• 1/2.33 inch 28.2mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 250.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/3 inch 17.3mm2
  • 13.2 megapixels
  • 30.00mm - 90.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Panasonic SZ3 advantages over Nikon S02

  • Larger sensor
    1/2.33 inch vs 1/3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.33 vs 1.15 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • More telephoto lens reach
    250 mm vs 90 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • More pixels
    16.1 vs 13.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Wider angle lens
    25 mm vs 30 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 1 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Higher extended ISO
    6400 vs 1600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Nikon S02 advantages over Panasonic SZ3

  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • RAW file ability
    Neither provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Manual focus
    Neither provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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The Competition

Compared to Samsung ST200F

Panasonic SZ3
Samsung ST200F
  • $125
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Shoots 24p video
  • Longer exposure
  • $161
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • More dots on screen
Nikon S02
Samsung ST200F
  • $180
  • 1/3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • HDMI out
  • $161
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Nikon S01

Panasonic SZ3
Nikon S01
  • $125
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $170
  • 1/2.9 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Lighter weight
Nikon S02
Nikon S01
  • $180
  • 1/3 inch
  • HDMI out
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • $170
  • 1/2.9 inch
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sony W710

Panasonic SZ3
Sony W710
  • $125
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $99
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
Nikon S02
Sony W710
  • $180
  • 1/3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • HDMI out
  • $99
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking

Compared to Canon 130 IS

Panasonic SZ3
Canon 130 IS
  • $125
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Shoots 24p video
  • $109
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • HDMI out
Nikon S02
Canon 130 IS
  • $180
  • 1/3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Lighter weight
  • $109
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Canon 135

Panasonic SZ3
Canon 135
  • $125
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Shoots 24p video
  • $119
  • 1/2.3 inch
Nikon S02
Canon 135
  • $180
  • 1/3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • HDMI out
  • $119
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
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