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Panasonic DMC-ZS3

A digital camera by Panasonic with HD video recording.

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Ever After

  • Dec 4, 2009
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 I just bought the Lumix ZS3 (TZ7 model for the rest of the world) yesterday after almost an entire year of "thinking about it". The reason for the slow response which is very unlike me where it comes to gadgets is due to the fact I've had many cameras lying around, many of which are still in good condition! With the financial disaster in Wall Street last year which translated to a sense of wastage in all areas, I've hold back this purchase since I figure I won't be traveling that much and also if I do, I still have 3 other Lumix cameras around which may be a little aged, but workable nonetheless.

So, Panasonic Lumix is one of the few brands that has all its cameras "Made in Japan"! It uses Leica lens and that means an awful lot to any serious photographer. It spells reliability & precision. Yes, no other brands has all its cameras "Made in Japan". Not Sony, not Nikon, not Canon, not Fuji. The reason why I ultimately decide to get this camera is its HD recording capability. It's not that I'm a video freak, it's a cool function I thought I should be getting acquainted with. Afterall, Youtube & Vimeo are now a craze with everyone. Who knows, I might have latent talent in cinematography, haha!

 The Lumix is a powerful camera packed with many cool featurse despite its small and portable size. It's also ultralight and that's another contributing factor in the purchase. For a 12x optical zoom camera, that's a most important factor as weight will be a drag if it's not compact enough when I pick it up for traveling and hiking which are normally the main places I'd use my cameras. In this case, I know for sure weight will not be an issue like my last camera with 15x optical zoom, which is the Sony DSC H7. This is definitely a huge improvement where that is a concern. It might not be a contributing factor for you if you're a guy, but for the ladies, with the cell phones, cosmetics, netbook, etc all in a bag, weight turns out to be very important in the total scheme of things! As an added bonus, the camera also boasts a wide angle lens of 25mm which is a boon for all kinds of panoramic filming. Great for landscape and party photography where you can capture as much details as possible.

I'll leave all the special features and cool functions to the professional to deal with them, as per explained in the video below & the reviews. What I'll endorsed (even though I've not properly "played" around with this particular model as yet) is the brand Panasonic Lumix. I've had 4 cameras in the past from this brand and so far I've always been satisfied with my purchase. It is one that is not only reliable but does what it's supposed to do. Some better than others from the same range of cameras. Design may not be as cool as some others which have improved over the years (like Fuji and Olympus) but it is still up to date. It simply hasn't changed its own designs for a few years which I figure because that's the best result you could have with so much great features packed in a tiny camera which none others have been able to beat till today! So, no problem on that aspect. If there is anything, I'll probably rant a little about its pricing. Camera prices have dropped a great deal in recent years and with a price range of (C$400 or US$430), that's not entirely cheap. But with our resourceful readers, I'm sure you can find it cheaper when purchased online. I bought it from Future Shop in Toronto instead as I need the camera on this particular trip. For the same price, you can also get it from Blacks.

Reviews by the professional:
Engadget:  http://www.engadget.com/2009/06/15/panasonic...s3-hands-on-and-review/
DP Review: http://www.dpreview.com/news/0901/09012706panasonictz7.asp
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December 27, 2009
Just acquired the Panasonic Lumix DMC LX3. Wow, what a camera!
December 28, 2009
I've had about 5 of Lumix range of cameras, each one better than the last. What do you like about LX3? The quality of the images?
December 28, 2009
Hmmm..you'll have to read my review of the LX3 :)
December 28, 2009
U're making one? I did look, haven't found any. Make that quick!!!
December 28, 2009
Santa was very good to me this year. I'm putting together video and photos to add to my review - I should have it done shortly.
December 04, 2009
I'm strictly a Canon girl, but this sounds like such a nifty little camera! I'm in the market for a digital camera for my dad, though, so I'll have to scope this one out. Thanks for the review, Sharrie! :)
December 04, 2009
Your dad will like it. I forgot to mention in the review that it has a 25mm wide angle lens & also a 12x optical zoom which translates to a 300 mm telescope. Imagine a video function in a compact camera with that capability, it's ideal for most functions!
December 04, 2009
Wow, that is intense! I don't think my dad's going to be doing any sort of photography that requires that much precision, but it's definitely a perk :)
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Quick Tip by . December 04, 2009
Panasonic Lumix & Leica lens is a perfect combo. This model is packed with HD recordings & a super zoom!
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I'm a traveler at heart & have been nicknamed Travel Queen by friends & colleagues alike. Traveling has been my life passion for the last decade or so. As we enter a new decade, I'm excited … more
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Panasonic AVCHD camcorders offer interlaced, progressive scan or native progressive recording and combinations of these modes depending on a particular model. 1080-line and 720-line recording is possible depending on a model.

In 2009 Panasonic introduced AVCHD Lite to selected members of its Lumix line of digital cameras.
April 2009: DMC-ZS3(USA)/TZ7(rest of the world) (AVCHD Lite), DMC-TS1/DMC-FT1 (AVCHD Lite)

 Review by Engadget: http://www.engadget.com/2009/06/15/panasonic...s3-hands-on-and-review/
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