Summary: Still using this camera as of 11/21/2013, and still working great. However, it's been eclipsed by newer models (the XS20 that we've since bought) but if you want a good quality camera for a beginner or someone who doesn't need a whole bunch of bells and whistles, this one's for you.
Excerpt: After many hours of online research I chose the ZR3 as my new digital camera. I compared it to the other Panasonic cameras such as the ZS7,ZS5,ZS3,ZR1 and the FH20. I was also considering the Canon PowerShot SX130IS. The main reason I chose the ZR3 over the Canon was the difference in size. I wanted something small and lightweight and the Canon did not fit that requirement.
Excerpt: Pros: Its my first camera and its easy to use and compact. There are many setting to improve picture quality, light weight and instructions are easy to remember. I like the Ai correction feature to detect faces and the rotator for changing options. This turner allows you change modes without pushing menu all time. Many d=functions to play with and picture quality can be selected 17-0.3 M.
Summary: This camera has been to several countries with me over the last 2 years and most pictures taken have been just what I had expected when I pressed the button. When I bought it, it was as good as was available at that time. In fact it was so good that I could easily skip a couple of generations of this camera. But now the ZS20 is out and everything is further improved: Zoom, speed, low light performance, and new features I didn't even dream about when the ZR3 came out.
Summary: I love it and it's really easy to use. I had determined that my next point and shoot would record in HD and working at indoor soccer arena the results have been stunning. Uploading the videos of game to Youtube has produced videos that look sharp and the camera does well to keep up when auto focusing resulting in less blur. Generous viewfinder.
I'm a 100% fan of Pansonic products. I have a G-2, a GF-2 and a G-1.
9 January 2012
Summary: I like the ZR3 because of size and the Leica Lens. I also have a ZS10 for heavier duty work. The ZR3 has a unique quality feel that's rare in small cameras. It's not a shirt pocket camera and it's not intended for that. It's rugged and I've dropped it wice with no ill effects. Excellent battery life.
Summary: I was looking for a quality camera to carry in my pocket for work and for hobby pics. I have a Canon SLR, but it's just too big to have with me all the time. The quality of the pics are fantastic. The controls are easy to find without looking at them as opposed to the Canon SD1400 where I don't like the buttons being flush with the camera requiring you to look at them to find them. I also chose this model for it's 25mm wide angle lens (35mm equiv.
Summary: I purchased this camera to take photos of my grandson and to take photos of mountain scenery. I am happier with my purchase than I even imagined I would be. The parts that are important to me: 1) I can set it to not use flash so it doesn't bother my grandson, 2) I can set it on automatic, and it handles everything, 3) I can take great videos that include adorable little baby sounds as well as capturing his activities, 4) It takes good telephoto and wide angle photos of...