The DMC-SZ3 incorporates 25mm ultra wide-angle LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens with powerful 10x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 25-250mm) to boast high versatility despite the camera’s slim, stylish profile. Passing Leica’s stringent standards, it boasts exceptional optical performance with stunning clarity with minimum distortion and flare. Intelligent Zoom function virtually extends the zoom ratio to 20x equivalent draws the subject even closer than the original optical zoom with minimum deterioration of image quality.
High Quality Pictures with 16-megapixel CCD Sensor
Panasonic’s high resolution 16.1 megapixel imaging chip provides high quality pictures with the flexibility to print out large sized photographs or crop into parts of the image while still retaining a good pixel count.
High Resolution Leica Lens
Due to the strenuous image quality control checks that are enforced by Leica during Panasonic’s lens manufacturing process, high quality and performance is assured in three main areas: Resolution – sharp and clear all the way to the edge and corners. Distortion – straight lines must appear straight, even at the wide angle. Ghost-free clarity – images should be largely free of ghosting or flare.
Powerful 10x Optical Zoom Lens
For a camera so slim it seems incredible that a 10x optical zoom lens can be included. But Panasonic’s expertise in lens manufacturing means they have cleverly engineered the lens array to provide a 10 times magnification that takes you in close to your subject just when you need it.
20x Intelligent Zoom
This SZ model doesn’t just offer a powerful optical zoom, it also includes a clever combination of optical and digital technology to get you even closer to your subject. The powerful image processing of the Venus engine means that a high quality image can be created from the telephoto lens that is equivalent to an incredible 20x magnification (twice the optical zoom limit).
25mm (Equivalent) Wide-angle Lens
Of course sometimes you want to photograph wide vistas or just fit a large group of people into the shot. This is where the 25mm equivalent wide angle lens on board this camera comes into its own. Its wide angle of view allows more of your subject into the photograph, which is great for those times when you can’t step back far enough to fit it all in.
Mega Optical Image Stabilisation for Blur Free Pictures
Image stabilisation is essential when taking high zoom pictures without the use of a tripod. Optical stabilisation is the best method as it counteracts the blur that normally occurs by hand holding the camera but does not degrade the image. With Panasonic’s Mega O.I.S. pictures are sharp and blur free even when the shooting conditions are tricky.
Sonic-speed AF to Catch That Fleeting Moment
The Sonic Speed AF and a quick start-up time help you to quickly focus on moving subjects, such as when you’re shooting sports scenes or animals.
2.7 Inch (6.7cm) LCD with High Angle & Auto Brightness Mode
A 2.7 inch LCD is offered that works well in bright light due to the Auto Brightness sensor that automatically increases brightness by up to 40% when in sunny conditions. It also has a “high angle” mode that enables you to still see the image when holding the camera up high.
iA (Intelligent Auto) Shooting Mode
The art of taking interesting photographs is to have a camera that is ready to shoot when the moment arises. iA mode lets you take the picture without you having to worry about what settings to use. The camera intelligently works out the type of scene that you are trying to capture. Whether it is a picture of a person’s face (using Auto Portrait mode), a dramatic landscape (using Auto Landscape mode), a close up of a beautiful flower (using Auto Macro mode) or a group of friends (using Auto Face Detection). All the most commonly used shooting scenarios are programmed in to the camera and the camera makes all the internal settings automatically, leaving you to just press the button.
Creative Filter Control for Recording
To add an interesting new look to your photos any one of 12 creative filter effects can be selected before taking your shot: Expressive, Retro, High Key, Low Key, Sepia, High Dynamic, Dynamic Monochrome, Miniature, Toy Photo, Impressive Art, Cross Process and One-point Colour.
Creative Panorama Shooting Mode with Filter Effects
The Ultra-wide shooting panorama mode not only allows you to capture vast landscapes in one complete picture, but in a Panasonic first, this camera also offers “Creative Panorama” mode which allows you to choose from up to 12 filter effects* that can be applied to your shot.
Multiple Scene Setting Auto Shooting Modes
Up to 18 pre-programmed scene modes can be offered (number varies depending on model) giving you the choice of a wide range of shooting scenarios. Just select the one that best describes the scene you are taking, and the camera makes the best settings automatically.
MP4 HD Lite Video Recording Mode
Movie record mode is MP4 (H.264) format. High Definition video at 1280×720 can be shot at 25 Progressive frames per second. MP4 format is compatible with many video editing software packages, but is also compatible with iTunes for playback on Smartphone or tablet devices.
USB Charging Function
A USB AC adaptor is included in the box. This convenient accessory enables you to charge the battery inside the camera from any mains power outlet. It is compact and easy to carry around with you giving you a wide number of options to charge up the battery. Alternatively, you can use the supplied USB cable to charge the camera from a USB port on a computer, for example.