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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 / TZ7


Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 / TZ7
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Category: Point-and-Shoot

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 / TZ7 features a 12x ultra wide-angle optical zoom Leica DC lens (25mm-300mm equiv.) in one of the smallest body for an ultra zoom. And you do not even need a lens cap: the lens retracts into the stylish body with an integrated lens barrier protecting it. The long zoom reach allows you to bring distant subjects close while the ultra wide-angle lens allows you to include all your friends in the picture or capture an architectural or expansive landscape in a single shot. MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) helps reduce camera shake at the long focal lengths.

The ZS3 records HD motion images at a smooth 60 fps with 1280 x 720-pixel resolution using the AVCHD (MPEG-4/H.264) format. It features Dolby Digital Stereo Creator to record high quality audio. A Wind cut function blocks out most of the noise from background wind. Just connect the camera to an HDTV using a single HDMI mini cable (purchased separately) to view HD photos and motion images. Or, easily upload your video clips to YouTube(TM) using the included YouTube(TM) Uploader software. The 12x optical zoom is available during video recording.

Intelligent Auto Technology (iA) combines 4 detection functions (Shake Detection, Face Detection, Scene Detection and Light Detection) to let the camera select the best mode and exposure.

A high resolution (460K dots) extra large 3.0-in. LCD monitor with a wide viewing angle makes composition easy. The Intelligent LCD function also automatically adjusts the brightness in 11 steps according to shooting conditions.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 / TZ7 improves on the award-winning Panasonic TZ5 with more zoom and practical features to make oyur photography even more versatile.

For about $100 less, you can also purchase the DMC-ZS1 / TZ6 which has a 2.7-in. (230K dots) LCD and lacks HD movie.

If you are looking for the slimmest and most compact power zoom digital camera, for about $120 less, you can purchase the DMC-ZR1 / ZX1 which has 8x optical zoom, a 2.7-in. (230K dots) LCD, and records HD movie with mono sound -- and, at only 26mm (1.02 in.) thick, is about 7cm thinner than the ZS3 / TZ7.


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Panasonic ZS3 / TZ7
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 / TZ7US | CAN | UK | Lumix Site  
  Camera Effective Pixels 10.1 Megapixels  
  Image Sensor 1/2.33-inch / 12.7 Total Megapixels / Primary Colour Filter  
10 elements in 8 groups
(2 Aspherical lenses / 3 Aspherical surfaces, 2 ED lens)
  Conversion Lens Compatibility No  
  Optical Image Stabilizer MEGA O.I.S. (Auto / Mode1 / Mode2)  
  Focal Length f = 4.1 - 49.2 mm (35 mm Equivalent: 25 - 300 mm)  
  Optical Zoom 12x, 2-Speed Zoom  
  Extra Optical Zoom

14.3x (4:3 / 7M), 17.1x (4:3 / 5M), 21.4x (under 3M)

  Digital Zoom 4x
(Max. 48.0x combined with Optical Zoom without Extra Optical Zoom)
(Max. 85.5x combined with Extra Optical Zoom)
  Aperture F3.3 - 4.9 / Iris Diaphragm (F3.3 - 6.3 (W) / F4.9 - 6.3 (T))  
  Focusing Area Normal: Wide 50cm/ Tele 200cm - infinity
Macro / Intelligent AUTO / Clipboard : Wide 3cm / Max 200cm / Tele 100cm - infinity
  AF Metering Face / AF Tracking / Multi (11-area) / 1-area high speed / 1-area / Spot  
  AF Assist Lamp Yes  
  Focus Normal / Macro, AF Tracking (On / Off), Pre-AF (Off / Quick AF / Continuous AF), Continuous AF (On / Off) in Motion Picture Recording  
  ISO Sensitivity Auto / 80 / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600
(High Sensitivity Mode: Auto (1600-6400))
  White Balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Halogen / White Set
White Balance Adjustment (±10 steps, except for auto set)
(Selectable at Portrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self-Portrait, Sports, Baby, Pet, High Sensitivity, Hi-speed Burst, Pin Hole, Panorama Assist Modes)
  Exposure Program AE  
  Rec Mode (Mode Dial) Intelligent AUTO, Normal Picture, My Scene Mode 1, My Scene Mode 2, Scene Mode, Clipboard  
  Scene Modes Portrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self-Portrait, Scenery, Panorama Assist, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Food, Party, Candle Light, Baby1, Baby2, Pet, Sunset, High Sensitivity, Hi-speed Burst (Image Priority / Speed Priority), Flash Burst, Starry Sky, Fireworks, Beach, Snow, Aerial Photo, Pin Hole, Film Grain, Underwater  
  Light Metering Intelligent Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot  
  Exposure Compensation 1/3 EV step, -2 - +2 EV  
  Backlight Compensation Yes (at Intelligent AUTO Mode)  
  Auto (AE) Bracketing ±1/3 EV - 1 EV step, 3 frames  
  Shutter Speed 8 - 1/2,000 sec (Selectable minimum shutter speed)
Starry Sky Mode: 15, 30, 60 sec
  Self Timer 2 sec / 10 sec  
  Auto Review 1 sec / 2 sec / Hold / Zoom  
  Color Mode Standard, Natural, Vivid, Black & White, Sepia, Cool, Warm  
  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: AVCHD Lite, QuickTime Motion JPEG
  Aspect Ratio 4:3 / 3:2 / 16:9  
  Image Quality Fine / Standard  
  Recording Image Size
Still Image  
4:3 Aspect Ratio: 3,648 x 2,736 pixels (10M),
3,072 x 2,304 pixels (7M EZ),
2,560 x 1,920 pixels (5M EZ),
2,048 x 1,536 pixels (3M EZ),
1,600 x 1,200 pixels (2M EZ),
640 x 480 pixels (0.3M EZ)
3:2 Aspect Ratio: 3,776 x 2,520 pixels (9.5M),
3,168 x 2,112 pixels (6.5M EZ),
2,656 x 1,768 pixels (4.5M EZ),
2,112 x 1,408 pixels (3M EZ),
2,048 x 1,360 pixels (2.5M EZ)
16:9 Aspect Ratio: 3,968 x 2,232 pixels (9M),
3,328 x 1,872 pixels (6M EZ),
2,784 x 1,568 pixels (4.5M EZ),
2,208 x 1,248 pixels (2.5M EZ),
1,920 x 1,080 pixels (2M EZ)



Motion Picture*
(QuickTime Motion JPEG)

4:3 Aspect Ratio: VGA: 640 x 480 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG)
QVGA: 320 x 240 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG)
16:9 Aspect Ratio:

WVGA: 848 x 480 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG)

HD Movie:

1,280 x 720 pixels,

AVCHD Lite (SH: 17 Mbps / H: 13 Mbps /
L: 9 Mbps):

[NTSC] 60p *CCD output is 30p (fps).
[PAL] 50p *CCD output is 25p (fps).

Motion JPEG: 30 fps

Max. recording time depends on Memory Card Capacity.
A max. of approx. 2 GB of continuous motion picture can be recorded in Motion JPEG. In AVCHD Lite, recording may be continued until the card is full.
  Continuous Shooting Mode Full-Resolution Image, 2.3 frames / sec
Max. 5 images (Standard Mode) / Max. 3 images (Fine Mode)
Hi-speed Burst Mode: approx. 6.0 frames / sec (Image Priority), approx. 10 frames / sec (Speed Priority)
(recorded in 3M for 4:3, 2.5M for 3:2, 2M for 16:9)

Approx. 15-100 shots.
* Maximum is 100 shots.
・The number of consecutive shots is limited by the shooting conditions,
card type, and card condition.
・The number of consecutive shots may increase immediately after the card is formatted.
  Unlimited Consecutive Shooting Yes (1.8 frames / sec)  
  Intelligent Auto (iA) Mode Face Recognition (Still)
Optical Image Stabilizer (Still & Movie)
Intelligent ISO Control (Still & Movie)
Face Detection (Still)
Intelligent Scene Selector (Still - Portrait, Scenery, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Macro; Movie
  Zoom Resume / Optical Zoom in Motion Picture Yes / 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 approx. 40 MB  
  Scene Mode Help Screen Yes  
  Orientation Detector Yes  
  Travel Date / World Time Yes / Yes  
  Copy / Title Edit / Text Stamp Yes / Yes / Yes  
  Built-in Flash Auto, Auto / Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync. / Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
0.6 - 5.3 m (Wide / ISO Auto), 1.0 - 3.6 m (Tele / ISO Auto)
  Viewfinder No  
  LCD 3.0" TFT LCD (460,000 dots)
Field of View : approx. 100%, Wide Viewing Angle
AUTO Power LCD Mode, Power LCD Mode
  Playback Mode Normal Playback, Slideshow, Mode Playback, Category Playback, Favorites Playback  
  Slideshow Mode All / Still Images Only / Motion Picture Only / Favorites / Category
BGM Effect (Natural / Slow / Swing / Urban / OFF)
  OSD Language English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Russian, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), Netherlandic, Thai, Korean, Turkish, Portuguese, Arabic, Persian, Japanese, Swedish, Danish, Finnish
*Check the website of the Panasonic sales company in your country or region for details on the OSD languages on the products that are available in your market.
  VIERA Link Yes  
  HDMI Output Video: Auto / 1080i / 720p / 576p (PAL) / 480p (NTSC)
Audio: Dolby Digital Stereo Creator
  Recording Media Built-in Memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard (Still image only)  
  Microphone Yes (Stereo)  
  Speaker Yes  
  Interface mini HDMI, USB2.0 High Speed, AV Output (NTSC / PAL or NTSC only)*, DC Input (requires optional Multi Conversion Adapter)
*Check the website of the Panasonic sales company in your country or region for details on the AV Output on the products that are available in your market.
  PictBridge Support Single / Multi / All / Favorites / DPOF  
  Power ID-Security Li-ion Battery Pack (3.6 V, Typical: 950 mAh / Minimum: 895 mAh) (Included)
AC Adapter (Input: 110 - 240 V AC) (Optional)
  Startup Time (Approx.) 1.8 sec  
  Release Time Lag (Approx.) 0.006 sec  
  Shutter Interval (Approx.) 0.8 sec (minimum) *Not including the time for AF  
  Battery Life (Approx.) Still Pictures**:
300 pictures (CIPA standard)
Motion Pictures***:
90 minutes (Recording time capacity in AVCHD Lite SH mode)
  Included Accessories

- Battery Charger with AC Cable
- Battery Pack, Battery Case
- AV Cable, USB Connection Cable
- Hand Strap
- CD-ROM: PHOTOfunSTUDIO v3.0 HD Edition, ArcSoft (MediaImpression / Panorama Maker), USB Driver, QuickTime

*Check the website of the Panasonic sales company in your country or region for details on the standard accessories on the products that are available in your market.
U.S.A. Direct
UK eshop
Other Countries

  Dimensions (Approx.) (W x H x D) 103.3 x 59.6 x 32.8 mm /
4.07 x 2.35 x 1.29 in.
  Weight (Approx.) 206 g / 0.45 lb
229 g / 0.50 lb (with Battery and SD Memory Card)
  MSRP US $399.95 / CAD $499.99 / UK £349  

* In Motion Picture Mode, we recommend using a high speed SD/SDHC 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/SHDC 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).
*** Available recording time will be reduced when the camera is switched ON/OFF, recording is stopped/started, or zoom operations are used frequently.
•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.
****The number of recordable pictures decreases in Auto Power LCD Mode or Power LCD Mode.
•CIPA is an abbreviation of “Camera & Imaging Products Association.” •Operating Temperature: 0°C–40°C (32°F–104°F) •Operating Humidity: 10%–40%
•Weight and dimensions shown are approximate.
•Design, functions, and specifications are subject to change without notice.
•Some accessories are not available in some countries.

- Main Parts and Controls

- Advantages of a 25mm wide-angle lens

- Sample Images

- 360° View

- Optional Accessories

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