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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR3 / DMC-ZX3

alaTest has collected and analyzed 251 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the responsiveness and lens are overall positive. The image quality and usability are also appreciated, whereas there are some mixed opinions about the storage and zoom. Some have doubts about the sensor and viewfinder.

portability, usability, image quality, lens, responsiveness

shutter, features, exposure, viewfinder, sensor

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR3 / DMC-ZX3 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR3 (Silver)


Panasonic continues to excel at putting flexible lenses in compact bodies. The Lumix DMC-ZR3, for example, has a wide-angle 25mm-equivalent lens and an 8x optical zoom in a chassis that's only an inch thick. It's the same lens the company uses on its...

Simple to use; nice design; very good features.

AVCHD Lite video and 14-megapixel resolution seem unnecessary; no controls for aperture or shutter speed.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR3 has a flexible lens in a compact body and produces reliably good automatic-shooting results.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC ZR3 Review


The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR3 is a versatile pocket camera that offers excellent shooting performance, captures nice photos, and is loaded with useful technologies (e.g. Intelligent Zoom, iAtuo, etc.) Read more in our Full Conclusion.

Fits in a small pocket; Captures nice 14-megapixel photos indoors and out; Awesome zoom range; Intelligent Zoom actually works quite well; Bright LCD screen; Good video quality for compact camera; Robust shooting performance; Well built and comfortable...

Sometimes produces strong exposures outdoors; Shorter battery life; Average amount of noise in photos; Very small buttons ; Bottom Line ; The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR3 is a versatile pocket camera that offers excellent shooting performance, captures nice...

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR3 is a versatile pocket camera that offers excellent shooting performance, captures nice photos, and is loaded with useful technologies (e.g. Intelligent Zoom, iAtuo, etc.) Read more in our

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Panasonic DMC-ZR3 Digital Camera First Impressions Review


Front The DMC-ZR3 is a small, compact camera, at just 2.15 inches tall and just over an inch thick. It would fit easily into a small pocket or bag.

The DMC-ZR3 packs a lot of features into a small, cute package. New in this model are an improved image stabilization and a longer zoom lens, but this camera is missing some of the fancy features found on other new models; there is no panorama mode,...


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Panasonic DMC-ZR3


The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR3 has a slim inch-thick body, and offers an effective sensor resolution of fourteen megapixels from a 1/2.33-inch RGB CCD image sensor. Panasonic has coupled the ZR3's sensor to a Leica DC Vario-Elmar branded 8x optical zoom...

Slim and trim form factor ; Good quality wide-angle lens with image stabilization ; Excellent HD video recording in 720p AVCHD Lite ; Optical zoom and stabilizer both work while recording movies ; Dedicated movie record button ; Quick menu streamlines...

Face recognition set up is cumbersome ; Movie shutter button is often difficult to activate ; No manual or priority exposure modes ; 2-step aperture ; Mode dial is too easily turned ; Some over-exposure ; Moderate chromatic aberration at wide-angle ;...

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR3 delivers almost all of what you want in your basic point-and-shoot digital camera. It's slim and trim but designed well enough that there aren't many trip-ups while shooting. There are ample scene modes and "intelligent"...

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Quick Review: Panasonic Lumix ZR3 digital camera


Panasonic's Lumix DMC-ZR3 (also known as the DMC-ZX3) is a compact digital camera that is designed to be a consumer-friendly mix between size, price, and performance. With a street price of about $225 and Panasonic's great build quality, right from the...

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"The camera was great for the first year."


I experienced the exact same issue as Plshpngn wrote about. After a little more than a year, a spot appeared on my pictures. It is clearly dust on the lens, but I can not clean it off so it must be on the inside. I have emailed Panasonic about the...

Small and light for all of the features it has.

It appears that dust has entered the lens.

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"Dust on sensor / inside lens assembly after 1 year"


Skip it.

Nice outdoor shots and video

- noisy indoor pics

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"Dust spots show after a year of use"


Do NOT buy. Works well at first, but lasts less then a year.

Many features and good zoom

Dust enters into the lens. I used the camera for about a year, and noticed a black spot on some photos. When I tried to clean the lens, I saw that there was dust INSIDE the camera. A few months later, even more dust spots appeared on photos and most are r

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"excellent small easy to cary camera,,big zoom"


dont carry in your pocket in a cloth bag,,Humidity from you will be adsorbed by the cloth and ruin the camera..use a leather case..Excellent all around camera

Everything in a small package..wide angle or zoom..1a mode does everything..

limited flash output (size)

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On my 3rd replacement Lumix - with daily use it fails.


I'm waiting for the lens to quit on me AGAIN. I use this camera daily for my blog ( and carry it in a fabric case in my pocket for easy reach. I do NOT abuse this camera. They must be making them to last 3 months. ... Expand...

I have enjoyed its features, zoom (which is VERY important to me), and video (once I turned off the HD Lite). It has been a fun camera to pack with me

Bought my first DMC ZR2 in Jan 2010, by March it had dust spots on every photo and then lens refused to open. It was replaced w/another in April. It had the same problems by June. This one a ZR3. Here it is Sept & dust spots have appeared again

Product Specifications

The 25mm ultra wide-angle lens has about twice the shooting area as a standard 35mm lens. This enhances all kinds of shooting situations, like when you're photographing a group of people at an indoor party or shooting a large structure or sweeping landscape while traveling. Thanks to the 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. This means the 8x optical can virtually extend to 10x equivalent. Furthermore, the extra optical zoom function that extends zoom power to 16.9x by using the center part of the large CCD to bring subjects even closer. In addition to motion JPEG images, the DMC-ZR3 can record high-definition motion images in AVCHD lite. It features almost double the recording time in HD quality compared with the conventional Motion JPEG format. The DMC-ZR3 also lets you use zooming when taking motion pictures. Its powerful 8x optical zoom is ideal for capturing dynamic video clips of sports action or animals in nature. The DMC-ZR3 features Dolby Digital Creator to record high quality audio, so you can match the beautiful movies with outstanding sound. Just about everyone has had the experience of taking a photo at night and hoping to capture all the memories and beauty, only to be disappointed at the poor result. The POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) nearly doubles the hand-shake correction power of conventional MEGA O.I.S. You get bright photos without blurring even from handheld shooting at slow shutter speeds.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

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

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Aerial photo / Photo frame / Baby2 / Baby1 / Soft skin / Starry sky / High sensitivity / Snow / Transform / Beach / Candle / Sunset / Sports mode / Underwater / Night scene / Panorama assist / Fireworks / Food / Scenery / Pet / Self-portrait / Night portrait / Party/indoor / Portrait mode / Hi-speed burst / Film grain / Flash-burst / Pin hole / High dynamic


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic Lumix

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.3-5.9
Max Focal Length:36mm
Min Focal Length:4.5mm
Optical Zoom:8
Type:Zoom lens


Microsoft Certification:Compatible with Windows 7

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.33 / 1/2.33"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.9 mm ( 1/2.33 ) / 10.9 mm ( 1/2.33" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:14.1Megapixel

Optical System

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

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVCHD Lite / MJPEG
Digital Zoom:4
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):6400
Light Sensitivity:ISO auto / ISO 1600 / ISO 80 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 800 / ISO 100 / ISO auto (1600-6400)
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Natural / Vivid / Sepia / Black & White / Warm / Cool / Happy
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera