Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3

Last update (03 June’09):
– Review by Shutterbug

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 is the successor of the TZ1 features 8.5 million effective pixels, 10x optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 28-280mm LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR with built-in Image Stabilizer (MEGA O.I.S), and a 2.5″ LCD Screen. The camera is measuring in at 105 x 59.2 x 36.7 mm (4.20 x 2.37 x 1.47 in), weighing 222g and it’s running on Li-ion battery.

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Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 Reviews

Shutterbug reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 and writes;
“All images have a sharp look, only softened by some noise filtering especially in higher ISO speed settings. ”
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TrustedReviews reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 and writes;
“The Panasonic Lumix TZ3 is sold as the perfect travel snapshot camera, and it delivers in every respect. With solid build quality, fast performance, comfortable handling, simple operation, a massively useful zoom range all topped off with excellent picture quality..”
Rating: ★★★★½

DigitalTrends reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 and writes;
“The 28mm lens is great for landscapes and people shots; it’s one of my favorite features on this or any point-and-shoot camera. Before you drop the bucks, realize it’s not the fastest model on the block with a continuous shooting mode (with flash) that’ll have you twiddling your thumbs”
Rating: ★★★★☆

ThinkCamera reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 and writes;
“It’s sometimes impossible to avoid high ISO though and even at ISO200, the images start to display noise reduction. This appears to be a function of the Venus III processing system. It makes for fine images printed 6×4 or published on the web, but large prints will look very soft and smeary at high ISO.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

T3 reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 and writes;
“With a phenomenally good 3-inch LCD display on one end, a tremendous Leica 10x zoom on the other, and a pin-sharp imaging chip somewhere in between, Panasonic have done themselves proud with a near-perfect all-round compact camera. Now if only they could throw some more megapixels our way, we’d be stomping our way up the aisle.”
Rating: ★★★★★

InfoSync reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 and writes;
“We loved the images we got with the TZ3, but we imagine that a couple factors, namely its bulk and weight, would prevent us from taking it everywhere. We loved the video mode, especially the high resolution, and also loved the variety of aspect ratios and resolutions for still images. If you can get over the size/weight issues, the TZ3 is an excellent camera that takes great pictures in most conditions.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Let’sGoDigital reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 and writes;
“For myself I must say that I enjoyed using the Panasonic Lumix TZ3 in practice. The improvements compared with its predecessor are obvious. The most striking feature being the 28mm wide angle of course. The compact size, the MEGA O.I.S. image stabilizer and the large optical range together form an ideal combination for this camera carrying the title of Traveler Zoom.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotographyReview reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 and writes;
“If you’re looking for a truly pocket-sized digital camera, the Panasonic Lumix TZ3 is definitely not the right camera. But if your priority is a powerful, high-quality zoom lens in a reasonably compact camera with lots of features that produces good-looking photos, then Panasonic’s TZ3 is a good digital camera.”
Rating: N/A

Stuff.TV reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 and writes;
“The combination alone makes the TZ3 worthy of consideration. It’s picture quality isn’t right up there with the very best but to find any better, you’re going to have to quit stalling and move up to a bulky bridge camera or DSLR. Otherwise, this’ll do nicely.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DigitalCameraInfo reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 and writes;
“In terms of image quality, the TZ3 is far superior to its predecessor, displaying impressive color reproduction, wide dynamic range, and solid video performance. For consumers looking for a portable, automatic camera with a long, optically-stabilized lens, the TZ3 is one of the best values on the market. ”
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PCAuthority reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 and writes;
“Video mode records near-DVD quality Quicktime video at up to 848 x 480 pixels (16:9) and 30fps. Usefully, a JPEG image of the first frame is recorded too, so that you can easily see what’s on that video. However, sound is a little muffled and focus and zooming are fixed while filming, so be sure to focus before shooting.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

ImagingResource reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 and writes;
“We were impressed with the Panasonic TZ3’s images, but were interested to find that they actually looked better onscreen than they did printed. They’re still good either way, except for some muddiness in red areas as the ISO goes up. Still, for a 7-megapixel digital camera with a 10x zoom to produce quality 11×14 images: that’s worthy of note, and a Dave’s Pick.”
Rating: Dave’s Pick

ePhotozine reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 and writes;
“The Panasonic is a very capable camera that will be able to cope with all but the most unusual situations it will have thrown at it. In some ways the camera has too many features on it referring of course to the array of scene modes. Whilst these are handy, ask yourself if you will remember that you have a Starry night or Underwater mode on your camera…Due to the fact that the camera has a massive zoom on a small body coupled with a wide angle, the Panasonic DMC-TZ3 has been granted our prestigious Cutting Edge Award. ”
Rating: ★★★★☆

LaptopMag reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 and writes;
“Panasonic’s Venus Engine III image processor made the TZ3 a breeze to use and virtually eliminated shutter lag. The camera was also quick on the draw in our shot-to-shot tests, pausing between images for only about half a second. Along with wide-angle photography, the TZ3 can shoot in 16:9 mode, which is great for playing back images on a widescreen TV. ”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 and writes;
“I was pleased with the overall image quality of our 7M Fine image. The majority of our samples photos sharp, well exposure and show rich color saturation. Noise levels are average for a camera in this class, just remember, as you increase the sensitivity, you also increase imager noise…I feel the Lumix DMC-TZ3 will make a great choice for anyone in the market for a versatile compact super-zoom model, with an affordable price tag ”
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Cameras.UK reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 and writes;
“If you would like a super zoom digital camera, but have always been put off by their bulk and complexity then the Panasonic DMC TZ3 could be just what you are looking for. Picture quality is good, usability is excellent and the camera also offers a wide angle lens… The Panasonic DMC TZ3 is a very good digital camera. It has a long zoom lens, images stabilisation and a wide angle lens. It is pretty straightforward and easy to use. One of the biggest selling points of the camera is its compact body size.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CameraLabs reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 and writes;
“The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 is without a doubt one of the most flexible compact cameras on the market today – and one which has few if any rivals. It may not be the slimmest compact out there, but manages to pack in a genuine 10x optical zoom lens complete with image stabilisation and a 28mm equivalent wide angle… Like other Panasonic compacts, noise also becomes an issue at lower sensitivities than we’d like and you should really stick at 100 or 200 ISO for the best quality. As our results pages show though, it arguably performs better than the higher-end Lumix FZ8 in some noise tests, so it’s not all bad news.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PCMag reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 and writes;
“Overall, the quality of the video on this camera was pretty good, although you can’t zoom during recording…When looking for a superzoom, don’t settle for less. Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-TZ3 has a powerful zoom lens with a nice wide viewing angle, too. If you’re still not convinced, the Lumix is stylishly compact, takes awesome pictures, and is affordable to boot.
Rating: ★★★★☆

DigitalCameraReviews reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 and writes;
“The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 is a welcome improvement from its predecessor, the TZ1. The 10x optical zoom lens provides excellent performance in a compact 7.2 megapixel digital camera. The 3 inch LCD provides a nice big screen for previewing and reviewing your images. Good image quality, good battery performance, and quick operation make this camera a good choice for someone looking for an ultra-zoom camera that doesn’t need manual exposure modes like shutter priority, aperture priority and so on.”
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DCRP reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 and writes;
“Photo quality results are generally favorable. Straight out of the box, the TZ3 tended to produce photos that are a tad overexposed and dull in color. If you notice the same thing, you can handle both of those by adjusting exposure compensation and color mode, respectively. The camera captures plenty of detail, though the Venus III’s heavy-handed noise reduction system tends to smudge it away once you leave the base ISO setting. The heavy noise reduction does mean that there’s not much in the line of noise, though. Purple fringing, rarely a problem on Panasonic cameras, is not an issue here. Redeye was minimal. ”
Rating: N/A

PhotoReview.AU reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 and writes;
“Overall, the test camera was quite responsive, offering fast and accurate autofocusing, even in relatively dim conditions, thanks to a built-in illuminator. Start-up time averaged less than two seconds and it took about the same time to process each shot. We measured an average capture lag of 0.5 seconds, which reduced to 0.1 seconds with pre-focusing. In continuous shooting mode, shots were recorded at 0.35 second intervals and a burst of five high-resolution shots was processed in less than two seconds. ”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CNET reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 and writes;
“The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 puts a lot of lens into a small package. The wide-angle, high-zoom camera performs well and takes acceptable shots, though it’s hardly perfect. Its higher resolution, wider lens, and larger screen make it better than its predecessor in nearly all categories. Unfortunately, it misses one of the TZ1’s most fun shooting modes, and it keeps some minor image issues that, while improved over the TZ1, still cause problems. All that said, the DMC-TZ3 offers a lot of value for the money and easily trumps most other super zooms on size. …The bottom line: Though it leaves out one fun, little shooting mode, the Panasonic DMC-TZ3 improves upon its predecessor in nearly every way. ”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Megapixel reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 and writes;
“The ergonomic design of the Panasonic DMC-TZ3 is excellent, and although the monitor takes up most of the space on the camera’s back, a sufficient amount of space is left over so that the controls are accessible. The grip area on the front of the body is matched by a thumb rest on the back, allowing for a comfortable and secure hold on the camera. Worth noting, however, the small buttons often require the use of both hands, sometimes increasing the time it takes to adjust settings…The DMC-TZ3 offers a good image quality when photos are captured under good light, but is lower when the light is poor, making it well-suited to bright and sunny environments.”
Rating: ★★★★½

PopPhotoMag reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 and writes;
“Autofocus speed in bright and average light is fast — not the fastest we’ve ever seen, but it certainly doesn’t crawl. At lower light levels, the AF assist beam kicks in to help find focus, and it slows down AF just a bit. There are nine AF zones (3×3 grid covering about 2/3 of frame) and multiple AF point selection settings, along with Single or Continous AF in most settings. …All in all, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 has a great feature set, easy-to navigate menus, and great optics combined with true image stabilization in a compact, affordable package that is ready for just about any adventure. Toss it in the optional underwater housing, and this digicam is a capable world traveler, on land and at sea.”
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PhotographyBlog reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 and writes;
“The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 produced images of good quality during the review period. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 dealt extremely well with chromatic aberrations, with very limited purple fringing effects appearing only in high contrast situations. The built-in flash worked well indoors, with very little red-eye and good exposure. The night photograph was good, with the maximum shutter speed of 60 seconds allowing you to capture plenty of light. Anti-shake is a feature that sets this camera apart from its competitors and one that works very well when hand-holding the camera in low-light conditions or when using the telephoto end of the zoom range. Macro performance is average, allowing you to focus as close as 5 cms away from the subject.”
Rating: ★★★★½

GoodGearGuide reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 and writes;
“In our noise test, the TZ3 performed well, with Imatest giving it a score of .61% at ISO 100. This is a great result, and our shots showed little in the way of visible image noise at this level. Furthermore, this camera scaled well with higher sensitivities, producing usable photographs all the way up to ISO 800; a rarity from most compact cameras….Overall this is a great package. We were disappointed by the barrel distortion, but the crisp, clear pictures combined with multiple forms of image stabilisation make this a fantastic camera, particularly for travelers.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 Samples

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 Sample Photos @ DigitalCameraInfo
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 Sample Photos @ ImagingResource
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 Sample Photos @ ePhotozine
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 Sample Photos @ Cameras.UK
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 Sample Photos @ Panasonic.JP
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 Sample Photos @ DCRP
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 Sample Photos @ Megapixel
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 Sample Photos @ PopPhoto
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 Sample Photos @ PhotographyBlog

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 User Manuals (PDF)

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– Download Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 User Manual in English (PDF – 5.6 MB)
– Download Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 User Manual in Spanish (PDF – 1.4 MB)

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 Press Release

The Ultimate Companion for All Your Photographic Needs

Panasonic Lumix cameras go from strength to strength with technological advancements designed to offer the ultimate in picture performance and convenience. Panasonic’s new DMC-TZ2 and DMC-TZ3 are the latest members of the award-winning Lumix TZ family of digital cameras, which is renowned for packaging a remarkable 10x optical zoom in a compact, stylish body. To further add to their appeal, the TZ2 and TZ3 go one step further to feature a 28mm wide-angle Leica DC lens (equivalent to 28-280mm on a 35mm film camera) for wide-angle shooting.

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6 Responses to “Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3”

  1. Stu says:

    Videos taken with this camera will not play on my laptop with Windows Vista. Does anyone know how or what to download to enable videos to be played (windows media).

  2. Bill says:

    QuickTime will play the videos. Windows Media Player will not.

  3. Debbie says:

    You made some good points there. I did a search on the topic and found most people will agree with basically the same thing.

  4. Bente says:

    I have downloaded QuickTime but still can’t view my videos taken with this camera. They appear as still photos. What am I doing wrong? HELP!!

  5. Bill says:

    either switch video mode back to the old jpeg which should fix this (although they take up more space). Otherwise, you need to use the software that came with the camera and burn to dvd. Good luck.

  6. melissa says:

    my lens zoom shaft got broke when a drunk drop it and now everything gets behind the lens how do i take it apart to clean it please

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