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As I mentioned, the one major flaw to the Panasonic ZS3 is its loose mode dial. Most users should just leave the Panasonic ZS3 in Intelligent Auto mode and let the camera choose the most appropriate Scene mode. Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3


Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 It switches quickly into Macro mode when needed, and recognizes faces automatically. Everyone with little experience in photography should just solve the loose dial problem by taping the mode dial into Intelligent Auto and just shoot, because it's gotten remarkably reliable. The two MyScene modes are useful if you have more than one favorite Scene mode and want to keep them set and at-hand. Clipboard mode allows you to photograph important Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 and maps to keep on your device for quick recall later. Image size is limited to 2 megapixels maximum, and images are stored in the Panasonic ZS3's internal memory.

It's a great way to just grab a shot of the subway map as you start traveling in a new city, and the Panasonic ZS3's relatively high-res screen brings up enough detail to make it useful. Watch a short video demonstrating the Panasonic TS1's new face recognition feature.

The ZS3 offers the same Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3. Click here for a larger version. Face detect vs recognition. The terms used to be interchangeable, but the Panasonic ZS3 includes actual Face Recognition in addition to detection, where you can teach the camera which faces to watch for and quite literally focus on.

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It's intended both to prioritize which face is usually in focus, but also to help you find pictures of your family members as you look through your photographs later on your computer. I did a quick test to verify that Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 works as well as the Panasonic TS1, and decided I could reuse the video at left to demonstrate the feature. Results were mixed at best, but remember that this isn't exactly a real-world test, and some of the faces were captured in low light. I'm unsure how much the camera will learn as it goes along, but Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 don't think I'd rely on it to organize a set of photos at this point.

It's still interesting technology. The Panasonic ZS3's menu is big and clear; and Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 Intelligent Auto mode, it gets even bigger, taking up only four lines instead of five. The Quick Menu is handy, but doesn't seem much faster than the regular menu for changing most items, thanks to the sheer number of jumps needed to get from option to option. Still, it's nice to have a choice which menu you use for commonly set functions, and all of the available options do appear onscreen at once with the Quick Menu. The screen is informative, giving you information about both the still resolution settings and movie mode settings, since both options are available at once. Pressing the Display button cycles through the available settings.

The first and second screens are nearly identical: For some reason the second screen also omits the time and date from the bottom of the screen. The third screen omits all but the AF points, and the third adds a grid. You can also choose to display an optional histogram on all but the blank screen, a handy tool to verify proper exposure. That'll be sufficient for most needs with this camera, and indeed a 4 to 8GB card should be sufficient unless you plan to shoot a lot of video. The Panasonic ZS3's battery is a mAh, 3. Battery life is around shots, according to CIPA standards, though if you're going to shoot a lot of Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3, I recommend picking up at least one spare, as the battery depleted quite rapidly when I shot video.

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I'm a big fan of small cameras with big imaginations. Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 that means they can shoot wide-angle views with ease, or reach out and grab far off scenes, or shoot video with some grace, I start to think of them as companions rather than just cameras. Well, the Panasonic ZS3 does all three of those items quite well, so let's just say I've become a fan. This is what mm looks like. Zooming with the Panasonic ZS3 is fairly fluid, though it tends to jump in large blocks, making fine framing somewhat difficult.

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I found that flicking Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 zoom control allowed me to move in fairly fine steps, which was a reasonable workaround. Zooming while shooting video is enhanced, since it starts slowly and gradually speeds up, which I found better than the Panasonic TS1's "on or off" fast-all-the-time zoom. I zoomed in all the way and started to zoom back Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 shooting video, and though I held the zoom all the way to the right, zoom started extremely slowly then gradually increased, slowing as it neared the end.


You'll have to learn just how the camera will respond at different focal lengths before you can reliably use the Panasonic ZS3, because it seems to zoom more slowly at full telephoto than in the middle focal lengths. As I mentioned earlier, the Motion picture button is more difficult to press while holding the camera than it should be, especially if you plan to start zooming. So despite the excellent image stabilization in the Panasonic ZS3, the start Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 this particular video is a bit shaky. Consider also the mm focal length.

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In my TS1 review, I also mentioned that it was a little odd that there was no mask to tell me just what I'd be recording if I decided to press the red Motion picture button. You see, the default aspect ratio for stills on the Panasonic ZS3 is 4: Well, it turns Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 there is a menu item for just such a mask: Set it to on and it will overlay a light mask top and bottom, one that's easy enough to see through that I didn't mind having it active all the time. Unlike most digital cameras, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 ZS3 also has a wind filter for its videos, which does help cut the wind noise when shooting movies outdoors.

It's not completely removed, but reduced, which is how it is with most wind filters I've used.


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