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Panasonic DMC-SZ3K Digital Camera

Compact Camera 16.1MP 10x Oct 2014
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Good size
Poor expert reviews
Poor battery life
5 Reviews

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Reviews

Poor Expert Reviews

Camera expert review website T3.com scored this Panasonic camera 60 out of 100. If all the digital cameras that have been available for more than two years are ranked by average expert review score then this camera is in the bottom 11%.

Good Brand

We checked 9,075 expert and user reviews (including 790 verified purchases) for Panasonic cameras and found that on average Panasonic has good ratings compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Panasonic has good ratings specifically within its medium megapixel cameras range. 96% of those that bought a Panasonic camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Power

Poor Battery Life

Two owners concluded that the Panasonic DMC-SZ3K did not have a good battery life. Website T3.com scored it 3 stars out of 5 and said “Poor battery life” in their review of this digital camera. They also mentioned “Battery life isn't great” in their review.


Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Two customers mentioned in their reviews that the product was compact. Stephen wrote on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “They fold up pretty compactly and are easy to store in the little bag that comes with them”. Mr J M Watts said in his review of this digital camera “The camera is compact and easy to use” but in spite of that he only scored it 60 out of 100.

Very Light

The average weight of cameras of this spec and age is 250g. The DMC-SZ3K is fairly light (only 111 grams) compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to this camera.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 111g digital cameras currently available including because of its better review score, the Sony DSC-W580.

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Other

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was October 2014 when Panasonic released the DMC-SZ3K.


Lens System

Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 4 times zoom factor, the Panasonic DMC-SZ3K has a fairly typical digital zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 4x digital zoom digital cameras and we think because of their better review scores, the SX500 IS, and the A2400 IS both from Canon or the Nikon L120 are also worth considering.

If this camera digital zoom is too small for you then you might want to look at the WB250 (5x and higher rated), the 150F (5x and higher rated), or the WB350F (5x and higher rated) all from Samsung.

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Average Optical Zoom

The Panasonic DMC-SZ3K has a fairly typical optical zoom (10 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been available for more than two years.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 10x optical zoom digital cameras currently available including because of their better review scores, the WB30F, the 30F, or the 200F all from Samsung.

If this camera optical zoom is too small for you then you might want to look at the Samsung WB50F (£132.87) (12x and higher rated), the Canon IXUS 265 HS (12x and higher rated), or the Panasonic DMC-SZ8 (12x and higher rated).

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Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The DMC-SZ3K has a built-in flash, as do most of the other medium megapixel cameras that were released more than two years ago.

Other digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available that you might want to consider include the Sony SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm, the Casio EX-ZR1000, or the Nikon 3200 which all of have better reviews.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Panasonic DMC-SZ3K has a USB 2.0 port, as do most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to this digital camera.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Panasonic DMC-SZ3K has an image stabilizer. Most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to this digital camera also have an image stabilizer.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with an image stabilizer and we think because of their better review scores, the Stylus SH-50, and the SH-21 both from Olympus or the Nikon L120 are also worth considering.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The DMC-SZ3K has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most cameras that are a comparable age to it. Most medium megapixel cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). In addition, this Panasonic camera have still image resolution(s) 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 similar spec digital cameras that came out more than two years ago is 640 x 360 and the best is 4928 x 3264.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Image Resolution

This camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is typical of many comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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16.1 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 16.1 megapixels camera.

There are a number of alternative 16.1MP digital cameras currently available that you might want to consider including because of their better review scores, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ36, the Nikon Coolpix S8200, or the Canon 1D Mark IV (£3,469).

If this Panasonic camera megapixel is not high enough for you then you might want to consider the Pixpro FZ41 (16.15MP and higher rated), the Pixpro AZ361 (16.15MP and higher rated), or the Pixpro AZ365 (16.15MP and higher rated) all from Kodak.

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

At 2.7 inches, the DMC-SZ3K has a relatively standard display diagonal compared to most of the other cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera.

We compared all the other 2.7" screen cameras to this camera and we think because of their better review scores, the Fujifilm FinePix JV300, the Samsung ES75, and the Sony DSC-W620 are also worth considering.

If this Panasonic digital camera display diagonal is not large enough for you then you might want to look at the Coolpix S9700 (£282.13) (3" and higher rated), or the Coolpix S5300 (3" and higher rated) both from Nikon or the Canon PowerShot N2 (£235.86) (2.8" and higher rated).

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Quite Wide Field of View

The narrowest field of view of medium megapixel cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera is 95% and the widest is 100%. The DMC-SZ3K has a quite wide field of view (100 percent) compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera.

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Quite Low Display Resolution (numeric)

With a display resolution (numeric) of only 230,000 pixels, the DMC-SZ3K has one of the lower display resolutions (numeric) amongst similar spec cameras of this age. Across all the cameras of this type and age the display resolutions (numeric) range from 230 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 430,000 pixels.

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Camera

Features Calendar

The DMC-SZ3K features calendar, as do most of the other medium megapixel cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera.

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Memory

Fairly Big Internal Memory

The DMC-SZ3K has a fairly big internal memory (90 megabytes) compared to most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to this digital camera. The internal memory of digital cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 8MB to 8GB, and the average internal memory is 220MB.

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Packaging Content

Has a Battery Charger Included

The Panasonic DMC-SZ3K has a battery charger included. Most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age also have a battery charger included.

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Has an AC Adapter Included

The DMC-SZ3K has an AC adapter included. Most of the other digital cameras of this type and age also have an AC adapter included.

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Has a Hand Strap

The DMC-SZ3K has a hand strap. Most of the other cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera also have a hand strap.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Panasonic DMC-SZ3K has a batteries included, as do most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to this camera.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports PictBridge

The Panasonic DMC-SZ3K supports PictBridge, as do most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to this camera.

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Audio

Features Voice Recording

The Panasonic DMC-SZ3K features voice recording, as do most of the other medium megapixel cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The DMC-SZ3K has a built-in microphone. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to this camera also have a built-in microphone.

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Video

1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

The Panasonic DMC-SZ3K supports a maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution supported by digital cameras of this spec and age. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this Panasonic camera. In addition, this 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 medium megapixel cameras that were released more than two years ago the best video resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixels and the worst is 320 x 120 pixels.

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Product Identifiers

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

Panasonic DMC-SZ3K Review Sources

To prepare this Panasonic DMC-SZ3K review we compared this digital camera to 1,217 other models. For each digital camera that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 311,945 product attributes, 170,936 digital camera reviews and 3,219,200 historical digital camera prices from 0 digital camera retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this digital camera compared to the other models as well as any areas where this digital camera is lacking.

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