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DMC-LZ3S Digital Camera, Silver image
 
(based on 6 ratings)
Brand: Panasonic
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6x Optical Zoom in a Compact Camera. The DMC-LZ3 combines a compact, easy-to-carry size with a powerful 6x optical zoom lens - equivalent to a 37 to 222mm lens on a 35mm camera - for dynamic closeups or great shots from a distance. The Extended Optical Zoom function, which magnifies the image with minimal deterioration by using the center part of the high-resolution CCD, boosts the zoom power to 7.5x in 3-megapixel images.

Taking Hand Movement Out of the Picture with MEGA Optical Image Stabilization - All of us have taken a shot that we thought was focused perfectly, only to have it turn out blurry. The most common cause of this is hand movement. Digital cameras are wonderfully light and compact -- but for the same reason they can also be hard to hold still. Even pressing the shutter button can cause the camera to move. And most people use the LCD monitor (with arms outstretched) to frame a shot -- great for getting the shot you want, but most likely adds to the likelihood of hand movement. Basically, hand movement is a real concern anytime you're taking a handheld telephoto shot, macro shot or self-portrait, or when shooting at night or in dim lighting. The answer to the hand movement problem? An advanced optical image stabilizing system that we call MEGA Optical Image Stabilization. This system uses built-in gyrosensors to detect even tiny camera movement and then shifts a lens in the opposite direction to compensate. The system is completely optical - it does not affect the CCD or image processing - so you get sharp, clear images with minimal degradation. It lets you reduce the shutter speed more than 3 steps below the conventionally accepted hand movement limit, which is calculated as 1/focal length (1 divided by the focal length). It greatly expands what you can do with a handheld digital camera.

High Sensitivity Mode Helps Reduce Motion Blur - When there's not a lot of light or you're using a slow shutter speed, hand movement isn't the only potential problem. There's also motion blur -- the blurring that can result if your subject like children or pets move even a little in low lighting. That's why we added a High Sensitivity mode that allows you to shoot at up to ISO 1600 by using the pixel-mixed readout method, effectively raising the shutter speed. It not only minimizes motion blur, it also lets you take clearer, sharper shots in dim lighting without using a flash. The picture quality is good enough for printing at the ordinary 4x6-inch (10 x 15 cm) size.

Widescreen 16:9 Mode for Panoramic Images - This wonderful feature lets you shoot images in widescreen (16:9 aspect ratio), so that you can achieve bold, panoramic images that are perfect for dramatic, wide prints. Plus, you can view photos as full screen images on your widescreen TV.

Easy-to-See 2.0-inch Diagonal LCD with High Angle Mode - The 2.0-inch diagonal LCD is clear, bright and easy to see even in low lighting by using the pixel-mixed readout method. It lets you frame shots more comfortably. And when you're finished shooting, the big, bright display lets you enjoy functions like the 25-thumbnail display. The DMC-LZ3 also has the world's first4 developed High Angle shooting function, which makes it easier to see the monitor when you're holding the camera high to shoot over a crowd.

Quick, Accurate Auto Focus - Choose from five auto focus modes: 1-point, 3-point high-speed, 5-point, spot AF, and 1-point high-speed AF with focusing speed reduced by 40% from the previous model. And the AF Assist Lamp helps in dimly lit places. Thanks to the high-performance Venus Engine Plus, you enjoy a fast camera response with a release time lag as low as 0.005 seconds. You can shoot quickly, easily and accurately every time.

MEGA BURST Consecutive Shooting - Snap off up to 5 consecutive shots at a swift 3 frames per second in Standard mode. And with Unlimited Consecutive Shooting, you can keep shooting until the SD Memory Card or built-in memory is full.

Extended Shooting from Two AA Batteries - The DMC-LZ3 can be powered by two ordinary AA batteries, which you can buy just about anywhere. Using the Oxyride batteries that come with the camera, you can take up to 2508 shots.

Built-In Memory - Take Pictures without an SD Memory Card - Take photos even when you don't have an SD Memory Card on hand. The built-in memory holds up to 14MB9 of image data, which you can later copy onto an SD Memory Card or PC. You can also copy images from a memory card or PC to the built-in memory, and view them on the LCD anytime you like.

Review Snapshot®
Avg. Customer Rating:
 
4.2 stars
(based on 6 reviews)
100% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

Pros:
Accurate colors(4), Great resolution(3), Nice features and settings(4), Simple controls(3)
Best Uses:
Everyday(3), Outdoors(4), Sports/action(3), Travel(5), Weddings(3)
 
Great Camera for ALL
By Brenda Gibson PHotographyVerified Reviewer from Purcell OK on 4/1/2009
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Easy Setup, Easy to Keep Clean, Easy To Use, Great Picture Quality, Strong Construction
Cons:
Havent found any yet
Best Uses:
Art, Family Photos, Fun, Photojournalism, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Panasonic DMC-LZ3S Digital Camera, Silver:

The camera was very simple to use, and I love it, took great sharp pictures, had it only a short time, but this one is stayin in my purse at all times!

 
Easy to use after reading manual
By firewoodmanVerified Reviewer from ridgeway, sc on 3/23/2007
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Easy email of pictures, Easy Setup, Easy to Keep Clean, Good price
Cons:
Poorly written manual
Best Uses:
Art, Fun, Travel, Vacation
Describe Yourself:
Getting started, No photo experience
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Panasonic DMC-LZ3S Digital Camera, Silver:

I've enjoyed having this camera. I'm taking lots of pics and having fun emailing them to friends and family.

 
Nice camera for the price
By hollyVerified Reviewer from Ohio on 2/16/2007
Describe Yourself:
Casual user, Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Pros:
Accurate Colors, Nice Features and Settings
Best Uses:
Everyday, Outdoors, Sports/Action
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Panasonic DMC-LZ3S Digital Camera, Silver:

Nice camera for this price range, i would buy it again.

[3 of 3 customers found this review helpful]

 
Perfect for all around use.
By ...Verified Reviewer from SF Bay Area on 12/23/2006
Describe Yourself:
Casual user
Pros:
Accurate Colors, Great Resolution, Nice Features and Settings, Rugged
Cons:
Complicated Controls
Best Uses:
Everyday, Low Lighting, Outdoors, Portraits, Sports/Action, Travel, Weddings/Events

Comments about Panasonic DMC-LZ3S Digital Camera, Silver:

This camera has been perfect for myself as an average user. I like the fact it uses AA batteries and has a huge lcd viewfinder.

[5 of 5 customers found this review helpful]

 
Outstanding Camera for the price
By JoeBVerified Reviewer from Atlanta, Ga. on 12/9/2006
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Pros:
Accurate Colors, Great Resolution, Nice Features and Settings, Rugged
Cons:
Complicated Controls, OnOff switch malfunction
Best Uses:
Everyday, Low Lighting, Outdoors, Portraits, Sports/Action, Travel, Weddings/Events

Comments about Panasonic DMC-LZ3S Digital Camera, Silver:

Outstanding camera for the price! The zoom is awesome and this thing has better quality than cameras twice the cost. The video is great for a camera and the sound is very good too. It sips batteries. A set will last a very long time.

It's loaded with features. The drawback is that it has few controls that work the many features. I wouldn't consider it user friendly for a novice. Being experienced, I sometimes find it a tad frustrating.

The other drawback is that the On/Off switch tends to malfunction and it occasionally turns itself on. I needed to buy an electronic cleanng solution which cured the problem but still is needed from time to time.

I recommend buying rechargeable batteries and a card reader to make the experience even more pleasureable.

[8 of 9 customers found this review helpful]

 
Perfect for...
By NoneVerified Reviewer from Florida on 12/4/2006
Describe Yourself:
Getting started
Pros:
Accurate Colors, Great Resolution, Nice Features and Settings, Simple Controls
Best Uses:
Outdoors, Travel, Weddings/Events

Comments about Panasonic DMC-LZ3S Digital Camera, Silver:

It's an outstanding camera for those who are new at picture taking, and do it as a fun hobby. Although, if you are looking to find an SLR camera or high performance camera, this is the opposite of what you are looking for.

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