• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.0 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 360.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 12.3 megapixels
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Differences

Samsung HZ35W advantages over Olympus E-PL3

  • Less expensive
    $350 vs $700 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Thinner
    28 mm vs 37 mm
    Thinner
  • More dots on screen
    614k vs 460k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen

Olympus E-PL3 advantages over Samsung HZ35W

  • Larger sensor
    4/3 vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.29 vs 1.54 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 300 vs 240 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Less shutter lag
    0.24 vs 0.82 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 16 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • 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
  • 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
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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The Competition

Compared to Panasonic DMC-ZS7

Samsung HZ35W
Panasonic DMC-ZS7
  • $350
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Manual focus
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Less shutter lag
Olympus E-PL3
Panasonic DMC-ZS7
  • $700
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash

Compared to Panasonic DMC-ZS5

Samsung HZ35W
Panasonic DMC-ZS5
  • $350
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Manual focus
  • $300
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
Olympus E-PL3
Panasonic DMC-ZS5
  • $700
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $300
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup

Compared to Panasonic ZS10

Samsung HZ35W
Panasonic ZS10
  • $350
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Manual focus
  • More dots on screen
  • $214
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Fast startup
Olympus E-PL3
Panasonic ZS10
  • $700
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $214
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Olympus E-PM1

Samsung HZ35W
Olympus E-PM1
  • $350
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Olympus E-PL3
Olympus E-PM1
  • $700
  • 4/3
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive

Compared to Panasonic GF3X

Samsung HZ35W
Panasonic GF3X
  • $350
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $750
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Olympus E-PL3
Panasonic GF3X
  • $700
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $750
  • 4/3
  • Touchscreen
  • Internal flash
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