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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
Expert reviews are poor
Poor battery life
Unacceptable noise level
5 Reviews

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Reviews

Panasonic Has Good Reviews for Its Digital Cameras

Based on 8,853 expert and user reviews (including 765 verified purchases), Panasonic has good ratings for its cameras. Panasonic also has good ratings specifically within its medium megapixel digital cameras range compared to other brands. 96% of those that bought a Panasonic digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Expert Reviews Are Poor

This digital camera received an expert rating of 60 out of 100 from T3.com. Experts aren't convinced by this camera.


Design

Easy to Use

One owner thought it was easy to use. One customer who purchased it said that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Stephen mentioned on Amazon.co.uk three years ago “The headphones are really comfortable.” and scored it 8 stars.

One person who reviewed the Panasonic DMC-SZ3K reckoned that it was easy to use the menus. Stephen wrote “The original settings are fine for what I listen to (very eclectic taste from Electro to hard rock”.

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Good Product Quality

One customer said that this digital camera was good quality. Stephen said on Amazon.co.uk three years ago “All in all, they're a great little set of headphones for someone that wants a good quality product without having to pay hundreds of pounds” in his Panasonic DMC-SZ3K review.

Nice Design

One owner mentioned that the product was good looking. Three years ago Stephen mentioned “They fold up pretty compactly and are easy to store in the little bag that comes with them” and gave this digital camera a score of 7 stars.


Optische Beeldstabilisatie Bij Foto En Film, Eenvoudig Te Bedienen, Mooi 3Deffect, Fotograferen En Video's in 2D En 3D

Two people who bought this digital camera mentioned that it was good for video recording. Five years ago T3.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Optische beeldstabilisatie bij foto en film, eenvoudig te bedienen, mooi 3Deffect, fotograferen en video's in 2D en 3D”. Two years ago Erbrod gave it a rating of 7 stars and wrote “Video really good, battery life great”.

Good Quality Lens

One owner reckoned that the product had a good lens. One customer said that it had a good autofocus. Mr J M Watts said in his review of this digital camera four years ago “The photos are occasionally out of focus - maybe I have not allowed enough time for the auto focus to work.”.

Simultaneous Videophoto Shooting

One owner who reviewed it concluded that it had a good picture resolution. Five years ago T3.com said “Simultaneous videophoto shooting” in their review of this digital camera. One customer wrote that the product had a good image sensor.

One customer who bought this digital camera thought it was able to produce good images. Seth Aldridge mentioned in his review of this digital camera on Amazon.co.uk “The quality of the pics are superb” and gave the Panasonic DMC-SZ3K a score of 8 stars.

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Weight & Dimensions

3D Tech in Compact Body

Four people reckoned that the Panasonic DMC-SZ3K was compact. Five years ago T3.com said “3D tech in compact body” in their review of this digital camera. T3.com also mentioned “Compact for a 3D camera, twin lens” in their review. Mr J M Watts said in his Panasonic DMC-SZ3K review “The camera is compact and easy to use”.

Very Light

With a weight of only 111 grams, the DMC-SZ3K is one of the lighter digital cameras of this spec and age amongst medium megapixel digital cameras of this age. Digital cameras of a similar spec and age to this digital camera have weights of between 20g and 1.3kg.

There are a number of alternative 111g cameras currently available that you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Sony DSC-W580.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

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

It may also be worth considering one of the other cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including the Stylus SH-50, or the SH-21 both from Olympus or the Nikon L120 which has better reviews.

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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 the 640 x 480 still image resolution(s) found on most medium megapixel digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This Panasonic digital camera also 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. Across all medium megapixel digital cameras that were released around the same time as this camera the best still image resolution is 4928 x 3264 and the worst is 640 x 360.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Image Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is typical of many digital cameras of this age and spec.

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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 digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this camera.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available including the Sony SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm, the SeaLife DC1400 ($299), or the Nikon 3200 which has better reviews.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The DMC-SZ3K has a USB 2.0 port. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been available for more than two years also have a USB 2.0 port.

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Display

Quite Wide Field of View

The narrowest field of view of digital cameras of a similar age and type to this camera is 95%, the widest is 100%, and the average field of view is 99%. At 100 percent, the DMC-SZ3K has a quite wide field of view compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this digital camera.

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Quite Small Display Diagonal

Across all the cameras of this spec and age the display diagonals range from 2" to 4.8". The DMC-SZ3K has one of the smaller display diagonals (only 2.7 inches) amongst comparable spec digital cameras of this age.

Other 2.7" screen cameras currently available that you might also want to look at include the Fujifilm AX650, or the Sony DSC-W620 which has better reviews.

Cameras with a larger display diagonal that might be worth looking at include the Coolpix S9700 (3"), or the Coolpix S5300 (3") both from Nikon or the Canon PowerShot N2 (2.8") which is also higher rated.

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Quite Low Display Resolution (numeric)

The Panasonic DMC-SZ3K has one of the lower display resolutions (numeric) (only 230,000 pixels) amongst medium megapixel digital cameras of this age. The average display resolution (numeric) of cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera is 430,000 pixels, and the display resolutions (numeric) range from 230 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels.

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Camera

Features Calendar

The DMC-SZ3K features calendar. Most of the other cameras of this spec and age also feature calendar.

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Packaging Content

Has a Battery Charger Included

The Panasonic DMC-SZ3K has a battery charger included, as do most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this camera.

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Has an AC Adapter Included

The DMC-SZ3K has an AC adapter included, as do most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

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Has a Hand Strap

The DMC-SZ3K has a hand strap, as do most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camera.

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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 this spec and age.

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Memory

Fairly Big Internal Memory

The Panasonic DMC-SZ3K has one of the bigger internal memory (90 megabytes) amongst similar spec cameras of this age. The smallest internal memory of medium megapixel digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera is 8MB, the biggest is 8GB, and the average internal memory is 220MB.

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Audio

Features Voice Recording

The DMC-SZ3K features voice recording. Most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to this digital camera also feature voice recording.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The DMC-SZ3K has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Unacceptable Noise Level

One owner who bought it considered that it was noisy. Three years ago Stephen said on Amazon.co.uk “I use them on planes and I can hear perfectly without the noise cancelling” in his review of this digital camera.


Ports & Interfaces

Supports PictBridge

The DMC-SZ3K supports PictBridge. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera also support PictBridge.

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Video

1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

The 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 common video resolution supported by similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this camera. This digital camera also 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 digital cameras of this spec and age the best video resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixels and the worst is 320 x 120 pixels.

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Power

Poor Battery Life

Three owners concluded that it did not have a good battery life. T3.com said in their review of the Panasonic DMC-SZ3K “Battery life isn't great”. T3.com also said “Poor battery life” in their review.


Other

Released Over Two Years Ago

Panasonic released the DMC-SZ3K in April 2017.


Lens System

Average Digital Zoom

The DMC-SZ3K has a fairly standard digital zoom (4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to this digital camera.

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

Cameras with a bigger digital zoom that might also be worth considering include the WB250 (5x), the 150F (5x), or the WB350F (5x) all from Samsung which is also higher rated.

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Average Optical Zoom

The DMC-SZ3K has a relatively average optical zoom (10 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

We compared all the other 10x optical zoom cameras to this camera and we think the WB30F, the 30F ($316.53), and the 200F all from Samsung which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you want a camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to look at the Samsung WB50F (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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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

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