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Panasonic Lumix DMC TZ3 Digital Camera (10X Zoom) - Only £169.85 Plus £5 P&P

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#1
Voted hot

Purchased this camera in July for £200 on offer as should have been nearer £300, great camera and full of features and takes great pictures plus has a great x10 optical zoom
suspended#2
£171.45 after quidco (2%)
#3
hajj_3
£171.45 after quidco (2%)


I'm sure that Purely Gadgets were not on Quidco when I checked yesterday, and bought the camera, doh.
#4
I bought the Panasonic Lumix DMC TZ1 (5 mp) version from amazon about a year ago for £149. Did a quick search and see its now £129 form :http://www.citiwide-online.co.uk/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=shop.flypage&product_id=58&category_id=20&manufacturer_id=0&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=1
the TDZ 3 same price as the above.
It takes great pictures but I really miss having a view finder! To be honest I would still buy the model I have opposed to the TDZ 3 as I don't think you would tell the differnece between 5 or 7 mp unless you were going to make large prints. Is it worth the extra £40?
#5
Ouch, I'd miss the viewfinder too! Bad practice if you ever plan on taking the step up to a DSLR in the future, as I did from my compact Sony.

Great price of a 10x zoom camera from a top brand though :thumbsup:
#6
The big difference between the TZ1 and the TZ3 is that the TZ3 has a zoom from 28 - 280mm (35mm camera equivalent)

The TZ1 has a 35 - 350mm range.

The 28mm is wide angle and is now considered a big plus.

Quote from photography blog:

'It still offers 10x focal length in a compact body, but instead of starting at 35mm, the Panasonic TZ3 now offers a range of 28-280mm. Sure, you lose 70mm from the telephoto end, but many photographers will applaud Panasonic's move to a more wide-angle field of view. '

The above price is now quite common across several vendors.
#7
I had a very bad experience with this company with a PSP last year. I would never buy anything again from them. Though the price/deal is hot.
#8
Just Brought One,and Used Quidco.
Thanks Everyone Brilliant Camera
#9
No idea about the company, but I have one of these and they are great.
#10
not a 'bargain' price, available at a similar price at a few places, only few quid more at ebuyer, good camera but again there are similar deals about.:)
#11
I recently bought a camera from them and they sent me the wrong charger and it took weeks to send me the right one.If you have a problem you have to send an email and they are rubbish at replying its really frustrating. I would not use them again just cos they are the cheapest doesn't mean they are the best! pixmania are much better!
#12
I really wish the OP hadn't posted this! I have wanted this camera for ages but can't bring myself to buy another camera. I wonder if I could get it delivered to my daughters address and then tell the wife, "What, this old camera?"
#13
If this camera has no viewfinder surely the lcd will be useless in bright sunlight.
#14
den169

There is setting whch alters the LCD so you can see in bright sunlight, also there is setting so you can hold the camera high and still see through the lcd.

Great camera

B
#15
den169
If this camera has no viewfinder surely the lcd will be useless in bright sunlight.

I haven't used a viewfinder for years and I have never had a problem no matter what the sunlight is like. In fact having to use a viewfinder is what is stopping me from buying a DSLR. Some DSLRs have got 'live view' now but it's not good enough yet.
#16
doh, in blue its more!!
1 Like #17
Keep an eye on the price of this camera here :-

http://www.camerapricebuster.com/Panasonic_Lumix_DMC-TZ3_pc.html
banned#18
Brad
I bought the Panasonic Lumix DMC TZ1 (5 mp) version from amazon about a year ago for £149. Did a quick search and see its now £129 form :http://www.citiwide-online.co.uk/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=shop.flypage&product_id=58&category_id=20&manufacturer_id=0&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=1
the TDZ 3 same price as the above.
It takes great pictures but I really miss having a view finder! To be honest I would still buy the model I have opposed to the TDZ 3 as I don't think you would tell the differnece between 5 or 7 mp unless you were going to make large prints. Is it worth the extra £40?


definately.

your model has the standard lens, the tz3 has a super cool wideangle lens on it :D
banned#19
TheBIGMan
I had a very bad experience with this company with a PSP last year. I would never buy anything again from them. Though the price/deal is hot.



My first thought was "who the hell are these"! Dixons are more expensive, but not all that more than these. I know what deal I think it hotter! ;)
#20
There is a good review here, which also mentions the differences between this and the older TZ1: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/panasonictz3/ Voted hot on price, but it sounds a bit worrying if the company's CS isn't up to much...
#21
Main differences, which would support paying the extra IMHO.

Wider (and shorter) 28-280mm (equiv.) lens range (TZ1 was 35-350mm)
Built in lens cover (TZ1 had a lens cap)
Smaller and lighter camera
Increased sensor resolution (TZ3: 7MP, TZ2: 6MP, TZ1: 5MP)
Larger 3.0-inch screen (TZ3 only)
Intelligent ISO mode
Clipboard function
ISO 1250 at full size (TZ1 was 'only' ISO 800), High Sensitivity mode now to ISO 3200
White balance adjustment and extra 'Shade' WB preset
Slightly improved burst mode (TZ3 only)
Slightly better battery life
#22
Oh no.... this one or the Panasonic Lumix FZ8 ? ( question from a non techie ;) )
#23
Similar features available on the Fuji S5700 for over £60 less. No wide angle but a great macro mode and anti-shake for the 10x optical zoom.

Fuji S5700 at Amazon
#24
Canon Ixus 860 IS ;-)
#25
Koma Toes
Canon Ixus 860 IS ;-)


Why the Canon and not the TZ3? I'm interested in your views.
banned#26
Lazlo
Similar features available on the Fuji S5700 for over £60 less. No wide angle but a great macro mode and anti-shake for the 10x optical zoom.

Fuji S5700 at Amazon



PLEASE DONT DO IT!

Lol - I bought this camera (S5700)and sold it on ebay within the month (lost receipt - doh). It takes awful shots, doesn't appear to be a master of anything. The zoom is great, but the quality of shots is terrible, especially with unusual lighting conditions. (I dont have problems with other cameras before I get sarcy comments :P)

Although it reviews well, it was always dirt cheap and has already been resplaced with the s5800 - what does that tell you.

Looks a bargain - but its worthless at least for me.
#27
Lazlo
Similar features available on the Fuji S5700 for over £60 less. No wide angle but a great macro mode and anti-shake for the 10x optical zoom.

Fuji S5700 at Amazon


I previously had a Fuji and it was awful. Would never buy one again.

Plus look at the size of it, it's hardy compact like the TZ3. :whistling:
#28
Z3 from eGear http://www.egears.co.uk/pd_panasonic_dmc-tz3_digital_camera.cfmegears for £162.99 in choice of colours or CameraBox for £169.99 with 2 yrs warranty.
#29
I haven't used a viewfinder for years and I have never had a problem no matter what the sunlight is like. In fact having to use a viewfinder is what is stopping me from buying a DSLR.


I prefer using a viewfinder mainly because it helps me avoid the sloping horizon problem that many people have when taking photos using the cameras LCD to preview the scene. Even if the camera's LCD screen has grid lines to help line the shot up, holding a camera at arms length will always mean that the camera is more likely to move when you press the shutter than when held up to your face.

Here's a review of this camera

http://www.steves-digicams.com/2007_reviews/panasonic_tz3.html
#30
[SIZE="2"][COLOR="Navy"]I haven't used a viewfinder for years and I have never had a problem no matter what the sunlight is like. In fact having to use a viewfinder is what is stopping me from buying a DSLR.[/COLOR][/SIZE]

[SIZE="2"][COLOR="Indigo"]I prefer using a viewfinder mainly because it helps me avoid the sloping horizon problem that many people have when taking photos using the cameras LCD to preview the scene. Even if the camera's LCD screen has grid lines to help line the shot up, holding a camera at arms length will always mean that the camera is more likely to move when you press the shutter than when held up to your face.[/COLOR][/SIZE]

I suppose it's just a matter of personal preference really. I find it far easier to compose shots on the screen than the viewfinder and I find the grid lines very useful. Each to their own then but, what I was really trying to say was that the screen should be perfectly usable even in bright sunlight so don't let that put you off. :)

BTW it's only £169.99 inc. delivery here -
http://www.citiwide-online.co.uk/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=shop.flypage&product_id=391&category_id=20&manufacturer_id=0&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=6
#31
FWIW one (and probably the only) disadvantage of the TZ3 over the TZ1 is that it won't allow zooming whilst taking a movie.
#32
I've had both the TZ1 and TZ3 and have sold both of them on. They are OK cameras but are nothing special, in the PQ dept. They suffer from noise quite badly, esp the TZ1. However, they are a decent all round camera, and can produce some good shots in good light. But it's a bit of a let down, but passable I suppose, in low light conditions. If I must have a compact with a big zoom, then it would probably be the TZ3. And I may buy another in the future, when prices fall further.

It's funny reading the comments earlier about never buying a Fuji. My preferred compact, along with a lot of fellow DSLR users, is a Fuji F31. (Go read the reviews on this camera!!) Fair enough, it hasn't got the same range as the Panny, but I much prefer the PQ from this little cam, esp in low light.

As regards to price, I think I paid £195 for the TZ3. So this is a good price.
#33
So thats what the grid lines are for :)

I owned the Canon A630, and it took amazing shots, slightly large camera but has an excellent flash and produces very nicely exposed photos, very rarely did i get any blurred photos, even my mates with their SLR cameras were impressed with some of my photos. Had to return it due to a lint inside the lens :(
#34
Yes despite the bright light setting it is useless in bright light. Get a camera with a view finder I am thinking of getting rid of my lumix as I am fed up of not being able to see what i am taking a picture of. Shame cos the pictures are good! Btw the other really anoying feature is the manual lense cap, surely they could have built an auto one in to the camrea.
#35
Brad, the TZ3 has the lens cap/cover built in now (or auto, as you like to say), unlike the TZ1.
#36
JunkMail
[SIZE="2"][COLOR="Navy"]I haven't used a viewfinder for years and I have never had a problem no matter what the sunlight is like. In fact having to use a viewfinder is what is stopping me from buying a DSLR.[/COLOR][/SIZE]

[SIZE="2"][COLOR="Indigo"]I prefer using a viewfinder mainly because it helps me avoid the sloping horizon problem that many people have when taking photos using the cameras LCD to preview the scene. Even if the camera's LCD screen has grid lines to help line the shot up, holding a camera at arms length will always mean that the camera is more likely to move when you press the shutter than when held up to your face.[/COLOR][/SIZE]

I suppose it's just a matter of personal preference really. I find it far easier to compose shots on the screen than the viewfinder and I find the grid lines very useful. Each to their own then but, what I was really trying to say was that the screen should be perfectly usable even in bright sunlight so don't let that put you off. :)

BTW it's only £169.99 inc. delivery here -
http://www.citiwide-online.co.uk/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=shop.flypage&product_id=391&category_id=20&manufacturer_id=0&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=6


Delivered from China, so watch out for customs and warranty issues.
#37
Avoiding buying a DSLR solely because you'd have to use the viewfinder... madness. If someone genuinely has a use for a DSLR and all the many, many benefits then having to use a viewfinder shouldn't put one off.

However, there are DSLRs out now that let you use the screen but it introduces a lag as the camera has to lift an internal component to allow the LCD to display the image.
#38
solidamber
Delivered from China, so watch out for customs and warranty issues.

I hadn't noticed that. I wouldn't have posted it if I had. Sorry. :oops:

PoisonJam
Avoiding buying a DSLR solely because you'd have to use the viewfinder... madness. If someone genuinely has a use for a DSLR and all the many, many benefits then having to use a viewfinder shouldn't put one off.

However, there are DSLRs out now that let you use the screen but it introduces a lag as the camera has to lift an internal component to allow the LCD to display the image.


I do have need of a DSLR as I make QTRVs and it's easier to set things up accurately with an SLR but, I prefer to use the screen to compose shots and, I would also prefer a screen that can be moved about too. I know that 'live view' is starting to appear on DSLRs but the shutter lag puts me off. I don't think it will be long though, maybe a year, before the problem is overcome so, in the meantime I'll make do with my trusty old Olympus C-8080 WZ and my little bashed-about, go-everywhere Casio EX-Z750.

The DMC TZ3 is great for when you just need a camera that you can carry with you all the time like I do with my old Casio. The clinching feature is of course the 10x optical zoom in such a small camera. It may not be the best camera in the world but, it is an excellent compromise. It always gets good reviews too. :thumbsup:
#39
Norman-B
Why the Canon and not the TZ3? I'm interested in your views.

I considered both for my Christmas present ( as nobody else was going to buy me anything decent! ;-) ) The camera had to have a 28mm wide angle lens, as that makes a big difference. The obvious thing that stands out with the TZ3 is the 10X zoom, but after reading several reviews and doing a lot of research I went for the Canon Ixus 860 IS. It's very well built, has an excellent 3" screen, and from reading the reviews takes great photos! :thumbsup: Of course it's all personal preference really. I also held both of them in a shop, and didn't like the feel of the TZ3. The way the screen sticks out of the body seemed a bit odd, and the whole thing just didn't feel right for me (I'm sure others will like it though - I'm just fussy!). I also have the original Canon Digital Ixus from when it first came out, and have never had a problem with it in about 6 years I think it is... that had some influence on my decision too. :-D
#40
Thanks for the info.

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