Conclusion: The Panasonic Lumix ZS3 (now also known as the Lumix TZ7) improves upon a line of very good compact super-zoom digital cameras from Panasonic. The Panasonic Lumix ZS3 doesnâ€™t seem to like following the megapixel craze with a comparatively modest increase of resolution to 10 megapixels, up from 9 on its predecessor (compare that to the 10 MP to 12 MP jump we saw on other cameras this year).
Pros: Good image quality till ISO 400, Big and stabilized 12X lens fitted into a compact body, Not much lens distortion; cameraâ€™s processor removes color fringing and redeye, Large and sharp 3 inch LCD with good visibility, Above average battery life, Fast performance; unlimited continuous shooting mode, Lots of scene modes and â€˜Intelligentâ€™ assist features; face detection and auto scene mode selection, 720p HD movie mode with stereo sound; optical zoom, image stabili...
Cons: Lacks manual controls, Photos are a bit on the soft side with some graininess, No red-eye removal, image brightening or movie editing features in playback mode, AVCHD Lite movie codec not for everyone; needs to be converted to more common formats to be shared/uploaded (and no conversion software supplied)
Conclusion: Passport? Check. Tickets? Check. Funny looking money? Check. Now there’s one more essential to add to your holiday suitcase – a pint-sized, all-in-one camera that delivers barrels of photo pleasure. It might not be cheap but the TZ7 represents amazing value.
Pros: Compared to the pumped-up 24x lenses sported by the Pentax X70 and Nikon 90, a ‘mere’ 12x zoom might not seem so super - until you see what this Panasonic’s Leica glassware is capable of. Not only does it run from a gob-smacking 25mm ultra-wideangle, it’s virtually free of the softness, distortion and weird colour fringing seen on most super-zooms. The rest of the camera is similarly well crafted, from a gorgeous three-inch screen that fully deserves its ‘high resolut...
Cons: The only area where the TZ7 struggles is with its 720p HD movies. The clips themselves look bright and strong, with good Dolby Digital Stereo sound, but zoom and focus both slam on the brakes, making it tricky to capture fast-moving action.
Excerpt: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 comes packed with a lot of features. It's being marketed as a "hybrid" camera that can take stills and video with equally great quality. But is this the camera for you? Learn more below.
Conclusion: Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7 Megazoom camera With the launch of the Panasonic LUMIX TZ7, we were curious to see which specifications Panasonic had changed in order to continue the success of its predecessors. We were pleasantly surprised to see the amount of effective pixels kept relatively low and the optical zoom lens replaced by a newer version with an even larger range.
Conclusion: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 goes to the top of the list for sub-$400 digicams. With its 12x wide-angle zoom, compact size and very good high-def video, the camera comes close to our two-in-one fantasy device. It’s not perfect though with its lack of manual settings, hard-to-obtain super sharpness in stills and video and other issues we’ve detailed here.
Pros: Good, accurate stills; excellent 720P videos; quality Leica wide-angle 12x zoom; very good 3-inch LCD; easy to use menu system; optical zoom with movies
Cons: Stills/videos not super-sharp; color doesn't have "pop"; no manual adjustments; relatively slow
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Summary: The Panasonic TZ models have long been some of our favorite cameras around here, earning high marks from forum members and our staff testers alike for their versatility, simplicity, and solid all-around performance. The ZS3 builds on this strong foundation, starting with a redesigned lens that is, if anything, even sharper than the original TZ lens while adding 25mm wide-angle coverage.
Pros: Accurate, colorful images, Sharp and powerful 12x zoom, Excellent design and construction, 720p HD video capture, Highly effective iA mode
Cons: Images get noisy above ISO 200, AVCHD Lite video format not widely supported, AF speed lags behind competitors
Excerpt: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 ($399) is the follow-up to the extremely popular DMC-TZ5. I was a big fan of the TZ5, which put a 10X zoom lens, a beautiful 3-inch LCD, and HD movie recording into a small package. I've "sold" a few friends on it, and they absolutely love it. The DMC-ZS3 takes everything that was great about the TZ5 and improves upon it. You get a wider, more powerful zoom lens, a new image processor, improved face detection, and an HD movie mode.