Pros

  • 12x optical zoom, even in video mode
  • Great HD video options

Cons

  • Mode dial is finicky
  • Lack of manual settings

At A Glance

The ZS3S’s powerful zoom and features are great for casual shooters, but there's a disappointing lack of manual settings.

Manufacturer’s Description

The ZS3 records HD motion images at a smooth 60 frames per second with 1280 x 720 resolution. It uses the AVCHD (MPEG-4/H.264) format,via AVCHD Lite, which stores less data than other formats and thus lets you shoot more minutes of HD motion images before running out of memory.

The Specs

Battery Information
Number of Batteries Supported 1
Battery Size Supported Proprietary Battery Size
Battery Built-in No
Battery Included Yes
Battery Rechargeable Yes
Interfaces/Ports
HDMI Yes
Display & Graphics
Screen Size 3.00 "
Effective Camera Resolution 10.1 Megapixels
Exposure
Shortest Shutter Speed 1/2000 Second
Longest Shutter Speed 8 Second
Flash
Flash Modes Auto Flash, Flash OFF, Flash ON, Red-eye Reduction
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic
UPC Code 037988988389
Manufacturer Part Number DMCZS3A
Brand Name Panasonic
Product Name Lumix DMC-ZS3 Compact Camera
Marketing Information

The ZS3 records HD motion images at a smooth 60 frames per second with 1280 x 720 resolution. It uses the AVCHD (MPEG-4/H.264) format,via AVCHD Lite, which stores less data than other formats and thus lets you shoot more minutes of HD motion images before running out of memory.

Product Model DMC-ZS3
Product Type Compact Camera
Image
Maximum Image Resolution 3648 x 2736
Lens
Optical Zoom 12.0 x
Digital Zoom 4.0
Aperture Range f/3.3 to 4.9
Image Stabilization Optical
Autofocus Points 11
Focus Modes Auto
Minimum Focus Distance 1.18
Memory
Memory Card Supported Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, MultiMediaCard (MMC)
Miscellaneous
Package Contents
  • Lumix DMC-ZS3 Digital Camera
  • Battery Charger
  • Battery Pack
  • Battery Carrying Case
  • AV Cable
  • USB Connection Cable
  • AC Cable
  • Hand Strap
  • CD-ROM
  • Physical Characteristics
    Height 2.4"
    Width 4.1"
    Depth 1.3"
    Weight (Approximate) 7.2 oz
    Video
    Video Formats Motion JPEG
    Maximum Video Resolution 1280 x 720
    Maximum Frame Rate 60 fps
    Viewfinder
    Viewfinder Type No
    Warranty
    Limited Warranty 1 Year

    Performance

    Performance (New)
    Exposure Fair
    Color Fair
    Sharpness Good
    Distortion Fair
    Performance
    Image Quality, Sharpness 47.2
    Image Quality, Exposure--Flash 44.2
    Image Quality, Color 56.2
    Image Quality, Exposure--Normal 58.2
    Battery Life (minutes) 133.25
    Image Quality, Exposure 54.0
    Number of Shots 243.0
    Image Quality, Distortion 49.9
    Battery Life Score Good
    Image Quality, Overall 48.7
    Number of Batteries 1
    Image Quality Score Good