Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ3 Reviews and Comparisons
Steve’s DigiCams: The Lumix DMC-LZ3 is yet another “LZ” series model from Panasonic this year (2006) and is the little brother to the DMC-LZ5. It shares many of its features, but with less resolution (5-megapixels compared to 6), a slightly smaller 2.0-inch LCD and no audio during movie mode. Likes its big brother, the LZ3 features a 6x optical zoom lens that includes Panasonic’s MEGA O.I.S. image stabilization system. This is a simple entry-level point-n-shoot model that can be used by every member of your household. There’s the Simple mode for those who have very little experience and want the camera to choose all options as well as several per-programmed scene modes, which help you capture great images in a variety of shooting situations. And the novice in your family will enjoy being able to “play” with more advanced settings like ISO sensitivity, White Balance, AF mode, etc.
Bottom line – the Lumix DMC-LZ3 is pretty much identical to its 6-meagpixel brother the LZ5 both in quality and performance for about $50 less ($229.) True you lose 1- megapixel of resolution, about a half of an inch on the LCD and sound in movie mode, but just about every other aspect of this model is the same. We feel it should make a great starter camera for anyone who has not taken the plunge into the digital world or anyone who wants an affordable digicam with plenty of resolution and a generous zoom range.
DigiCamReview gives the above average rating with conclusion that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ3 is a decent digital camera – unfortunately little has improved since last years release of the LZ1 and LZ2 – and whilst they were good digital cameras last year – this year they, and the LZ3, are slightly lacking. The LZ5 with a bigger screen and sound recorded on video appears a much more rounded digital camera. The LZ3 seems to have taken a step backwards in regards to image quality, with noticeably high noise, and the occasional under exposed image. The camera has optical image stabilization which helps in low light or when using the optical zoom. The camera is very easy to use (in auto mode), and would definitely suit a beginner. The camera offers good battery life, with good controls and good build quality. If you aren’t interested in sound on videos, then the LZ3 is definitely good value for money for a compact ultra zoom, however if image quality is a priority then it would be worth looking elsewhere.