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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ3


Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ3

Category: Beginner Amateur

If you think the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20 and FZ15 are too big for you, then try the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ3, which has similar features as the FZ15, but in a much smaller body.

Major differences are that the FZ3 has 3.1-megapixel resolution on a slightly smaller 1/3.2 in. image sensor and a smaller 1.5 in. LCD monitor with less resolution. Otherwise, you pretty much get the same fabulous 12x optical zoom that is image stabilized, a Leica lens (minus the "ED" lens) with a maximum aperture of F2.8 throughout the zoom range, and macro as close as 5 cm (2 in.).

Like the FZ15, it has full flexible exposure control, scene modes, shutter speed range from 8 sec to 1/2,000 sec., Program Shift and an AF Assist Lamp to aid focusing in low-light situations.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ3 offers a great package and should appeal to those desiring a long image stabilized zoom in a compact body. And, it's compact and light enough to take anywhere, especially to outdoors sports events.

Panasonic FZ3
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ3 Home Page  
  Image Sensor 3.1 effective megapixels (2016 x 1512)
1/3.2 in. CCD
  Lens Leica DC Vario-Elmarit  
  Focal Length 4.6-55.2mm (35-420mm, 35 mm equivalent)  
  Aperture F2.8 (wide to telephoto) - F8  
  Optical Zoom 12x (MEGA Optical Image Stabilizer)  
  Macro 5 cm / 2 in.  
  Auto Focus Auto Focus System
Normal/Macro (Dial)
Continuous AF On/Off (Spot Mode)
AF Trigger (Shutter/Focus Button)
AF Assist Lamp
  Shutter Speed 8 - 1/2,000 sec.  
  Exposure Control Program AE (with Program Shift), Shutter Priority AE, Aperture Priority AE, Manual  
  Shooting Modes Dial: P(Program) Mode, A(Aperture Priority) Mode, S(Shutter Priority) Mode, M(Manual) Mode, Macro
SCN1, SCN2: Portrait, Sports, Landscape, Night Landscape, Panning, Night Portraight, Fireworks, Party, Snow, Moving Image, Playback, Self-timer (10 and 2 sec.)
  Exposure Compensation
1/3 EV Step, ± 2 EV
AEB: +1/3EV-1EV Step, 3 Frames
  Light Metering Intelligent Multiple, Center-weighted, Spot  
  White Balance Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Halogen, Flash, White Set; White Balance Adjustment (except for Auto Mode)  
  Viewfinder 0.33" diagonal Color EVF (114k pixels)
Field of view: approx. 100%
  LCD 1.5" diagonal Polycrystalline TFT LCD Display (114k pixels)
Field of view: approx. 100%
  ISO Sensitivity

Auto; 80, 100, 200, 400

  Storage Media SD Memory Card; Multimedia Card  
  Battery Lithium-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 680 mAh)(Included)
Battery Charger (Input: 110-240V AC)(Included)
  Included Accessories
8MB SD Memory Card
Lithium-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 680 mAh); Battery Charger (Input: 110-240V AC)
Lens Cap, Lens Hood & Adaptor
A/V Cable, USB Cable
Software CD-ROMs (ArcSoft, SD Viewer for DSC)
  Dimensions (W x H x D) 2.69 x 4.25 x 3.34 in.  
  Weight (Camera body only) 0.64 lbs  
  MSRP US$399.99  

Product technical specifications (including MSRP and Included Accessories) are as represented by the manufacturer and subject to manufacturer's change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer. Product color availability and included accessories may also differ by country or area. Please verify the latest specs from the appropriate manufacturer's site.

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