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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 / DMC-TZ7

alaTest has collected and analyzed 4702 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the value for money and lens. The image quality and usability also get good feedback, but many are critical about the features and shutter.

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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-ZS3 / DMC-TZ7 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 packs a lot of features into its small case: 10-megapixel resolution, a 12x zoom and high definition video. And we found that it has the performance to match, with sharp, colorful images and video.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC--ZS3 provides a lot of performance for the price: we found that the 10-megapixel images it captured were generally very good, with plenty of detail and accurate color. The same was true of the video it captured, with the 720p...


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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3


You've read our squawks about the endless search for the perfect two-in-one imaging device (good pictures and videos in a single package). For the most part we've concentrated on camcorders since they start out with fine video. Unfortunately other than...

Good ; accurate stills; excellent 720P videos; quality Leica wide-angle 12x zoom; very good 3-inch LCD; easy to use menu system; optical zoom with movies

Stills/videos not super-sharp; color doesn't have "pop"; no manual adjustments; relatively slow

The Lumix DMC-ZS3 comes close to our two-in-one fantasy device with its fantastic set of features...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3


One of a handful of pocket megazooms announced earlier this year, the 10-megapixel Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3S ($400 as of 6/29/2009) carries a 12X optical Leica zoom lens, ranging from an ultrawide-angle 25mm to 300mm on the telephoto end.

12x optical zoom; can zoom in video mode ; Great HD video options

Mode dial is finicky ; Lack of manual settings

The powerful zoom lens and features are great for casual shooters looking for versatility and oomph. Advanced photographers will be disappointed in the lack of manual controls.


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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 Review


Panasonic today introduced the LUMIX DMC-ZS3 and DMC-ZS1, both members of the new ZS-Series, the successor to the acclaimed LUMIX TZ-Series and Panasonic�s newest ultimate compact and powerful digital cameras. The LUMIX ZS3 features 10.1-megapixels, a...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 (black)


Like its predecessor, the Lumix DMC-TZ5, Panasonic's Lumix DMC-ZS3 offers an interesting combination of features, including a 12x zoom lens and 720p AVCHD video capture, in an attractive, compact body. And with better photo quality, slightly faster...

Long and wide-angle zoom lens in a compact body; 720p movies; lens can zoom during movie capture

Very few manual controls

As long as you don't want much in the way of manual features, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 is a very nice camera that can handle a variety of shooting situations.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 First Impressions Digital Camera Review


Introduction It's not often that we see a whole new video format being introduced on a digital camera, but that's what Panasonic has done with the Lumix DMC-ZS3; as well as being a well specified 10-megapixel still camera, it's the first digital camera...

New video format is compatible with many programs • Fits nicely in the hand • 25mm wide angle zoom is good for shooting groups • dual menu structure is easy to use • HDMI cable is not included • Can't shoot pictures very quickly • Video is not as high...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 (DMC-TZ7)


The original Panasonic 'Travel Zoom' TZ1 from 2006 was the first camera to combine a relatively compact body with a 10x zoom lens and in this respect is the great-grandfather of all the cameras in this test. The ZS3 (TZ7 in Europe) is the fourth...

Good image quality, intuitive user interface, decent high ISO output (for smaller prints), 25mm wide-angle, relatively fast lens at the long end (F4.9), large high-res screen, versatile movie mod

Some highlight clipping of contrasty scenes, occasionally slightly underexposed flash shot

Everything we said about the Panasonic ZS1 holds true for its sister model ZS3. The camera's metal body handles nicely and it delivers very good image quality at low ISOs and does a better job than most others in this test at higher sensitivities....

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3


If you are in the market for a “super zoom” digital camera that features 720p video recording (in addition to high-quality stills), then the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 may be right for you. The downside to owning this camera is that it is slightly...

10.1-megapixels, 12x optical zoom, 25mm/300mm focalIntelligent Auto (iA) ModeVenus Engine HD- supports AVCHD Lite format for 720p (60fps) video

Expensive- perhaps priced too high for consumersbattery life isn't great

Top-grade cameras are starting to become main stream with consumers, and...

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Lumix DMC-ZS3


Those are the major differences between the three models. The only other thing I want to mention about that table is that the ZS1 and ZS3 actually use different sensors. The ZS1's is 10.3 million total pixels, while the ZS3's has 12.7 million

Very good photo quality ; Packs a 12X, 25 - 300 mm lens into a small, well-built package ; Optical image stabilization ; Very little barrel distortion ; Stunning 3-inch LCD display with excellent resolution and outdoor / low light visibility ; Snappy...

Images have a grainy appearance, even at lowest ISOs; still some smudging of low contrast detail ; AVCHD Lite codec makes video sharing and editing a chore (though you don't have to use it); no video viewer/editor for Mac OS included ; Can't adjust...

I think it's safe to say that Panasonic is going to sell a lot of Lumix DMC-ZS3 cameras. They've done a nice job improving on the TZ5, though I'm not really sold on the AVCHD Lite codec. A lot of people have been comparing the DMC-ZS3 to Canon's...

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Review: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 digital camera


This camera's powerful zoom lens and features are great for casual shooters looking for versatility and oomph.

12x optical zoom ; Great HD video options ; Can zoom in video mode

Lack of manual settings ; Mode dial is finicky

A zoom range like that isn't very useful if image stabilization doesn't come with it, and the Lumix DMC-ZS3 has top-notch optical stabilization. The camera is downright shake-proof, providing crystal-clear images even when I shook it around at full zoom

Product Specifications

The ZS3 records HD motion images at a smooth 60 frames per second with 1280x720-pixel resolution. It uses the AVCHD (MPEG-4/H.264) format via AVCHD Lite, which stores less data than other formats and thus lets you shoot more minutes of HD motion images before running out of memory. The ZS3 is equipped with an HDMI output terminal for direct transmission of digital picture and sound signals. Just connect the camera to an HDTV using a single HDMI mini cable (purchased separately), and it's easy to view beautiful HD photos and motion images. If you have a VIERA HDTV, you can control the camera's playback functions with VIERA's remote control unit. The ZS3 packs a LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens with 12x optical zoom into a compact body. This versatile photographic tool lets you shoot everything from sweeping vistas at the 25mm wide-angle setting to dynamic 300mm telephoto shots. And the lens system's exquisite rendering ability lets you capture even the subtle nuances of the sights and scenes in your travels.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


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/SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


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 / Beach & surf / Candle / Film grain / Fireworks / Food / Hi-speed burst / High sensitivity / Low light / Night portrait / Night scene / Party/indoor / Pet / Pin hole / Portrait mode / Scenery / Self-portrait / Snow / Soft skin / Sports mode / Starry sky / Sunset / Transform / Underwater


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic Lumix

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.3-4.9
Max Focal Length:49.2mm
Min Focal Length:4.1mm
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.33"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.9 mm ( 1/2.33 ) / 10.9 mm ( 1/2.33" )
Sensor Resolution:10.1Megapixel

Optical System

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

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVCHD Lite / QuickTime
Digital Zoom:4
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):6400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO 800 / ISO auto / ISO auto (1600-6400)
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Cool / Natural / Sepia / Vivid / Warm
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None