|The ZS3 records HD motion images at a smooth 60 frames per second with 1280x720-pixel resolution. It uses the AVCHD (MPEG-4/H.264) format via AVCHD Lite, which stores less data than other formats and thus lets you shoot more minutes of HD motion images before running out of memory.The ZS3 is equipped with an HDMI output terminal for direct transmission of digital picture and sound signals. Just connect the camera to an HDTV using a single HDMI mini cable (purchased separately), and it's easy to view beautiful HD photos and motion images. If you have a VIERA HDTV, you can control the camera's playback functions with VIERA's remote control unit.The ZS3 packs a LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens with 12x optical zoom into a compact body. This versatile photographic tool lets you shoot everything from sweeping vistas at the 25mm wide-angle setting to dynamic 300mm telephoto shots. And the lens system's exquisite rendering ability lets you capture even the subtle nuances of the sights and scenes in your travels.|
|Camera Type||Point & Shoot|
|Sensor Resolution||10.1 MP|
|Macro Focus Range||3cm|
|Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera||25 - 300mm|
|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 1600, ISO 200, ISO 3200, ISO 400, ISO 80, ISO 800, ISO auto, ISO auto (1600-6400)|
|Light Sensitivity Max||6400|
|Flash Type||Built-in flash|
|Red Eye Reduction||Yes|
|Effective Flash Range||0.6 m - 5.3 m|
|Camera Flash Features||AF Illuminator|
|Flash Modes||Auto Mode, Fill-in Mode, OFF mode, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Synchro|
|Memory / Storage|
|Integrated Memory size||45 MB|
|Supported Flash Memory||MultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card|
|Screen Details||LCD display - TFT active matrix - 3" - color|
|Microphone Type||Microphone - built-in - stereo|
|Microphone Operation Mode||Stereo|
|Connector Types||1 x DC power input, 1 x HDMI output, 1 x USB, 1 x composite video/audio output|
|Expansion Slot||1 x SD Memory Card|
|Battery Form Factor||Manufacturer specific|
|Digital Video Format||AVCHD Lite, QuickTime|
|Still Image Format||JPEG|
|Max Video Resolution||1280 x 720|
|Additional Features||Audio Dubbing, Audio Recording, Automatic Face Tracking, Backlight Compensation, Built-In Help Guide, Built-In Speaker, Cropping An Image, DPOF Support, Date/Time Stamp, Digital Image Rotation, Direct Print, Exif Print Support, Histogram Display, Intelligent Scene Selector, Orientation Detection, PictBridge Support, RGB Primary Color Filter, Red eye Fix, Resizing an Image, USB 2.0 Compatibility, YouTube Capture Mode|
|Shooting Modes||Frame Movie Mode|
|Shooting Programs||Aerial photo, Baby1, Baby2, Beach, Beach & surf, Candle, Film grain, Fireworks, Food, Hi-speed burst, High sensitivity, Low light, Night portrait, Night scene, Party/indoor, Pet, Pin hole, Portrait mode, Scenery, Self-portrait, Snow, Soft skin, Sports mode, Starry sky, Sunset, Transform, Underwater|
|Special Effects||Black & White, Cool, Natural, Sepia, Vivid, Warm|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||1.8 frames per second, 2.5 frames per second, 6 frames per second (3MPix)|
Long and wide-angle zoom lens in a compact body; 720p movies; lens can zoom during movie capture.
Very few manual controls.
As long as you don't want much in the way of manual features, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 is a very nice camera that can handle a variety of shooting situations.
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of customers recommend this product
I purchased this camera for my wife, and her main requirements were that it was easy to use but yet took quality photos and had a huge zoom. She also wanted to point and shoot the camera without looking in a manual to figure out how to turn it on.
Originally we had been focusing on the ZS1, but this model has a larger LCD screen (3") and records in HD. That's been an added bonus, along with being able to use the 12X zoom while recording video. The camera also has a stability feature to help eliminate blurry photos from a shaky hand. (that would be me)
We haven't used it alot, but are very pleased. A suggestion... Be sure to pick up a memory card right away. The internal memory disappears quickly, especially if recording videos in HD and/or having the photo setting on the highest resolution.
We live on a farm and have a deer who's "adopted" us, showing off her fawns every spring for the past 3 years. With this camera we can sit on our deck, zoom in, and count the little one's eye lashes and she doesn't even know it.
If you're still curious about the camera, drop a note and I'll be glad to show off some examples.
I like the most the solid feel of this camera and the zoom range its Leica lens offers. I can go from wide angle for some scenery shots and tight indoor shots to telephoto shots that can still be hand held without the need of a tripod or the bulk of a bridge type camera. For everything in between,this ZS3 can handle beautifully.
It is fairly responsive for a digital camera,meaning that I don't have to wait between shots or for things to happen after a button is pushed.
I love the resuts : the photos it takes are beautiful so I don't have to erase
too many bad shots or retake the same pose.
It can take short movies too but this is a feature I don't use often.
I decided on this Panasonic model because it answers most of my photographic needs and I chose it over the newer DMC-ZS5 (TZ-8) because it has a sharper, larger viewing screen and a convenient HDMI outlet to connect to my TV.
There is no perfect camera,but with it looks, its feel, its capabilities, I consider my Panasonic DMC -Z3 the best all around camera.
I have used the ZS3 for a week and I must say Panasonic has its place in digital camera/comcorder market. My first Panasonic which purchased 6 years ago (DMC-FX9) is having power button issue and therefore I have to purchased a new one. The old camera last me for 5+ years which is satifactory. Well, it was expensive though last time ($460+), for the FX9, hey, the ZS3, which is a far more superior camera, only cost $285 nowaday!
(I) Camera performance: the Leica lens with 25mm wide angle is superb. I am now able to capture more things with the extra angles. If you put a camera without wide angle next to the ZS3 and view the screen you could tell the big difference. The pictures are sharp, clean. Night shooting is also superior when using the slow sync flash function. Panasonic camera is by far the most superior when using it on night shot, couple with its Mega OIS + shake-proof stablize technology, capturing memorial night view moment is at ease. I still hold my Australia's trip pictures and my friends just can't tell it is captured with a compact! But hey, that was with the 6 years old FX9; I bet ZS3 would do even better than that~
(II) Now here is the bonus - HD Video Recording: If you pay a little more ($60+) to have a choice than ZS1 (which without HD video recording), ZS3 is indeed a good value camera. Recording HD Video is extremely easy - it has a designated 'camcorder' button right above the negivation buttons. Instead of turning the mode to video mode, there is no longer such need with ZS3. Simply hit that 'record' button whenever you are in camera mode, and it instantly starts recording. The switch is instantly fast. With an 8GB SD card, you could record full HD (super fine resolution) up to an hour (about 61 minutes). We spent the last Halloween with kids treat-or-trick in Mall of America. I bet I would hold on to my HD camcorder purchase for a long while :D.
ZS3, to my surprise, records the HD video very well. The video quality is superior enought consider that just a digital camera lens, and sound quality is good too. There are Left and Right microphone right above the camera and we can't get surround, but the sound quality is good enought as like a $300+ non-HD DVD camcorder.
I finally found something that takes great pictures without sacrificing the ability of good video recording. I would say this is a good family camera too. You may imagine the hassles to bring strollers + diapers bag + car seats when travelling. With a single device that does both Photo+Video, ZS3 is a good size camera that does that, and does it well.
This camera has almost everything I need from a point-and-shoot. The pros outweigh the one con I can come up with: a proprietary battery that's over $50. So, if you need a back-up battery to have just in case, expect to shell out to get one. Other than that, one of the better pocket cameras out there. 12x optical zoom is awesome. Nice large screen. Very easy to use. Not many customizable settings but great for most of us just pointing and shooting our way to great family photos.