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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3

 

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3
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Category: Point-and-Shoot

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 has a luxurious touch with its stylish design and metallic, stainless-steel exterior. New is an integrated lens barrier instead of a too-easily-lost lens cap. It features a 10x wide-angle optical zoom Leica DC lens (equivalent to a 28mm-280mm zoom on a 35mm film camera) in one of the smallest body for an ultra zoom. The long zoom reach allows you to bring distant subjects close while the wide-angle lens allows you to include all your friends in the picture or capture an architectural or expansive landscape in a single shot.

The TZ3 features the MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) system to fight against hand-shake, the major cause of blurry images. In addition, the TZ3 compensates for the other major cause of blurry images --subject movement -- with the Intelligent ISO Control function which detects subject movement and adjusts the ISO setting and shutter speed to best suit the movement and light conditions automatically. Together, they form Intelligent Image Stabilizer.

Venus Engine III in the TZ3 allows high-sensitivity recording up to ISO 1250 at full resolution with an improved noise reduction system which maintains high resolution.

A high resolution (230K pixels) extra large 3.0-in. LCD monitor makes composition easy. You can also display two photos side by side for comparison in playback. A handy Clipboard function allows you to snap important documents such as passports, maps, schedule, etc. and store them for instant retrieval.

Battery life is approximately 270 pictures on a single charge (CIPA standard).

The TZ3 is compatible with the optional marine case DME-MCTZ3 which is safe to a depth of 40 meters.

If you like the idea of an image stablized long zoom with a wide-angle coverage in a relatively compact body, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 may just be what you need -- now available in black, silver or blue.

 
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Panasonic TZ3
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3US | CAN | UK | Lumix Site  
  Camera Effective Pixels 7.2 Megapixels  
  Image Sensor 1/2.35", 8.50 Mega Total Pixels CCD
Primary Color Filter
 
  Lens LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR
11 elements in 9 groups
(3 Aspherical lenses / 4 Aspherical surfaces, 1 ED lens)
 
  Optical Image Stabilizer MEGA O.I.S. (Mode1 / Mode2)  
  Focal Length f = 4.6 - 46 mm (35 mm Equivalent: 28-280 mm)  
  Optical Zoom 10x  
  Extra Optical Zoom 4:3 Aspect Ratio: 12x for 5 Mega, 15x for 3.0 / 2.0 / 1.0 / 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 Extra Optical Zoom) (Max. 60x combined with Extra Optical Zoom)
 
  Aperture Wide: F3.3 / F8.0 (2 steps)
Tele: F4.9 / F11 (2 steps)
 
  Focusing Area Normal: Wide 50 cm (1.64 feet) / Tele 200 cm (6.56 feet) - infinity
Macro / Simple Mode / Intelligent ISO / Motion Picture / Clipboard: Wide 5 cm (0.16 feet) / Tele (excepted tele end) 200 cm (6.56 feet) - infinity
Tele Macro (at tele end): 100 cm (3.27 feet) - infinity
 
  AF Metering 1-point / 1-point high speed / 3-point high speed / 9-point / Spot  
  AF Assist Lamp Yes  
  Focus Auto Focus System, Normal / Macro (Dial), Continuous AF On / Off  
  ISO Sensitivity Auto / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1250
(High Sensitivity Mode: 3200)
 
  White Balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Halogen / White Set
White Balance Adjustment (±10steps, except for Auto Set)
 
  Exposure Program AE  
  Scene Modes Dial:
Simple, Normal Image, Macro, SCN1, SCN2 (Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Self-portrait, Food, Party, Candle, Fireworks, Starry Sky, Beach, Aerial Photo, Snow, High Sensitivity, Baby1, Baby2, Underwater, Sunset, Pet), Motion Picture, Playback, Clipboard, Print, Intelligent ISO
 
  Light Metering Intelligent Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot  
  Exposure Compensation 1/3 EV step, -2 - +2 EV  
  Backlight Compensation Yes (at Simple Mode)  
  Auto (AE) Bracketing ±1/3 EV - 1 EV step, 3 frames  
  Shutter Speed 8 - 1/2,000 sec
Starry Sky Mode: 15, 30, 60 sec
 
  Self Timer 2 sec / 10 sec  
  Auto Review 1 sec / 3 sec / zoom  
  Review 1x / 4x / 8x  
  Color Mode Black & White, Sepia, Cool, Warm, Natural, Standard, Vivid  
  Recording Format Still Image: JPEG (Design rule for Camera File system, based on Exif 2.21 standard), DPOF corresponding
Image with Audio: JPEG (Design rule for Camera File system, based on Exif 2.21 standard) + QuickTime
Motion Images: QuickTime Motion JPEG
 
  Image Quality Fine / Standard  
  Recording Image Size Still Image
4:3 Aspect Ratio: 3,072 x 2,304 pixels,
2,560 x 1,920 pixels,
2,048 x 1,536 pixels,
1,600 x 1,200 pixels,
1,280 x 960 pixels,
640 x 480 pixels
3:2 Aspect Ratio: 3,216 x 2,144 pixels,
2,560 x 1,712 pixels,
2,048 x 1,360 pixels
16:9 Aspect Ratio: 3,328 x 1,872 pixels,
2,560 x 1,440 pixels
1,920 x 1,080 pixels
4:3, 3:2, 16:9 Multiple Aspect Ratios
 
 

Motion Picture*
(QuickTime Motion JPEG)

4:3 Aspect Ratio: 640 x 480 pixels, 320 x 240 pixels 30 fps, 10 fps
16:9 Aspect Ratio: 848 x 480 pixels 30 fps, 10 fps
(Max. recording time depends on Memory Card Capacity, Max. 2 GB for a motion picture)
Creating still pictures from a motion picture
 
  Burst Shooting Mode Full-Resolution Image, 3 frames/sec or 2 frames/sec
Full-Resolution: Max. 7 images (Standard Mode) / Max. 5 images (Fine Mode)
 
  Unlimited Consecutive Shooting Yes  
  Easy Zoom / Zoom Resume - / Yes  
  Still Image Rec. with Audio 5 sec  
  Audio Dubbing Max. 10 sec  
  Real-time Histogram Yes  
  Composition Guide Lines Yes (2 patterns)  
  Built-in Memory 12.7 MB  
  Scene Mode Help Screen Yes  
  Auto Angle Detection Yes  
  Flip Animation Yes  
  Travel Date / World Time Yes / Yes  
  Date Stamp Yes  
  Built-in Flash Auto, Auto / Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync. / Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
0.6 - 4.2 m (Wide / ISO Auto), 1.0 - 2.8 m (Tele / ISO Auto)
 
  Viewfinder No  
  LCD 3.0" Polycrystalline TFT LCD (230 K Pixels)
Field of View : approx. 100%
Power LCD Mode, High Angle Mode
 
  Playback Mode 25 - thumbnail display, 9 - thumbnail display, Calendar display, Zoomed playback (16x Max.), Image rotation, Slide show(duration is adjustable, also manual controllable), Playback of favorite pictures, Out-of-frame display, Dual display, Creating still pictures from a motion picture, Resizing (selectable number of pixels), Trimming, Protection, Aspect conversion, DPOF print setting  
  OSD Language English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Russian, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), Netherlandic, Thai, Korean, Turkish, Portuguese, Arabic, Persian, Japanese  
  Recording Media Built-in Memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, MultiMedia Card  
  Microphone Yes  
  Speaker Yes  
  Interface DC Input, AV Output (NTSC / PAL), USB  
  Direct Print PictBridge  
  Power Li-ion Battery Pack (3.7 V, 1,000 mAh) (Included)
AC Adaptor (Input: 110 - 240 V AC) (Optional)
 
  Battery Life (Approx.) 270 pictures
(CIPA standard**)
 
  Included Accessories

- Battery Charger
- Battery Pack
- Battery Carrying Case
- AV Cable
- USB Connection Cable
- AC Cable
- Strap
- CD-ROM: LUMIX Simple Viewer, PhotofunStudio -viewer-, ArcSoft (PhotoImpression / PhotoBase / PanoramaMaker), USB Driver

 
  Dimensions (Approx.) (W x H x D) 105.0 x 59.2 x 36.7 mm /
4.20 x 2.37 x 1.47 in.
 
  Weight (Approx.) 232 g (0.51 lb)
257 g with Battery and SD Memory Card (0.57 lb)
 
  MSRP US $349.95 / CDN $529.99  

* In Motion Picture Mode, when you set the picture quality to [30 fps VGA], we recommend using a high speed SD Memory Card with "10 MB/s" or greater displayed on the package.
** Shooting conditions: 23 °C (73.4°F) with 50% humidity; LCD on; using Panasonic SD/SDHC Memory Card; starting to shoot 30 seconds after turning on the power; shooting once every 30 seconds with the flash in full operation for every other shot; changing the zoom setting from telephoto to wide, or wide to telephoto, for each shot; and temporarily turning the power off after each 10 shots (long enough to lower the battery temperature).

•The battery life differs depending on the condition stored or used or environment.
•The number of recordable pictures varies depending on the recording interval time. If the recording interval time becomes longer, the number of recordable pictures decreases. •Operating Temperature:32 °F– 104 °F(0°C–40°C)
•Operating Humidity: 10%–40%
•Weight and dimensions shown are approximate.
•Design, functions, and specifications are subject to change without notice.
•Some sample images [on the Panasonic website] are simulated.
•Some accessories are not available in some countries.
•Availability of models and colors may differ depending on the country.
•Check the website of the Panasonic sales company in your country or region for details on the LUMIX models, colors, and optional accessories that are available in your market.

- Main Parts and Controls

- Advantages of a 28mm wide-angle lens

- Sample Images

- 360° View

- Optional Accessories

- Underwater photography with LUMIX


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