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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TZ3 Review

Review Summary
Reader Score: 8.27 (out of 10)
Review: "The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 is a 10x ultra-zoom, 28-280mm compact digital camera that can fit inside a pocket. Other standout features of the TZ3 include a large 3 inch LCD screen, 7.2 megapixel sensor, new Intelligent ISO shooting mode to help prevent motion blur and Extra Optical Zoom to extend the zoom up to 15x.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 is a noticeably faster camera that its predecessor, with improved start-up, zooming and continuous shooting timings, despite the increase to a larger 7.2 megapixel sensor. Image quality is also improved since the last generation of Lumix models. Panasonic have notably improved noise performance, so that ISO 400 on the TZ3 is about equal to ISO 200 on the older TZ1, which increases the camera's low-light capabilities.

Find out now if the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 is worth considering by reading the world's first online review."

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Camera Labs 9.00  05-09-07 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 is a 7.2 Megapixel compact which houses a huge 10x optical zoom with image stabilization. Announced in January 2007, the TZ3 is the successor to last year's 5 Megapixel Lumix TZ1, which also sported a 10x optical zoom. ...

The earlier Lumix TZ1 was one of our favourite compacts of 2006 and Panasonic has improved on it with the TZ3. The noise levels and manual controls may not be any better, but the wider optical range, bigger screen and quick access to what settings you can change, make it a worthy successor. ..."

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Trusted Reviews 9.00  02-13-08 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "As with the almost identical TZ2, the initial impression of the TZ3 is very positive. Measuring approximately 105.0 x 59.2 x 36.7 mm it is quite a large camera by modern compact standards, and is very solidly made, as befits a camera designed for travel. It weighs a substantial 257g with battery and card in place, so while it will fit into a larger pocket you'll certainly know you're carrying it. This is the sort of camera belt pouches were invented for. ...

... The Panasonic Lumix TZ3 is sold as the perfect travel snapshot camera, and it delivers in every respect. With solid build quality, fast performance, comfortable handling, simple operation, a massively useful zoom range all topped off with excellent picture quality, it's no wonder that the TZ3 has been such a big hit for Panasonic. It is still an expensive camera a year after its launch, but you get a lot of camera for your money."

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Digital Camera Info 8.75  07-23-07 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "... The TZ3 is an ultra-zoom camera designed for movers and shakers who want the automation and convenience of a point-and-shoot but the zoom capabilities of a long lens. The Lumix TZ3 carries over the Leica-branded 10x optical zoom lens and optical image stabilization system from its predecessor, while adding a higher 7.2 megapixel count, bigger LCD monitor, wider angle, and new scene modes. The TZ3 lists for $349.95, but can currently be found online for about $300. ...

... In terms of image quality, the TZ3 is far superior to its predecessor, displaying impressive color reproduction, wide dynamic range, and solid video performance. For consumers looking for a portable, automatic camera with a long, optically-stabilized lens, the TZ3 is one of the best values on the market."

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DCResource 8.67  04-08-07 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 ($350) is the follow-up to the popular TZ1, a camera that I enjoyed so much, that I bought one as a gift for my dad. That camera offered a big 10X zoom, optical image stabilization, super fast performance, and decent photo quality in a compact body. It wasn't perfect, but it was definitely the best compact ultra zoom on the market.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 ($350) is the follow-up to the popular TZ1, a camera that I enjoyed so much, that I bought one as a gift for my dad. That camera offered a big 10X zoom, optical image stabilization, super fast performance, and decent photo quality in a compact body. It wasn't perfect, but it was definitely the best compact ultra zoom on the market. ..."

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DPReview 8.34  04-04-07 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "Panasonic - the company that is more than any other responsible for the renaissance and continuing success of the 'big zoom' bridge camera - launched the original 'Travel Zoom' TZ1 back in February 2006. The formula - a big zoom on a small camera - isn't exactly new, but the combination of Leica's lens design expertise and Panasonic's technology (image stabilization, fast performance) made the TZ1 the first serious alternative to bigger 'SLR-style' super zooms. And now the TZ1 has been superseded by two models with a new 28-280mm equiv. lens, the TZ2 (6MP, slightly lower spec) and the camera on test here, the TZ3.

...the TZ3 is another fantastic Panasonic camera with a fantastic lens that struggles to impress if you look at the images too closely because of overblown noise reduction. It's a classic example of a camera that will never do that well in a dpreview test because the output doesn't look great at a pixel level, but that I would happily buy for myself for walk-around snapping."

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PC Magazine 8.22  04-28-07 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): 'PC Magazine's previous Editors' Choice budget superzoom was the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7, which has a 12X optical zoom lens and, at less than $400, is still a good buy. One thing that camera lacked, however, was a true wide-angle view. I'm glad to say that the company has addressed this shortcoming with its new budget superzoom model, the 7.2-megapixel Lumix DMC-TZ3, our latest Editors' Choice winner.

As superzooms go, I couldn't be more pleased with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3. With its very portable body and wide-angle zoom, this 10X optical superzoom is an excellent choice for most shooting situations."

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Photography Blog 7.95  03-26-07 Read Full Review
Review: "The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 is a 10x ultra-zoom, 28-280mm compact digital camera that can fit inside a pocket. Other standout features of the TZ3 include a large 3 inch LCD screen, 7.2 megapixel sensor, new Intelligent ISO shooting mode to help prevent motion blur and Extra Optical Zoom to extend the zoom up to 15x.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 is a noticeably faster camera that its predecessor, with improved start-up, zooming and continuous shooting timings, despite the increase to a larger 7.2 megapixel sensor. Image quality is also improved since the last generation of Lumix models. Panasonic have notably improved noise performance, so that ISO 400 on the TZ3 is about equal to ISO 200 on the older TZ1, which increases the camera's low-light capabilities.

Find out now if the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 is worth considering by reading the world's first online review."

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Digital Camera Review 7.25  04-18-07 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "The 7.2 megapixel, 10x optical zoom, compact Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 is the successor to the TZ1. Improvements from its predecessor include a bump in resolution, a new imaging processor, the Venus Engine III processor, and Intelligent ISO control. These new features get added to the image stabilization system that exists on every Panasonic camera. ...

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 is a welcome improvement from its predecessor, the TZ1. The 10x optical zoom lens provides excellent performance in a compact 7.2 megapixel digital camera. The 3 inch LCD provides a nice big screen for previewing and reviewing your images. Good image quality, good battery performance, and quick operation make this camera a good choice for someone looking for an ultra-zoom camera that doesn’t need manual exposure modes like shutter priority, aperture priority and so on."

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LetsGoDigital 7.20  10-16-07 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "The successor of the Lumix TZ1, the Panasonic Lumix TZ3, was introduced in January of the year 2007. The TZ1 did impress us with its compact size and onboard 10x Leica zoom lens; the Panasonic TZ3 even exceeds its predecessor. Resolution went up to 7 Megapixels and even more important, the focal range, although staying the same with its 10x optical zoom, gained a wide angle. As a result, this compact camera has a fine 28-280mm range, absolutely a good achievement. It means that Panasonic is one of few manufacturers to deliver a digital compact camera with an optical zoom lens that is able to offer wide angle. ...

... The compact size, the MEGA O.I.S. image stabilizer and the large optical range together form an ideal combination for this camera carrying the title of Traveler Zoom. The Panasonic TZ3 offers a lot of ease and adds to effortless picture taking which is just what you expect and want from a handy compact camera. ..."

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Megapixel.net 7.14  04-05-07 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "The new Panasonic DMC-TZ3 shares its body design with the DMC-TZ2. Of the two, this is the higher resolution model, offering a 7.2-megapixel resolution and a 3-inch LCD monitor, while the DMC-TZ2 has a 6-megapixel resolution and a 2.5-inch monitor. ...The DMC-TZ3 is entirely metal clad, and can be had in a black, night blue or silver finish. Whatever the color, the finishing is excellent.

The Panasonic DMC-TZ3 is a relatively compact camera that manages to squeeze in a powerful 10X optical zoom that one would normally expect to see in a much larger body. Moreover, its controls are responsive and easy to use, and the effective optical stabilization makes it possible to take full advantage of the 10X zoom."

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Imaging-Resource 7.00  07-06-07 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "The worthy successor to the Panasonic DMC-TZ1, the 7.2 megapixel DMC-TZ3, offers many of the TZ1's benefits including a 10x Leica-branded optical zoom lens and Panasonic's signature Optical Image Stabilization (MEGA O.I.S.). But the TZ3's 10x optical zoom lens-and those of all current Panasonic cameras-starts at 28mm (35mm equivalent), which automatically takes the TZ3's value up a notch or two for offering a true wide angle option. Even with all that lens power, the TZ3 is actually a hair thinner and lighter than its predecessor. It's still not comfortable in a shirt pocket, but it's definitely compact and portable. ...

Though it's not the best looking camera from certain angles, the Panasonic TZ3's images look pretty good; a remarkable improvement from the Panasonic TZ1. The TZ3 has a more conventional zoom design, which results in less distortion overall. Corner sharpness is good, and chromatic aberration is well-controlled, especially impressive when you consider the TZ3's 10x span from a 28mm wide angle to 280mm equivalent. ..."

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Photography Blog 4.25  03-26-07 Read Full Review
Review: "The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 is a 10x ultra-zoom, 28-280mm compact digital camera that can fit inside a pocket. Other standout features of the TZ3 include a large 3 inch LCD screen, 7.2 megapixel sensor, new Intelligent ISO shooting mode to help prevent motion blur and Extra Optical Zoom to extend the zoom up to 15x.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 is a noticeably faster camera that its predecessor, with improved start-up, zooming and continuous shooting timings, despite the increase to a larger 7.2 megapixel sensor. Image quality is also improved since the last generation of Lumix models. Panasonic have notably improved noise performance, so that ISO 400 on the TZ3 is about equal to ISO 200 on the older TZ1, which increases the camera's low-light capabilities.

Find out now if the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 is worth considering by reading the world's first online review."

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CNET Reviews -----  04-07-07 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "Last year, Panasonic released the Lumix DMC-TZ1. The chunky, little 5-megapixel camera contained a 10x zoom lens that let it fit snugly into the compact, high-zoom snapshot camera niche. It didn't exactly wow us, and we gave the camera a less than stellar rating. Now Panasonic has released the Lumix DMC-TZ3, taking the TZ1's basic design and improving nearly every aspect of it.

The camera's pictures looked good and were almost completely free of lens distortion. This greatly impressed us, as most ultrazoom lenses-especially those with 28mm-equivalent wide-angles-tend to heavily distort images at their extreme settings. Fuzzy artifacts obscured certain finer points, but photos were otherwise colorful and detailed. Noise was evident, even at the camera's lowest sensitivity of ISO 100, but the Panasonic keeps it well under control through ISO 400..."

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