Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 Review

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

For beginners or anyone that just wants to 'point-n-shoot' there's the iA (Intelligent Auto) exposure mode. The camera sets almost everything for you.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

Program mode is very similar to Normal mode on the previous Panasonic models. It gives you control over a lot more settings than IA mode. ISO, Flash, Exposure and White balance are a few of the controls that you will have in this mode.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

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-ZS3

Program Quick Menu options:


    Burst - Off, Burst, Unlimited
    AF Mode - Face Detection, AF Tracking, 11-Area, 1-Area High Speed, 1 Area,
      Spot
    White Balance - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Halogen, White Set
    ISO - Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
    Intelligent Exposure - On or Off
    Aspect Ratio - 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
    Picture Size - 10M, 7M, 5M, 3M, 2M, 0.3M EZ
    Record Quality - SH, H, L
    LCD - Off, Auto Power LCD, Power LCD




Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

Program Menu options:

    Picture Size - 10M, 7m EZ, 5M EZ, 3M EZ, 2M EZ, 0.3M EZ
    Quality - JPEG Fine or Standard
    Aspect Ratio - 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
    Intelligent ISO - Off, Max 400, Max 800, Max 1600
    ISO - Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
    White Balance - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Halogen, White Set
    Face Recognition - On or Off
    AF Mode - Face Detection, Tracking, 11-Area High Speed, 1-Area High Speed, 1 Area,

      Spot
    Pre AF - Off, Q-AF, C-AF
    Metering Mode - Evaluative, Center, Spot
    I.Exposure - On or Off
    Burst - Off, Burst, Unlimited
    Digital Zoom - On or Off
    Color Mode - Standard, Natural, Vivid, B/W, Sepia, Cool, Warm
    Stabilizer - Off, Auto, Mode 1, Mode 2
    Min. Shtr Speed - 1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250
    Audio Rec. - On of Off
    AF Assist Lamp - On or Off
    Clock Set - Set the time and Date



Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

When you turn the mode dial, the on-screen dial shows you your selection, allowing you to change settings without looking at the top of the camera.


Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

Turn the mode dial to the SCN position to access the scene mode presets. This menu is displayed, chose from: Portrait, Soft Skin, Self-Portrait, Scenery, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Food, Party, Candle Light, Baby1, Baby2, Pet, Sunset, High sensitivity, Hi-Speed Burst, Starry Sky, Fireworks, Beach, Snow, Aerial Photo




Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

Pressing the 4-way controller 'Up' gives you access to the exposure menu. Pressing it again takes you to the Auto Bracket menu.

Pressing it 'Right' brings up your flash options.

Pressing it 'Down' enables macro mode. In macro mode the camera will focus as close as 5cm.

Pressing it 'Left' will give you the self timer options.


Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

Because of the instant movie button there is no special screen for movie mode.

Movie mode captures QuickTime video at either 4:3 (640x480 or 320 x 240) or 16:9 (848x480) aspect ratios at either 30 or 10fps in motion jpeg mode, or in 720p when shooting in the new AVCHD Lite mode, both of which record audio in stereo. The length of capture is limited only by the amount of available memory. Unlike in the past, you are able to use the optical zoom while recording.

Movie mode recording options:

    Rec Mode - AVCHS Light or Motion JPEG
    Rec Quality - AVCHD Lite: SH, H, L - Motion JPEG: HD, WVGA, VGA, QVGA
    White Balance - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Halogen, White Set
    I.Exposure - On or Off
    AF Mode - Face or Spot
    Continuous AF - On or Off
    Digital Zoom - On or Off
    Color Mode - Standard, B/W, Sepia, Cool, Warm
    Wind Cut - On or Off



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