|Panasonic Lumix DMC TZ3 digital camera review : The successor of the Lumix TZ1, the Panasonic Lumix TZ3, was introduced in January of the year 2007. Did the TZ1 impress us with its compact size and onboard 10x Leica zoom lens; the Panasonic TZ3 even exceeds its predecessor. Resolution went up to 7 Megapixels and even more important, the focal range, although staying the same with its 10x optical zoom, gained a wide angle. As a result, this compactcamera has a fine 28-280mm range, absolutely a good achievement. It means that Panasonic is one of few manufacturers to deliver a digital compactcamera with an optical zoom lens that is able to offer wide angle.
Panasonic Lumix camera assortment
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 has been available for a while now and is one of the top cameras of the Lumix assortment. A few years ago Panasonic created a path for their Lumix line at which digital photography plays an important role within the total assortment they are offering. As a result a clear line of cameras is available, from simple entry-level cameras to Megazoom cameras and in between the so-called Travel Zoom cameras fitting in the Panasonic TZ3. Panasonic is even offering some two digital SLR cameras with a new model that will be available by the end of 2007.
Panasonic Lumix TZ3 - MEGA O.I.S & Optical zoom
And although the Panasonic Lumix TZ3 is not one of the smallest compact cameras, it certainly has no bulky design either. The camera however might be a tad too large to be carried around in your shirt pocket. More important features are the optical zoom that I mentioned before and the presence of Panasonic's renowned MEGA O.I.S. image stabilisation system. The latter is undoubtedly of great importance in combination with a large optical range. A fact that Panasonic already acknowledged in an early stadium. Striking is the fact that an electronics company like Panasonic, almost already considered these features as extremely important and that they are equipping their assortment with them. Unlike other well-known manufactures in the photo industry who still shrug their shoulders and equip only some of the compact camera models with a wide angle and an optical image stabilisation system.
Panasonic TZ3 camera review
The Panasonic Lumix DMC - TZ3 is one of the interesting cameras with which Panasonic distinguish themselves thanks to the specifications. On paper these specifications look very promising. Time to find out how they turn out in practice. Besides the standard review, Karin Brussaard, our underwater photography specialist took the Panasonic TZ3 underwater for testing. That review will be published soon. First the Panasonic Lumix TZ3 review…
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"I took the Panasonic TZ3 with me to Versailles to test it in the field. I have to remind you that the images of the Panasonic Lumix TZ3 are still a pre-production level, not final level! "
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