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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ3

alaTest has collected and analyzed 331 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the portability and battery are generally positive. The image quality and usability also get good feedback. Opinions are divided on the responsiveness, and the features and manual image adjustments get negative views.

value for money, usability, image quality, battery, portability

viewfinder, memory, reliability, manual adjust., features

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ3 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ3


Panasonic introduces two new models to its compact, affordable and consumer-friendly LZ series of Lumix digital still cameras for 2006. The six megapixel DMC-LZ5 and five megapixel DMC-LZ3 incorporate Panasonic's top-rated MEGA Optical Image Stabilization

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ3


Optical image stabilization; long-range, relatively fast lens; lots of handy features.

Mediocre performance; cheap build quality; some problems with image quality.

Lackluster image quality and poor performance make the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ3 a disappointment.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ3 and LZ5 First Impressions Review


Panasonic's line of image-stabilized compacts with substantial zooms has grown at the low end with the introduction of the Lumix DMC-LZ5 and DMC-LZ3. Both cameras feature the 6.1 to 36.6mm Lumix DC Vario 6x zoom lens, with MEGA O.I.S. Image...

- Clean, simple design - Excellent image stabilization - Solid construction - Nice powerful and flash illuminates scene evenly - Reasonable price

- Initial quality observations show lots of noise and marginal color accuracy - LCD display not good enough to inspect images - Exposure not accurate in challenging settings

While we were evaluating preproduction models, initial impressions on image quality drag down the LZ5 and LZ3. We know there are users who aren't very sensitive to image quality, who won't mind the noise and boosted colors, and we expect they'll like...


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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ3 Digital Camera - Full Review - The Imaging Resource!


Available in both black and silver finishes, this Lumix has an understated look. Its lightweight plastic body is peppered with a moderate number of physical controls and a single silver and gray accent that extends from one side of the lens and curls...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ3


Worked for about a year now cannot get it to even turn on r

Can't get it to work has something to do with the set up. Changed batteries etc. still won't work? It's almost as if the memory became overloaded?

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ3


Excellent deal for $80

None this far

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"can some one send me drivers"


can someone please send me the drivers for this camera i lost mine... it would eb grately appreciated Thank you. my email is

its great camera

no voice on vids

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ3


can someone please send me the drivers for this camera i lost mine... it would eb grately appreciated Thank you. my email is

its great camera

no voice on vids

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"Brought based on pricing and make"


To me the LZ3 is not a bad camera, maybe slight priced to high, but we enjoy the flexiability the LZ3 offers.... just make sure you buy a 256MB memory card(minimum), to make the most of it.

Easy to use, size friendly to most pockets, robust, great "point and clickability". its a panasonic

quality of photo's can be an issue in low res, but thats low res. no mic (LZ5)

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"This is my all time favorite dslr camera!"


I received this camera as a gift from someone whose gifts, up until that time, were usually based on price alone, so I didn't know what to expect from this camera.

6x zoom, stabilization, AA batteries, PRICE!, Awesome pictures.

Might be bulky for some, but I like the size - it feels just right when taking pictures.

Product Specifications

Panasonic is introducing the incoming LUMIX model 5.0-megapixel DMC-LZ3, incorporating MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) and 6x optical zoom lens that run on two AA batteries. MEGA O.I.S. is the image stabilization system against handshake that bears no picture deterioration. Panasonic is the first company in the industry to have succeeded in incorporating MEGA O.I.S. into a compact digital camera and now its benefit is strongly approved by the users of the world, considered to be the standard of photography. Compared to the previous models, the DMC-LZ2/LZ1, the LZ3 adopts large and bright 2.0-inch LCD and speeds up its AF time by adopting 1-point high-speed AF option while AF assist lamp is newly incorporated. Another feature is in the enhanced scene mode options including the high sensitivity mode that allows shooting at maximum ISO 1600. This is realized by the new pixel-mixed readout method of CCD even realizing the recording of bright motion image in VGA size. In addition, the newly incorporated Extra Optical Zoom function allows more powerful zooming maximum 7.5x in 3-Megapixel image recording. For the brain of the camera, the LZ3 incorporates continued Venus Engine Plus, which saves energy consumption to achieve long battery life while maintaining quick response and high picture quality. As you recall, the blurred image caused by hand shake is the biggest problem of digital camera photography. Normally, the compactness of the camera results in the good portability and shooting using LCD helps fine view, however, these advantages may stand in the way because they reduce stability on the other hand. However, MEGA O.I.S. solves those problems. The spur-of-the-moment for which you're not ready enough to keep your posture and the low-lit indoor or night time, when the shutter speed tends to slow, and macro shooting in which even a slight move will spoil the picture, all those are common situations accompany blurry pictures. However, MEGA O.I.S. enables you to easily take clear, beautiful pictures in even in such situations. This capital feature is subsumed under no other cameras but LUMIX among the entry class models that run on AA batteries. In addition, the LZ3 allows shooting with maximum ISO 1600 setting in the newly incorporated High Sensitivity mode. This takes advantage of shooting moving subject such as baby and pets especially indoors, which were often spoiled by the movement of subject itself. Thus, the handshake and the movement of the subject, both the major causes of the blurred picture, are compensated with MEGA O.I.S. and High Sensitivity Mode to help you to take clear and beautiful picture in various situations. The DMC-LZ3 is equipped with outstanding optical 6x zoom that captures and magnifies subjects located at a distance that cannot be captured enough by the 3x zoom of ordinary compact cameras. Even this outstanding zooming capability is supported by MEGA O.I.S. allowing every user to take clear, sharp images, coupled with the new high sensitivity mode that works against the movement of subject.

Audio Input

Type: None


Battery Form Factor:Standard form factor
Supported Battery Form Factor:AA

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2in
Diagonal Size (metric):5.1cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Baby1 / Baby2 / Candle / Fireworks / Food / High sensitivity / Macro / Night portrait / Night scene / Party/indoor / Portrait mode / Scenery / Snow / Soft skin / Sports mode / Starry sky


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic Lumix

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-4.5
Max Focal Length:36.6mm
Min Focal Length:6.1mm
Optical Zoom:6
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:5Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:QuickTime
Digital Zoom:4
ISO (Max):1600
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Cool / Neutral / Sepia / Vivid / Warm
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None