Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ3 Review

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ3



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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ3

For beginners or anyone that just wants to "point-n-shoot" there's the Simple exposure mode (the red heart icon on mode dial.) The camera sets almost everything for you, the Simple menu options are shown below.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ3

Simple menu options:

    Pict. Mode - Enlarge, 4x6", E-mail (no image resolutions to confuse the user, just 3 choices: Enlarge for big prints, 4x6" for standard prints or E-mail for 640x480 images)

    Battery Type - Select Alkaline/NiMH or Oxyride

    Beep - Camera makes "beep" sounds, Off, Low, High

    Clock Set - Set the time and date



Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ3

Normal mode (the red camera icon on the mode dial) is also an automatic exposure mode but the user has a wide array of menu settings available (see below.) The screen here shows the flash is turned Off, image size is 5M, image quality is Fine, the battery level is at full, there's room on the SD card for another 62 shots, and the image stabilizer is set to Mode 1 (shaking hand icon.)



Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ3

When the shutter is half-pressed and the focus is achieved, the AF target brackets in the center turn green (red if AF fails) and a focus confirmation "green dot" is displayed. The shutter speed and aperture values will also be displayed.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ3

Normal menu options:

    White Balance - Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Halogen or Manual set
    Sensitivity - Auto, 80, 100, 200 or 400 ISO equivalent
    Aspect Ratio - Choose 4:3, 3:2, or 16:9
    Pict. Size - 5M, 3M, 2M, 1M, 03.M
    Quality - JPEG Fine or Standard
    Audio Rec. - Record 5 sec audio note with still image, On or Off
    AF Mode - Select the desired AF-area sensor combination
    AF Assist Lamp - On/Off
    Slow Shutter - 1/8, 1/4, 1/2 or 1 second shutter speed (use of a tripod at these speeds is highly recommended)
    D. Zoom - Digital zoom option, On or Off
    Color Effect - Off, Cool (bluer), Warm (redder), B/W (monochrome), Sepia
    Picture Adjust - Natural (softer), Standard, Vivid (sharper)




Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ3

Turn the mode dial to either the SCN1 or SCN2 position to access the scene mode presets. This 5-page menu is displayed, chose from: Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Food, Party, Candle Light, Fireworks, Starry Sky, Baby 1 & 2, Snow, and High Sensitivity. An explanation of each Scene mode is displayed by depressing the left button of the 4-way controller. There are two SCN positions on the dial to allow you to quickly switch between frequently used modes without having to search through the menu.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ3

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



Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ3

Macro (close up) focus mode lets you get as close as 1.97 inches (5cm) from your subject.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ3

Movie mode captures QucikTime video at either VGA (640x480) or QVGA (320 x 240) resolution without audio. You can also choose a frame rate of 30 or 10 frames per second. The length of capture is limited only by the amount of available memory. Even though sound is not recorded, you can not use the zoom while recording, but it can be preset before.


Movie Capture Capacities

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ3



Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ3

Movie mode recording options:

    White Balance - Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Incandescent, or Manual set
    Pict. Mode - VGA (640x480), QVGA (320x240) 30fps or 10fps
    AF Mode - Select the desired AF-area sensor combination desired
    AF Assist Lamp - On/Off
    Digital Zoom - Digital zoom option, On or Off
    Color effect - Off, Cool, Warm, B/W, Sepia




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