Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ3 Review
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Features & Controls
The all-glass aspherical Lumix DC VARIO ELMARIT 6x zoom lens is equivalent to a 37-222mm zoom on a 35mm camera. It has a F2.8 to F4.5 maximum aperture. This lens is constructed of 8 elements in 7 Groups (2 Aspherical Lenses.) No lens cap is needed, a built-in shutter protects the lens when the camera is powered down.
The MEGA Optical Image Stabilizer has a built-in gyrosensor that detects any hand movement and relays a signal to a tiny microcomputer inside the camera, which instantly calculates the compensation needed. A linear motor then shifts the Optical Image Stabilizer lens as necessary to guide incoming light from the image straight to the CCD. The MEGA OIS has two modes of operation:
Mode 2 - The stabilizer is only activated when the shutter release is pressed. There is a greater stabilizing effect in this mode.
The TTL contrast-detect auto focus system has a working range of:
Users may choose from selectable AF settings. In addition to the 5-point, 3-point high
speed, 1-point normal speed and Spot autofocus, the LZ3 can be set to 1-point high-speed
autofocus. This setting nearly eliminates the time lag that often occurs with
high-magnification zoom shots, letting users capture those great, spontaneous moments.
The built-in speedlight features Auto, Auto Red-eye reduction, Slow-sync Red-eye, Fill
and Forced Off modes.
The working flash range is Wide: 1.64 - 13.8 feet / Tele: 1.64 - 8.5 feet (ISO Auto).
High Sensitivity Mode: 2.6 - 16.4 feet (Wide), 2.6 - 11.5 feet (Tele).
The 2.0-inch color LCD has only 85,000 pixels of resolution - it's used for framing,
review and menu operations. There is no optical viewfinder.
selector in Record mode toggles the flash mode when pressed "Right." When pressed "Up" it
adjusts exposure compensation. Press
"Left" to activate the Self-timer and press "Down" to use the Quick Review mode to examine
the last image captured. In Playback mode the 4-way selector is used to select images and
of course in both record and play modes it is used to navigate the menu screens.
The MENU / SET button calls up and dismisses the menu system and accepts selections.
The DISPLAY button toggles the amount of overlay information
is shown on the LCD. The Drive
mode button selects normal or sequential shooting mode, in playback it is for deleting
Controls on the top include the combination shutter release and zoom control ring. The zoom ring is used in playback to enlarge the image or display an index page. The button to the right of the shutter release turns the MEGA O.I.S. on/off. Below that is the Power on/off switch.
The Mode Dial has positions for:
Movie - Capture motion JPEG without audio, length is limited only to available memory
flower icon - Macro focus mode for closeup photography
E - Economy mode, point-n-shoot mode for maximum battery life
camera icon - The normal Program AE point-n-shoot mode
Play - Playback of still images, movie or audio notes
heart icon - Simple mode for beginners, minimal menu choices
SCN1 - Scene: Settable for Portrait, Sports, Food, Scenery, Night Scenery, Night Portrait, Fireworks, Party, Snow, Baby, Soft Skin, Starry Sky, Candle, Soft Skin, Baby1, Baby2, High Sensitivity
SCN2 - Scene: Settable for Portrait, Sports, Food, Scenery, Night Scenery, Night Portrait, Fireworks, Party, Snow, Baby, Soft Skin, Starry Sky, Candle, Soft Skin, Baby1, Baby2, High Sensitivity
Still images and movie clips are stored on 14MB of internal memory or
optional removable Secure Digital flash memory cards. We had no problems using a
fast SanDisk Ultra II 256MB SD card. Panasonic claims compatibility
with SD cards up to 2GB.
Approximate Storage Capacities
The DMC-LZ3 can be powered by two AA alkaline or two rechargeable nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH) batteries. Included are two Panasonic Oxyride batteries that allow you to take up to 250 photos. Alkaline batteries let you take about 175 photos and nickel-metal hydride batteries allow up to 390 photos.
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