Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 Digital Camera - Black (7.2MP, 10x Optical Zoom) Antishake, 3.0" LCD
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I already own a Nikon D80 with 2 lenses covering 18-300mm but didn't want the hassle of carrying it around on a relaxing holiday. This wee beauty covers 28-280mm, there is no constant changing of lenses and the LCD screen can be easily seen even in bright sunlight so the lack of a viewfinder is no problem. I was even able to use the camera to read the names of other ships when I did not have binoculars with me!
It always amazes me that so few compact digitals come with a wide angle lens and only 2 or 3 combine a wide angle with a long zoom.
This camera is great for shooting sunrise and sunset photos using the warm mode and there is a vivid mode for shooting bright colours. I also found the travel mode useful. You just set the start date of your holiday and the camera will tell you on what day any photo was taken-eg 3rd day/6th day.
Although the camera is not the smallest you can buy it packs a lot into a fairly compact body and the camera will easily slip into a trouser pocket.
I also bought a 2GB SD Card from Play.com for approximately £13 including postage and was able to take around 700 photos on the highest resolution setting of 7mp.
This camera must not be seen as a straight alternative to a DSLR however. Although the camera has high ISO options any pictures shot above ISO 200 will be a lot less than perfect. There is no control over shutter speed or aperture size either and in anything less than bright light it may be difficult to obtain a fast enough shutter speed to capture a sharp image.Read more ›
The screen is crystal clear and a good healthy 3".
I give this camera 5 stars coz I looked long and hard for really good compact that fitted all my requirements, give it a go you won't be dissapointed.
Pros: ease of use, sharpness, image stabilisation, 10x zoom, battery life, zoom-resume, very little "purple fringeing" (only on extreme of zoom), etc, and it's pocket sized.
Cons: probably only the weight (about 250 g) as it feels like glass lenses.
Conclusions: I've tended to use the wide angle with the 16:9 aspect ratio but the versatility of the 10x zoom is very useful. There are a lot of useful settings like histograms and grids to put on the LCD and you can make it as simple or as complicated as you want. In fact don't be put off with all the settings as you can just use "simple" mode and get superb crisp photo's and familiarise yourself later (if you want). The flash is pretty adequate for it being a compact.
I was dissapointed not to be able to get RAW and TIFF files, but the on-board processing needs little further adjustment. I'm very glad I've got one as I'm far more likely to be carrying it in my pocket than I would be with something bigger.
I took loads of pictures on all three cameras, and after a while it was clearly evident that the Panasonic and Canon took the best pictures overall. The Sony with its hidden lens was nowhere close the quality lens found on the Canons and Panasonic. The Sony although being small and sleek looking took awfull pictures.
So I was finally torn between the canon and panasonic. When compared to the Canon, I found the Panasonic had a better Zoom, excellent build quality, Easy to use and in my oppinion better looking. The Canon was just too flimsy with too much plastic, and the Canon's screen was not TFT unlike the Pansonic's.
The picture Quality on the Panasonic is excellent especially in daylight, with pictures coming out crisp and clear when viewed on a HDTV. However it does suffer a little bit indoors and under poor lighting, but I guess thats to do with most compact cameras and therefore they keep marketing higher ISO's and Anti shake systems in there cameras.
I also looked at the Panasonic FX55 as it was a little bit smaller then then TZ3, however when looking at the results of both the cameras pictures, it is clear that the TZ3 takes better pictures compared to its sister camera the FX55. So I finally bought the TZ3 from Amazon, which arrived in perfect condition and was sent within a couple of days even though I used the Super Saver option
I have overall been very satisfied with this camera, and would recommend this to anyone looking for a camera which takes good pictures and is easy to use. I cant wait to try this out in the sun...
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Cant say I was impressed with this camers at all - in particular the sport mode was poor and indoor shots next to useless.
I wont buy another Panasonic camera.
After many years of use, this is still an excellent camera and has given me great pleasure all over the World. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Andy
I brought my panasonic TZ3 secondhand from another site 2 years ago for my wife but she found it too big and heavy! Read morePublished on 28 Dec. 2013 by Mr. Ken Hunt
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This camera may be getting old now compared with the new model but it still has a larger lens 28mm compared with the dmc tz10 that has 25mm and 7.1 megapixals compared to the 12. Read morePublished on 2 Jun. 2010 by Samuel Harvey
Bought this camera about 9 months ago, now I have got used to it, I think it is one of the best small cameras about. I have great fun with it, and take it everywhere I go. Read morePublished on 12 May 2009 by Mrs. Peggy Milner
They say, "Good thinking, good product". This is one of those good products in the market. Since I bought it I do not have any cause to regret owning it.Published on 10 April 2009 by Christian Orji
I bought one, my husband bought one for work, my Dad bought one, I bought my daughter one, my friend bought one . . . need I say more? (I should be on commission!! Read morePublished on 13 Mar. 2009 by horrakapotchkin