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.
Summary: This camera is loaded with features and the it does do alot of what it claims. It does zoom really well. However, the more you zoom, the worse the quality of the picture. Still something worth having in many situations.
Their warranty isn't worth the paper it's written on.
Brad Rules, Amazon
21 February 2010
Summary: While the camera itself is great, if it breaks down for any reason you are basically screwed. When my camera broke, I was never able to speak to a real person. Panasonic's automated phone line and web help both directed me to send the camera and all its accessories to their center in Texas.
Summary: The attached video was made straight out of the box, without reading the manual. Note that the original HD file has much better resolution (you get some loss going from 160MB to 22MB). The video shows the zoom function right up to max zoom.
Summary: I purchased the DMC-ZS3 after MUCH research as I needed to replace my beloved Canon Powershot A620 (after we both suffered a nasty fall in the mountains). Unfortunately, Canon no longer makes the A620, nor do they make a replacement model in terms of size and features.
Somewhat disappointed, especially when compared to Sony DSC-H20
Steve N, Amazon
8 August 2009
Summary: I've had a variety of great digital cameras, but recently found myself wanting/needing a compact, super-zoom, HD video camera. The choices came down to the Panasonic ZS3 and the Sony CyberShot DSC-H20.
Summary: It is really hard to rate this item, without discussing customer service / warranty issues as well. For the first week the camera worked well, but after two usages the LCD screen became pixilated and the camera was sent to Panasonic for warranty repair.