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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3316 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the image quality and screen. The lens and usability are also appreciated. The features and viewfinder get less positive opinions, while there are mixed views on the energy efficiency and manual image adjustments.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3

 

The TZ3 is a bit of an odd duck. Though it boasts an excellent 10x optical zoom, it's still a few features short of being an actual superzoom – a category in which Panasonic has a strong foothold. Going by the overall looks and build of the TZ3, I'd...

That said, the Panasonic TZ3 in outdoor light is capable of catching excellent detail levels and colors in images, making it ideal for outdoor activities. While the price we got from Panasonic TZ3 was Rs 24,990, the actual market price with bill and...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3

 

The 7.2 Megapixel Lumix DMC-TZ3 is the latest entry to Panasonic's popular TZ family, and features a 7.2-megapixel CCD imager, 28mm wide view LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens, Intelligent Image Stabilization, with the industry's most advanced countermeasures...

The DMC-TZ3 also includes the Panasonic Venus Engine III, their most advanced image-processing engine to date. The engine helps to improve noise reduction and can record at a sensitivity setting as high as ISO 1250 with full resolution. With its...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3

 

I'm all for mega zoom cameras. With zooms ranging from 10x up to 18x these cameras offer tremendous shooting options for shutterbugs. Want to bring your subject close? The telephoto does it for you. And since they're much lighter than any D-SLR with a...

Compact 7MP; 10x zoom; 3-inch LCD; optical image stabilization

No manual aperture or shutter adjustments; slow when using flash

At this price it's a good choice for people who want to take a versatile digicam along on their travels.

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Lumix DMC-TZ3

 

The Panasonic Lumix TZ3 is the sophomore version to last year's ultra-zoom compact TZ1. Tailored for the world traveler to the soccer mom, the TZ3 is targeted for movers and shakers who want the convenience of a point-and-shoot but the zoom...

10x optical zoom lens with optical image stabilization ; Nice LCD size and resolution ; Three aspect ratios ; Wide video shooting ; Plenty of scene modes including a Baby mode

Tiny buttons on the back of the camera ; Harsh Flash ; Weight of a half a pound versus lighter point-and-shoots ; Limited manual controls

Likes - 10x optical zoom lens with optical image stabilization - Nice LCD size and resolution - Three aspect ratios - Wide video shooting - Plenty of scene...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3K

 

With this fantastic wide-angle camera, you no longer need a digital SLR to capture beautiful photos.

Rugged but stylish • Fast performance • Sturdy handle • Long warranty • Large, sun-proof display

Heavy AC adapter with three-prong AC plug

Editor's Choice!

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3

 

S previous Editors' Choice budget superzoom was the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7, which has a 12X optical zoom lens and, at less than $400, is still a good buy. One thing that camera lacked, however, was a true wide-angle view. I'm glad to say that the...

Nice 28mm wide-angle lens. Very compact. Big 3-inch LCD. Unique modes, like Intelligent ISO mode.

No true manual features. No RAW options. Can't change amount of flash.

When looking for a superzoom, don't settle for less. Panasonic's Lumix DMC-FZ7 has a powerful zoom lens with a nice wide viewing angle, too. If you're still not convinced, the Lumix is stylishly compact, takes awesome pictures, and is affordable to boot.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3S (silver)

 

The DMC-TZ3 looks almost identical to the DMC-TZ1, sharing its predecessor's chunky 9-ounce frame, its prominent lens, the tasteful gold-and-silver Leica accent, and a straightforward, minimalist control scheme. I readily accessed the camera's buttons...

Wide, powerful lens with little distortion; quick performance.

No manual exposure controls; tiny buttons; no stop-motion movie mode.

Though it leaves out one fun, little shooting mode, the Panasonic DMC-TZ3 improves upon its predecessor in nearly every way.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3

 

As is the case with most of Panasonic's Lumix models the TZ1 is available in either silver or black (though this may not be the case for every country and / or every retailer).

Uniquely versatile compact with 28-280mm equiv. lens ; Excellent resolution, surprisingly sharp lens ; Unusually versatile aspect ratio options ; High quality construction for the price ; Little (if any) color fringing ; Very low distortion ; Good...

Heavy noise reduction - make ISO 400+ usable only for small prints ; NR smoothing/smearing of fine detail and texture even at ISO 100 (and fairly strong at ISO 200) ; Mild vignetting at widest zoom setting / maximum aperture ; No manual control of...

I really liked the TZ1 - as a concept and as a camera to use - and I would have been able to give it a much more wholehearted recommendation had the image quality issues and shutter lag not let it down so badly. The TZ3 is a camera I wanted to like...

Highly Recommended!

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 Review

 

The new Panasonic DMC-TZ3 camera is a significant update of last year's popular TZ1 model. The most significant change has been made to the Leica lens. It still offers 10x focal length in a compact body, but instead of starting at 35mm, the Panasonic...

One year on from the original DMC-TZ1, and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 is still a very distinctive camera in an even more crowded market-place, thanks to its combination of a 10x ultra-zoom lens and relatively compact dimensions. Using such a small...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 Digital Camera - Full Review

 

With beauty from almost all angles, the most beautiful quality of the Panasonic TZ3 is the quality of its lens, and thus its images. We found the TZ3's controls to be a little less impressive, at least in terms of their look and feel; the good news is...

10x optical zoom with true 28mm wide angle, Almost distortion-free lens, Compact body for zoom range, Optical image stabilization, Sturdy build, Big, high resolution 3-inch LCD, Easy to Use, Simple mode for handing the camera off to the less...

Anti-noise processing muddles detail, especially in reds, High contrast in harsh outdoor images, Somewhat subdued color compared to other cameras in this class, Limited low-light abilities, Flash coverage is uneven at wide angle, and insufficient at...

The worthy successor to the Panasonic DMC-TZ1, the 7.2 megapixel DMC-TZ3, offers many of the TZ1's benefits including a 10x Leica-branded optical zoom lens and Panasonic's signature Optical Image Stabilization (MEGA O.I.S.). But the TZ3's 10x optical...

Product Specifications

The DMC-TZ3 is more compact than the previous model, and has been given a more luxurious touch with its stylish design and metallic, stainless-steel exterior. Newly integrated lens barrier takes the place of the lens cap, to ensure that it never gets lost again. This is a camera that you will want to take with you always. The DMC-TZ3 features a 28mm wide-angle 10x optical zoom Leica DC lens (equivalent to a 28mm-280mm zoom on a 35mm film camera) in an ultra-compact body. With the wide-angle lens, you can get all your friends in the picture or capture an expansive landscape in a single shot. And with the high-power 10x optical zoom, you can get clear, beautiful shots even when you can't get close to your subject. The lens unit comprises eleven elements in nine groups, with three aspherical lenses, including dual-sided aspherical meniscus lens, to achieve high optical performance while preserving compactness. The dual-sided aspherical meniscus lens represent a major achievement in mass-produced lens elements, and enable the remarkable 28 to 280mm range of focal lengths in this compact body. Inheriting the fine rendering and outstanding quality of the LEICA ELMAR lens, this easy-to-carry camera delivers beautiful pictures any time, any place.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card/MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:1.5in
Height:2.3in
Weight:8.2oz
Width:4.1in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

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/Portrait mode / Party/indoor / Night portrait / Pet / Scenery / Food / Fireworks / Night scene / Panning / Sports mode / Sunset / Candle / Beach / Snow / High sensitivity / Starry sky / Soft skin / Baby1 / Baby2 / Aerial photo

Flash Memory

Storage Capacity:1GB/2GB

Header

Manufacturer:Panasonic
Model:DMC-TZ3/DMC-TZ3-K/DMC-TZ3A/DMC-TZ3EG-S/DMC-TZ3PL-K/DMC-TZ3S
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic Lumix

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.3-4.9
Max Focal Length:46mm
Min Focal Length:4.6mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Color:Black/Blue/Silver

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.35 / 1/2.35"/1/2.35"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.8 mm ( 1/2.35 ) / 10.8 mm ( 1/2.35" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:7.2Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical/Optical (MEGA O.I.S.)

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:QuickTime
Digital Zoom:4
ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 800 / ISO 400 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 / ISO 1250 / ISO auto/ISO 100 / ISO 1250 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 / ISO 400 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Cool / Neutral / Sepia / Vivid / Warm/Cool / Warm / Black & White / Sepia / Neutral / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None