Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZX3 / DMC-ZR3 reviews and prices: Compact camera

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This digital camera is a good all rounder.

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9.1 out of 10 based on 12 reviews.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZX3 / DMC-ZR3: 14.5 MP (Megapixels), 8x optical zoom, SD Card storage, Optical Image Stabiliser image stabiliser digital Compact camera. See full product description
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Confirmed purchaser Point & shoot

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Compact, fits easily in pocket compared with the larger "compact" zooms. The 8x zoom is great and fast to focus.
Compared with the FS30 range has a zoom on the video which is also easy to use.
Quality very good even when use less pixels.
A good buy and worth the bit extra compared with the FS30 range and other comparable cameras.
Haven't read a negative review.
Bad points:
Only downside so far is that the battery life not as hoped for but have used it to view pictures plus turn on-off a great deal.
Suggest buy a spare like me.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 28 Aug 2010

David, Fleet Point & shoot

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
good optical lens given size of camera
nice to hold and use
good screen
Bad points:
probably has more features than you need
you are paying for the brand
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 7.0
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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 21 Jul 2010

Yin, Hampshire Point & shoot

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
The camera is very easy to use and has great features. I am particularly impressed with the image stability and the amount of scene settings it offers.
Bad points:
I haven't found any yet!
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 8.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 6.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 19 Mar 2011

Peter, Braintree, UK Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Good wide angle zoom is ideal for indoors and family gatherings and a more than adequate long zoom. An image stabiliser that actually works. Intelligent mode setting allows any novice to get good images without understanding any of the wide range of facilities available. Ability to change zoom setting while recording video.
Bad points:
No viewfinder which means that any older users need to wear specs. No RAW mode to allow the best to be made of any images during processing. No camera case provided. Deleting single images needs several actions - double clicking the delete button to delete a single image would have been much more convenient.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 8.0
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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 18 Jun 2010

John, Leighton Buzzard Experienced amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Quite small, so easily slips into shirt pocket, with a good 10x zoom range and 25mm wide angle. The display is bright and crisp, with simple menus and icons. Excellent build quality and solid feel, not at all plasticky, and extremely smooth, quiet operation. Movies are high quality and the built-in speaker has amazing sound during playback. The anti-shake mechanism works very well, even down to 1/4 second in low light. In "Intelligent Auto" mode sharp pictures with accurate tones are virtually guaranteed. This is my third Panasonic camera in nine years, all superb and still working like new, so I may be a bit biassed!
Bad points:
Would have liked a printed manual as, like all modern technology, there are so many features available and a manual on CD, good as this one is, isn't easy to use.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 12 Jun 2011

Kevin, London Point & shoot

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Nice camera. Does everything i want it to do.
Bad points:
Havn't found any
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 05 Jun 2011

peter, Sutton Surrey Point & shoot

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Easy to use and handle,has a quality feel about it,
Bad points:
none
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 04 Jun 2011

Product Features

Camera Type Compact
Resolution (Pixels) 4320x3240
Optical zoom ratio 8
Screen size (Inches) 2.7
Digital zoom ratio 4
Type of image stabiliser Optical Image Stabiliser
Touchscreen No
3D No
Colour Blue
Colour Black
Colour Silver
Colour Red
Media format SD Card
Media format SDHC Card
Media format SDXC Card
PictBridge Yes
Macro Mode Yes
Video recorder Yes
Manual Focus No
Timer Yes
Weight (g) 137
Flash Yes
WiFi No
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/2000
Longest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/60
Waterproof No
Viewfinder LCD Monitor
USB port Yes
Dimensions (mm) 97.8x54.8x26.0
RAW Format No
GPS Receiver No
Max. Aperture Lens 1 f3.3-5.9
In-built memory (Megabytes) 40
Release date 2010/03/09
Height in mm 5.5
Width in mm 98
Depth in mm 2.6
Serial Shot Mode Yes
Bluetooth No
Autofocus Yes
Changeable Lens No
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 200
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 25

Also known as: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZX3, Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZX3 Digital, Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR3, Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZX3EB-S, Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZX3EB-A, Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZX3EB-R, Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZX3 Review

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Manufacturer's Description

Compact Digital Camera ZX3 – 25mm Wide-angle 8x Optical Zoom Lens and 10x Intelligent Zoom in a Ultra-compact Body

The 14.1-megapixel DMC-ZX3 features a 25mm wide-angle 8x optical zoom f/3.3-5.9 LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens (35mm camera equivalent: 25-200mm) in a compact body. The 25mm wide-angle lens has about twice the shooting area of the standard 35mm lens. The powerful 8x zoom can also be used in motion picture recording. In 3-megapixel resolution mode, the Extra Optical Zoom function provides additional magnification, extending the zoom power to 16.9x by using the center part of the CCD.

The Intelligent Resolution (I.R) Technology gives a high resolution look to digital zoom images as well as ordinary images. The image is divided into contour areas, texture areas and smooth areas. And optimum image processing is applied to each type of area. This enables 10x Intelligent Zoom that achieves about 1.3 times the usual zoom magnification with almost no loss of image quality. The Intelligent Resolution Technology also achieves sharp images in modes that use fewer pixels to enable high sensitivity and high speed.

The DMC-ZX3 can record HD movie of 720P in AVCHD Lite with high sound quality of Digital Creator. Motion JPEG format is also available (1,280 × 720 pixels). Just press the Motion Picture Button, and shooting begins. The iA Mode can also be activated in motion picture recording. When the DMC-ZX3 is connected to a Panasonic VIERA via an optional mini HDMI cable, the TV’s remote control unit can be used to enjoy playing back with greater convenience.

The POWER O.I.S. nearly doubles the hand-shake correction power of conventional MEGA O.I.S. So you can take beautiful night shots without blurring. Activating POWER O.I.S., Intelligent ISO Control, Face Detection AF/AE with Face Recognition, Intelligent Scene Selector with Sunset Mode, Intelligent Exposure and AF Tracking, the camera does all the work in the iA Mode. And Happy Mode is newly added to the DMC-ZX3 and optimizes color saturation and brightness for vividly memorable scenes.

One of the unique features of the DMC-ZX3 is the Travel Mode. From the top menu, you can quickly go into the mode and organize various information related to your travel such as destination, date, world time and so on. It’s also easy to play back images by designating the date or period of travel on the calendar menu interface.


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