Summary: This camera is simple to use with a multitude of settings and options available for the more advanced user. It includes a Movie option, and has a large selection of 'specialty' modes including a setting for underwater photos (color adjustment). Panasonic also produces an underwater housing for the divers to use to 130 feet. A newer edition of the camera is now available which allows for high definition photos and movies but obviously requires a MUCH larger memory card.
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: Every digital camera seems to have one or two items that need improvement. I have discovered this camera's flaws now. This is an edited version of a previous review now that I have had more time with the camera. I was a pro photographer at one time in my life, before the big transition to digital, so I still look for many pro features now that I have made the transition. As a setting for this review I will note what I own and how I shoot.
Summary: This is a replacement for the same model that was stolen in a mall...ick! I like everything about it (with my 2G memory upgrade) except like many (all?) non-SLR digital cameras, the delay between pushing the shutter button and the actual picture being taken is often painfully long. Much of my picture taking is of my 3yr old twins and unless I pose them (seldom natural looking) I can't get a clear picture even with the anti-blurr feature in this camera.
Summary: The TZ3 is an excellent camera for a casual user. The great features of this camera are 10x Wide Angle Leica lens, full 7mp in any format, size, flexibility, portability and image quality. This is my fifth digital camera. I started with 1MP Kodak, then 2MP Ricoh, then 4MP Canon and Sony. I took a large number of images in every possible setting and finally figure out what works and what does not.
Summary: Good Camera - Not great. I was looking for something with a decent zoom in a small package. This has a 10x Zoom but the pictures leave some to be desired. They are nowhere near as good as the photos taken with my Digital SLR. The camera is a great size and would easily fit in a shirt pocket. I thought it would be great not to drag my large camera everywhere.
Summary: Purchased this camera for our daughter-in-law and one of the features she specified was to have a large viewing screen. This camera amazed us all with the size of the screen. We have a digital camera that cost about five times what this one cost and I would almost trade with her. The only downside is because of the screen size, you have to be careful holding the camera when taking a picture.
Summary: I was watching this camera during 2 years, waiting for a price drop so i could buy it. I november, price dropped to 220usd and i got it. After 10 days, i left it in my baby's car, with the lcd screen faced down and... i got a risk at the center of the screen! :-( The lcd is raised, so it is very easily scratched. Besides this, the camera is perfect.
Summary: I am very pleased with the photos I've taken with the camera. The main reason I purchased the camera was that it has a 10X optical zoom,which I was unable to find in other cameras this size. The photos are clear, and the camera is easy to use. My only complaint is in regard to taking motion pictures with the camera. After taking some home movies, I was unable to play them back on the computer, and I was unable to burn them to a disc.
excellent camera but there is room for improvement
26 November 2007
Summary: This is the second DMC-TZ3S I purchased this year - first one was for my parents and I finally bought one for myself. Pros: - love wide-angle lens (group photos, rooms, buildings!) - love 10x zoom - like optical image stabilization - easy to use - relatively compact given 10x zoom - it has rechargeable battery Cons: - colors can come out cold (I am pretty sure I can adjust the setting though - but I did not bother to do it yet) - can be slow when optical image...