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Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ3 16.1 MP Compact Digital Camera with 20x Intelligent Zoom (Violet)

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  • 16.1 Mega Pixel, 10x optical zoom, 20x Intelligent Zoom, Mega O.I.S.
  • 2.7" LCD Screen, Intelligent Auto Mode, Venus Engine, 12 Effective Create Control
  • 720p Motion JPEG Video, Sonic Speed Auto Focus, Creative Panorama Shot

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Technical Details

Color: Violet
  • Brand Name: Panasonic
  • Model: DMC-SZ3V
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 16.1 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CCD
  • Optical zoom: 10 x
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Product Details

Color: Violet
  • Product Dimensions: 3.7 x 2.2 x 0.9 inches ; 4.5 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 7.6 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00ATE7T9M
  • Item model number: DMC-SZ3V
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,939 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 7, 2013

Product Description

Color: Violet

Product Description

Panasonic Consumer Dmc-Sz3v Hd Videos All In One Camera Violet

From the Manufacturer


Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3V Compact Point and Shoot Digital Camera, 10X Wide-Angle Zoom/20x Intelligent Zoom, 12 Creative Scene Modes, HD Video, Optical Image Stabilizer - Violet


High Grade Leica 10X Optical Zoom

Discover the fun to use Panasonic DMC-SZ3 compact zoom camera. SZ3 camera delivers high quality pictures from a small, stylish camera with the ability to personalize your everyday photography. Expressing yourself has never been easier than with the 12 in-camera creative effects. The DMC-SZ3 shoots amazing HD video along with stunning photos making this camera your all-in-one capture system. The DMC-SZ3 digital camera boasts a powerful 10x optical zoom lens (35mm camera equivalent: 25-250mm) giving you natural expressions from people and animals from a distance. The slim camera body easily goes wherever you go - from everyday snapshots to your greatest travels.

Create Amazing Photos with 12 In-Camera Creative Effects

Panasonic is ready to take the ordinary and make it extraordinary by fueling your creativity with the in-camera's Creative Control feature (in the recording mode) and the Creative Retouch feature (in the playback mode). These features take simple or complicated scenes and make them easy to capture in a great photo. Simply set the camera to match your scene and it uses sophisticated presets to optimize the camera settings resulting in photos you'll be proud of.

Instantly Capture HD Video with a Dedicated Video Button

Jump into the word of movie making with the press of a button. The DMC-SZ3 compact camera records HD video in Motion JPEG format (1,280 x 720 pixels at 24 fps). Video recording can be easily started with the press of the Motion Picture Button making it convenient for switching between photo and video shooting instantly. In Motion Picture Mode, recording time depends on the capacity of the SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card. Video can be recorded continuously up to 2GB. Use a card with SD Speed Class, the speed standard regarding continuous writing, with "Class 6" or higher for best results. Some lens movement sounds may be recorded when shooting video.

25mm Ultra Wide-Angle Lens3

The camera's 25mm ultra wide-angle lens (Converted to standard 35mm camera equivalent at the wide end) delivers about twice the shooting area as a standard 35mm lens. This enhances your shooting opportunities when photographing scenes like a group of people at an indoor party, a large structure, or sweeping landscape while traveling. The advanced sliding structure of its optical system enables the unit's overall length to be short, allowing it to fit in the slim body despite its versatile zoom range from ultra wide to telephoto. Passing Leica's stringent standards, DMC-SZ3 digital camera boasts exceptional optical performance, stunning clarity and minimum distortion and flare.

Get Close with a 20x Intelligent Zoom

Bring your subject in closer to capture sports or nature photography, a beautiful portrait, or details within a scene with the SZ3's powerful 10x zoom. When you need to get even closer to your subject, the Intelligent Zoom is an extensive zoom function that uses digital zoom technology with minimum deterioration of image quality due to the Intelligent Resolution technology. The 10x optical zoom can virtually extend to a 20x zoom equivalent. (35mm camera equivalent: 500mm).

Shoot Super Sharp Photos with MEGA O.I.S. Optical Image Stabilizer

The in-camera MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) compensates for hand-shake that causes blurred photos. Even slight hand-shake movement is accurately detected and compensated for to produce sharp, clear images even in tricky lighting conditions. Bring on the night portraits or scenes, shoot in dimly lit rooms, and even hand-hold a macro shot with confidence that the Mega O.I.S. will keep your pictures sharp.

iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode Takes the Guesswork Out of Photography

Your photography will soar to new levels with the Panasonic DMC-SZ3 camera's state-of-the-art features and technologies like the iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode. The camera does the technical setting work, leaving you free to compose your shot and capture the moment. Simply aim, press, and shoot. The detection and correction functions go to work to give you beautiful photos and videos. Keep in mind the iA Mode functions vary with photos and videos.

Recharge the Battery on the Go from a USB port or AC USB Adapter

You'll always be ready for your next photo adventure with the convenience of recharging on the go. The Panasonic DMC-SZ3 compact camera will charge in a USB Port or with the AC USB Adapter keeping you powered up and shooting. Take approximately 250 shots on a single battery charge, based on the CIPA standard, with the efficient, rechargeable lithium-ion battery.

Premium Accessories for the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3
32GB SDHC Memory Card
Panasonic 32GB SDHC Memory Card with Class 10 Speed Performance
8GB SD Memory Card
Panasonic 8GB SD Memory Card with SD Speed Class 4 Performance
AV Cable
AV Cable for select LUMIX Digital Cameras
USB Connection Cable DMW-USBC1
USB rewind type cable, maximum cable length 1.5m

Stylish Zoom Comparison Chart
Optical Zoom Lens
10x
5x
5x
5x
Wide-Angle Lens (in 35mm equiv.)
25-250mm
24-120mm
24-120mm
28-140mm
Lens Aperture (F Value)
F3.1-5.9
F2.8-6.9
F2.8-6.9
F3.2-6.5
Optical Image Stabilizer
Yes(Lens Shift)
Yes(Lens Shift)
Yes(Lens Shift)
Yes(Lens Shift)
Intelligent Resolution Technology
Yes(Intelligent Zoom 20x)
Yes(Intelligent Zoom 8x)
Yes(Intelligent Zoom 8x)
No
Effective Pixels
16.1-megapixel
16.1-megapixel
16.1-megapixel
14.1-megapixel
Image Sensor Size
1/2.33-inch
1/2.33-inch
1/2.33-inch
1/2.33-inch
Image Sensor Type
CCD
CCD
CCD
CCD
Video Recording Resolution
1280x720/24p
1280x720/30p
1280x720/30p
1280x720/30p
Video Recording File Format
M.JPEG
M.JPEG
M.JPEG
M.JPEG
Video Recording Zoom
Yes
Yes(digital)
Yes(digital)
Yes(digital)
Microphone
Mono
Mono
Mono
Mono
Continuous Shooting Speed (Full Resolution)
1.4fps
1fps
1fps
0.5fps
Monitor Size
2.7-inch
2.7-inch
2.7-inch
2.7-inch
Pixels (dot)
230k
230k
230k
230k
Movable Monitor
No
No
No
No
Touch Monitor
No
No
No
No
ISO (MAX)
1600
1600
1600
1600
Panorama
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Built-in Memory
90MB
90MB
90MB
10MB
Shooting Filter and Effect
Creative Control(12 paterns)
Creative Control(13)
No
No
Playback/Retouch Function
Creative Retouch,Auto Retouch,Beauty Retouch
All,Slide Show, Filtering Play,Calendar/Creative Retouch,Auto Retouch
All,Slide Show, Filtering Play,Calendar/Auto Retouch
Normal Play,Slide Show,Category Selection,Calendar/
Others
Web UploaderCreative Panorama
Web Uploader
Web Uploader

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

This camera does not follow in the Lumix tradition.
Ahmed
It is light weight and very nice to handle, good function,and it takes great pictures.
Robert Bertolini
So small it fits perfectly in a shirt pocket or purse.
kittylover

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

69 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Contrarian on June 11, 2013
Color Name: Black
I just bought this for my wife. It is a very nice compact camera. I read the reviews carefully for a number of compact models on Amazon, Cnet and elsewhere. Panasonic seemed the best in this category so I went with the recent model. We are very happy we did. We are happy with Canon for larger, more serious cameras but for compacts Panasonic seems best. This is certainly better than the Canon it replaced.

The response time to click and shoot is very short compared to other compact cameras we have had. The picture quality seems excellent in "Intelligent Auto". It is flexible if you want to customize your shots with several built-in photo types and also freedom to adjust yourself. The 10X optical zoom is very good, too. [Note: goes to 20X with "digital zoom". Pictures look fine but I think it is more meaningful to compare the optical zoom. 10X is very good for a camera this small.]

The only thing that we have any trouble with is the "panoramic" feature that stitches several pictures into one wide one. It is not a feature very important to us the but the couple of times I have tried it I had trouble getting it to work. It said they camera was not moved horizontally enough to work.

Other than that, it is very easy to use. The buttons are well-located and the menus are clear and easy to navigate. Overall, we are very happy with this camera.
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Yarii TOP 100 REVIEWER on June 5, 2013
Color Name: White Verified Purchase
Although I love the styling of the new XS1 Panasonic camera Panasonic Lumix XS1 16.1 MP Compact Digital Camera with 8x Intelligent Zoom (White) and came close to ordering that model, I chose the SZ3 instead. The reason I chose this camera instead? The XS1 uses a micro-SD card, those little tiny cards smaller than a fingernail that are normally used in cell phones (and some Samsung cameras!). Since I like to remove my SDHC card to get my photos off via a card reader, I chose the SZ3 instead since it uses the normal SDHC card. I recommend getting a Class 10 card for this if you plan on shooting videos.

Even though this has a CCD sensor instead of the newer CMOS sensor found on more & more cameras nowadays, I can't see much difference in speed. It is quick to turn on and be ready for a photo, quick to recycle after taking a photo, burst speed is fast enough to keep me happy.

Photos are true to color, although similar to other Panasonic cameras, a little "soft". This can be remedied by keeping your setting on Vivid (normal setting) to increase sharpness. This has a Leica lens, known for being one of the best lenses available.

Plenty of scene settings, even for pets. Most of the time though, I can get a better pet photo with the setting iA (Intelligent Auto mode).

A *major* disappointment is the lack of the Quick Access Menu button as other Panasonic cameras have. It also falls a little short on macro shots. I get better close-ups with some of my other cameras; at the same time, those cameras cost more.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Amazonian Consumer TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 28, 2013
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
Currently, the Lumix SZ3 is the lowest priced Panasonic Point-and-Shoot digital camera that comes with a Leica-licensed lens. And the DSC-W730 is the lowest priced Sony that comes with a Carl Zeiss-licensed lens. Leica and Carl Zeiss are legendary German photographic lens designers who are known for their super sharp and accurate color lenses. Not all Sony and Panasonic cameras have Carl Zeiss and Leica marking on the lens, respectively. Those that do not cost less, but I always choose ones that do.

I have both of the above cameras and like them very much because they take excellent, sharp, color accurate pictures without costing a lot of money. The Panasonic costs a bit more, but both are excellent.

The Lumix SZ3 has a slightly greater zoom range of 10X, compared to Sony's 8X. Both cameras have the wide end of the zoom lens at 25mm (35mm film camera lens equivalent), which is great for group and scenery shots.

I prefer the SZ3 camera's physical user interface, especially the direct "movie button" and the shutter button surrounded zoom lever. They are more convenient and easier to use than Sony's.

The SZ3 shoots video in 720p at 24 frames per second (fps). Some users like this frame rate because the resulting video looks more film-like, or movie-like than when shot at 30 fps or higher.

I buy extra compatible batteries on eBay. For the SZ3, you can typically get 2 new batteries, with free shipping, for about $13. Just search "Panasonic SZ3 battery".

The black version of the SZ3 also comes equipped with a black-colored lens barrel - a rarity these days. IMHO, it makes the whole camera look better/more consistent.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By shutterbug33 on August 4, 2013
Color Name: White Verified Purchase
I have a DSLR. I have 24x/48x zoom camera that I think is just the best thing out there, after buying and trying LOTs of cameras. I am very particular and have been pretty elitist about the efficacy of small cameras vs my more professional ones.. BUT going on a trip, wanting to have everything I NEEDED in a waist pouch, I bought this LUMIX 10x optical, 20x digital LEICA lens (in white) camera. I am from the "old school" and have more trouble holding a camera out to look at a
monitor/screen but this camera really amazed me. I love it for what I use it for. Pictures are very sharp, as one would expect from the LEICA lens and you can choose a huge number of artistic options for your photo, in camera! Love that too! Great MP size, solid feel, not plastic feel. Got some incredible pictures. So, long story short.. you CAN teach an old dog new tricks!
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