Here we are comparing two cameras with different body types: Panasonic ZS1, which was introduced in May 2009 is a Small Sensor Superzoom camera with a 10.0MP 1/2.5-inch sensor whereas Sony NEX-3, which was introduced in June 2010 is a Entry-Level Mirrorless camera with a 14.0MP APS-C sensor. There is 13 months difference between ZS1 and NEX-3 so we don't expect to see a huge technology difference between these two cameras but it would still give an advantage to younger NEX-3, especially in sensor tech.
Comparing an interchangeble lens camera to a fixed lens camera is a bit tricky but we will do our best to make this a fair comparison.
Here is a brief look at the main features of Panasonic ZS1 and Sony NEX-3 before getting into our more detailed comparison.
Let's read on the following sections in order to better understand in detail how Panasonic ZS1 and Sony NEX-3 compares and hopefully end up with enough arguments to decide which one is better for you.