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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 / DMC-TZ7

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3242 reviews of Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 / DMC-TZ7. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. People really like the zoom and image quality. The performance and portability are also mentioned favorably, whereas the storage and memory get critical opinions. There are mixed opinions on the sensor and flash.

usability, portability, performance, image quality, zoom

battery, viewfinder, shutter, memory, storage

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 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 / DMC-TZ7

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 11 user reviews of Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 / DMC-TZ7 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the zoom and lens. The size and usability are also mentioned favorably. The shutter and viewfinder get less positive reviews, and reviews are divided on the battery.

portability, usability, size, lens, zoom

flash, performance, viewfinder, shutter

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic Lumix TZ7 Digital Camera - Red (10.1MP, 12x Optical Zoom) 3.0" LCDPanasonic Lumix TZ7 Digital Camera - Red (10.1MP, 12x Optical Zoom) 3.0" LCD

Dec, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 / DMC-TZ7

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1340 user reviews of Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 / DMC-TZ7 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the zoom and performance. The image quality and portability also get good comments. Opinions about the sensor and storage are mixed. There are some less positive comments about the viewfinder and shutter.

usability, portability, image quality, performance, zoom

shutter, viewfinder

89% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 10MP Digital Camera with 12x Wide Angle MEGA Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3 inch LCD (Blue)Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 10MP Digital Camera with 12x Wide Angle MEGA Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3 inch LCD (Blue)

Dec, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 / DMC-TZ7

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 13 user reviews of Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 / DMC-TZ7 from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.ca. Opinions about the price and image quality are generally positive. The portability and zoom also get good comments. There are some mixed views about the durability. Some have doubts about the battery.

usability, zoom, portability, image quality, price

battery

85% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 10 MP Digital Camera with 12x Wide Angle MEGA Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3 inch LCD (Black)Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 10 MP Digital Camera with 12x Wide Angle MEGA Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3 inch LCD (Black)

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Tim Moynihan (pcworld.com)

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.

Jun, 2009

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (cnet.com)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 review

 

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.

Apr, 2009

Expert review by (dpreview.com)

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....

Expert review by : Mike Flacy (steves-digicams.com)

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...

May, 2009

Expert review by : LetsGoDigital (letsgodigital.org)

Panasonic Lumix DMC TZ7 Review

 

Daartegenover staat dat het dynamisch bereik van de Panasonic TZ7 licht verbeterd is en nu tot en met 800 ISO prima in staat is de donkere en lichte partijen te voorzien van detail zonder dicht te slibben of uit te bleken. Waar we vooral over te...

May, 2010

Expert review by (electronicsme.com)

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...

Aug, 2009

Recommended!

Expert review by (letsgodigital.org)

Panasonic Lumix DMC TZ7 review

 

As a successor to the successful LUMIX DMC-TZ5, the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TZ was launched. It is quite striking to see that the competitors have allowed Panasonic to continue expanding the success of the compact format megazoom camera for such a long...

With the launch of the Panasonic LUMIX TZ7, we were curious to see which specifications Panasonic had changed in order to continue the success of its predecessors. We were pleasantly surprised to see the amount of effective pixels kept relatively low...

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Expert review by : Mark Goldstein (photographyblog.com)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7 Review

 

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7 (also known as the DMC-ZS3 in the USA) is a brand new ultra-compact super-zoom camera, offering several major improvements on its predecessor, the popular TZ5 model. There's now a 12x, 25-300mm optical zoom lens, both wider...

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7 is easy to recommend to anyone looking for a compact, pocketable point-and-shoot camera that takes great photos with the added bonus of HD video. Although the DMC-TZ7 no longer has the travel zoom market to itself, with the...

Mar, 2009

Expert review by : Jeff Keller (dcresource.com)

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...

Mar, 2010

Expert review by : Tim Moynihan (macworld.com)

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.

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

Dec, 2009

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:Stereo
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Wind filter: Yes

Battery

Battery Capacity:895 / 940
Battery life (CIPA standard):300
Battery performance:895 / 940
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:3.6V
Battery voltage:3.6
Number of batteries supported:1

Camera

Calendar: Yes
Camera playback:Movie, Single image, Slide show, Thumbnails
Histogram: Yes
Image editing:Resizing, Trimming
On Screen Display (OSD) languages:ENG, ESP
Photo effects:Black&White, Neutral, Sepia, Vivid / Black&White, Sepia, Vivid
Playback zoom:16
Playback zoom (max):16
Scene modes:Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich / beach, Candlelight, Children, Close-up (macro), Cuisine, Fireworks, Landscape, Night portrait, party (indoor), Portrait, self-portrait, Sports, Sunset, Underwater / beach, Candlelight, Children, Close-up (macro), Cuisine, party (indoor), Portrait, self-portrait, Sports, Sunset, Underwater
Self-timer:2 / 2,10
Self-timer delay:2 / 2,10
White Balance:auto, Cloudy, custom modes, daylight, Shade / Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Shade

Design

Color of product:Black / Brown / Red / Silver
Dust-resistant: No
Dustproof:N

Display

Display:LCD
Display Diagonal:3
Display resolution (numeric):460000
Field of view:100

Flash

Flash modes:Auto, Flash off, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization / Auto, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization / Flash off, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization
Flash range (tele):39.4 - 141.7
Flash range (wide):23.6 - 208.7

Focusing

Auto Focus (AF) assist beam: Yes
Auto focusing (AF) modes:continuous auto focus, Face tracking, multi point auto focus, spot auto focus / continuous auto focus, multi point auto focus, single auto focus, spot auto focus
Auto Mode focusing range (tele):2.0 - ∞
Auto Mode focusing range (wide):0.5 - ∞
Focus adjustment:Auto
Macro focusing range (tele):1 - ∞
Macro focusing range (wide):0.03 - 2
Normal focusing range:0.8 - ∞

Lens System

Combined zoom:48
Digital Zoom:4
Focal length range (f-f):0.161 - 1.94
Lens structure:10/8
Lens structure (elements/groups):10/8
Optical Zoom:12

Light Exposure

ISO sensitivity:80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, Auto
Light exposure control:Program AE
Light exposure correction:± 2EV (1/3EV step)
Light exposure modes:Auto
Light metering:Centre-weighted, Spot

Memory

Compatible memory cards:MMC, SD / MMC, SD, SDHC / SD, SDHC
Internal memory:40 / 45

Other Features

35 mm camera lens equivalent:0.984 - 11.8
Aperture range (F-F):3.3 - 6.3
Built-in flash: Yes
Camera shutter speed:8 - 1/2000 / 8-1/2000
Date imprinting: Yes
Digital SLR: No
Dust-resistant: No
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):0.984 - 11.8
HDMI ports quantity:1
Interface:USB 2.0, miniHDMI
Shock proof: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Video capability: Yes

Packaging Content

Batteries included: Yes
Battery charger: Yes
Battery charger included:Y
Bundled software:PHOTOfunSTUDIO v3.0 HD Edition\nArcSoft (MediaImpression / Panorama Maker) QuickTime / PHOTOfunSTUDIO v3.0\nArcSoft (MediaImpression / Panorama Maker)\nUSB Driver, QuickTime
Cables included:AV, USB
Hand strap: Yes

Picture Quality

Camera Type:Compact camera
Image sensor size:1/2.33
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Maximum image resolution:3648 x 2736 / 3968 x 2232
Megapixel:10.1
Sensor Type:CCD
Still image resolution(s):640 x 480,1600 x 1200,1920 x 1080,2048 x 1360,2048 x 1536,2560 x 1920,3072 x 2304,3328 x 1872,3648 x 2736
Supported aspect ratios:3:2, 4:3, 16:9
Total megapixels:12.7

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes
I/O ports:HD AV\nAV
PictBridge: Yes

Video

Analog signal format system:NTSC
HD type:HD
Maximum video resolution:1280 x 720
Motion JPEG frame rate:30
Video compression format:M-JPEG
Video formats supported:M-JPEG
Video Frame Rate:30
Video recording: Yes
Video Resolutions:320 x 240,640 x 480,1280 x 720

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:1.29
Dimensions (W x D x H):4.07 x 1.29 x 2.35
Dimensions (W x D x H) (imperial):4.07 x 1.29 x 2.35
Height:2.35
Weight:0.45 / 8.08
Weight (imperial):0.45
Width:4.06