Steve’sDigicams have recently posted a review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC – LZ3, a 5.0 Megapixels point-and-shoot digital camera with 3x optical zoom (equivalent to 35 mm to 105 mm), a 2.0″ LCD Screen and a built-in optical image stabilizer.
“The image quality was average. Outdoors it captured the best images in my opinion, with our samples being relatively sharp, well exposed and showing good color saturation. Like the LZ5, noise levels were average when shooting with an ISO of 100 or lower, becoming much more noticeable at 200 and 400. By looking at our ambient light sample of the M&M man, you can see what I mean. While this may not be an issue with those who use the “Normal” exposure mode and can select the desired ISO speed, those who use Simple mode will have to hope the camera is using the lowest setting possible. However, on a better note, these signs of noise can only be seen by the untrained eye when viewing images at 100%; something your typical consumer does not do. And it is very unlikely that you’ll see much in your 4×6 or 8×10-inch prints, as long as there isn’t much cropping. “