Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 Review

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3



Record Modes & Screens




Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3

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 in the next frame.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3

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)

    Auto Review - On or Off

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

    Clock Set - Set the time and date



Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3

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 on auto, image size is 7M, image quality is Fine, the battery level is at 2/3 full, there's room on the SD card for another 271 shots, the image stabilizer is set to Mode 1 (shaking hand icon), and the metering is set to Multiple (default.)



Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3

When the shutter is half-pressed and the auto 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 will also be displayed.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3

Normal menu options:

    White Balance - Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Shade, Halogen or Manual set
    Sensitivity - Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1250 ISO equivalent
    Aspect Ratio - Choose 4:3, 3:2, or 16:9
    Pict. Size - 7M, 5M, 3M, 2M, 1M, 03.M
    Quality - JPEG Fine or Standard
    Audio REC. - On or Off
    Metering mode - Multiple, Center-weighted, or Spot
    AF Mode - Select the desired AF-area sensor combination
    Burst - Off, High-speed, Low-speed, Unlimited
    CONT. AF - On or Off
    Stabilizer - Select Mode 1 or 2
    AF Assist Lamp - On/Off
    Slow Shutter - 1/8-, 1/4-, 1/4- 1-
    D. Zoom - Digital zoom option, On or Off
    Color Mode - Standard, Natural, Vivid, Cool, Warm, B&W, Sepia
    Clock Set - Set the internal Clock




Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3

The FUNCtion button pulls up this shortcut menu for making quick changes to Burst, White balance, ISO, Aspect ratio and size/quality settings.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3

Turn the mode dial to either the SCN1 or SCN2 position to access the scene mode presets. This 2-page menu is displayed, chose from: Portrait, Soft Skin, Self Portrait, Scenery, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Food, Party, Candle Light, Baby 1 & 2, Pet, Sunset, High Sensitivity, Starry Sky, Fireworks, Beach, Snow, Aerial Photo, and Underwater. An explanation of each Scene mode is displayed by depressing the DISPLAY button.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3

In Intelligent ISO mode, the camera detects the movement of the subject near the center of the screen and then sets the optimal ISO sensitivity and shutter speed according to the movement and the brightness of the subject. You set the Maximum ISO setting that can be used (400, 800, 1250) via the Record menu.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3

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



Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3

Macro (close up) focus mode lets you get as close as 1.64 feet (50cm) wide / 6.56 feet (2m) telephoto to your subject.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3

Movie mode captures QucikTime video at either 4:3 (640x480 or 320 x 240) or 16:9 (848x480) aspects with audio (the built-in microphone and speaker is located on the top on the camera.) 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 the TZ3 does not record sound during movies, the optical zoom may not be used while recording. It can however, be preset before hand.


Movie Capture Capacities

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ3



Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3

Movie mode recording options:

    White Balance - Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Shade, Incandescent, or Manual set
    Aspect Ratio - 4:3 or 16:9
    Pict. Mode - 4:3 (640x480/320x240), 16:9 (848x480) 30fps or 10fps
    Metering mode - Multiple, Center-weighted, or Spot
    AF Mode - Select the desired AF-area sensor combination
    Stabilizer - Select Mode 1 or 2
    CONT. AF - On or Off
    AF Assist Lamp - On/Off
    D. Zoom - Digital zoom option, On or Off
    Color Mode - Standard, Natural, Vivid, Cool, Warm, B&W, Sepia
    Clock Set - Set the internal Clock



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