Panasonic ZR3 vs Panasonic ZS100

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR3 front
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 front

Panasonic ZR3 vs Panasonic ZS100 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
  • Introduced January 2010
  • Alternate Name is Lumix DMC-ZX3
Panasonic ZS100
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 12800 (Boost to 25600)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 25-250mm (F2.8-5.9) lens
  • 312g - 111 x 65 x 44mm
  • Released January 2016
  • Other Name is Lumix DMC-TZ100
  • Replacement is Panasonic ZS200
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Panasonic ZR3 vs Panasonic ZS100 Overview

Lets take a closer look at the Panasonic ZR3 vs Panasonic ZS100, one being a Small Sensor Compact and the latter is a Large Sensor Compact and both are produced by Panasonic. There exists a sizeable gap among the sensor resolutions of the ZR3 (14MP) and ZS100 (20MP) and the ZR3 (1/2.3") and ZS100 (1") posses totally different sensor dimensions.

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The ZR3 was brought out 7 years before the ZS100 and that is a fairly large gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Both of the cameras feature different body design with the Panasonic ZR3 being a Compact camera and the Panasonic ZS100 being a Large Sensor Compact camera.

Before getting straight to a thorough comparison, here is a short highlight of how the ZR3 matches up against the ZS100 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic ZR3 over the Panasonic ZS100

 ZR3 ZS100 

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS100 over the Panasonic ZR3

 ZS100 ZR3 
ReleasedJanuary 2016January 2010More recent by 72 months
Manual focus Dial accurate focusing
Screen size3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution1040k230kCrisper screen (+810k dot)
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Panasonic ZR3 and Panasonic ZS100

 ZR3 ZS100 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen No selfie screen

Panasonic ZR3 vs Panasonic ZS100 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is going to lug around your camera, you'll need to factor its weight and proportions. The Panasonic ZR3 offers outside measurements of 98mm x 55mm x 26mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.0") having a weight of 159 grams (0.35 lbs) and the Panasonic ZS100 has measurements of 111mm x 65mm x 44mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.7") with a weight of 312 grams (0.69 lbs).

Look at the Panasonic ZR3 vs Panasonic ZS100 in the all new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you have at that time. Here is a front view proportions comparison of the ZR3 versus the ZS100.

Panasonic ZR3 vs Panasonic ZS100 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the ZR3 and ZS100 is 94 and 87 respectively.

Panasonic ZR3 vs Panasonic ZS100 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic ZR3 vs Panasonic ZS100 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, its tough to see the contrast in sensor measurements merely by checking out a spec sheet. The photograph underneath may give you a far better sense of the sensor sizing in the ZR3 and ZS100.

As you can see, both of these cameras come with different megapixel count and different sensor measurements. The ZR3 featuring a smaller sensor will make getting shallower DOF more difficult and the Panasonic ZS100 will provide greater detail having its extra 6MP. Higher resolution will also let you crop shots a good deal more aggressively. The older ZR3 will be behind in sensor technology.

Panasonic ZR3 vs Panasonic ZS100 sensor size comparison

Panasonic ZR3 vs Panasonic ZS100 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic ZR3 vs Panasonic ZS100 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic ZR3 Portrait photography features
Panasonic ZS100 Portrait photography features
decent sensor resolution (14 megapixels)
no manual focus
lack of manual mode
no external flash support
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
manual focus
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
decent sensor size (1")
includes face detect focusing
saves RAW files
no external flash support
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Street Comparison

Panasonic ZR3 as a Street photography camera
Panasonic ZS100 as a Street photography camera
image stabilization (Optical)
no moving screen
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor size (1")
saves RAW files
includes focus by touch
lighter than competitors in class (312 grams)
no articulating screen
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic ZR3 Sports photography highlights
Panasonic ZS100 Sports photography highlights
image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
comes with tracking autofocus
max shutter speed is low (1/1,300s)
max frames per second low (2.0 fps)
lack of shutter priority mode
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
silent shutter (1/16,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (20 megapixels)
decent sensor size (1")
includes tracking focus
lack of phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic ZR3 Travel photography factors
Panasonic ZS100 Travel photography factors
decent sensor resolution (14 megapixels)
flash built-in
really wide (25mm)
missing Time Lapse function
screen isn't selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f3.3)
lighter than competitors in class (312 grams)
includes focus by touch
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
flash built-in
really wide (25mm)
great zoom (250mm)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic ZR3 Landscape photography factors
Panasonic ZS100 Landscape photography factors
really wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
screen is small (2.7")
lack of manual mode
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
missing Time Lapse function
manual focus
really wide (25mm)
screen is a decent size (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
decent sensor size (1")
saves RAW files
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic ZR3 Vlogging highlights
Panasonic ZS100 Vlogging highlights
really wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
screen isn't selfie friendly
low res video (1280 x 720 resolution)
missing external mic support
really wide (25mm)
touch screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detect focusing
high quality video (3840 x 2160 pixels)
lighter than competitors in class (312 grams)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
missing mic socket
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Panasonic ZR3 vs Panasonic ZS100 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic ZR3 and Panasonic ZS100
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR3Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100
General Information
Company Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR3 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100
Also called as Lumix DMC-ZX3 Lumix DMC-TZ100
Type Small Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Introduced 2010-01-26 2016-01-05
Physical type Compact Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Venus Engine HD II Venus Engine
Sensor type CCD MOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1"
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 116.2mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixel 20 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4320 x 3240 5472 x 3648
Highest native ISO 6400 12800
Highest boosted ISO - 25600
Min native ISO 80 125
RAW format
Min boosted ISO - 80
Manual focus
Touch to focus
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points 11 49
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-200mm (8.0x) 25-250mm (10.0x)
Maximal aperture f/3.3-5.9 f/2.8-5.9
Macro focus distance 3cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 2.7
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 2.7" 3"
Screen resolution 230 thousand dots 1,040 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 1,166 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.46x
Slowest shutter speed 60 seconds 60 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/1300 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Maximum silent shutter speed - 1/16000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 2.0fps 9.9fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation - Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 5.30 m 8.00 m (at Auto ISO)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 4K/UHD (3840 x 2160 @ 30p/24p), 1920 x 1080 @ 60p/60i/30p/24p, 640 x 480 (30p)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 3840x2160
Video format AVCHD Lite MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic port
Headphone port
Wireless None Built-In
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 159 grams (0.35 pounds) 312 grams (0.69 pounds)
Physical dimensions 98 x 55 x 26mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.0") 111 x 65 x 44mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.7")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested 70
DXO Color Depth score not tested 22.8
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 12.5
DXO Low light score not tested 559
Battery life - 300 photographs
Battery type - Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 secs, 3 shots @ 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Card slots One One
Launch price $280 $700