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 doesn’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; camera’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 ‘Intelligent’ assist features; face detection and auto scene mode selection, 720p HD movie mode with stereo sound; optical zoom, image stabilization...
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: 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.
Summary: The TZ7 s a very good camera. It offers exactly what models in the compact superzoom market should: namely, an extensive focal range in a compact body, along with extensive functionality and an ample LCD screen. However, it does have niggles with regards to design, such as the TZ7's misplaced and loosely fixed mode dial is all too easy to nudge out of line.
Pros: 460k dot LCD, excellent tonal range and colours
Cons: Poorly-placed mode dial, lack of PASM, fairly aggressive noise at ISO 1600
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.
See the highlights of this camera in our
Panasonic Lumix TZ7 / ZS3 video tour
- in High Definition!
Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-TZ7 (or ZS3 as it’s known in North America) continues to be one of the most flexible compacts on the market, and one with very few rivals. Like its predecessor it may not be the slimmest compact around, but considering the huge optical zoom packed within, it remains a remarkable and compelling proposition.
Pros: 12x zoom with 25mm wide angle., HD movies and choice of formats., Good-looking 3in / 460k screen., Great auto mode and fast burst options.
Cons: No manual control over exposure., AF issues when filming and zooming., Noise visible throughout ISO range., Shutter won't exit playback. Need to switch.
Summary: The 10.1Mp Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7, equipped with a 10-element LEICA DC 25mm lens, is a hybrid camera capable of taking 720p-resolution videos using the AVCHD Lite codec, with a 12x optical zoom capable of reaching up to 300mm.
A hybrid digital camera capable of taking great still shots, as well as 720p video.
Good Gear Guide.au
23 May 2010
Summary: This hybrid digital camera is capable of taking great still shots and 720p high-definition videos. We liked the overall image quality of our test shots, videos looked smooth and vibrant, and we made good use of the autofocus modes that are available. The only thing we don't like is the location of the shutter, which is to the inside of the mode dial, and we also wish it had a manual mode.
Pros: 12x optical zoom, optical image stabilisation, useful autofocus tracking and face detection, clear and vibrant pictures, 720p video capture
Cons: No manual mode, awkwardly placed shutter button