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1
Also referred to as Lumix DMC-ZX3 Lumix DMC-TZ6
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced 2010-01-26 2009-05-14
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Venus Engine HD II -
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.5"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 5.744 x 4.308mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 24.7mm²
Sensor resolution 14MP 10MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2
Max resolution 4320 x 3240 3648 x 2736
Max native ISO 6400 6400
Lowest native ISO 80 100
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points 11 11
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-200mm (8.0x) 25-300mm (12.0x)
Largest aperture f/3.3-5.9 f/3.3-4.9
Macro focus range 3cm 3cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 6.3
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 2.7 inches 2.7 inches
Screen resolution 230k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Min shutter speed 60 secs 60 secs
Max shutter speed 1/1300 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 2.0 frames per second 3.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 5.30 m 5.30 m (Auto ISO)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1280x720 640x480
Video format AVCHD Lite Motion JPEG
Microphone 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 proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 159g (0.35 lbs) 229g (0.50 lbs)
Physical dimensions 98 x 55 x 26mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.0") 103 x 60 x 33mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.3")
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
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal
Card slots One One
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