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Best price I've seen (from a well-known seller) for this fantastic camera at £134.99 delivered using supersaver delivery, had the chance to play about with it and it's one of my favourites. Takes very good pictures, controls are nice to use and you can get a good grip on the camera. Price probably lowered a little since the TZ5 came out, but this is worth £135 of anyone's money if you want a large zoom camera that isn't brick-sized. It's not lightweight, but it packs a lot of punch!

DMC-TZ3 is the latest members of the award-winning Lumix TZ family of digital cameras, which is renowned for packaging a remarkable 10x optical zoom in a compact, stylish body. To further add to their appeal, the TZ3 go one step further to feature a 28mm wide-angle Leica DC lens (equivalent to 28-280mm on a 35mm film camera) for wide-angle shooting.

The 28mm wide-angle lens opens up a plethera of photographic opportunities, allowing photographers to easily capture a large group of people, or expansive architectural structures and landscapes with dynamic width and rich perspective. The wide-angle lens is particularly helpful in situations where you cannot step back or move away from a subject - ideal for shooting group portraits in a small room for example.

The diminutive size of the 7.2 megapixel DMC-TZ3 belies the wealth of technological features. Incorporating a powerful 10x optical zoom in such a slim and stylish body is impressive in itself. Add to this the incorporation of Panasonic's Mega O.I.S that prevents blurring from shaky hands, Intelligent ISO to prevent motion blur, and the high quality, high performance image-processing Venus Engine III to name but a few - and the calibre of these new additions becomes apparent


Features:
- Camera Effective Pixels: 7.2 Mega pixels
- Image Sensor: 1/2.35inch, 8.50 Mega Total Pixels CCD, Primary Colour Filter
- Optical Zoom: 10 x
- Focal Distance: f=4.6-46mm (35mm Equiv.: 28-280mm)
- Lens: LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR, 11 elements in 9 groups (3 Aspherical Lenses / 4 Aspherical surfaces ,1ED lens)(3 Aspherical Lenses / 4 Aspherical surfaces ,1ED lens)
- Optical Image Stabilizer: MEGA O.I.S. (Mode1/ Mode2)
- Focusing Area Normal: Wide 50cm/ Tele 200cm - infinity, Macro / Simple mode / Intelligent ISO / Motion Picture / Clipboard: Wide 5cm/Tele(excepted tele end) 200cm - infinity, Tele Macro (at tele end) : 100cm - infinity
- Focus Auto Focus System, Normal/Macro (Dial), Continuous AF On/Off
- Scene Mode: Simple, Normal image, Macro,SCN1, SCN2 (Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Self-portrait, Food, Party, Candle, Fireworks, Starry Sky, Beach, Aerial photo, Snow, High Sensitivity, Baby1, Baby2, Underwater, Sunset, Pet ),Motion Picture, Playback, Clipboard, Print, Intelligent ISO
- Burst Shooting Mode: Full-Resolution Image, 3 frames/sec or 2 frames/secFull-resolution: Max. 7 images (Standard mode), Max. 5 images (Fine Mode)
- Built-in-Flash: Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off0.6 - 4.2m (Wide/ISO Auto), 0.3 - 2.8m (Tele/ISO Auto)
- LCD Monitor: 3.0inch Polycrystalline TFT LCD Display (230K Pixels) Field of View : approx. 100per cent, Power LCD mode, High angle mode
- Dimensions (W x H x D): 105.0 x 59.2 x 36.7 mm (4.20 x 2.37 x 1.47 inch)
- Weight: 257g
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#2
Hot.

Bought this for £165 just before xmas.

Fantastic camera.
#3
i have the tz1 - excellent camera. not quite shirt pocket material but very compact nonetheless.

this is well worth the price.

does really good video too.

i have a d-slr so know what i'm talking about, right?
#4
Good deal. I can't wait for the FX-500 to come down in price. It looks excellent!
#5
10x optical, impressive!
#6
nice one
#7
scrumpypaul

i have a d-slr so know what i'm talking about, right?

depends if you know how to use it!! ;-)

I had both the TZ1 and TZ3 and although OK, it's not a brilliant camera. It's basically a jack of all trades and master of none. My biggest gripe with it was the noise on the images, visible even down at ISO 200. It was quite good outside, in good light, though. It's a competent camera, but nothing special. I suppose the biggest draw for most people is the 10x zoom. Don't get me wrong, it's a decent enough camera, esp at this price (due to TZ4 and 5 coming out), but I just didn't get on with them.

In contrast, I am still using my Fuji F31 (which I bought before the TZ1 and TZ3), despite it's lack of zoom (at both ends!!) and IS.
#8
marcosdjcm;2062632
10x optical, impressive!
Yes, very - I was using one extensively in a game reserve in South Africa recently. It's very responsive, and because of the image stabilisation, it's actually usable hand-held at maximum zoom.

The main disadvantage is the small aperture (inevitable on a camera this size) which results in longer exposures unless the light is very bright, resulting in blur with moving subjects (such as animals!).
#9
synet
depends if you know how to use it!! ;-)

I had both the TZ1 and TZ3 and although OK, it's not a brilliant camera. It's basically a jack of all trades and master of none. My biggest gripe with it was the noise on the images, visible even down at ISO 200. It was quite good outside, in good light, though. It's a competent camera, but nothing special. I suppose the biggest draw for most people is the 10x zoom. Don't get me wrong, it's a decent enough camera, esp at this price (due to TZ4 and 5 coming out), but I just didn't get on with them.

In contrast, I am still using my Fuji F31 (which I bought before the TZ1 and TZ3), despite it's lack of zoom (at both ends!!) and IS.



For most punters it's about the big headline grabbing specs/names...

10x optical
Lot of megapixels
IS
PANASONIC

etc.

So let's not bother with the small details such as picture quality (noise, detail), ;-)
#10
the TZ-5 takes video in HD too


good price for this none the less
#11
marcosdjcm;2062632
10x optical, impressive!

drop the megapixel to 3 and you can go to 15x optical :)

scooter
#12
I was lucky enough to get hold of one of these cameras a month before their release date and I paid £269, take it from me when I say it was the best thing I invested my money in :)
#13
How does this one compare with the Canon IXUS range, anyone know? In particular regards to size, ease of usability, performance, battery life.

Missed the Tesco Extra bargains yesterday then got interested in the new IXUS 80; all of a sudden you good people post a bargain to put a cat amongst the mental pigeons ;-)

Heat + Rep added!
#14
Posting as another satisfied user of this camera. OK, not a feature for the purists but you can take photos in widescreen and also shoot 30fps video in widescreen format.

As previously posted, a very responsive camera and a great take anywhere model. SDHC compatible too.
#15
I've been using this camera for nearly a year now and am very happ with it. Very easy to use. Battery life is also good. Easily manage to take 250-300 snaps in one charge.
#16
adambaz;2062170
Hot.

Bought this for £165 just before xmas.

Fantastic camera.


Same here - it's just the right mix of easy usability and advanced functions.

Build quality is great too.
#17
This is an excellent camera and an excellent price. I would order one now if it wasn't for the fact that I already have one.
banned#18
Absolutely excellent camera. Absolutely awesome price.

Bare in mind the new models are out thought (TZ4/TZ5), but they don't offer much new.

HOT DEAL
#19
I bought one of these camera's just before Christmas along with a nice super-quick 2gb SD card, and the pictures and video have been fantastic. The optical zoom is great, and it's so easy to get good results. My previous camera was a Canon, and I am so glad I made the move to a Lumix, for the money they are much better.
#20
I have a similar lumix to this and the screen is useless in bight sunlight. I would never buy a camera again without a view finder. Btw when you can see what you are doing it does take excellent pitures!
#21
Brad
I have a similar lumix to this and the screen is useless in bight sunlight. I would never buy a camera again without a view finder. Btw when you can see what you are doing it does take excellent pitures!


Ah but you dont have this Lumix do you? This one has a button for bright conditions which gains up the screen to make it perfectly useable in strong daylight. My photos of Singapore at midday last summer were a case in point. Seriously for a point and shoot, IMO the viewfinder is basically dead as the manufacturers think that the biggest screen possible is a better selling point. Canon still give lip service by fitting a stupidly tiny vf to some models but it is all but useless and you end up using the screen anyway.

I have one of these and also a Nikon DSLR and in bright daylight, the pictures are of a similar quality as long as you dont need to blow up to A3 poster size, the TZ3 lens is that good. Where this and all other point and shoots fall down is if you dont have enough light because the picture quality deteriorates fast at any iso greater than 100 (as noted above) and the built in flash isn't great either. If you can afford it though it makes a great travelling companion with any DSLR. The latest TZ-5 doesn't greatly improve in any major area if the review on dpreview.com is to be believed, so save the cash and get this one. Bargain!
#22
The RRP of the replacement for this, the TZ5, is £299.

I have just bought it however from here

http://www.fotosense.co.uk/shop/Panasonic/Digital_Cameras/Panasonic_DMC-TZ5_Digital_Camera_-_Black.asp?productID=6411&tabID=

for just £209. Actually went to their store at Bolton and picked it up as well although it can be delivered for just £5.

Initial impressions are that it is a very very good camera and I am well pleased with my purchase.
#23
keasden
The RRP of the replacement for this, the TZ5, is £299.

I have just bought it however from here

http://www.fotosense.co.uk/shop/Panasonic/Digital_Cameras/Panasonic_DMC-TZ5_Digital_Camera_-_Black.asp?productID=6411&tabID=

for just £209. Actually went to their store at Bolton and picked it up as well although it can be delivered for just £5.

Initial impressions are that it is a very very good camera and I am well pleased with my purchase.


Can you confirm what resolution video the TZ5 takes - I've been reading it is HD!
#24
720p at 30fps
#25
This is a great camera at a great price, nice post

B
#26
Hi

Does anyone know what the battery life is on this camera? I have the casio Exlim at the moment at it takes over 650 pictures on a full charge.
#27
rickw_y2k;2066279
Hi

Does anyone know what the battery life is on this camera? I have the casio Exlim at the moment at it takes over 650 pictures on a full charge.

It's very difficult to say in terms of number of pictures, because the power consumption is so variable what with the flash, the time the screen is on between pictures, etc.

Instead, I just bought a couple of spare batteries (from 7dayshop). They're so small and light that they go in the bottom of the leather case I bought (also from 7dayshop) without being noticeable, and it's great to have the peace of mind of knowing you always have a spare fresh battery.
#28
What excuse can I use, with my wife, that I really need this camera (as well as the other 3 cameras I already have)?
#29
Norman-B;2068332
What excuse can I use, with my wife, that I really need this camera (as well as the other 3 cameras I already have)?


Tell her your collecting cameras like most women collect shoes and handbags!

B
#30
Norman-B
What excuse can I use, with my wife, that I really need this camera (as well as the other 3 cameras I already have)?

Why dont you sell the other cameras? this one seems like its up for any task
#31
It's not up for any task (I know - I have one): it's not good in low light and the flash isn't marvellous either. It's an inevitable compromise: small camera means small lens which means less light is captured.
#32
personally, and i don't mean to be hyper-critical, i think some people take their cameras just a tad too seriously.

most small point and shoot cameras can never outdo a decent slr, but for sheer portability they take a lot of beating, especially in this case given the extraordinary zoom coupled with image stabilisation.

my tz1 cost me about 150 or so around a year ago, and it is one of the best buys i've ever made.

it has meant that i have so many pictures (i.e. memories) which are clear and colourful.

buy one.
#33
If you want lots of zoom, this is the camera. If you want a stylish small camera and not to fussed about the image quality (Still good though), get a Canon IXUS. Otherwise get a Fuji F series for great low light, sharp and detailed images.
#34
i wish i could post some of the pics i've taken with my tz1 - got some amazing candid wildlife stuff from a recent trip to the far east. cracking deal on this camera

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