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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3S 7.2MP Digital Camera with 10x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Silver)
- 7.2-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 15 x 20-inch prints
- 10x image-stabilized optical zoom; 3.0-inch LCD display
- Intelligent ISO Control (I.I.C.) reduces image blur from subject movement and low light
- Records full-size movies in wide-aspect VGA (848 x 480) at 30 frames per second
- Stores images on SD/SDHC/MMC memory cards
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||3 fps|
|Display Resolution Maximum||230,000|
|Display Size||3 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||7.2 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||3,200|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal|
|Flash Type||Built-in Flash|
|Focus Type||Autofocus Only|
|ISO Range||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1250, (3200 high mode)|
|Image Aspect Ratio||4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Included Components||Panasonic Lumix Digital Camera - Battery Charger|
|Item Dimensions||2.32 x 1.46 x 4.13 inches|
|Item Weight||0.62 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||1,000 Milliamp Hours|
|Macro Focus Range||5 cm|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F3.3 - F4.9|
|Maximum Focal Length||280 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/2000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||3,072|
|Minimum Focal Length||28 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||8 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||7.2 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Shipping Weight||1.7 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||Lithium-Ion rechargeable|
|Video Capture Resolution||848 x 480, 640 x 480, 320 x 240 @ 30/10 fps|
From the Manufacturer
The DMC-TZ3 boasts 7.2 megapixels and a large, 3.0-inch LCD, and goes a step beyond their predecessor by featuring a 28mm wide-angle Leica DC Vario-Elmar lens. While the 10x zoom lets you take close-up shots even when you cannot move closer to your subject, the wide-angle lens is helpful in situations where you cannot step back or move away from the subject. With the TZ3, you can capture portraits of people with expansive scenery or large structures in the background, and you can zoom in or out to magnify a distant subject when desired.
Panasonic's Extended Optical Zoom function provides additional magnification to 15x when taking photos with 3-megapixel resolution. Also, the multi-aspect-capable CCD provides a larger recording area than ordinary 7.2-megapixel cameras, making it possible to capture images from 28mm to 280mm with any of three aspect ratios -- 4:3, 3:2 or 16:9.
Other features that improve usability and convenience include a Clipboard function that holds information, several new scene modes, and a Direct Print feature that allows quick, easy printouts. Also, the lens cap is now built into the camera itself and serves as an automatic protective barrier. Around 12.7 MB of built-in memory is provided, and the camera is compatible with large-capacity SDHC memory cards. Battery life has been extended, with the result that the TZ3 can take around 270 shots on a single charge (CIPA). Add these features up, and you can see why the DMC-TZ3 is perfect for capturing images you'll want to remember forever, such as the people you meet and places you visit on a trip.
Intelligent Image Stabilization: Mega O.I.S. for hand-shake, plus Intelligent ISO Control for motion blur Panasonic drew on its cutting-edge lens technology to invent Mega O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer), an optical image stabilizer that prevents blurring from shaky hands -- the leading cause of blurry images. In Panasonic's Mega O.I.S., sensors act at a frequency of 4,000 times per second to accurately detect even slight camera movement, such as from unsteady hands, and a corrective lens in the O.I.S. lens unit is shifted to compensate. With Mega O.I.S., it is easier than ever to capture clear, sharp, beautiful images when shooting telephoto shots, indoor portraits, illuminated night scenes or even the scenery you see from a train window.
While hand-shake is the single biggest cause of blurry images, it is not the only one. Another problem is the motion blur that can occur when a subject moves as the shot is being snapped. Incorporating Panasonic's Intelligent ISO Control, Lumix cameras are the first in the world to fight motion blur. This system detects whether or not the subject is moving. If it is, the system automatically raises the ISO setting accordingly, allowing the camera to shoot at a higher shutter speed. If the subject is not moving, the camera shoots at a low ISO setting and captures beautiful, natural-looking images. Intelligent ISO Control is included as one of the corrections in certain scene modes used to shoot subjects that are often moving, such as Sports, Baby and the newly added Pet mode. Simply select the mode that best suits the subject, and Intelligent ISO Control provides the optimal corrections, making it easy to capture crisp, clear photos.
With Intelligent Image Stabilization -- Mega O.I.S. to compensate for hand-shake plus Intelligent ISO Control to prevent motion blur -- Panasonic has taken image stabilization a leap forward and equipped the new Lumix TZ3 with the industry's most advanced countermeasures against blurring.
High-quality, high-performance image-processing LSI: Venus Engine III The TZ3 features the Venus Engine III, Panasonic's advanced image-processing engine that can record at a sensitivity setting as high as ISO 1250 with full resolution. Noise reduction is also greatly improved, with picture noise removed in stages during image processing. First, critical noise is roughly undraped and chromatic noise and luminance noise are separated. The chromatic noise, which has a greater effect on picture quality, is then selectively suppressed to a substantial degree.
With its multi-task image-processing capability, the Venus Engine III also boasts outstanding response time. Shutter release time lag is as short as 0.006 second and the shutter interval is as short as 0.5 second. This fast response makes it easy to capture sudden, spur-of-the-moment shots. In burst shooting mode, the TZ3 can fire off three shots per second at full resolution. Both models also allow unlimited consecutive shooting -- you can continue snapping shots until the SDHC/SD memory card is full. Thanks to the energy-efficient Venus Engine III imaging engine, the TZ3 offers a long battery life despite its large, bright LCD. The TZ3 can also take around 270 shots (CIPA) on a single battery charge.
28mm wide-angle with multiple aspect ratios Conventional cameras generally use almost the entire CCD area when recording an image, and the angle of view may be altered regardless of the photographer's intention. The TZ3, however, incorporates a 1/2.35-inch CCD with a total of 8.50 megapixels. This CCD, which is larger than those in conventional 7-megapixel class cameras, can reproduce images shot with the lens set from 28mm to 280mm in any of three aspect ratios -- 4:3, 3:2 or 16:9 -- so you can always capture dynamic, richly expressive shots with a wide perspective.
Large 3.0-inch LCD with advanced features for easy shooting and playback The TZ3 boasts a large, easy-to-see 3.0-inch LCD with outstanding 230,000-pixel resolution. Taking advantage of its big screen and high resolution, the TZ3 provides a dual image playback feature that lets you display two images at the same time, one above the other, and compare them. Also, to make image playback more entertaining, the TZ3 offers an amusing new Slide Change Effect feature in place of the monotonous frame-by-frame advance.
Record clear, bright, wide-aspect VGA motion images -- ideal for widescreen viewing In addition to recording standard VGA (640 x 480) motion images at 30 frames per second, the TZ3 can record stunning wide-aspect VGA (848 x 480) motion images at 30 frames per second. These 16:9 motion images look extremely impressive on a wide-screen TV. The pixel-mixed readout method used by the CCD enhances image brightness, so the pictures you see are clear, bright and beautiful.
The TZ3 also offers an exceptional function that lets you select and display thumbnails of nine sequential frames from a motion image. This would be useful, for example, to analyze the way you swing a golf club or tennis racquet.
A variety of features for the perfect travel companion In addition to outstanding basic specifications, a host of traveller-friendly functions make the TZ3 the ideal travel companion. The camera body has been reduced in size to be more stylish and compact, and the lens cap is now incorporated into the body as a built-in automatic lens barrier.
The TZ3 also offers a new Clipboard function that lets you use the camera to hold and retrieve useful information on a trip. For example, you can quickly and easily take shots of a map or train schedule, and view them when needed. A wide variety of scene modes, including the new Pet and Sunset modes, also make it easy to get beautiful photos in a range of photographic situations. When used with the optional marine case housing, Underwater mode allows underwater shooting with optimal automatic settings that capture subjects and the surrounding water in beautifully natural colors.
Other great travelling features include the Travel Date Setting, which, once you have preset the date of your departure, records and displays the images in chronological order of your trip, and the World Time Setting, which lets you set the times and dates for 74 locations around the world.
The fun continues even when the shooting is done With the TZ3, the enjoyment of photography doesn't end when you're done shooting for the day. One additional function that broadens the fun of photography is Direct Print mode. To select it, simply turn the mode dial on the camera top. Then use a USB cable to connect the camera to a Pictbridge-compatible printer, and you're ready to print beautiful photos. Print all the images you shot or only your favorites, and make one copy or multiple copies as you wish. When you turn the mode dial, the mode selected is indicated on the LCD. This lets you change the mode to recording, playback or direct printing without taking your eyes off the subject.
Also interesting is the new Date Stamp function. In addition to showing the date a photo was taken, the TZ3 can show on which day of the trip a photo was taken. They can also stamp your baby's age in months on a photo, after you've taken the shots. These dates, which can be helpful when making a photo album, can be stamped on photos whether you print them yourself at home or have a photo shop do them.
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Top Customer Reviews
The TZ3 fixes and improves almost everything about the TZ1 and adds some new, very useful features. The noise has been drastically reduced, the lens is better, the sensor is bigger, and the processor is not only faster, but produces better pictures. The TZ3 adds a very handy "function" button - or I should say function capability - the number of buttons is the same - which gives immediate access to five or so "most used" settings without having to go into the menues - of which there are several.
The TZ3 keeps the Mega Optical Image Stabilization and adds Intelligent ISO, increases the sensitivity without adding noise,(I have not tried the 3200 setting yet.), increases the size of the viewing screen, etc., etc.
The TZ3 is a "well-rounded," and very capable camera. There is simply no comparison between the TZ1 and the TZ3 as far as the quality of the pictures. The TZ3 wins hands down. In my opinion it also beats some big name, higher priced digicams - a couple of which I own - rather handily.
Of course, the big selling point for the TZ3 is still the 10X lens - now with wide angle capability - on a pocket-sized point and shoot camera. This lens is SHARP, and combined with larger sensor and the new processor yields some excellent results.
While there are no manual controls, per se, the camera seems to do very well without them.Read more ›
I'm a proud TZ3 owner (purchasing it with my own funds), and I've been using Lumix cameras since I was issued a DMC-FZ20, at my request. (That camera taught me about versatility when I went to the Superdome and the Convention Center to cover the plight of the survivors of Hurricane Katrina, who struggled to survive the elements following the storm). I've also used the FZ30, and also own a TZ1, the older and less-impressive sibling to the TZ3. And I'd pick this camera, over even the Nikon D2Xs and D2Hs cameras, if I had only one camera to pack in order to cover any breaking news story as of the date of this writing. Why? Because the Lumix line of "bridge" cameras are the most versatile and quick-performing that I've experienced to date. With the pro SLRs, I'd need to carry lenses from a 17-35mm, 80-200mm, and 300mm lenses, to shoot images while all that glass is wrapped into the neat package of the TZ3. Yet the Nikons I own don't shoot video. The Sony camcorder shoots only 3 still images per recording session, which don't match the image quality of the TZ3. And the HVX200 is too bulky.
The TZ3 is a great run-and-gun camera.Read more ›
Edit 01/30/2008: Just a note. The TZ4 and TZ5 will be out within the next 2-3 months!
Here's an example why...I was in the 30th row at red rocks amphitheatre and was able to zoom in 10x to take close ups of members of the band I was seeing. No way could I pull that off with a 3x or 4x zoom. The high sensitivity ISO (3200) does serve a purpose, despite what critics say. It let me capture these musicians lit up very well in just the stage lights - there is some noise in those shots but its not noticeable in a 4x6 photo. The Fujifilm has been cited for its excellent low light capabilities but its lack of other features left me unexcited about its overall package. Now I know most folks don't buy a camera for concert photos but that's what I was looking for and the TZ3 didn't let me down.
I also picked up a 4GB memory card and I loved being able to take 30fps movies during our last family vacation. I'll never lug my videocamera around again. This baby will film excellent resolution movies for almost 1.5 hours with that memory.
The image stabilization seems to work well although I haven't really tested photos without it on. I just leave it on the second mode which offers more effective stabilization and I don't have to think about it. I used to get blurry pics once in a while with my old Canon S40 but haven't had a one with this Panasonic.
The numerous scene modes are also handy.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great camera with a lot of features on it to get the best photos. Battery life on the camera sucks though! Other than that it is very much worth the price. Thanks Panasonic!Published 2 months ago by P. Kelsey
10ys and still going strong. only issue I have with this great all purpose pocket size camera is you can not zoom while in video mode.Published 4 months ago by Ranger Rex
This camera was awesome, during its time. It's still a good working camera. Only downside is that we're lazy. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Bryan
superb build quality of all Panasonic camera,so is a pleasure to hold and use .
i have been using this for many years now ,flawless performance .
One of the best cameras I have. Fits in my shirt pocket. Does a fantastic job in color or black and white.Published 13 months ago by Abraham Lincoln
Did great work for me while it lasted. Necessary repairs (stuck lens cover leaves, battery terminal spring) by Panasonic were too costly to continue use.Published 13 months ago by George T.
Worked for several years until the sensor went out. Had it repaired by Panasonic. It has now been replaced by a Panasonic FX-200Published 17 months ago by M. Stevens