Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ3 Review

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ3



Record Modes & Screens


(Note: All screens and menus can be displayed on either the EVF or LCD.)



Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ3

Program AE mode screen. Flash is set to Auto, ISO is set to 80, image size is 2016x1532, Fine quality, battery has 2/3 of a charge remaining, the OIS (image stabilizer) is enabled in Mode 1, there's 309 pictures remaining. The time and date is displayed for a few seconds when you first turn the camera on or change modes.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ3

When the shutter is half-pressed and the autofocus is achieved, the AF target brackets in the center turn green (red if AF fails) and a focus confirmation "green dot" is displayed. On the bottom is the metering mode, aperture and shutter speed.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ3

Shown above is the orange glow of the AF beam. If you're shooting in low ambient lighting, the focus-assist beam will fire to help the camera achieve autofocus.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ3

One of the advanced exposure modes is Shutter-speed priority which allows you to select the desired shutter speed and the camera matches the proper aperture. Fast shutter speeds allow you to "freeze" rapid moving subjects or "blur" them with a slower shutter speed.

The Aperture priority mode is similar, it allows you to select a specific aperture value to control depth of field (range of focus). A small aperture number gives you a shallower depth of field to put the background out of focus.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ3

In Manual exposure mode you select both the shutter speed and aperture - you must also select the right combination to get the proper exposure level. When you half-press the shutter release, an on-screen meter will display the exposure value.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ3

The screen when using Simple record mode (Heart on the mode dial.) This mode is designed for the beginner with fully automatic operation.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ3

Menu options in Simple mode are minimal.

    Pict. Mode - Choose finished image size (Enlarge, 4x6, or E-Mail)

    Auto Review - Auto review after capture (off, 1s, 3s, Zoom)

    Beep - Camera beep sounds, On or Off

    Clock Set - Set the time and date





Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ3

Press the 4-way controller "Up" to enable AE Bracketing and set the EV step value or to apply Exposure Compensation or Flash Exposure Compensation.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ3

Record Menu options:

    White Balance - Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Incandescent, Flash or Manual set
    Sensitivity - Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400
    Pict. Size - 2016x1512, 1920x1080 (HDTV 16:9 format), 1600x1200, 1280x960, 640x480
    Quality - TIFF uncompressed or JPEG Fine or Standard
    Audio Rec. - Record 5 sec audio note with still image, On or Off
    Metering Mode - Multiple, Center-weighted or Spot
    AF Mode - Select the desired AF-area sensor combination desired
    Continuous AF - Continuous auto focus, On or Off
    AF Trigger - Choose the Focus or Shutter Release for pre-focus
    AF Assist Lamp - On or Off
    D. Zoom - Digital zoom option, On or Off
    Color Effect - Off, Cool, Warm, B/W, Sepia
    Picture Adjust - Natural, Standard, Vivid
    Stabilizer - Image stabilizer; Off, Mode1, Mode2
    Flip Animation - Create small in-camera animations




Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ3

Press the 4-way controller "Down" to enable the Quick Review function to view or delete the last image taken.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ3

Macro (close up) focus mode lets you get closer than 2 inches (wide angle) to your subject.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ3

Movie mode captures motion JPEG at 320 x 240 pixels at 30 or 10 frames per second with audio. The length of capture is limited only by the amount of available memory.


Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ3



Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ3

Movie mode recording options:

    White Balance - Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Incandescent, Flash or Manual set
    Motion Rate - 30fps or 10fps
    Metering Mode - Multiple, Center-weighted or Spot
    AF Mode - Select the desired AF-area sensor combination desired
    Continuous AF - Continuous auto focus, On or Off
    AF Trigger - Choose the Focus or Shutter Release for pre-focus
    AF Assist Lamp - On or Off
    Digital Zoom - Digital zoom option, On or Off
    Stabilizer - Image stabilizer; Off, Mode1




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