Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ3 16.1 MP Compact Digital Camera with 20x Intelligent Zoom (White)

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ3 16.1 MP Compact Digital Camera  with 20x Intelligent Zoom (White)

The Panasonic DMC-SZ3 boasts a powerful 10x optical zoom lens. This gives you highly natural expressions from people and animals that you can’t get close to. And its slim, stylish body can easily go wherever you go – for both everyday snapshots and traveling. The camera incorporates 25mm ultra wide-angle 10x optical zoom LEICA DC lens. Adoption of sliding structure of its optical system makes the unit’s overall length short to fit in the slim body despite its versatile zoom range from ultra wide to telephoto. Passing Leica’s stringent standards, DMC-SZ3 boasts exceptional optical performance with stunning clarity with minimum distortion and flare. The DMC-SZ3 can also record HD video in Motion JPEG format (1,280 x 720 pixels at 24 fps). Recording motion image can be started with a press of an independent motion picture button, which is extremely convenient for you to switch photo / video shooting instantly. MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) Creative Panorama and Creative Control / Creative Touch iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode and Sonic Speed AFSpecifications Sensor Size / Total Pixels / Filter – 1/2.33-inch CCD Sensor / 16.6 Total Megapixels / Primary Color Filter Effective Pixels – 16.1 Megapixels Lens – LUMIX DC VARIO-ELMAR, 10.0x Optical Zoom Focal Length – f = 4.5 – 45.0mm (25 – 250mm in 35mm equiv.) Optical Image Stabilizer – MEGA O.I.S. LCD – 2.7-inch TFT LCD Display (230K dots), 100% Field of View File Format – Still Image – JPEG (DCF/Exif 2.3); Motion Image – QuickTime Motion JPEG File Size – Still up to 4608 x 3456 (4 – 3); Movie up to HD 1280 x 720 (24fps) ISO Sensitivity – Auto 100 – 1600, High 1600-6400 Storage Media – 90MB Built-in Memory, SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory card Flash – Built-in Microphone/Speaker – Mono / Mono Interface – AV Output, USB (AV/USB Multi) Power – Li-ion Battery Pack 3.6V, 690mAh (approx. 250 pictures) Dimensions (WxHxD) – 94.8 x 55.8 x

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Contrarian says:

We are very happy with this camera I just bought this for my wife. It is a very nice compact camera. I read the reviews carefully for a number of compact models on Amazon, Cnet and elsewhere. Panasonic seemed the best in this category so I went with the recent model. We are very happy we did. We are happy with Canon for larger, more serious cameras but for compacts Panasonic seems best. This is certainly better than the Canon it replaced.The response time to click and shoot is very short compared to other compact cameras we have had. The picture quality seems excellent in “Intelligent Auto”. It is flexible if you want to customize your shots with several built-in photo types and also freedom to adjust yourself. The 10X optical zoom is very good, too. [Note: goes to 20X with "digital zoom". Pictures look fine but I think it is more meaningful to compare the optical zoom. 10X is very good for a camera this small.]The only thing that we have any trouble with is the “panoramic” feature that stitches several pictures into one wide one. It is not a feature very important to us the but the couple of times I have tried it I had trouble getting it to work. It said they camera was not moved horizontally enough to work.Other than that, it is very easy to use. The buttons are well-located and the menus are clear and easy to navigate. Overall, we are very happy with this camera.

Yarii says:

Simple to use, takes “OK” photos – Panasonic SZ3 Although I love the styling of the new XS1 Panasonic camera and came close to ordering that model, I chose the SZ3 instead. The reason I chose this camera instead? The XS1 uses a micro-SD card, those little tiny cards smaller than a fingernail that are normally used in cell phones (and some Samsung cameras!). Since I like to remove my SDHC card to get my photos off via a card reader, I chose the SZ3 instead since it uses the normal SDHC card. I recommend getting a Class 10 card for this if you plan on shooting videos.Even though this has a CCD sensor instead of the newer CMOS sensor found on more & more cameras nowadays, I can’t see much difference in speed. It is quick to turn on and be ready for a photo, quick to recycle after taking a photo, burst speed is fast enough to keep me happy.Photos are true to color, although similar to other Panasonic cameras, a little “soft”. This can be remedied by keeping your setting on Vivid (normal setting) to increase sharpness. This has a Leica lens, known for being one of the best lenses available.Plenty of scene settings, even for pets. Most of the time though, I can get a better pet photo with the setting iA (Intelligent Auto mode).A *major* disappointment is the lack of the Quick Access Menu button as other Panasonic cameras have. It also falls a little short on macro shots. I get better close-ups with some of my other cameras; at the same time, those cameras cost more.Low light: No matter what the camera manufacturers say, not only Panasonic, but the others, you can’t expect a camera in this price range to be good in low light. It’s just not gonna happen. Now if you’re in a dimly-lit restaurant and use a night scene setting with the flash, yes, you’ll get a decent photo, but if you expect anything more, you’ll be disappointed. In that case you need a camera 4 to 5 times the price of this one such as the Sony RX100.I love the Creative Control options with this camera, this seems to have more options than some of the other camera models. My friends and I are having a blast with the “Beauty Retouch” function! You can retouch a photo to give yourself a more glamorous look, even a smokey eye!Battery life is decent, I can get around 200 photos and a couple videos before the battery needs recharged. As far as recharging, the battery is charged INSIDE the camera like a lot of others these days. You can charge it by your PC or by plugging the cord into a receptacle.Build quality: It’s plastic, but seems to be durable for a cheap camera. No matter how much one spends on a camera, the battery doors are always flimsy, so just take extra care when opening it. This camera is on the smaller side, but not “too small” and the controls/menus are easy to access even with chubby fingers. The LCD screen is a tad smaller than most, but seems to not have as much glare in the sun. One downside is this camera is made in China, while most of my other Panasonic cameras were made in Japan, even those that were similar in price.As far as video, some may think it’s a “con” that this only records 720p, not 1080p. Frankly, I can’t tell much difference between the two when I view them on my computer on YouTube, however, you may see a small difference if you watch the video on a TV. My computer is 5 years old and doesn’t handle 1080p very well, it’s a little quirky.I recommend this camera, even though it’s a basic point & shoot with very little manual control. Sometimes I favor ease-of-use and the ability to easily carry a camera rather than carry around a heavy one. This camera fits inside my smallest purses. It’s simple to use, takes good photos and it’s a good price. I bought it in white (I have a thing for white cameras!) the back is charcoal gray though. It’s stunning and you’d think white would show dirt more than the other colors, that doesn’t seem to be the case here.

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