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MEGA Optical Image Stabilizer Helps Eliminate Blurry Pictures High Sensitivity Mode Widescreen 16:9 Mode for Panoramic Images Snap Off Consecutive Shots at 3 Frames per Second! 6x Optical Zoom in a Compact Body Two Convenient Power Sources- Alkaline or Rechargeable Batteries Built-In Memory- Shoot Even When You Don't Have an SD Memory Card
Product Title: Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ3 5 Megapixel Compact Camera - Silver
Power Score: 3.6 | 13 Reviews
Frequency Band: Audio Dubbing: Maximum of 10 Seconds Sensitivity: Auto ISO 80 ISO 100 ISO 200 ISO 400 High Sensitivity Mode: ISO 800 - 1600 OSD Language: English Spanish Japanese Chinese (Traditional) German Italian French Extended Optical Zoom: 4:3 Aspect Ratio: 7.5x for 3 Mega, 2 Mega, 1Mega, 0.3 Mega 3:2 Aspect Ratio: 7.5x for 2.5 Mega 16:9 Aspect Ratio: 7.5x for 2 Mega
Software Included: ArcSoft PhotoImpression ArcSoft PhotoBase USB Driver Lumix Simple Viewer
Camera Modes: Scene Modes: Dial: Simple Normal Picture Economy Macro SCN1 SCN2: Portrait Sports Food Scenery Night Scenery Night Portrait Fireworks Party Snow Baby Soft Skin Starry Sky Candle Soft Skin Baby1 Baby2 High Sensitivity Moving Image Playback Picture Adjustment: Natural Standard Vivid Color Effect Mode: Cool Warm Black & White Sepia Mega Burst Shooting Mode: Standard Mode: Up to 5 images at 3 or 2 frames/sec Fine Mode: Up to 3 images Playback Mode: 25, 16 or 9 -Thumbnail Display Zoomed Playback (16x max) Image Rotation Slide Show Favorite Pictures Resizing Trimming Copy Protection DPOF Setting
Exposure Control: Program AE
Viewfinder Type: No
White Balance Modes: Auto Daylight Cloudy Halogen Flash White Set
Product Model: DMC-LZ3
Brand Name: Panasonic
Lens Construction: 8 Elements in 7 Groups
Autofocus Points: 5
Maximum Image Resolution: 2560 x 1920
Number of Batteries Support: 2
Battery Built-in: No
Battery Include: Yes
Longest Shutter Speed: 8 Second
Shortest Shutter Speed: 1/2000 Second
HD Movie Mode: No
Product Line: Lumix
Front Camera: Panasonic
Product Reviews (13)
Panasonic Limix DMC-LZ3S
Strengths: Optical Image Stabilizer, 6x Optical Zoom, uses only two AA batteries, Panasonic quality, heft
Weakness: Plastic housing, smaller LCD, no viewfinder, no movie mode sound
My perspective of the DMC-LZ3S is from that of a neophyte: I've neither owned nor used a camera for over 20 years. That I've found this one to be user friendly is of more importance than an abundance of advanced features for which I wouldn't be appreciative of anyway. This is mainly a snapshot camera with "talky" movie capability. If you want video sound, buy a camcorder or model DMZ-LZ5....
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My perspective of the DMC-LZ3S is from that of a neophyte: I've neither owned nor used a camera for over 20 years. That I've found this one to be user friendly is of more importance than an abundance of advanced features for which I wouldn't be appreciative of anyway.
This is mainly a snapshot camera with "talky" movie capability. If you want video sound, buy a camcorder or model DMZ-LZ5. 5-megapixel is enough. The PictBridge standard lets you print directly on a compatible digital printer. Print size, layout, date and other settings can be made with the camera. The hinges on both the memory card slot and the USB/Video cable port seem sturdy enough. I'm especially enamored with the Optical Image Stabilizer function and 6x Optical Zoom. Simply turn knob on top to zoom from 1X to 6X. Optical Image Stabilizer helps newbys take sharp photos with less blur.
The retail box contains silver-toned camera, two batteries, hand strap, image management software (found LUMIX Simple Viewer adequate, haven't tried either ArcSoft® PhotoImpression™ and ArcSoft® PhotoBase™), USB cable, Video cable, instructions, warranty information. It uses SD (secure digital) or Multimedia Card memory cards (8 MB to 2GB). Although camera comes with built-in 14MB memory and two AA Oxyride batteries, I recommend purchasing a 512MB SD card and rechargeable 2300 NiMH batteries. A case (Case Logic TBC-2) would be nice too.
In summary, the DMC-LZ3S fulfills the role of a good quality, entry-level digital camera. In fact, was going to buy a Canon A610 but was scared-off by "E18" error user complaints. I just hope this camera remains functional for as long as the other Panasonic products I've owned.
By MidnightRambler - Sep 4, 2006
Strengths: Camera was purchased from Best Buy on 5/12/06, took on vacation and learned on the fly how to operate as this was my first digital camera. Had all the good pictures on trip.
Weakness: Last day of trip the lenscover mechanism would not open up completely. Opened it with finger then it would not close properly.
This camera is excellent for use as a first use because the image stabilization system. Picture quality is great and ease of use fantastic except for my problem with the lens cover operation. Best Buy exchanged the camera on the spot. Time will tell if its a returning problem on this model.
By pennfix - May 31, 2006
Great Compact Camera
Strengths: Compact Size, Battery life, Optical Zoom (6x) on a camera this size, Optical Image Stabilization (OIS).
Weakness: Lack of audio in movie mode
The LZ3 is a very compact 5MP camera with loads of zoom. The 6x optical zoom in such a small camera is what made me buy this in the first place. Having played around with it for the last 4 days it has not disappointed me. It is an upgrade to the earlier model (LZ2) which you can have for about the same price or slightly less. But the improvements are worth paying the few extra bucks. Most notably...
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The LZ3 is a very compact 5MP camera with loads of zoom. The 6x optical zoom in such a small camera is what made me buy this in the first place.
Having played around with it for the last 4 days it has not disappointed me. It is an upgrade to the earlier model (LZ2) which you can have for about the same price or slightly less. But the improvements are worth paying the few extra bucks.
Most notably the addition of an auto focus assist lamp is of great help particularly in low light situations. Indoor pictures are much less grainy than my earlier Panasonic Lumix FZ1 ( A fantastic camera with Leica lens and 12X zoom. Pity it is only 2.4MP) which does not have the assist feature. The other notable improvement of the LZ3 over the LZ2 is faster focussing.
The camera comes with 14MB internal memory which is obviously immaterial. The camera uses inexpensive SD cards and at today's prices you can get a 512MB for about $30 or so and this should be sufficient to hold at least 200 pictures in the fine mode.
The presence of OIS in such compact cameras is indeed what sets Panasonic apart from most other manufacturers. You can truly explore the full impact of the optical zoom now without carrying a tripod around ! The only thing I would have loved is the Leica lens that Panasonic has in their FZ range which is obviously much superior. But then for this price it is a bit too much to ask. Audio in movie mode would have been helpful, but then I hardly ever shoot movies with my camera. So it doesn't bother me.
In conclusion this camera is one of the best compact cameras (small enough to carry around in your pocket!) with a great deal of features. It is also fairly inexpensive and the 5MP CCD means you can crop images and zoom them without losing much clarity. And at this price it is definitely a
no brainer to buy if you are in the market for a small yet powerful camera.
By mgopalan - May 9, 2006
Strengths: Low price, image stablization, 6X Zoom.
Weakness: Small 2 inch LCD, no view finder
This is a good camera for the price. It uses AA batteries which is nice because you can carry a few packs in your camera case. The menu buttons on the back side of the camera next to the LCD sometimes gets pressed by accident due to the small size of the camera and my relatively big hand size. I have only 3 complaints: 1. The slide show mode (where you view pictures sequentially) displays the...
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This is a good camera for the price. It uses AA batteries which is nice because you can carry a few packs in your camera case. The menu buttons on the back side of the camera next to the LCD sometimes gets pressed by accident due to the small size of the camera and my relatively big hand size. I have only 3 complaints: 1. The slide show mode (where you view pictures sequentially) displays the picture number, in pretty big font, which I wasn't able to turn off. 2. I didn't figure out how to adjust the exposure setting for a shot with a lot of back lighting. My old Olympus film camera has a dedicated button you press for this purpose. 3 Without a view finder, sometimes it is very difficult to frame the shot on the LCD due to sunny conditions when viewing the LCD is difficult or when there are reflections of objects behind you. For my next camera, I will get a 2.5 LCD and possibly a camera with a view finder.
By rlee001 - May 20, 2006
Lumix DMC-LZ3S Digital Camera
Strengths: I like this camera's 6x zoom and OIS (Optical Image Stablization) combo. Also, it's clarity, ease-of-use, universal, battery-life, multiple features, and consecutive shooting feature are a plus too.
Weakness: One con is that the battery life is low on this camera.
After pricing around, this camera had the best price on the 6x image-stabilization and 2.0-inch LCD display. I would recommend this product because of it's ease of use, and the many features included. For the money, you simply cannot find a better deal.
By cweaver78 - Jun 23, 2006