Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 Review

March 30, 2007 | Mark Goldstein | PhotographyBLOG | 127 Comments | |

Panasonic DMC-TZ3The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 is a 10x ultra-zoom, 28-280mm compact digital camera that can fit inside a pocket. Other standout features of the TZ3 include a large 3 inch LCD screen, 7.2 megapixel sensor, new Intelligent ISO shooting mode to help prevent motion blur and Extra Optical Zoom to extend the zoom up to 15x. Find out now if the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 is worth considering by reading the world’s first online review.

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#101 jac

I own a DCM-TZ3 - am pretty happy with it.

Just wanted to warn everyone though, it's not compatible with 4gb memory cards.

I've just returned one I bought for 2x2gb cards

6:04 pm - Saturday, March 15, 2008

#102 Kevin Symonds

The TZ3 does ahppily work with cards up to at least 8gb (thats the biggest I've tried). Maybe it depends on your brand?

The TZ3 is a very good camera. If you want proper zoom it's the one for you. It's strengths are with outdoor and well lit situations, dark/dusky and indoor with little light it really falls down on (but then use video).
The videos sound is bad if the sound source is more than say 2 metres away close up it's really good. All depends on what you are trying to record really.

6:22 pm - Wednesday, March 26, 2008

#103 Sandy Messini

The reason 4G SD cards don't work in the TZ3 is that 4G SD card fall outside of the technical specification for SD cards. In other words any 4G SD card is non standard.
That is why they introduced SDHC(SD High Capacity) cards, starting at 4G.
I would not buy a 4G SD card.

2:01 pm - Friday, March 28, 2008

#104 Mike

good to know since buying another memory card for TZ2

3:10 pm - Friday, March 28, 2008

#105 Kevin Symonds

I had no idea you could get a non SDHC 4+gb card. I guess if it was older card when they first came out that would be the case. Anything you buy now should be SDHC.
And they are getting so ridicuously cheap now why not?

4:18 pm - Friday, March 28, 2008

#106 Mike


there aren't many cameras that do shoot devent videos, we have a spare video camera for video shoots but it is better to spend a few pennies on a decent video camera for non stills rather than trying to use a camera for videos, they just haven't got the technology up to scratch!

4:40 pm - Friday, March 28, 2008

#107 Bruno Cercas

Anybody have firmware for
DMC-TZ3 teh last Version?
please sende me

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8:03 pm - Saturday, May 24, 2008

#108 Mike

Stunning wedding shots there Mike. Done with a TZ series? I say a little more dpi required for sure.

9:28 pm - Saturday, May 24, 2008

#109 Colin

I took my tz3 to Canada and got some nice photos of wildlife on full zoom but I am dissapointed with some as they are very blue in colour.Has anyone else experienced this problem

5:42 pm - Thursday, May 29, 2008

#110 MarkusG

Hi - I'm really struggling with an issue that what I see on screen when setting up the picture isn't what I see in the picture taken. Primarily this relates to light settings. Often (not all the time) it will look fantastic on the screen, but when I take the pic it comes out very different, most often underexposed. I then have to mess around with the ISO settings and the exposure settings several times until what I take is half decent. Which completely ruins the principle of point-and-shoot. For me it's point, shoot, review, adjust, point shoot, review, adjust etc until the desired result is achieved.

So my question is: does anyone else get this, and if yes how can I see ON SCREEN, and BEFORE I take the shot what it will look like AFTER the shot is taken. Pressing and holding the shutter button isn't really the answer as what it displays is too quick for the eye to see, and then reverts back to the (great-looking, but wrong) view.

Hope that's clear. Cheers.

2:25 pm - Friday, May 30, 2008

#111 Mike

There is an auto ISO mode on my TZ2 and a playback mode. The magic of digital, don't like delete. Also there is a way (see manual) for 'brightening' screen for outdoor or high angle 'speculative' shots.Really makes a difference to be able to see frame. I still prefer, thru the lens or viewfinder but with features and price range,this camera is still grt. for me. esp 10x

3:24 pm - Friday, May 30, 2008

#112 MarkusG

Thanks, Mike. Yip, the auto ISO does help a little, but not that much - the finished pictures still turn out dark despite looking great on screen.

Playback mode is also helpful, but life doesn't often sit around long enough for 3 and 4 takes.

The brightening mode is great, but my problem right now is the screen is already much brighter than the picture the camera takes. I'm trying to make these two much more similar.

I should say this is probably more of an issue in lower (but NOT low) light conditions. e.g. have just taken a picture indoors, when there is still plenty of light even though on the slightly gloomier side. A camera this good should be able to accurately tell me the right thing in this light.

All thoughts appreciated still.

6:05 pm - Friday, May 30, 2008

#113 paul mcnally

Is there any way of upgrading the firmware on the tz3 that would allow or give it the face recognition program in the basic photography mode? as on the tz5

3:40 pm - Wednesday, September 10, 2008

#114 Gaylec

Hi, We totally agree that the camera is first rate, but have lost the instruction manual at the airport. Could you point me to a place where we might obtain one?
Really enjoyed reading the comments, learned a lot.


5:00 pm - Tuesday, November 11, 2008

#115 Mike

Hi-light copy and paste this link. It is from downloads on Manual for TZ2 & 3


1:50 am - Wednesday, November 12, 2008

#116 Gayle

Thanks, Mike. You saved our camera for us. Love it!

3:52 pm - Wednesday, November 12, 2008

#117 S Howes

I have had my TZ3 for 18 months and I love it but it has just developed a fault - seems to be a focussing error - when I switch it on it cannot focus and the lens is stuck out, to close down you have to put it into playback mode and then switch off/on/off. When you turn it on an error message comes up telling you to 'turn it off and on again'!! But that makes no difference. It with the Panasonic Service centre now and they want £165 to repair. Can anyone help? Has anyone had the same problem?

2:26 pm - Wednesday, November 26, 2008

#118 James P

"they want £165 to repair"

Say no thanks, ask for it back and tell them you will now be buying a Canon (or Sony or whatever) and keeping the change. I know servicing time is expensive, but if they want to keep their customers, they have to look at the PR side. If they made their cameras with half an eye to maintenance, they wouldn't cost half as much to repair.

4:48 pm - Wednesday, November 26, 2008

#119 Claire Mitchell

S Howes - my camera has developed exactly the same problem! I have contacted Panasonic and they too suggested £165 repair fee. It's now with a local camera repair shop in Edinburgh - being fixed for £50.

1:49 pm - Friday, January 30, 2009

#120 Sean W

Have had a DMC TZ3 for approx 1yr and have noticed that there are dust specs on the lens surface inside the lens. Is there anyway of getting this cleaned.Thanks Sean

2:45 pm - Sunday, February 22, 2009

#121 James P

"dust specks"

Always a hazard with extending lenses (air gets sucked in around the edge when the lens extends). Unless it's visible on your pics, I'd avoid taking it to pieces! A sympathetic (and competent) camera dealer might be able to help, but usually it's a case of just living with it, and being careful not to open up or switch on the camera in dusty surroundings.

If it's any consolation, the problem is much worse for SLRs (although easier to rectify)...

5:38 pm - Sunday, February 22, 2009

#122 Mike Pollard

Great review, went out and bought one after resding this. Just wondering if anyones had any battery issues as I find mine doesnt seem to last very long. Took it on holiday and found it needed charging after a few days, luckily Id already bought another one to be on the safe side.Is this normal for this battery or have I got a fault somewhere. Oh didnt take a great ammount of pictures about fifty or so and most in sunlight.

2:57 pm - Sunday, July 26, 2009

#123 Mike

does not hurt to have 2 or ready power source for recharging.
I get about 70 or so, but did find in the ruins of Copan, I ran out of juice near the end! My partner had 2 batteries for her Nikon and needed them. I do use a low dpi as well. but for outside point and shoot, an amazing versatile camera for the buck.

3:37 pm - Monday, July 27, 2009

#124 Pat

I have some battery problems also. I find about 50 shots over a day or so and that's it. Sometimes the battery icon flashes RED as if the battery is gone but I've discovered now that if I turn it off and on sometimes it can work for another good while - even another 30 - 40 shots. Is this the camera at fault or the battery?

The replacement battery I got (Power 2000) seems to last no length as it doesn't hold its charge when not in use. Carry it as a back up but if not used for a while can let me down then when needed.

6:55 pm - Friday, November 27, 2009

#125 M Bernadt

Will a Sandisk 32GB SDHC card work in my Panasonic Lumix DMC TZ3? Thus far I've had a one GB SD card followed by a 2GB SD card.


1:43 am - Friday, July 27, 2012

#126 M Bernadt

My 2GB SD card is full. Will my TZ3 function with a (Sandisk) 32GB SDHC? (SD High Capacity)

1:57 am - Saturday, August 4, 2012

#127 dar

I've just bought a 32 GB class 6 SDHC card and it works. Model: Samsung MB-SSBGB

12:04 pm - Saturday, December 21, 2013