The Lumix DMC-TZ3; a 7.2 Megapixel entry to the TZ family, packages a 28 mm wide-angle Leica DC Vario-Elmar lens, Intelligent Image Stabilization, with the industry's most advanced countermeasures against blurring. It sports a 3.0-inch LCD, and a compact, stylish, stainless steel body.
The DMC-TZ3 incorporates the industry's most advanced counter measures against blurring with the introduction of Intelligent Image Stabilization. This system comprises two features - MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) and Intelligent ISO Control. The camera is also able to shoot from 28 mm at the wide end and 280 mm in telephoto, making it a fully equipped for any shooting situation.
The 10x Optical zoom lets users take close-up shots even when users cannot move closer to the subject, and the wide-angle lens comes handy in situations, where users cannot step back or move away. The DMC-TZ3 CCD area is larger than those in conventional 7-megapixel class cameras, and can reproduce images shot with the lens set in any of three aspect ratios - 4:3, 3:2 or 16:9.
The DMC-TZ3 also features the Panasonic Venus Engine III; its most advanced image-processing engine. The engine helps to improve noise reduction and can record at a sensitivity setting, which is as high as ISO 1250 with full resolution. With its multi-task image-processing capability, the Venus Engine III also boasts outstanding response time.
Its shutter release time lag is as short as 0.006 second, and shutter interval, as short as 0.5 seconds. This fast response makes it easy to capture sudden, spur-of-the-moment shots. The effective pixels in the DMC-TZ3 have also been increased to 7.2 Megapixels to support enhanced zoom functions.
Panasonic's Extra Optical Zoom function provides additional magnification to 15x, when taking photos with 3-megapixel resolution by using the center part of the CCD. Using this feature in combination with the 4x digital zoom the camera provides a total zoom factor of up to 60-times.