Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZX3 Review

February 26, 2010 | Mark Goldstein | |

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#1 fashion bug coupon codes

This Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZX3 is small and strikingly versatile that you will like most.But its wildly over-complicated and intelligent technologies almost spoil it.Ne ways i like it much and so i will keep visiting often.

4:34 am - Saturday, February 27, 2010

#2 Mark

Who needs 14 Megapixels on such a small sensor. It gives poor results and just wastes memory. My old 5 Megapixel camera gave better quality than this.

12:31 pm - Saturday, February 27, 2010

#3 Vitaly

@Mark Obviously, in this market segment most people don’t know much about cameras and photography and use numbers as their guide when shopping for a new camera. Panasonic sure knows this.

2:56 pm - Sunday, February 28, 2010

#4 BChau

I don’t like high pixel count on small CCD sensor. I wonder if I shoot at 6 M pixels on this CCD, would that give a cleaner photo when compared with shooting it at 14 M pixels.

10:42 am - Monday, March 1, 2010

#5 Ellsass

A couple of questions.

1. Can you turn off Intelligent Resolution when using the Intelligent Auto (iA) mode?

2. When you take 16x9 photos in iA mode, are they full-res? (The Panasonic ZS3 disabled this, allowing you to only save a 2MB photo with that aspect ratio while using iA.)

4:02 am - Wednesday, March 3, 2010

#6 realRoxan

To Ellsass:

1: no, you can’t torn off IR until iA mode
2: using iA the 16:9 photos are 4320x2432 (10,5Mp)

9:06 pm - Sunday, June 13, 2010

#7 Steve Ward

I bought one of these last week. Obviously I have not really learned how to use it properly yet. So far it has taken great pictures and is really nice and small. I would say perfect if you want to take pictures as an incidental part of life, rather than as your main focus - for that you need a proper SLR.
I have a few minor gripes;
You must remove the battery to recharge it. My old Casio EZ4 has a cradle which is both charger and USB connection. The camera lives in the cradle so is always charged when I want it - a much better solution.
The flash is a bit weak.
I agree with the previous comment about complexity but that is true of just about all electronic devices - most of us will read the manual a couple of times, play with a few of the wierder settings for a week, but then use about 10% of the features after that.
As just a comment - I have used it mostly at 5Mp and quality on 22” screen is amazing - a bee taken with macro zoom can be blown up to half the screen and each hair is pin-sharp.

11:33 am - Tuesday, June 29, 2010

#8 nick

Hi there

Call me stupid, but where is the setting for Black & White? Or isnt there one?  Which woule suck…



10:46 pm - Monday, July 5, 2010

#9 realRoxan

to nick:

iAuto mode: press menu/set - down - color mode - B&W
Program mode: press menu/set - down (3. page) - color mode - B&W
MS1 - MS2 - SCN mode: you can’t use B&W

1:12 pm - Wednesday, July 7, 2010

#10 deck

I have the lumix zx3 works great with a normal sdhc card instuction manual says use sdhc series 6 or greater i bought a series 6 and my camera says its write protected when i know it isnt,anybody out there who can give me info

7:17 pm - Thursday, July 22, 2010

#11 Tony

Is it true that you can only record a movie continuously for 15 mins? This seems to be a really bad feature.

10:28 pm - Friday, July 23, 2010

#12 Len

Disappointed with this camera, too complicated, my DMC-FX10 produced better images.

12:30 pm - Sunday, July 25, 2010

#13 Arvin

I have just bought one of these camera but majority of the pictures are on F3.3 setting. Your sample pictures have different F setting and look better pictures than mine. Can you please tell me what setting did you have your camare to take thos sample setting?
Thank you in advance.

11:05 pm - Thursday, October 7, 2010

#14 Arvin

I have just bought one of these camera but majority of the pictures are on F3.3 setting. Your sample pictures have different F setting and look better pictures than mine. Can you please tell me what setting did you have your camera to take those sample setting?
Thank you in advance.

11:11 pm - Thursday, October 7, 2010

#15 Omer

I bought this camera two weeks before it is good compact and lighter than TZ7 & TZ10 more Megapixel than those same LEICA Lens just Optical zoom is less. I dont know why the picture quality is not better than that it is hard to use not much user friendly i heard Lumix made good cameras but thease are top end range cameras in lumix i really disapointed from this brand.

12:13 pm - Friday, November 5, 2010

#16 Henk

I bought this camera about half a year ago. In the photo shop they told me this one would be much better than my 2 year old Kodak camera. But now I know it is pretty equal. Movies are good. But pictures are not always sharp, and indoors with flash they are looking much too yellow. It has a lot of jpeg artifacts. For the rest its a good camera with a lot of features. Having mixed feelings about it…

1:30 pm - Monday, November 29, 2010

#17 Lase


I’m buying a christmas present for my mom and she really needs a good but easy to use kind of camera. So would this be my choice? And is there a setting that she can set exposure and aperture by herself?


3:46 pm - Sunday, December 19, 2010

#18 Biggles

I have one of these and to be honest I don’t think its all that good. The HD video is very good. Pictures in decent light/outdoors mainly OK. Indoors on flash or outdoors but not in bright light very different, some quite poor. Intelligent zoom at max is useless and pointless unless you like poor pictures.

Now, a question, like the one above, should I get better sharper pics if I drop down from the native 14M to say 7M? should they getter better/sharper, or worse or just smaller? Anyone?

7:36 pm - Saturday, January 15, 2011

#19 jay santos

hi there..i bought this camera because of the review from this site..which i think is real..but i am having a problem since i bought it here in japan..i couldnt find the language settings for this? if i upgrade the firmware to the latest one..will it change the default language to english? the firmware was downloaded from panasonic’s english/international website.. hope someone could answer this coz i think it’ll be bad not being able to use the camera’s features due to language problem..

12:28 pm - Monday, February 21, 2011

#20 Helen

I bought one of these last May (2010).  Just before Xmas, I started to see a grey blur on the photos I downloaded to the computer, specially on light coloured areas.  I sent it back to Panasonic through the retailer, and 2 weeks later got it back, sorted (under guarantee).
Now, 3 weeks later, I am seeing another smudge on the photos, in a different place!  Another 2 weeks without the camera??  Am I justified in asking for a replacement rather than a repair to the sensor?  And…has anyone else ever had this problem?

12:47 am - Saturday, March 19, 2011

#21 Marilyn

Bought this camera a month ago from an independant retailer who I have had good advice from in the past.
I am very disappointed with the quality of the pictures. All pictures are fuzzy, my last camera an Olympus which I had for 6 years were pin sharp at all distances. From more than 2 metres away faces are unrecogniseable.
I am taking this camera back and asking to exchange it for something with the quality of my former camera. I take better photos with my small and cheap mobile phone and have had better results from a disposable camera.

9:46 am - Tuesday, May 17, 2011

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