Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ3 16.1 MP Compact Digital Camera with20x Intelligent Zoom (Black) (OLD MODEL)
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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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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Battery Average Life||250 Photos|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||1.4 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Fixed|
|Display Resolution Maximum||230,000|
|Display Size||2.7 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||16.1 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||6,400|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||100|
|Exposure Control Type|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|File Format||JPEG (Exif v2.3)|
|Flash Memory Installed Size||90|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal|
|Flash Type||Built-in Flash|
|Flash Type||Built-In Flash|
|ISO Range||Auto, Hi Auto (1600-6400), 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400|
|Item Dimensions||2.2 x 0.87 x 3.74 inches|
|Item Weight||0.28 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||690 Milliampere Hour (mAh)|
|Lithium Battery Voltage||3.6 Volts|
|Lithium Battery Weight||15 grams|
|Macro Focus Range||5 cm|
|Maximum Aperture||5.9 mm|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F3.1 - F5.9|
|Maximum Focal Length||250 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/1600 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||1,280 Pixels|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||4,608|
|Memory Storage Capacity||90 MB|
|Minimum Focal Length||25 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||60 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||16.1 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Removable Memory||Secure Digital card|
|Shipping Weight||0.55 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery & charger|
|Video Capture Format||Motion JPEG|
|Video Capture Resolution||1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
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|Screen Size||2.7 in||2.7 in||3 in||2.7 in||3 in||3 in|
|Item Dimensions||0.87 x 3.74 x 2.2 in||6.3 x 5.51 x 1.77 in||5.31 x 5.35 x 2.09 in||2.13 x 1.97 x 0.87 in||5.5 x 6.3 x 2.2 in||1.26 x 4.25 x 2.36 in|
|Item Weight||4.48 ounces||5.07 ounces||0.97 lb||4.48 ounces||1.03 lbs||0.55 lb|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||16.1 megapixels||16 megapixels||12.1 megapixels||20.1 megapixels||20.2 megapixels||16 megapixels|
|Video Capture Resolution||1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)||30p||60p||1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)||1920 x 1080 pixels, 640 x 480,1280 x 720,1920 x 1080 pixels||1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)|
|Viewfinder||None||fixed LCD||electronic viewfinder||None||fixed LCD||None|
Lumix DMC-SZ3 Digital Camera Panasonic
From the Manufacturer
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3K Compact Point and Shoot Digital Camera, 10X Wide-Angle Zoom/20x Intelligent Zoom, 12 Creative Scene Modes, HD Video, Optical Image Stabilizer - Black
High Grade Leica 10X Optical Zoom
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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Stylish Zoom Comparison Chart
|Optical Zoom Lens|
|Wide-Angle Lens (in 35mm equiv.)|
|Lens Aperture (F Value)|
|Optical Image Stabilizer|
|Intelligent Resolution Technology|
Yes(Intelligent Zoom 20x)
Yes(Intelligent Zoom 8x)
Yes(Intelligent Zoom 8x)
|Image Sensor Size|
|Image Sensor Type|
|Video Recording Resolution|
|Video Recording File Format|
|Video Recording Zoom|
|Continuous Shooting Speed (Full Resolution)|
|Shooting Filter and Effect|
Creative Control(12 paterns)
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/
Web UploaderCreative Panorama
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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.
Low light: No matter what the camera manufacturers say, not only Panasonic, but the others, you can't expect a camera in this price range to be good in low light. It's just not gonna happen. Now if you're in a dimly-lit restaurant and use a night scene setting with the flash, yes, you'll get a decent photo, but if you expect anything more, you'll be disappointed. In that case you need a camera 4 to 5 times the price of this one such as the Sony RX100.
I love the Creative Control options with this camera, this seems to have more options than some of the other camera models. My friends and I are having a blast with the "Beauty Retouch" function! You can retouch a photo to give yourself a more glamorous look, even a smokey eye!
Battery life is decent, I can get around 200 photos and a couple videos before the battery needs recharged. As far as recharging, the battery is charged INSIDE the camera like a lot of others these days. You can charge it by your PC or by plugging the cord into a receptacle.
Build quality: It's plastic, but seems to be durable for a cheap camera. No matter how much one spends on a camera, the battery doors are always flimsy, so just take extra care when opening it. This camera is on the smaller side, but not "too small" and the controls/menus are easy to access even with chubby fingers. The LCD screen is a tad smaller than most, but seems to not have as much glare in the sun. One downside is this camera is made in China, while most of my other Panasonic cameras were made in Japan, even those that were similar in price.
As far as video, some may think it's a "con" that this only records 720p, not 1080p. Frankly, I can't tell much difference between the two when I view them on my computer on YouTube, however, you may see a small difference if you watch the video on a TV. My computer is 5 years old and doesn't handle 1080p very well, it's a little quirky.
I recommend this camera, even though it's a basic point & shoot with very little manual control. Sometimes I favor ease-of-use and the ability to easily carry a camera rather than carry around a heavy one. This camera fits inside my smallest purses. It's simple to use, takes good photos and it's a good price. I bought it in white (I have a thing for white cameras!) the back is charcoal gray though. It's stunning and you'd think white would show dirt more than the other colors, that doesn't seem to be the case here.
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.
If you need a carrying pouch for this camera, I'd recommend Case Logic's DCB-302 (less than $6) Case Logic DCB-302 Compact Case for Camera - Black. Its size is just right for the SZ3, with a few centimeters of extra space so it isn't too snug. The small accessories pocket is perfect for memory cards and batteries.
Instead of using the pouch's shoulder strap, I urge you to tie the camera's wrist strap to one of the two shoulder strap ringlets, so that the camera and the case are loosely tied together. The arrangement permits me to hold the case with my left hand while I take pictures with my right hand. If someone bumps into me at this moment, my camera is less likely to fall to the ground, as its wrist strap is tied to the case held by my left hand.