Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3
|Shutter speed range||60-1/2000 s|
|ASA/ISO range||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1250, High sensitivity 3200|
|Focus areas||9-points, 3-points, 1-point, spot|
|Continuous shooting||3 frames/s, 5 consecutive frames|
|Viewfinder||Liquid crystal display|
|Rear LCD monitor||3.0 in (7.62 cm), 230,000 pixels|
|Storage||Secure Digital Card (SD) and Secure Digital High-Capacity (SDHC)|
|Battery||3.7 V, 1000 mAh|
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 was a compact 'Travel Zoom' camera announced on January 31, 2007. It was the successor to the 2006 TZ1 announced in 2006, and was released in parallel with the TZ2. It has a 10x 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 and the EISA "European Compact Camera" award in 2007. The TZ4, TZ5 (known as TZ15 in Asia, Australia and New Zealand) and TZ50 succeeded the TZ2 and TZ3.
Crtisism regarding the TZ3
Some users of the TZ3 living in the USA complained the model simply died on them. They had to pay expensive repair charges but for the technically inspired all that was needed was the internal lithium battery replaced. Owning a digital repair business I examined a TZ3 that was brought into my shop for repair in Lancashire, England and I was disappointed with the camera. The owner was hoping to part exchange it for a Canon Powershot G7X but I declined the sale as my potential customer was expecting too much for his TZ3. Instead he bought the Canon from me and the TZ3 was left as "Sell on Commission" It is still in my shop two years later. I am glad I never part exchanged it after all. Since selling a new Powershot people have looked at the TZ3 and studied the photos I took with it. Most ended up Buying 2nd user Nickons and Canons. No doubt it is a great camera in the eyes of other Lumix users but I recommend Canons and Nickons any day.
Here is a link to a website where a Lumix TZ3 user changed his own battery. http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/2832667
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