Panasonic Lumix ZR3

Last Updated (12 July’10):
– Review by Pcworld

Panasonic Lumix ZR3 is a 14.1-megapixel digital compact camera features 8X optical zoom (25-200mm in 35mm equiv.) with Optical image stabilization, ISO 80-1600, and 2.7-inch large Intelligent LCD offers dynamic and clear view out of its small body. The camera measures (W x H x D) 97.8 x 54.8 x 26.0 mm (3.85 x 2.15 x 1.02 inch) and weighs 137 g (0.30 lb) without Battery and SD Memory Card.

Panasonic Lumix ZR3
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Panasonic Lumix ZR3 Reviews

PCWorld reviews the Panasonic Lumix ZR3 and writes;
“The focusing of the LUMIX DMC-ZR3 is fast and accurate. It has a face recognition mode that can easily track a face if it’s moving across the screen. Furthermore, you can lock the focus on any object, which will then track it and keep it in focus even if it moves toward you, away from you or side to side. Video can be captured at the press of a button, regardless of the position of the mode dial — even if you’re in pin-hole mode. The camera captures video at 1280×720 and it can autofocus relatively quickly while doing so.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Digitalcamerainfo reviews the Panasonic Lumix ZR3 and writes;
“The DMC-ZR3 packs a lot of features into a small, cute package. New in this model are an improved image stabilization and a longer zoom lens, but this camera is missing some of the fancy features found on other new models; there is no panorama mode, fast shooting or other special features. What it does have, however, is the promise of good image quality from the 14.1 megapixel images it captures at a very decent price: the ZR3 will be priced at $300 and will be available in the spring.”
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PhotographyBlog reviews the Panasonic Lumix ZR3 and writes;
“The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZX3 produced images of very good quality during the review period. The 1/2.33 inch, 14 megapixel sensor used in the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZX3 produces noise-free images at ISO 100 and 200, with ISO 400 also looking good, although there’s slight loss of saturation. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZX3 dealt extremely well with chromatic aberrations, with limited purple fringing effects appearing only at the edges of the frame in high contrast situations.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Panasonic Lumix ZR3 and writes;
“Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-ZR3 is a very nice compact camera. This unit offers the benefits of a small pocket-size camera, with some of the versatility of a super-zoom with it’s 8x optical zoom and Intelligent Zoom function. The camera captures pleasing photos and video in various shooting conditions, and also does well in lower lighting. Not to mention the ZR3 is quite fast for a camera in this price range.”
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CNET reviews the Panasonic Lumix ZR3 and writes;
“White balance is very good, other than being a little warm indoors when set to Auto. Exposure is also very good, and Panasonic’s Intelligent Exposure does a good job of rescuing shadow details without overexposing highlights.. Video quality is good, on par with a pocket minicamcorder. Like those, if you do a lot of panning or you’re shooting fast-moving subjects, you’ll see a fair amount of judder. You do get use of the zoom lens while recording, and despite being a mono mic, sound quality was very good. “
Rating: ★★★½☆

Digitalcamera-hq reviews the Panasonic Lumix ZR3 and writes;
“The ZR3’s image quality is what I expected: sharp shots almost every time, but room for improvement indoors. It’s a real treat outdoors, and I had a great time taking nature shots. I wasn’t blown away by either image or video, but overall, the ZR3 pretty much met my expectations for image quality, considering the price.”
Rating: N/A

User Opinions

Panasonic Lumix ZR3 User Reviews

Wonderful high definition Video with optical zoom in still camera | Rating: ★★★★★
“I bought this versatile camera for a trip to Cuba. Great stills. VIDEO is amazing, because full optical zoom can be used while shooting. Video is true high definition and plays on HD Television and windows seven computer. Video taken of dancers in a cabaret and of reflections on water at night were great. The LCD is amazingly sharp. LCD is bright too. Battery life is good. Camera is light and fits in my pocket. Did I mention that I love the ability to optically zoom while taking great high definition video, which is still very rare? All my older video cameras are history. I love it. Oh, it turns on fast, and power switch is a tiny excellent toggle. Clever power saving too. Still photos are great, with good low light ability.” – By kevin Bruce

Panasonic Lumix, | Rating: ★★★★★
“The Lumix DMC-ZR3 is a very good camera. I especially like the AI setting which is great for a quick point and shoot pictures of the grand kids. The pictures are easily downloaded to my computer using the supplied USB cable. Overall I’m very pleased with the Lumix ZR3, it takes a great picture and is easy to operate.” – By Thomas Kulig

Nice little camera with high zoom, great HD video | Rating: ★★★★★
“I got this camera a week ago, and I am pretty pleased with the picture, video testing so far. I also have ZS3, which takes great outdoor shots but poor indoor shots with flash. So I was curious how much indoor flash shot is improved with ZR3. I was happy to see that indoor portrait shots from ZR3 came out much better with more accurate skin colors and the annoying reddish cast from ZS3 seems to be gone with ZR3. In outdoors, the ZR3 takes just takes beautiful crisp pictures with iAuto mode and I am very happy with the results.” – By Jin Won Sung

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Panasonic Lumix ZR3 Features

Panasonic DMC-ZR3 Digital Camera Features
Thanks to the newly incorporated Intelligent Resolution technology, the Intelligent Zoom is available with the DMC-ZR3 which extends the zoom ratio by approx. 1.3x maintaining the picture quality even combining a digital zoom. This means the 8x optical can virtually extend to 10x equivalent. Furthermore, the Extra Optical Zoom function that extends zoom power to 16.9x by using the center part of the large CCD to bring subjects even closer.

25mm Ultra Wide-angle Lens
The 25mm ultra wide-angle lens* has about twice the shooting area as a standard 35mm lens. This enhances all kinds of shooting situations, like when you’re photographing a group of people at an indoor party or shooting a large structure or sweeping landscape while traveling. * Converted to standard 35mm camera equivalent, at the maximum wide position.

HD Movie in AVCHD Lite
In addition to Motion JPEG images, the DMC-ZR3 can record high-definition motion images in AVCHD Lite. It features almost double the recording time in HD quality compared with the conventional Motion JPEG format.

Powerful 8x Optical Zoom
The DMC-ZR3 also lets you use zooming when taking motion pictures. Its powerful 8x optical zoom is ideal for capturing dynamic video clips of sports action or animals in nature.

High Quality Sound
The DMC-ZR3 features Dolby Digital Creator to record high quality audio, so you can match the beautiful movies with outstanding sound. *Dolby and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.

POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) Shake Detection
Just about everyone has had the experience of taking a photo at night and hoping to capture all the memories and beauty, only to be disappointed at the poor result. The POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer)* nearly doubles the hand-shake correction power of conventional MEGA O.I.S. You get bright photos without blurring even from handheld sho

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