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Panasonic Lumix DMC TZ3 | Digital Camera Review | Control
The Panasonic Lumix TZ3 is an all-round digital compact camera with compact dimensions and an appreciated light weight. As mentioned before, the Panasonic TZ3 is not the lightest in its range but it is currently one of the most interesting wide angle Megazoom cameras. The camera is not ultra thin and you would rather carry it in a bag than loose in your trousers' pocket. Still; neither its weight nor its dimensions will withhold you from carrying it around with you at all times. The compact size of the camera does not reveal its optical range at first sight but when you start using the camera it turns out to be a very pleasant mate with an all-round range. It is so very convenient to not only have the telephoto range at hand, but also a real wide angle. Just think of situations like being in a sitting room or wanting to capture a landscape or during holidays or a weekend on the town; the camera perfectly fits any situation.
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 - High Angle mode
The camera's 3-inch monitor keeps Panasonic on an equal footing with a number of competitors that also offer such a luxurious monitor. You will not miss the optical viewfinder much, except for when trying to read the monitor in bright sunlight. Rendition suffers from too bright a sun, just like other monitors. The LCD monitor offers a resolution of 230.000 pixels and offers nice and clear reproduction. The fast image refreshment lets the monitor function perfectly as replacement for the optical viewfinder and no flickering is disturbing the monitor. A welcoming function is the so-called High Angle which enables you to hold the camera in an extreme angle over your head and still create a composition using the monitor.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 - SCN mode
The size of the LCD monitor measuring 3 inches is ideal for using as a viewfinder and secondly it lets you effortlessly check your captured images as far as sharpness and exposure is concerned. The size is also very much suitable for rendering the well-organized menu and easily replaces surplus buttons. This surely is the case with the Panasonic TZ3. The back of the camera has very few buttons, which gives the camera its efficient appearance. The command dial on top of the camera will often be used firstly, for example by selecting the SCN (Scene) mode.
The command dial carries SCN1 and SCN2 offering two frequently used settings that are linked to this button and can be activated directly. Panasonic is well-known for their comprehensive offer of scenes and linked to it, the funny icons. Although the camera does not offer aperture or shutter priority, the SCN modes offer a more creative solution for everyday photography.

Panasonic Lumix TZ3 - Simple Mode
When Panasonic firstly introduced the Simple Mode on the Lumix line with serious intentions, the world seemed to react in a scornful way. Looking back at this introduction we find that this simple setting, as the Simple Mode aims to be, is not so bad at all. On the contrary, Panasonic offers a solution many consumers appreciate tremendously although they do not like admitting the need for it. The Panasonic TZ3 offers the user a camera with quick buttons for quick access to certain photographic settings. The quick buttons, formed by the multi-controller, contain certain essential functionalities such as flash settings, exposure compensation and even bracketing. Pushing the button makes the setting possibilities appear on the 3-inch sized monitor and ready for use to one's own desires. Especially the pre-set scenes are a pleasure to work with for those who are looking for comfortable and effortless picture taking.
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