Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 Review

Overall 43
Imaging 9
Features 17
Size 86
Price 100

Main Features

  • 10.0 MP 1/2.33" CCD sensor
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: No
  • 2.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 103 x 60 x 33 mm
  • Weight: 229 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Also known as Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 Summary

This review is devoted to Lumix DMC-ZS3 that Panasonic has first introduced to the public in May 14, 2009. This model is a Small Sensor Superzoom camera with a resolution of 10.0 MP and a 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sized CCD sensor.

In Small Sensor Superzoom cameras (Top 10 SuperZoom Cameras) this model has taken rank #73 out of 249. Its Overall Score has reached 43/100 and it takes a rank of #610 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 Compared to other SuperZoom Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Min Native Iso: 80
  • Viewfinder: No
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • External Flash: No
  • Sensor Resolution: 10.0 MP
  • Number Of Focus Points: 11
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 With Other Cameras in Small Sensor Superzoom Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Small Sensor Superzoom cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 has the following external dimensions 103 x 103 x 33 mm (40.55 x 23.62 x 12.99″) with the weight of 229 g.

The typical weight for average Small Sensor Superzoom type cameras is 387g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 33mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Thickness

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 — 33 mm
Min: 19 mm
Average: 66 mm
Max: 181 mm

Weight

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 — 229 g
Min: 136 g
Average: 387 g
Max: 1415 g

Unfortunately, Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 Photo and Sensor Features

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 boasts of a resolution of 10.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sized CCD sensor.

The base of Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 has the following ISO range 80 - 6400 .

Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3. However, if you are looking specifically for a Compact camera with a RAW file support, you should check out one of the following models from the same class and within similar price range .

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 features a 10.0 MP 1/2.33" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/2.33" sensor featured in Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

LCD and ViewFinder

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 460k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 are its 2.0 fps max speed and 1/2000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, Lumix DMC-ZS3 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1280 x 720 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 allows you to save files in AVCHD Lite formats.

Comparing the technical characteristics of this model with the modern standards, we have to admit that 1280 x 720 is a rather poor indicator of video resolution. However, if you are looking for a camera that has 4K video support, we recommend you to consider our Cheapest Camera with 4K video.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect Lumix DMC-ZS3 to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.

How Good is Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Lumix DMC-ZS3 to the average SuperZoom camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 34. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sensor

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 18. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small size (103 x 60 x 33 mm)
  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • No Built-in View Finder
  • Small 1/2.33"(6.08 x 4.56 mm) sensor
  • Small Number of autofocus Points (11)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 4. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 can be called a 4 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • No View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (2.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/2000s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (11)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (6400)
  • Small size (103 x 60 x 33 mm)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 60. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small weight (229 g)
  • Built-in Flash
  • Live View
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sensor
  • No Built-in View Finder

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 16. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 can be called a 16 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Live View

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (10 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • No RAW Support
  • Bad Max Native ISO (6400)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Panasonic
Model Lumix DMC-ZS3
Announced May 14, 2009
Body Type Compact
Lens
Manual Focus No
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 3
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 460k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 60 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 s
Continuous Shooting 2.0 fps
Shutter Priority No
Aperture Priority No
Manual Exposure Mode No
Exposure Compensation No
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 5.3
Flash Modes Auto, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync
External Flash No
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
Sensor
Sensor Type CCD
Sensor Size 1/2.33"
Sensor Dimensions 6.08 x 4.56 mm
Sensor Area 27.72 mm2
Sensor Resolution 10.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 3648 x 2736
Max Native ISO 6,400
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 80
RAW Support No
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous No
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking No
AF Selective No
AF Center No
AF Multi Area No
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection No
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points 11
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max Video Resolution 1280 x 720
Video Formats AVCHD Lite
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 229 g
Physical Dimensions 103 x 60 x 33 mm
Battery Life n/a
Battery Type n/a
Battery Model n/a
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal
Storage Slots 1

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