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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 / TZ7 8 to 10 Megapixel

4.5 star rating
                      4.5 / 5 (2 Reviews)
MSRP : $399.00

  • Family LinePanasonic Lumix
    Weight0.45 lb.
    Image Sensor TypeCCD
    Resolution12.7 Megapixel
    Optical Zoom12x
    Camera TypeStandard Point and Shoot
    Interchangeable LensNot Interchangeable Lenses
    35mm Zoom Lens25 - 300 mm
    Digital Zoom4x
    Focus TypeAutofocus
    Focus Range19.68 in. to Infinity (w) / 78.72 in. to Infinity (t)
    Macro Focus Range1.2 - 78.72 in. (w) / 39.24 in. to Infinity (t)
    Focal Length4.1 - 49.2 mm
    Camera Resolution12.7 Megapixel
    Image Resolutions640 x 480 • 2560 x 1920 • 2048 x 1536 • 2048 x 1360 • 1600 x 1200 • 3072 x 2304 • 1920 x 1080 • 2784 x 1856 • 3648 x 2736 • 3968 x 2232 • 3168 x 2112
    Video Resolutions320 x 240 (QVGA) • 640 x 480 (VGA) • 848 x 480 • HD (1280 x 720)
    Video Speed30 fps
    Max Movie LengthWithout Limit (Depends on the camera free memory size)
    Video FormatQuickTime • Motion JPEG • HD (High Definition)
    Aperture Rangef3.3/f4.9 (w/t)
    Shutter Speed8 - 1/2000 sec
    White BalanceAuto • Manual • Daylight / Sunny (Preset) • Cloudy (Preset) • Shade (Preset) • Halogen (Preset)
    Frames Per Second10 Frames
    Memory TypeBuilt-in • Multimedia Card • SD Card • SDHC Card
    Built-in Memory Size40 MB
    Compression ModesFine • Normal
    Compression TypeJPEG • DCF • DPOF • EXIF 2.21
    File Size (High Res.)5.82 MB (22 images on 128MB card)
    File Size (Low Res.)0.16 MB (about 800 images on 128MB card)
    ISO SpeedsAuto • 100 • 200 • 400 • 800 • 1600 • 80 • 6400
    Flash TypeBuilt-In
    Flash FunctionsFlash Off • Auto Flash • Fill-in Flash • Red-eye Reduction Flash • Slow Sync
    ViewfinderWithout Viewfinder
    LCD PanelWith LCD Panel
    LCD Panel Size3 in.
    LCD Screen Resolution460,000 pixels
    LCD Protected PositionWithout LCD Protected Position
    Interface TypeUSB 2.0 • HDMI
    Video InterfaceVideo Out
    Battery TypeRechargeable Li-Ion Battery
    Battery Life300 Images
    Self Timer2 Sec. • 10 Sec.
    Built-in MicrophoneWith Built-in Microphone
    Built-in SpeakerWith Built-in Speaker
    Tripod MountWith Tripod Mount
    Width4.07 in.
    Depth1.29 in.
    Height2.35 in.
    Included AccessoriesSoftware • USB Cable • Hand Strap • Battery Charger • AV Cable • Battery Pack
    Release DateApril, 2009
    Product ID81581149
    Video Resolutions320 x 240 • 640 x 480 (VGA) • 848 x 480 • HD (1280 x 720)

Product Description

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 features a 10.1-megapixel sensor, 25mm ultra-wide-angle 12x Leica zoom lens, Intelligent Auto mode, 3-inch LCD, 26 scene modes and is the world’s first digital camera to have AVCHD Lite (HD) video recording.

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Stina a Professional

Date Reviewed: April 19, 2010

Strengths:    Leica lens.
25-300 mm zoom.
iA mode
Video has it's own button on the back

Weaknesses:    Only thing I have found is the dial can sometimes move off the mode setting when taking it out of my pocket or case.

Bottom Line:   
After a camping trip in December of 2009 with some friends I once again found myself regretting leaving my SLR at home. Although my Casio was nice and small, had lots of modes along with manual setting I was doing better with my iPhone than with it many times. So I was determined to find a new point and shoot that I could take with me on a trip and not kick myself because it didn't go wide enough, zoom in enough or took aweful low light photos.

I believe I have found that in the ZS3 although though their are no full manual setting I found with my previous P&S camera I very rarely if ever used that feature. The iA mode works very well and I like the ability to choose two modes as favorites on the dial. The ZS3 is pretty small for what it does, maybe just a little big to be truly pocketable but very close to it. I love having the range of 25-300 with me with out lugging tons of gear with me. It does respectable in low light situations.

I just gave it a true test, took it with me on a 10 day 2500 mile motorcycle trip where taking my SLR gear with completely out of the question. This is the first time I have taken a trip with a P&S and not regretted having my SLR. The ZS3 did everything I asked of it. My husband was relieved to not hear me fussing about not having my SLR.

If you are looking for the most you can get in a small package take a look at a ZS3.

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Price Paid:    $242.00

Purchased At:   amazon.com

Similar Products Used:   Samsung SL105
Casio Exilim EX-750
Canon PowerShot A75

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dalethorn a Expert

Date Reviewed: April 25, 2009

Strengths:    Leica lens.
25-300 mm zoom.
Excellent macros.
10/12 mp multi-aspect sensor.
Separate video record button.
High quality stereo sound.
Made in Japan.

Weaknesses:    25-300 mm zoom range should be 35-420 mm.
No separate metering for video recording.
No maximum ISO setting.

Bottom Line:   
Best pocket superzoom camera for getting the picture that requires the long zoom. Also does very well with macro closeups. Videos are outstanding - clean and clear with little or no camera noise, excellent sound, and real stereo! Battery life is also good. The separate video record button is very useful.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Crutchfield

Similar Products Used:   Panasonic TZ5.
Panasonic TZ3.

Type of photography:   Outdoor

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