Summary: I bought this when my Fuji F700 hit the pavement - too bad, that was a better camera. This one is solidly built, great screen, good features, but has three big drawbacks: it consistenly overexposes (I've manually set it to a darker exposure), the contrast and color depth seems mediocre, and it's bad in even moderately low light conditions - always uses a flash indoors even when it seems pretty bright, and you get a big overexposure on your subject when that happens.
Summary: I was looking for a compact camera with some wideangle capability. This camera has very strong pros and cons. Pros: - Fantastic lens, absolutely no distortion even at wideangle (unlike Canon sd800 / sd870 that have horrible barrel distortion producing fish-eye images at wideangle). - Works as a USB mass storage device, no drivers needed. I was even able to upload pictures from a different camera and the panasonic would play them! 8GB SDHC worked fine.
Summary: I was REALLY excited to purchase this camera as I was planning a vacation and didn't want to carry my DSLR. I did my homework reading all the reviews. Other than the low light problem, I thought it would be a home-run. The camera arrived two days before my vacation (excellent service by Amazon as always). I opened the package, charged the battery and started testing. To my disappointment the images were simply not acceptable.
Summary: Only had camera two months and the lens cover has stopped opening and shutting completely. I have to manually open and shut. However, the pictures, ease of use, etc are really quite impressive. The downside, it seems ridiculous that I have to pay for the shipping to get an under warranty camera repaired. (not too mention needing to get a 2 month old camera repaired). The Panasonic call center and the Panasonic repair center give conflicting instructions on shipping.
Summary: Pros 1. Good zoom. Can go upto 60X in digital mode with 3megapixel. 2. Good outdoor photos 3. Can not carry in pocket but can carry in the camera bag attached to belt 4. Bigger LCD screen Cons 1. Bad indoor pictures 2.
Summary: I jumped on the bandwagon myself, although I am returning this item. I take pictures indoors and outdoors of my children. Not so much landscapes and/or stationary things First issue - Indoors, if not lit well, will adjust your ISO setting resulting too much noise. Iso can be limited but then the shot will still be underexposed and with noise. There is a huge thread in regards to this at dpreview.com.
Excerpt: The Panasonic TZ3 is an 8.5 mega pixel digital camera with a 10x optical zoom, 4x digital zoom and a 3" LCD screen with a resolution of 230,000 pixels. The impressive battery life allows for 270 images to be taken. Available in black, blue and silver.
Summary: What I need is a good workhorse that I can slip in my pocket and take lots of clear and detailed digital photographs on construction sites. This works well (generally) . I've now had it for a couple of years It's reasonably tough, it slips in the pocket, it gets good detail, and it's pretty well foolproof.
Pros: Good photo quality, compact, robust, simple to use, good optical zoom
Summary: I already have its larger sibling, the FZ20, and love that, so I wanted to like this one too. The TZ3 is nice to use and is a good size and has a pleasing solidness about it. But image quality and the flimsy lens cover are disappointing. The 28mm wide angle and 10x zoom are excellent and a joy to use - so much flexibility in framing your shots. Low light shots have a lot of noise/speckling in them but daytime shots are great.