Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3K Digital Camera, 7.2 Megapixel, 10x Optical, 4x Digital Zoom, MEGA Optical Image Stabilization and 3" LCD Display - Black Finish


About Panasonic

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.

Panasonic Features

  • Ultra-compact with Luxurious Exterior
  • The 28mm Wide-angle 10x Optical Zoom LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR Lens
  • 28mm Wide-angle with Multiple Aspect Ratios
  • MEGA O.I.S. Prevents Blurry Shots Caused by Hand-shake
  • Intelligent ISO Control Prevents Blurry Shots Caused by Moving Subjects
  • Blur Indicator
  • High Sensitivity Mode ISO 3200
  • Super-fast Shutter Response
  • Long Battery Life
  • Scene Mode
  • Mode Dial - Mode Position Display
  • AF Metering
  • Continuous AF
  • MEGA BURST Consecutive Shooting and Unlimited Consecutive Shooting
  • Function Button
  • Easy to See Large 3.0" High-resolution LCD
  • Dual Image Playback
  • High Quality Wide Aspect VGA Motion Picture Mode
  • 9-cutout Images from Motion Image
  • Clipboard
  • Date Stamp
  • Built-in Memory 12.7MB
  • Marine Case Compatibility
  • Large-screen Photo Viewing
  • Viewing Photos on HDTV
  • Direct Printing Mode (PictBridge-compatible)

Panasonic Specifications

Camera Effective Pixels
7.2 Megapixels
Optical Image Stabilizer
MEGA O.I.S. (Mode 1 / Mode 2 )
Optical Zoom
CCD (Image Sensor)
8.50 Total Megapixel CCD
Primary Color Filter
Extra Optical Zoom
4:3 Aspect Ratio: 12x for 5 Mega, 15x for 3 Mega, 2 Mega, 1 Mega, 0.3 Mega
3:2 Aspect Ratio: 12.6x for 4.5 Mega, 15x for 2.5 Mega
16:9 Aspect Ratio: 13x for 3.5 Mega, 15x for 2 Mega
Digital Zoom
4x (Max. 40x combined with Optical Zoom without Extended Optical Zoom)
(Max. 60x combined with Extended Optical Zoom)
Focal Length
f=4.6-46mm (35mm equiv: 28-280mm)
Leica DC Vario-Elmarit Lens
11 Elements in 9 Groups (3 Aspherical Lenses/4 Aspherical Surfaces, 1 ED Lens)
Aperture Range
Wide: F3.3/F8 (2 steps)
Tele: F4.9/F11 (2 steps)
Focusing Area
Normal: Wide 50cm/ Tele 200cm - infinity
Macro, Simple, Intelligent ISO, Motion Image, Clipboard: Wide 5cm/Tele (except for Tele end) 200cm - infinity
Tele Macro (at Tele end): 100cm - infinity
AF Metering
1 point
1 point high speed
3 points high speed
9 points
Auto Focus System
Normal/Macro (Dial)
Continuous AF On/Off
AF Assist Lamp
ISO Sensitivity
Auto / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1250 (High Sensitivity Mode: 3200)
White Balance
Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Halogen / White Set
White Balance Adjustment
+10 steps (except for auto set)
Program AE
Exposure Compensation
1/3 EV Step, ± 2 EV
Backlight Compensation
Yes (at simple mode)
Auto Bracketing (AE)
+1/3EV-1EV Step, 3 Frames
Light Metering
Intelligent Multiple / Center-weighted / Spot
Shutter Speed
8 - 1/2,000 sec.
Starry Sky Mode: 15, 30, 60 sec.
Self Timer
10 seconds / 2 seconds
Auto Review
1 sec / 3 sec / zoom
1x / 4x / 8x
Dimensions (H x W x D)
4.20'' x 2.37'' x 1.47''
0.51 lbs

Reviews about this item

Reviewed by 1 customers


High Quality!


from NE Ohio  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

This is my primary camera. I still prefer film but find I use my Leica CM less because this camera is so easy to use. I bought the Lumix primarily for the Leica lense and it hasn't disapointed me. Made in Japan for inexpensive cameras is getting rare, most are made in China, but this one is made in Japan.

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