Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3

Panasonic Lumix TZ3


The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 was once billed as the world's smallest camera with 10x optical zoom and 28mm wide-angle Leica lens a 7 Megapixel sensor and 3 Inch LCD Screen. It has a 28mm wide-angle Leica DC lens (equivalent to 28-280mm on a 35mm film camera) for wide-angle shooting. The LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens comprises 11 elements in nine groups, including an ED (extra-low dispersion) lens and three aspherical lenses. This advanced lens unit passes Leica's stringent standards and delivers exceptional optical performance.

The description of this camera also includes information about the combination of optical and digital zoom  – the zoom ratio can be extended up to 15x in 3-megapixel resolution mode with minimal deterioration thanks to the Extra Optical Zoom. By using the central part of the CCD, this powerful zooming function allows you to easily capture and magnify distant subjects. Furthermore, in combination with the 4x digital zoom, a zoom factor of up to 60x can be achieved (55x for the DMC-TZ2). I did not try this with my TZ3.

It was introduced to the market in 2007. And described as follows

‘The Panasonic DMC-TZ3 is a very compact camera with a sharp 28-280mm (35mm equivalent) zoom lens. As the 28mm wide angle and 10x zoom range cover every popular focal length, this is a great camera for travelling and for holidays. The AF system is fast and responsive, while the optical image stabilizer permits using the telephoto settings without a tripod. The nickname ‘Traveller’ is very well chosen.'


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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3


Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3

Features and Operation

I enjoyed using this small and versatile camera  – I also liked the results.  The full spec.

Album organization: Y
Auto focusing (AF) modes: Continuous Auto Focus
Battery technology: Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Built-in flash: Y
Built-in microphone: Y
Calendar: Y
Camera playback: Movie, Single image, Slide show, Thumbnails
Camera shutter speed: 8-1/2000
Colour of product: Black
Compatible memory cards: mmc, sd
DC-in jack: Y
Depth: 36.7 mm
Digital SLR: Y
Digital zoom: 4x
Display: LCD
Display diagonal: 7.62 cm (3″)
Display resolution (numeric): 230000 pixels
Flash modes: Auto, Flash off, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization
Focal length range (f-f): 4.6 – 46 mm
Focus adjustment: Auto
Height: 59.2 mm
ISO sensitivity: 1250
Image editing: Resizing, Rotating, Trimming
Image stabilizer: Y
Light exposure modes: Auto
Macro focusing range (wide): 2
Megapixel: 7.2 MP
Network ready: N
Normal focusing range: 0.5
Normal focusing range (tele): 2 – ∞
Normal focusing range (wide): 0.5 – ∞
Optical zoom: 10x
PictBridge: Y
Scene modes: Beach, Children, Close-up (macro), Fireworks, Night, Night portrait, Portrait, Self-portrait, Sports, Sunset, 
Self-timer delay: 2 s
Sensor type: CCD
Supported aspect ratios: 4:3, 16:9
USB 2.0 ports quantity: 1
Video capability: Y
Video formats supported: QuickTime
Video recording: Y
Weight: 232 g
White balance: Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Shade
Width: 105 mm


Images captured with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3

These are some images that I captured with this camera. I uploaded them to Lightroom and did a little bit of processing.   You will see some lovely colours and good overall photos. 

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3
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Sensor1/2.35" CCD res = 3072 × 2304 (7.2 million effective)
Film speedAuto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1250, High sensitivity 3200
Storage mediaSecure Digital Card (SD) and Secure Digital High-Capacity (SDHC)[1][2]
Focus areas9-points, 3-points, 1-point, spot
Shutter speed range160s –12000s
Continuous shooting3 frames/s, 5 consecutive frames
ViewfinderLiquid crystal display
LCD screen3.0 in (7.62 cm), 230,000 pixels
Battery3.7 V, 1000 mAh
Weight232 g

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 was a compact 'Travel Zoom' camera announced on January 31, 2007.[3] It was the successor to the 2006 TZ1 announced in 2006, and was released in parallel with the TZ2. It has a 10× optical zoom with the focal range equivalent to 28–280 mm (35 mm film equivalent) coupled with Mega O.I.S. image stabiliser. It is a fully automatic compact camera, without manual control of aperture and shutter time. The TZ3 was awarded both the TIPA "Best Superzoom Digital Camera" award[4] and the EISA "European Compact Camera" award[5] in 2007. The TZ4, TZ5 (known as TZ15 in Asia, Australia and New Zealand), and TZ50 succeeded the TZ2 and TZ3.


  1. ^ "Panasonic LUMIX TZ3". Trusted Reviews. 14 February 2007. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  2. ^ [1], SD cards supported
  3. ^ [2], Digital Photography Review,, Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ2/TZ3 press release
  4. ^ "TIPA Awards: 2007: Best Superzoom Digital Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3". Archived from the original on 2008-04-12. Retrieved 2008-04-28., Technical Image Press Association.
  5. ^ "Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3". Archived from the original on 2008-04-13. Retrieved 2008-04-28., European Imaging and Sound Association.




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