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|The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 is the digital camera, which is renowned for packaging a remarkable 10x optical zoom in a compact, stylish body. To further add to its appeal, the DMC-TZ3 goes one step further to feature a 28mm wide-angle Leica DC lens (equivalent to 28-280mm on a 35mm film camera) for wide-angle shooting.The 28mm wide-angle lens opens up a plethera of photographic opportunities, allowing photographers to easily capture a large group of people, or expansive architectural structures and landscapes with dynamic width and rich perspective. The wide-angle lens is particularly helpful in situations where you cannot step back or move away from a subject - ideal for shooting group portraits in a small room for example.The diminutive size of the 7.2 megapixel DMC-TZ3 belies the wealth of technological features. Incorporating a powerful 10x optical zoom in such a slim and stylish body is impressive in itself. Add to this the incorporation of Panasonic's Mega O.I.S that prevents blurring from shaky hands, Intelligent ISO to prevent motion blur, and the high quality, high performance image-processing Venus Engine III to name but a few - and the caliber of these new additions becomes apparent.|
|UPC||0037988986248, 037988986248, 5025232418886|
|Camera Type||Point & Shoot|
|Sensor Resolution||7.2 MP|
|Macro Focus Range||5cm|
|Auto Focus type||TTL contrast detection|
|Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera||28 - 280mm|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/2000 sec|
|Min Shutter Speed||60 sec|
|Exposure compensation||±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps|
|Exposure Metering||Center-Weighted, Multi-Segment, Spot|
|Exposure Modes||Automatic, Program|
|Light Sensitivity||ISO 100, ISO 1250, ISO 200, ISO 3200, ISO 400, ISO 800, ISO auto|
|Light Sensitivity Max||3200|
|Flash Type||Built-in flash|
|Red Eye Reduction||Yes|
|Effective Flash Range||0.6 m - 4.2 m|
|Camera Flash Features||AF Illuminator, Auto Flash, Forced On, Red-eye Reduction Flash, Slow Sync|
|Flash Modes||Auto Mode, Fill-in Mode, OFF mode, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Synchro|
|Memory / Storage|
|Integrated Memory size||12.7 MB|
|Supported Flash Memory||Built-in, MultiMediaCard, SD Card, SD Memory Card, SDHC Card, SDHC Memory Card|
|Floppy Drive Storage||None|
|Viewfinder Type||None, Without Viewfinder|
|Screen Details||LCD display - TFT active matrix - 3" - color|
|Microphone Type||Microphone - built-in|
|Microphone Operation Mode||Mono|
|Connector Types||1 x DC power input, 1 x USB, 1 x composite video/audio output|
|Expansion Slot||1 x SD Memory Card|
|Battery Form Factor||Manufacturer specific|
|Digital Video Format||Motion JPEG, QuickTime|
|Still Image Format||DPOF, EXIF 2.21, JPEG|
|Max Video Resolution||848 x 480|
|Min Operating Temperature||0 °C|
|Max Operating Temperature||40 °C|
|Additional Features||Audio Recording, Auto Power Save, Backlight Compensation, Built-In Speaker, DPOF Support, Date/Time Stamp, Digital Image Rotation, Digital Noise Reduction, Direct Print, Histogram Display, Not Interchangeable Lenses, Orientation Detection, PRINT Image Matching, PictBridge Support, RGB Primary Color Filter, Resizing an Image, USB|
|Shooting Modes||Frame Movie Mode|
|Shooting Programs||Aerial photo, Baby1, Baby2, Beach, Candle, Fireworks, Food, High sensitivity, Night portrait, Night scene, Panning, Party/indoor, Pet, Portrait mode, Scenery, Snow, Soft skin, Sports mode, Starry sky, Sunset|
|Special Effects||Black & White, Cool, Neutral, Sepia, Vivid, Warm|
|White Balance||Auto, Cloudy (Preset), Daylight / Sunny (Preset), Halogen (Preset), Shade (Preset)|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||3 frames per second|
Average review score based on 65 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
This camera really excels in daylight situations. The images are crisp and clear, and have lively colors. The 10x zoom is awesome, and so is the lens, sharp as a tack.
All and all, this is a great point and shoot camera. I'd say unbeatable at its price point. A definite recommend if you're looking for a camera with a long zoom and image stabilization. I bought it for snapping everyday situations, sporting events and concerts.
This camera sports quite a few customizable settings, such as exposure compensation, exposure bracketing and white balance setting, which is generally rare in cameras at this price point. Apart from the easy, standard, Intelligent ISO and macro modes it sports two customizable scene modes. They allow you to pre-select the scene types that you'll be shooting most during an event, and allows you to quickly switch between them.
One of these scene modes is one for baby pictures which allows you to enter the birthdate of your baby (actually it supports two different birthdates), such that the camera can keep track of, and display the age of your baby in the picture! Pretty nifty.
A rare feature of this camera is it ability to show an image histogram...live. That means that you can verify that you'll get a good exposure of your scene before you snap it. I haven't seen this feature on a camera before.
The 3" LCD is great. Once you go 3" you'll never go back to something smaller. I also own a Canon EOS 20D DSLR which sports a 1.8" LCD... well I'm upgrading it soon to one with a 3" LCD.
Those were the good points. Now for the bad points...
Whereas it states in the literature for this camera that it has extended ISO to 1250, which is true, the image quality at this setting is not impressive. The image quality above ISO 400 is less than I had hoped for. There is quite a lot of noise in pictures taken in difficult and dark scenes, using an ISO setting higher than ISO 200. I'd like to stress though that this affects DARK scenes and scenes with a wide luminance gamut.
The main control dial is in an awkward location. It sits on top of the camera. I would have liked to see it as a thumbwheel on the side of the camera.
Battery life is not good. It'll take about 200-300 pix on one charge. This may sound like a lot, but my EOS 20D does 1000 on one charge. When I take pictures, I take a lot of pictures of the same scene and the same subject, which means that I'll probably deplete a battery faster than a normal picture taker. It is something to keep in mind. Luckily the battery recharges pretty fast.
The LCD scratches fairly easily. It has a protective pane of plastic, which I would have preferred to have been glass. Get a good camera case with a soft inner lining. I quite like the Lowepro D-Pods 20 for it. Snug fit. I had the camera in my shorts pocket (soft fabric, nothing else in the pocket) and there were small, and I do mean small, scratches across the LCD. You have to hold the camera at an angle against light to see them.
Panasonic is one of the pioneers of the large optical zoom lens in a small camera form package. The TZ "Travel Zoom" series from the TZ1 to the latest TZ7, now changed to the ZS series all have one thing in common, an excellent range lens, from a nice 28mm wide angle to a 280mm telephoto with the 10x optical zoom.
When purchasing any camera, the larger the optical zoom the better. This is "real" zooming power without sacrificing picture resolution or quality. Digital zoom only magnifies what you've already achieved optically, so your picture quality will suffer.
The TZ3 offers acceptable resolution with its 7.2 megapixel sensor. In fact, the camera boasts a higher resolution, but reserves it when shooting at a 16x9 format. The camera gives you true 7.2 resolution in this wide angle format by providing the > 8 megapixel sensor.
That said the TZ3 is small enough to carry in a jacket pocket, yet boasts the power to capture those faraway shots you want to zoom in on.
This series, like most, also offer motion cancelling ability. The camera will negate your handheld motion so that photos taken at lower light conditions without the use of a flash will be crystal clear, or the next thing to it. Most people can take a 1/30" photo and get good clarity. This feature allows you to be confident of sharpness at this and slightly lower speeds. This function works well and has 2 modes, one with continuous adjustment (eats more battery life) and the other brings motion to a standstill as you depress the exposure button.
The camera offers a wide range of builtin "scenes" to get the best exposure possible. Up to 21 different scenes to chose from. You also have a programmable exposure that gives you a small amount of manual control over your exposure.
The flash is about average, somewhat listless after 10 - 15 feet away. Red eye reduction flash does an average job of avoiding the "zombie" eye look.
The video capability is impressive with full 30 frame per second capture. This will provide a smooth video rendition without the "choppy" look to your movie. The only downfall with the TZ3 is the lack of zooming ability while filming. You have to set your zoom level before recording. Later versions of the TZ series, and I believe the TZ1 have the feature allowing zooming while filming.
As with any camera your photo/video capacity is limited by your recording media size. I used an SDHC (secure digital high capacity)8gb card that gives you a tremendous amount of recording power. Of course you'll want to research the difference in the 3 speed options of the SDHC configuration.
Battery on the camera is a pesky Panasonic proprietary battery that means you can't substitute a common AA cell when on vacation. These batteries can be supplemented with aftermarket batteries with higher mHr rating for more photos per charge.
The Panasonic batteries will give you about 250 - 300 photos each.
All in all this is a handy camera that is perfect for situations requiring both photos and video recording. The color rendition is fairly true, but may benefit by adjusting the exposure from the "Standard" setting to "Vivid" depending on your personal preference.
With new models out, this particular model is an excellent bargain.
what originally attracted me to the camera was the amazing zoom capabilities, and it was the only high zoom camera that didn't look like a baby SLR, which i find to be overly bulky for myself who has small hands.. anyway, i do like the large lcd screen also, as i have never even bothered to use the viewfinder in my old canon camera. the zoom is amazing and image stabilization really makes this camera shine.
now for the cons, i'd have to say my least favorite feature about this camera is that the flash is way too bright, especially for macro shots. everything gets washed out and there is no control over flash brightness. also the placement of the dial on top rather than on the side is rather annoying to me. the camera also does not have good audio recording quality when i make videos. on a typical youtube video, i have to have the youtube player volume all the way up, as well as my ibook g4 laptop volume in order to hear everything. they could have made the mic a bit more sensitive, or adjusted the recording volume.
The Lumix DMC-TZ3 is in my opinion, the best compact camera ever made. With its 3" screen, 28mm wide angle, and 10x zoom, it has set the standard to which all others try to measure-up. It also has an all metal housing, does not have controls where you grip, easy one-hand operation, has many shooting options, is compact and very attractive. I know there are now compact cameras on the market that exceed above parameters, however the offerings in this camera are exactly what you need and not more than what you need. Additionally, many compact cameras have placed controls on the rear where your palm and thumb should rest . . making it uncomfortable to securely hold and steady the camera. I even prefer this camera over its successor the TZ5 for this reason and other reasons as well. In the history of all cameras this will remain an acknowledged standout by many who know.
I bought it based on reviews I had researched. I wanted a better zoom than my Nikon Cool Pix, but not a big bulky camera. It has a powerful 10X Zoom, allowing me to take pictures of my horses across the field in our pasture. It has many great features, takes great pictures, but is still a compact, small camera. It has a rechargeable battery, which eliminates the hassel of traveling with extra batteries. It is very user friendly and everything I was looking for in a 10X Zoom, compact camera, at a very reasonable cost.