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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR3 Above 10 Megapixel

5 star rating
                      5 / 5 (1 Reviews)
MSRP : $299.95

  • Camera TypeCompact
    Resolution14.5 Megapixel
    LCD Screen Size2.7 in.
    Optical Zoom8x
    Digital Zoom4x
    Weight0.3 lb.
    Interchangeable LensNot Interchangeable Lenses
    35mm Zoom Lens25 - 200 mm
    Focus TypeAutofocus
    Focus Range19.69 in. to Infinity (w) / 78.74 in. to Infinity (t)
    Macro Focus Range1.18 in. to Infinity (w) / 39.37 in. to Infinity (t)
    Focal Length4.5 - 36 mm
    Image Sensor TypeCCD
    Camera Resolution14.5 Megapixel
    Image Resolutions640 x 480 • 2560 x 1920 • 2048 x 1536 • 2048 x 1360 • 3072 x 2304 • 640 x 424 • 3648 x 2736 • 3648 x 2432 • 3072 x 1728 • 2560 x 1712 • 2560 x 1440 • 3648 x 2056
    Video Resolutions320 x 240 • 640 x 480 (VGA) • 1280 x 720 • 848 x 480
    Video Speed30 fps
    Video FormatQuickTime • Motion JPEG
    Aperture Rangef3.3/f5.9 (w/t) - f10/f18 (w/t)
    Shutter Speed8 - 1/2000 sec
    White BalanceAuto • Daylight / Sunny (Preset) • Shade (Preset) • Halogen (Preset) • Colour Temperature Adjust
    Memory TypeBuilt-in • SD Card • SDHC Card
    Built-in Memory Size40 MB
    Compression ModesFine • Normal
    Compression TypeJPEG • DPOF 1.1 • DCF • EXIF 2.21
    ISO SpeedsAuto • 100 • 200 • 400 • 800 • 1600 • 80
    Flash TypeBuilt-In
    Flash FunctionsFlash Off • Auto Flash • Red-eye Reduction Flash • Slow Sync • Forced On
    LCD ScreenWith LCD Screen
    LCD Screen Resolution230,000 pixels
    LCD Protected PositionWithout LCD Protected Position
    Interface TypeUSB 2.0 • HDMI
    Video InterfaceVideo Out
    Battery TypeProprietary Li-Ion
    Battery Life330 Images
    Self Timer2 Sec. • 10 Sec.
    Built-in MicrophoneWith Built-in Microphone
    Built-in SpeakerWith Built-in Speaker
    Width3.85 in.
    Depth1.02 in.
    Height2.15 in.
    Family LinePanasonic Lumix
    Included AccessoriesSoftware • USB Cable • Driver • Battery Charger • Strap • AV Cable • Battery Pack
    Product ID95587294

Product Description

Super compact 14.1-megapixel camera with Powerful 8x Optical Zoom Featuring AVCHD Lite Movie Recording and Intelligent Resolution Technology. The 25mm ultra wide-angle lens* has about twice the shooting area as a standard 35mm lens. Thanks to the newly incorporated Intelligent Resolution technology, the Intelligent Zoom is available with the DMC-ZR3 which extends the zoom ratio by approx. 1.3x maintaining the picture quality even combining a digital zoom. The POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) nearly doubles the hand-shake correction power of conventional MEGA O.I.S.

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by kenopdx a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: July 1, 2010

Strengths:    - Fast start up time
- Fast focus time
- Great auto mode, usually figures out what you are taking a picture
- high quality Leica lens
- nice long zoom in a small package
- optical image stabilization works pretty well for long zoom photos
- great movie mode, with zoom!
- small size, fits in a pocket
- HDMI output (but you must buy the HDMI cable separate, check Amazon.com for some cheap ones)
- SDHC memory card and standard mini USB download cable
- Dedicated movie recording button. You don't have to turn the dial to get into movie mode

Weaknesses:    - Relatively small battery. The battery will run out before you fill the card.
- Proprietary key system for battery makes an extra battery an expensive addition
- Function dial can be moved to an invalid position. The camera gives a warning, but if the dial was moved while in your pocket, the camera will not take a picture until the dial is moved back to the proper position. Why not just lock out those positions with a mechanical device?

Bottom Line:   
I recently purchased a Panasonic ZR-3 point and shoot to replace my Sony W230. The Sony was functional, but had many short comings including image quality and overall speed of operations.

The new Panasonic is a wonderful camera. It is the same size as the Sony, but has an 8x optical zoom instead of 4x. The camera has an ultra fast start up time for a point and shoot, and focus time was nearly instantaneous compared to all other point and shoot cameras I have used and owned in the past. I also carry a Canon Rebel XT as my primary camera, and this camera will not replace it, but is a good addition to my arsenal.

For most shots, the intelligent auto (iA) mode works great. However, there are lots of manual settings for those who want to tinker.

The camera has many scene modes for things such as night shots, fireworks, snow, beach, etc. Pretty standard for cameras in this class these days.

The photo quality so far has been excellent. Far superior to most other point and shoots I have tinkered with over the years. Excellent color reproduction in outdoor scenes. Indoor photos with reasonable lighting conditions produce good skin tones and accurate colors. Night shots have some graininess, but flash is adequate for relatively close distances.

The controls are easy to use, and required little or no instruction from the manual.

The camera's size and weight are perfect for someone who wants to put the camera in a pocket or purse. This camera usually rides in the diaper bag for our family. I have a simple Case Logic neoprene case which fits snugly around the camera.

In my opinion, this is one of the best point and shoot cameras out there. Panasonic has many similar models spanning various price ranges. This model hit he sweet spot for me, with the high quality Leica lens, 8x zoom, and compact size. For more zoom, you can upgrade to the ZS series, but those cameras are about 20% larger in every dimension, including weight.

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Price Paid:    $231.00

Purchased At:   Amazon.com

Similar Products Used:   - Sony W230
- Canon A520
- Tested many other point and shoots at various stores including Canon, Nikon, and Casio

Type of photography:   People

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