Summary: This has been a very good camera for me. It takes nice picture, the menu's are easy enough to get through, and the zoom is amazing. It's bigger than those slim cameras but not by much and takes infinitely better pictures. I have DSLR and an iPhone 4s and i'm finding this camera's uses more and more limited. I pretty much take all my pictures with my iPhone now and if i want more quality i'll use my nikon Dslr.
Summary: I am the owner of several cameras and wanted a compact to carry with me when it is not convenient to pull out my SLR. This is a great little camera with excellent photo quality. It also has the widest angel lens of any compact camera I have seen, which is great for capturing closeup shots and video. The only negative is that the videos taken at the highest quality are not compatible with a Mac, but can be converted with the proper software.
Summary: You need to play around with the settings on this camera for the best results. First,,you must push the button down half-way to focus first , before you take the picture. Make sure you take macro mode off each time you use it(it does not turn itself off and will get you blurry pictures left on). For most pictures, you want the antishake to be on number two, which will make it work full time and not as the camera sees fit(on antishake 1).
Summary: This wonderful little camera has been the first thing i've packed when going anywhere for the past two and a half years. I have loved the all the photos I have taken with it no matter how abstract. It takes fabulous photos and the zoom has been extremely useful to me. The ZS3 is brilliant value for money and I am delighted that I took the time to read the reviews and I have ended up enjoying every momento I have recorded with this fantastic little camera.
Summary: For all the great reviews, I thought this would have been a better camera. The shutter speed is SLOW. Make sure to use a very fast card with this one. In fact, a slower SD card won't allow you to take video. When it works, the pictures are great. Unfortunately, because it is so slow, most (75-80%) of my pictures end up blurry, I've never had this with any other digital camera I've owned, so I truly believe it's not user error.
Summary: I have a Panasonic DMC-TZ1 that I've used extensively on vacation, and it takes great pictures; it's very durable and reliable as well. I decided that when we took our vacation this year, I wanted to take HD videos of our destination (Colorado mountains). After reading various reviews and comparing features of the newer ZS series, I decided that the DMC-ZS3 was the one for me.