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Panasonic DMC-SZ3K
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Panasonic DMC-SZ3K Digital Camera

16.1MP 10x MOS Jul 2013
Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer 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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Panasonic Digital Cameras Have Good Reviews

We calculated the average ratings for all Panasonic digital cameras and also specifically for Panasonic compact cameras and found that in both cases Panasonic had good ratings compared to other brands.

Good Size

A number of Panasonic DMC-SZ3K reviewers who reviewed it agreed that it was compact. T3.com said “3D tech in compact body”. T3.com also said “Compact for a 3D camera, twin lens”.

Good Quality Pictures

One Panasonic DMC-SZ3K owner who reviewed this digital camera thought it had a good image sensor.

Quite Big Normal Focusing Range (tele)

The normal focusing ranges (tele) of cameras of this age and type range from 0.2m to 3.5m, and the average normal focusing range (tele) is 1.3m. With a normal focusing range (tele) of 1.5 meters, the DMC-SZ3K has a fairly big normal focusing range (tele) compared to most of the other compact cameras that are a similar age to the DMC-SZ3K.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

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

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative digital cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available including because of it's better review score, the Nikon Coolpix L320[plb_1939468_price], the GE G100[plb_1861772_price], or the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price].

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Fairly High Megapixel

With a megapixel of 16.1 megapixels, the DMC-SZ3K has one of the higher megapixels amongst compact cameras of this age. The megapixels of cameras of this type and age range from 0.3MP to 46MP, and the average megapixel is 14MP.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 16.1MP cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Lumix DMC-TZ36[pl_1725803_price], or the DMC-FS45, BNDL[pl_1284724_price] both from Panasonic or the Casio Exilim EX-ZR200[plb_370973_price].

Cameras with a higher megapixel that might also be worth considering include the Kodak Pixpro FZ41[plb_3227932_price] (16.15MP), the Samsung WB50F[plb_2254604_price] (16.2MP), or the Leica X2[plb_2496546_price] (16.2MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

Like most of the other compact cameras that were launched around the same time as the DMC-SZ3K, the DMC-SZ3K has an image stabilizer.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras with an image stabilizer currently available which you might also want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], the GE C1440W[plb_1772806_price], or the Nikon 9500[plb_1721861_price].

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other similar spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as the DMC-SZ3K, the DMC-SZ3K has a built-in flash.

There are a number of other cameras with a built-in flash currently available which you might want to look at including the D300s[pl_994_price], or the Coolpix P330[pl_1724102_price] both from Nikon or the Fujifilm JX650[plb_2417691_price] which has better reviews.

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Has Four White Balances

The DMC-SZ3K has a greater number of white balance modes than most compact cameras that came out more than two years ago. This Panasonic digital camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on digital cameras of a similar age and type to the DMC-SZ3K. The white balances "Cloudy", "Daylight" and "Fluorescent L" are also found on this digital camera.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution(s)

The DMC-SZ3K has a higher still image resolution than most compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This digital camera has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s), whereas most comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). This camera also have still image resolution(s)s of 2048 x 1536, 2560 x 1920, 3456 x 3456, 3648 x 2736 and 4608 x 2592 and 4608 x 3072. The still image resolution of all digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the DMC-SZ3K ranges from 384 x 480 (worst) to 5152 x 3864 (best).

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Has Three Photo Effectss

The number of photo effects found on the DMC-SZ3K is more than most cameras that were released more than two years ago. This digital camera has a Black&White photo effects, which is the most commonly found photo effects found on cameras of a similar age and spec to the DMC-SZ3K. The photo effectss "Sepia" and "Vivid" are also found on this Panasonic digital camera.

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Quite Big Internal Memory

At 90 megabytes, the Panasonic DMC-SZ3K has a fairly big internal memory compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been around for more than two years. Across all the compact cameras that have been around for a similar time to the DMC-SZ3K the internal memorys range from 6.9MB to 8.2GB.

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Has One Camera Playback

The DMC-SZ3K has a greater number of camera playback modes than most similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. The most frequently found camera playback is Single image, but this camera playback is not found on this digital camera. The camera playbacks Slide show are also found on this Panasonic digital camera.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolutions

The highest video resolution supported by the DMC-SZ3K is 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels digital camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution supported by compact cameras that were launched more than two years ago. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this camera. In addition, this Panasonic camera supports a video resolutions 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). Across all cameras of a similar age and type to the DMC-SZ3K the worst video resolution is 320 x 240 pixels and the best is 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 the most commonly found maximum image resolution on similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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Features Two Auto Focusing (AF) Modess

The DMC-SZ3K has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most cameras of this type and age. This Panasonic camera features a Face detection auto focusing (AF) modes, which is the most commonly featured auto focusing (AF) modes featured on compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the DMC-SZ3K. The auto focusing (AF) modes "Continuous Auto Focus" is also featured on this camera.

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Supports Two Camera File Systems

The number of camera file systems supported by the Panasonic DMC-SZ3K is more than most digital cameras of this type and age. This camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most frequently supported camera file system supported by digital cameras that are a comparable age to the DMC-SZ3K. The camera file system "DCF" is also supported by this Panasonic digital camera.

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TFT Display

The Panasonic DMC-SZ3K has a better display than most cameras of this age and spec. This camera has a TFT display, whereas most digital cameras of this spec and age 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 digital cameras of this age and spec the best display is AMOLED and the worst is LCD.

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Light

Across all the digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the DMC-SZ3K the weights range from 20g to 840g, and the average weight is 170g. With a weight of only 111 grams, the DMC-SZ3K is fairly light compared to most of the other compact cameras that are a comparable age to the DMC-SZ3K.

Other 111g cameras currently available which you might want to consider include the Sony DSC-W580B[plb_1620659_price] which has better reviews.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This camera has an Auto focus adjustment, which is the most commonly found focus adjustment on cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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13 Reasons Against

Expert Reviews Are Poor

This camera received a rating of 60% from digital camera expert review site T3.com. Experts don't rate this compact camera camera very highly.

Poor Battery Life

Three customers agreed that the Panasonic DMC-SZ3K did not have a good battery life. T3.com wrote in their review “Battery life isn't great” . T3.com also mentioned “The price premium paid for 3D, poor battery performance”. T3.com also said “Poor battery life”.

Does Not Support Video Capability

Most comparable spec digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago do not support video capability. The DMC-SZ3K is no exception to this as it too does not support video capability.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with a video capability and we think the Nikon D300s[plb_994_price], the Samsung SAMSUNG MV900F[plb_1519008_price], or the Canon IXUS 130[plb_1644860_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Like most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to the DMC-SZ3K, the DMC-SZ3K does not support Full HD video.

It is worth also looking at alternative digital cameras which also support Full HD video including the X10[pl_1150_price], or the F800EXR[pl_1518759_price] both from Fujifilm or the Olympus XZ-2[plb_1716567_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Small Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of only 2.7 inches, the DMC-SZ3K has a quite small display diagonal compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec. Across all the compact cameras that have been available for a similar time to the DMC-SZ3K the display diagonals range from 1" to 4.8".

We compared all the other 2.7" screen digital cameras to this digital camera and we think the Canon PowerShot A3200 IS[plb_1463972_price], the Fujifilm AX500[plb_1270920_price], and the Samsung SAMSUNG ST96[plb_1338363_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you would prefer a larger display diagonal then you might also want to consider the Canon PowerShot N2[plb_2697704_price] (2.8"), the Nikon Coolpix P330[plb_1724102_price] (3"), or the Sony DSC-HX60[plb_2166574_price] (3") which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Most comparable spec cameras that have been around for more than two years do not support wi-Fi. The DMC-SZ3K is no exception to this as it too does not support wi-Fi.

Other digital cameras which also support wi-Fi that you might also want to consider include the ST200[pl_378406_price], or the SAMSUNG ST200F[pl_1682904_price] both from Samsung or the Canon IXUS 265 HS[plb_2110773_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D

The Panasonic DMC-SZ3K is not 3D. Most of the other compact cameras that are a similar age to the DMC-SZ3K are also not 3D.

Digital cameras which are 3D that might also be worth looking at include the Olympus VR-360[plb_362476_price], the Samsung ST200[plb_378406_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ41[plb_2149949_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The DMC-SZ3K does not have a GPS (satellite). Most of the other compact cameras that have been available for a similar time to the DMC-SZ3K also do not have a GPS (satellite).

There are a number of other digital cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) that you might also want to look at including the Lumix DMC-TZ61[pl_2226969_price], or the Lumix DMC-TZ41[pl_2149949_price] both from Panasonic or the Samsung EK-GC100[plb_2075290_price] which is also higher rated.

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Not Waterproof

The DMC-SZ3K is not waterproof, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other compact cameras that have been available for a similar time to the DMC-SZ3K are also not waterproof.

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Only Features Four Flash Modess

The DMC-SZ3K has a greater number of flash modes than most digital cameras of a similar age and spec to it. This camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most commonly featured flash modes featured on comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the DMC-SZ3K. The flash modess "Forced off", "Forced on" and "Red-eye reduction" are also featured on this Panasonic digital camera.

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Very Low ISO Sensitivity (max)

The ISO sensitivity (max)s of compact cameras that have been available for a similar time to the DMC-SZ3K range from 3 to 26,000. At only 1,600, the DMC-SZ3K has a quite low ISO sensitivity (max) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

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Only Supports One Image Formats Supported

The DMC-SZ3K has a greater number of supported image formats than most cameras of this age and type. This camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most frequently supported image formats supported supported by comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the DMC-SZ3K.

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Quite Big ISO Sensitivity (min)

The smallest ISO sensitivity (min) of compact cameras that have been around for around the same time as the DMC-SZ3K is 10 and the biggest is 200. The Panasonic DMC-SZ3K has one of the bigger ISO sensitivity (min)s (100) amongst similar spec digital cameras of this age.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic DMC-SZ3K

Released Over Three Years Ago

This camera was released over three years ago.

Average Digital Zoom

The DMC-SZ3K has a pretty average digital zoom (4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 4x digital zoom cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the PowerShot A3200 IS[pl_1463972_price], or the 115 HS[pl_1526810_price] both from Canon or the Nikon 3200[plb_1729050_price].

If you want a bigger digital zoom then you might want to consider the G3WP[pl_1772968_price] (4.5x), or the G5WP[pl_1772971_price] (4.5x) both from GE or the Samsung 200F[plb_2071998_price] (5x) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 10 times zoom factor, the DMC-SZ3K has a fairly average optical zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DMC-SZ3K.

Alternative 10x optical zoom digital cameras currently available that you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Nikon Coolpix 8800[plb_1640989_price], the Olympus VR-340[plb_1686246_price], or the Sony DSC-WX200[plb_1609944_price].

If you are looking for a digital camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to consider the Canon IXUS 265 HS[plb_2110773_price] (12x and higher rated), the Nikon S6800[plb_2118627_price] (12x and higher rated), or the Panasonic DMC-SZ8[plb_2232116_price] (12x and higher rated).

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MOS Sensor Type

The Panasonic DMC-SZ3K has a better sensor type than most cameras that have been available for more than two years. This digital camera has a MOS sensor type, whereas most compact cameras that have been available for a similar time to it have a CCD sensor type.

There are a number of alternative cameras that have a MOS sensor currently available which you might also want to look at including the Lumix DMC-TZ36[pl_1725803_price], the DMC-LF1[pl_1727132_price], or the DMC-TS5[pl_1900903_price] all from Panasonic which has better reviews.

Digital cameras with a better sensor type that might be worth considering include the SX710 HS[pl_3538695_price] (CMOS), or the S110[pl_1462073_price] (CMOS) both from Canon or the Samsung WB250F[plb_1585457_price] (CMOS) which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Total Megapixels
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Extra/Smart Zoom
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
Normal Focusing Range
Focus Adjustment
Normal Focusing Range (wide)
Normal Focusing Range (tele)
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Range (wide)
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Voice Recording
Audio System
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Internal Memory
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Field of View
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Second Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
Camera
GPS (satellite)
White Balance
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Calendar
Image Editing
Camera File System
Multi Burst Mode
Camera Playback
Scene Modes
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Battery Capacity
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Battery Voltage
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
AC Adapter Included
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Hand Strap
Networking
Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Bluetooth
Other Features
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity

Expert Reviews

(2)
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
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…

User Reviews

(4)
Reviewed 25 June 2013 by MR J M WATTS
(Verified Purchase)

The camera is compact and easy to use. The photos are occasionally out of focus - maybe I have not allowed enough time for the auto focus to work, but some photos need to be taken quickly...

Reviewed 30 December 2014 by Seth Aldridge

The quality of the pics are superb. Crisp, clear and viberant. The camera itself is so small and sleek, I can put it in my purse and take it along anywhere. I am more than pleased with this... Read more…

Reviewed 19 October 2014 by Stephen
(Verified Purchase)

I've had these for almost a year now and they are worth every penny. I use them on planes and I can hear perfectly without the noise cancelling: I actually tried my mates Bose noise cancelling... Read more…

Reviewed 1 July 2015 by Erbrod
(Verified Purchase)

Its actually really good, except purple aberrations if you get the light wrong. Video really good, battery life great. There's better out there (and I think in hindsight I'd have paid for this),... Read more…

Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers dmcsz3, dmcsz34, dmcsz3e, dmcsz3k, dmcsz34g, dmcsz3ep, dmcsz3egk, dmcsz34gb, dmcsz3egv, dmcsz3egw, 5025232725847, panasonic zoom4, panasonic zoom4x, panasonic dmcsz3, panasonic dmcsz3e, panasonic dmcsz3k, panasonic dmcsz3eb, panasonic dmcsz3ebv, panasonic dmcsz3ebt
Barcodes 00885170117716, 04010869232746, 04010869238946, 04010869238953, 05025232725816, 05025232725823, 05025232725830, 05025232725847, 05025232725854, 05025232725861, 05025232725878, 05025232725885, 05025232725892, 05025232725915, 05025232725922, 05025232725939, 05025232725946, 05025232725953, 08851701177162

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