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Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ3
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ3 Digital Camera

16.1MP 10x MOS Mar 2013
Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Sensor Type Release Date
Compact Digital Camera SZ3 - Featuring Slim Design, 10x Optical Zoom And Exciting Filter Effects The DMC-SZ3 incorporates 25mm ultra wide-angle LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens with powerful 10x... More
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22 Reasons For

Good User Reviews

On average, people who bought this Panasonic camera rated it as 87 out of 100.

Panasonic Cameras Have Good Reviews

Panasonic compact camera digital cameras have good reviews on average and across all cameras Panasonic is one of the superior manufacturers.

Reasonably Priced

One person considered that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ3 was cheap. Expert review site Ephotozine.com mentioned two years ago “The SZ3 is a cheaper budget model, with a CCD sensor” in their review of this digital camera and gave the product a rating of 4 stars.

One customer reckoned that the product was a bargain for the price. Expert review site Ephotozine.com said two years ago “It's a cheap option for someone wanting a pocketable travel camera, with picture quality suited to sharing on the web, rather th” .

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Good Size

A few Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ3 reviewers who reviewed the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ3 considered that it was compact. T3.com said “3D tech in compact body” in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ3. T3.com also said “Compact for a 3D camera, twin lens”. Imaging-Resource.com mentioned in their review on expert review site Imaging Resource.com “The SZ3 is truly petite”.

Good Quality Pictures

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ3 reviewer who bought the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ3 reckoned that it had a good picture resolution. Ephotozine.com mentioned on expert website Ephotozine “Features a 10x optical zoom lens, mega optical image stabilisation, creative panorama shooting, quick start up” in their review of this digital camera.

One customer who bought it considered that it had a good image sensor.

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Good Quality Lens

One person said that it had a good zoom. Expert review site Ephotozine.com wrote “The Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ3 offers a decent amount of zoom for a budget camera, that is small enough to carry in your pocket” in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ3.

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ3 owner concluded that it had a good lens.

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SD Memory Card

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many similar spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative digital cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available including the Nikon Coolpix L320 (£177.74), or the Fujifilm FinePix X10 which has better reviews.

If the memory card type of this compact camera camera is too bad for you then you might also want to look at the Sony DSC-WX50 (MS Duo|MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC) which also has a higher rating.

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Fairly High Megapixel Count

The megapixel counts of cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 0.3MP to 46MP, and the average megapixel count is 14MP. With a megapixel count of 16.1 megapixels, the Lumix DMC-SZ3 has a quite high megapixel count compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the Lumix DMC-SZ3.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 16.1MP digital cameras currently available including the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ36, or the Nikon Coolpix P310 which has better reviews.

Cameras with a higher megapixel count that might be worth considering include the Kodak Pixpro FZ41 (16.15MP), the Sony DSC-WX50 (16.2MP), or the Samsung WB50F (16.2MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age, the Lumix DMC-SZ3 has an image stabiliser.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative digital cameras with an image stabiliser currently available including the Fujifilm FinePix X10, the GE J1455, or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ36 which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Lumix DMC-SZ3 has a built-in flash. Most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to the Lumix DMC-SZ3 also have a built-in flash.

Alternative cameras with a built-in flash currently available that you might also want to consider include the Fujifilm FinePix X10, the Lexibook DJ024, or the GE C1033 which has better reviews.

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Has Three Photo Effects

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ3 has a greater number of photo effects than most digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This camera has a Black&White photo effect, which is the most commonly found photo effect found on digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Lumix DMC-SZ3. The photo effects "Sepia" and "Vivid" are also found on this Panasonic camera.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ3 has a higher still image resolution than most compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. This camera has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution, whereas most digital cameras of a similar spec and age to it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution. This digital camera also have still image resolutions of 2048 x 1536, 2560 x 1920, 3456 x 3456, 3648 x 2736 and 4608 x 2592 and 4608 x 3072. The worst still image resolution of all digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Lumix DMC-SZ3 is 384 x 480 and the best is 5152 x 3864.

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Quite Big Internal Memory

At 90 megabytes, the Lumix DMC-SZ3 has a quite big internal memory compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the Lumix DMC-SZ3. The average internal memory of cameras of this spec and age is 330MB.

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Has One Playback Mode

The Lumix DMC-SZ3 has a greater number of camera playback modes than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. The most frequently found playback mode is Movie, but this playback mode is not found on this camera. The playback modes Slide show are also found on this Panasonic camera.

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2 USB Version

This digital camera supports a 2 USB version, which is the most commonly supported USB version on compact camera digital cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ3 is 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this Panasonic camera). In addition, this camera supports a video resolution of 320 x 240 pixels. A video resolution of 1280 x 720 is classified as HD and TVs supporting this resolution are referred to as "HD Ready". However the resolution is not as detailed as Full HD (1920 x 1080). The video resolution of all digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Lumix DMC-SZ3 ranges from 320 x 240 pixels to 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

This camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is typical of many compact camera digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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Features Two Auto Focus

The Lumix DMC-SZ3 has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. This camera features a Face detection auto focus, which is the most commonly featured auto focus featured on similar spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-SZ3. The auto focus "Continuous Auto Focus" is also featured on this digital camera.

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Supports Two Camera File Systems

The number of camera file systems supported by the Lumix DMC-SZ3 is more than most digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. This Panasonic digital camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most frequently supported camera file system supported by similar spec cameras that came out around the same time as the Lumix DMC-SZ3. The camera file system "DCF" is also supported by this Panasonic camera.

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TFT Display

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ3 has a TFT display which is better than most cameras that have been around for more than two years. Most compact camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as it have an LCD display. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight. Across all similar spec cameras that have been on the market for more than two years the best display is OLED and the worst is LCD.

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Light

With a weight of only 111 grams, the Lumix DMC-SZ3 is fairly light compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. The lightest camera of this age and spec is 20g and the heaviest is 710g.

There are a number of alternative 111g cameras currently available that you might want to consider including the Sony DSC-W580 which has better reviews.

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Short

The heights of comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years range from 10mm to 750mm. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ3 is one of the shorter compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-SZ3 (only 55.8 millimeters) amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age.

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16 Reasons Against

Expert Reviews Are Average

On average, based on three expert reviews from sites including Ephotozine, T3.com and Chip.de this camera has an overall expert rating of 65%.

Poor Battery Life

Three Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ3 owners wrote in their reviews that it did not have a good battery life. T3.com mentioned “Battery life isn't great” in their review of this digital camera. T3.com also mentioned “The price premium paid for 3D, poor battery performance”. T3.com also mentioned “Poor battery life”.

Does Not Support Video Recording

The Lumix DMC-SZ3 does not support video recording, unlike most of the other compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the Lumix DMC-SZ3.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with a video recording and we think the Fujifilm FinePix X10, the Sony DSC-HX20, or the Nikon Coolpix 8800 which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Like most of the other digital cameras of this type and age, the Lumix DMC-SZ3 does not support Full HD video.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras which also support Full HD video that you might also want to look at including the Coolpix S9500, or the Coolpix S9400 both from Nikon or the Fujifilm FinePix X10 which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Small Screen Size

With a screen size of only 2.7 inches, the Lumix DMC-SZ3 has a fairly small screen size compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to the Lumix DMC-SZ3. The average screen size of cameras of a similar age and spec to the Lumix DMC-SZ3 is 2.8", and the screen sizes range from 1" to 4.8".

There are a number of alternative 2.7" screen cameras currently available which you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Canon IXUS 135, the Nikon Coolpix S3100 (£95.00), or the Samsung PL80.

If you are looking for a larger screen size then you might want to look at the Fujifilm X100 (£425.00) (2.8"), the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 (£249.99) (3"), or the Nikon Coolpix S9700 (£282.13) (3") which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ3 does not support WiFi connectivity. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the Lumix DMC-SZ3 also do not support WiFi connectivity.

We think you might also be interested in alternative digital cameras which also support WiFi connectivity including the Samsung Galaxy Camera EK-GC110, or the Nikon Coolpix S9500.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Lumix DMC-SZ3 is not 3D compatible, although keep in mind that most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago are also not 3D compatible.

If you want a digital camera that is 3D compatible then you might want to look at the Canon PowerShot A3300 IS, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30, or the Nikon Coolpix S9500 which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS

Like most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the Lumix DMC-SZ3, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ3 does not have a GPS.

It is worth considering alternative cameras which also have a GPS including the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 (£276.00), the Canon IXUS 140, or the Sony DSC-HX400V (£282.99) which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

The Lumix DMC-SZ3 is not waterproof, although this is within the context that most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Lumix DMC-SZ3 are also not waterproof.

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Only 1/2.33"" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ3 is 1/2.33"". That's 1% less optical sensor size than the most frequently found optical sensor size of 1/2.3"". Across all digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the Lumix DMC-SZ3 the best optical sensor size is 2/3"" and the worst is 1/2.5"".

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Only Features Four Flash Modes

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ3 has a greater number of flash modes than most digital cameras of this type and age. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most commonly featured flash mode featured on cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Lumix DMC-SZ3. The flash modes "Forced off", "Forced on" and "Red-eye reduction" are also featured on this Panasonic digital camera.

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Only Features One Light Metering Mode

The number of light metering modes featured on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ3 is more than most digital cameras of this age and type. The most commonly featured light metering mode is Centre-weighted, but this light metering mode is not featured on this Panasonic camera. The light metering modes Evaluative (Multi-pattern) are also featured on this Panasonic digital camera.

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Very Low Maximum ISO Speed

The maximum ISO speeds of digital cameras of this age and spec range from 200 to 26,000. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ3 has a quite low maximum ISO speed (only 1,600) compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that came out around the same time as the Lumix DMC-SZ3.

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Quite Low Display Resolution

The average display resolution of compact camera digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago is 400,000 pixels. At only 230,000 pixels, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ3 has a quite low display resolution compared to most of the other cameras of this age and type.

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Only Supports One Image Format

The number of supported image formats on the Lumix DMC-SZ3 is more than most digital cameras of this spec and age. This digital camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most frequently supported image format supported by compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-SZ3.

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Quite Big Minimum ISO Speed

Across all the digital cameras of a similar type and age to the Lumix DMC-SZ3 the minimum ISO speed range from 10 to 1,600. At 100, the Lumix DMC-SZ3 has a quite big minimum ISO speed compared to most of the other cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ3

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when this camera was released.

Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 4 times zoom factor, the Lumix DMC-SZ3 has a fairly typical digital zoom compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that came out more than two years ago.

Other 4x digital zoom cameras currently available which you might want to consider include the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ36, the Samsung WB850F, or the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS which has better reviews.

If you are looking for a digital camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might want to look at the G3WP (4.5x), or the G5WP (£49.99) (4.5x) both from GE or the Pentax Efina (5x) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 10 times zoom factor, the Lumix DMC-SZ3 has a fairly typical optical zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 10x optical zoom cameras and we think the WB31F, and the WB30F both from Samsung which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you would prefer a camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to consider the Coolpix S6500 (12x), or the Coolpix S6800 (£189.46) (12x) both from Nikon or the Rollei Powerflex 850 (12x) which is also higher rated.

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MOS Sensor Type

The Lumix DMC-SZ3 has a MOS sensor type which is better than most cameras of this spec and age. Most compact camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as it have a CCD sensor type.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative cameras that have a MOS sensor currently available including the Lumix DMC-TS5, the Lumix DMC-SZ9, or the Lumix DMC-TZ35 all from Panasonic which has better reviews.

Cameras with a better sensor type that might also be worth looking at include the Nikon Coolpix S5200 (CMOS), the Samsung WB250F (CMOS), or the Canon PowerShot N (£274.37) (CMOS) which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Extra / Smart Zoom
Focusing
Auto Focus
Auto Focus Assist Beam
Normal Focusing Range
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Voice Recording
Audio System
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
Camera
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Playback Mode
Scene Mode
On Screen Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Battery Capacity
Shot Per Battery Charge
Battery Voltage
Operational Conditions
Operating System/software
System Requirements
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
AC Adapter Included
Included Cable
Battery Included
Technical Details
Networking
Certificates
Other Features
USB 2.0 Port
Special Features

Expert Reviews

(6)
31 January 2014

Measuring at 3.73 x 2.20 x 0.86 inches (94.8 x 55.8 x 21.9 mm) and weighing just more than 4 ounces, the SZ3 is truly petite. However, it boasts a 1/2.33-inch 16.1-megapixel CCD sensor that... Read more…

27 January 2014

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ3 offers a decent amount of zoom for a budget camera, that is small enough to carry in your pocket. It's a cheap option for someone wanting a pocketable travel camera,...

1 July 2012

Despite the big push on 3D in the home and at the flicks, there are still relatively few devices with which to create your own true stereoscopic imagery.We define ?true' as being cameras which... Read more…

3D tech in compact body
Compact for a 3D camera, twin lens and sensor array is capable of proper 3D
Great touchscreen
True 3D capture
Multitasks
No 3D viewer
Battery life isn't great
Pricey
The price premium paid for 3D, poor battery performance
No 3D playback
22 March 2013

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13 December 2014

Unsere Kamera-Tests bieten zwar Orientierung bei der Auswahl der richtigen Kamera. Doch am Ende entscheidet der User selbst, welches Modell es für ihn sein soll. Welche Digicams derzeit besonders... Read more…

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User Reviews

(290)
Reviewed 26 May 2013 by Michaeljtox
(Verified Purchase)

I wanted a long travel zoom (I know 10 x is not a long zoom but I wanted this model of Lumix specifically SZ1 or SZ3 - the SZ1 had very good reviews on Amazon and I could hardly see a difference... Read more…

Reviewed 2 July 2013 by Dave
(Verified Purchase)

I bought this camera as I was going on holidays as my last one (a Samsung) had finally given up. My trip was to the Southern Hemisphere and I was in all sorts of weather and light conditions and a... Read more…

Reviewed 26 April 2013 by Deliciouscake247
(Verified Purchase)

Panasonic continue to produce best-in-class affordable compact cameras, and this one hits the mark perfectly - small and intuitive with a premium feel about it. And that Leica lens .... Can't... Read more…

Reviewed 14 June 2013 by John L
(Verified Purchase)

This camera was ordered via Amazon market place supplied by Lets Go Digital. It was delivered next day by courier although I had opted for free standard delivery. A good start. There was very... Read more…

Reviewed 24 November 2013 by ColinG
(Verified Purchase)

Basically an automated point and shoot camera with a variety of special scene modes. The Leica lens probably makes the vital difference here, giving good crisp images in a majority of... Read more…

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Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

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