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Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ3
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ3 Digital Camera

16.1MP 10x CCD Jul 2013
Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Sensor Type Release Date
Compact Digital Camera SZ3 - Featuring Slim Design, 10x Optical Zoom And Exciting Filter Effects The DMC-SZ3 incorporates 25mm ultra wide-angle LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens with powerful 10x... More
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24 Reasons For

Good User Reviews

People who bought this Panasonic digital camera rated this digital camera 87 out of 100 on average.

Good Brand

Compact camera digital cameras built by Panasonic have good reviews on average compared to other manufacturers. We also checked the reviews for all cameras (not just compact camera digital cameras) and found that Panasonic also has good reviews across its entire range.

Good Size

A number of Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ3 owners reckoned that it was compact. T3.com said four years ago “3D tech in compact body” nonetheless they only scored the product 60 out of 100. T3.com also wrote “Compact for a 3D camera, twin lens”. Two years ago Imaging-Resource.com wrote in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ3 on Imaging Resource.com “The SZ3 is truly petite”.

Good Quality Pictures

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ3 owner thought it had a good image sensor.

One customer who purchased the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ3 concluded that it had a good picture resolution. Expert website Ephotozine.com said in their review three years ago “Features a 10x optical zoom lens, mega optical image stabilisation, creative panorama shooting, quick start up”.

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Good Quality Lens

One person said in their reviews that it had a good lens.

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ3 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera had a good zoom. Ephotozine.com said in their review of this digital camera “The Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ3 offers a decent amount of zoom for a budget camera, that is small enough to carry in your pocket”.

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CCD Sensor Type

This camera has a CCD sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on digital cameras of this age and spec. CCD sensors produce high quality, low-noise images but consume a lot more power than CMOS sensors. CCD is the most common image sensor type used in digital cameras.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative cameras that have a CCD sensor currently available including the Nikon Coolpix L120[plb_1186_price], the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77[plb_1836487_price], or the GE J1250[plb_1773000_price] which has better reviews.

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SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many compact camera digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available including the Lumix DMC-TS5[pl_1900903_price], or the Lumix DMC-TZ30[pl_1847857_price] both from Panasonic or the Nikon Coolpix L120[plb_1186_price] which has better reviews.

Digital cameras with a better memory card type that might also be worth considering include the Sony DSC-WX220[plb_2165839_price] (MicroSD (TransFlash and higher rated)|MicroSDHC|MicroSDXC|MS Duo|MS Micro (M2 and higher rated)|MS PRO Duo|MS PRO Duo HS|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated).

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Quite High Megapixel Count

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ3 has a quite high megapixel count (16.1 megapixels) compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the Lumix DMC-SZ3. Across all the cameras that were launched around the same time as the Lumix DMC-SZ3 the megapixel counts range from 0.3MP to 46MP.

Other 16.1MP digital cameras currently available which you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ36[plb_1725803_price], or the Canon IXUS 125 HS[plb_1329985_price].

Cameras with a higher megapixel count that might be worth looking at include the Pixpro FZ41[pl_3227932_price] (16.15MP), or the Pixpro FZ151[pl_2596074_price] (16.15MP) both from Kodak or the Sony DSC-WX50[plb_2154757_price] (16.2MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Lumix DMC-SZ3 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the Lumix DMC-SZ3 also have an image stabiliser.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other cameras with an image stabiliser currently available including because of it's better review score, the Nikon Coolpix L120[plb_1186_price], the GE G3WP[plb_1772968_price], or the Casio Exilim EX-ZR700[plb_1722253_price].

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Lumix DMC-SZ3 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the Lumix DMC-SZ3.

There are a number of other digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available which you might want to consider including the Nikon Coolpix L120[plb_1186_price], the SeaLife DC1400 Pro Duo[plb_1829795_price], or the Fujifilm FinePix AX600[plb_1735654_price] which has better reviews.

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Has Six White Balance Modes

The Lumix DMC-SZ3 has a greater number of white balance modes than most compact camera digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. This camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Lumix DMC-SZ3. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Halogen", "Incandescent" and "Shade" are also found on this Panasonic camera.

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Has Three Photo Effects

The Lumix DMC-SZ3 has a greater number of photo effects than most compact camera digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This camera has a Black&White photo effect, which is the most frequently found photo effect found on cameras of this age and type. The photo effects "Sepia" and "Vivid" are also found on this Panasonic camera.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ3 has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution which is higher than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. Most cameras of a similar type and age to it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution. In addition, this camera have still image resolutions of 2048 x 1536, 2560 x 1920, 3456 x 3456, 3648 x 2736 and 4608 x 2592 and 4608 x 3072. The still image resolution of all cameras that have been on the market for more than two years ranges from 640 x 360 (worst) to 5152 x 3864 (best).

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Quite Big Internal Memory

The smallest internal memory of cameras of this age and type is 8MB and the biggest is 8.2GB. With an internal memory of 90 megabytes, the Lumix DMC-SZ3 has a fairly big internal memory compared to most of the other digital cameras that were released around the same time as the Lumix DMC-SZ3.

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Supports Five ISO Speeds

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ3 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most cameras of this spec and age. The most frequently supported ISO speed is 160, but this ISO speed is not supported by this camera. The ISO speeds 100, 200, 400, 800 and 1600 are also supported by this Panasonic digital camera.

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Has One Playback Mode

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ3 has a greater number of camera playback modes than most cameras that were released more than two years ago. The most commonly found playback mode is Single image, but this playback mode is not found on this digital camera. The playback modes Slide show are also found on this camera.

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2 USB Version

This digital camera supports a 2 USB version, which is the most commonly supported USB version on comparable spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as it.

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Supports Three Camera File Systems

The Lumix DMC-SZ3 has a greater number of camera file systems than most similar spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This Panasonic digital camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most commonly supported camera file system supported by comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the Lumix DMC-SZ3. The camera file systems "DCF" and "DPOF 1.1" are also supported by this digital camera.

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± 2EV (1/3EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

This digital camera has a ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, which is the most commonly found light exposure correction on cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Lumix DMC-SZ3 is 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of the most common video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this Panasonic camera). In addition, this camera supports a video resolution of 320 x 240 pixels. A video resolution of 1280 x 720 is classified as HD and TVs supporting this resolution are referred to as "HD Ready". However the resolution is not as detailed as Full HD (1920 x 1080). Across all digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Lumix DMC-SZ3 the video resolution ranges from 320 x 240 pixels to 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Features One Auto Focus

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ3 is more than most digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. The most frequently featured auto focus is Face detection, but this auto focus is not featured on this Panasonic digital camera. The auto focus Continuous Auto Focus are also featured on this camera.

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Light

The Lumix DMC-SZ3 is one of the lighter digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the Lumix DMC-SZ3 (only 111 grams) amongst digital cameras of this age. The weights of digital cameras of this age and type range from 20g to 710g, and the average weight is 170g.

There are a number of other 111g digital cameras currently available which you might want to consider including the Sony DSC-W580[plb_1620659_price] which has better reviews.

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Auto Focus

This digital camera has an Auto focus, which is typical of many digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to it.

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Short

The heights of digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the Lumix DMC-SZ3 range from 16mm to 750mm. The Lumix DMC-SZ3 is quite short (only 55.8 millimeters) compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Lumix DMC-SZ3.

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17 Reasons Against

Expert Reviews Are Average

The average expert rating of this compact camera digital camera is 65 out of 100 based on three expert reviews from sites including Ephotozine, T3.com and Chip.de.

Poor Battery Life

Some customers who reviewed the product concluded that it did not have a good battery life. T3.com wrote “Battery life isn't great” . T3.com also wrote “The price premium paid for 3D, poor battery performance”. T3.com also said “Poor battery life”.

Does Not Support Video Recording

The Lumix DMC-SZ3 does not support video recording, unlike most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Lumix DMC-SZ3 which support video recording.

We compared all the other digital cameras which also support video recording to this digital camera and we think the Coolpix L120[pl_1186_price], or the Coolpix L23[pl_1643298_price] both from Nikon or the Sony DSC-HX20[plb_1543754_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Like most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Lumix DMC-SZ3, the Lumix DMC-SZ3 does not support Full HD video.

There are a number of other digital cameras which also support Full HD video which you might also want to look at including the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS[plb_1206_price], the Olympus Stylus SH-50[plb_1721351_price], or the GE G100[plb_1861772_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Small Screen Size

The Lumix DMC-SZ3 has a quite small screen size (only 2.7 inches) compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-SZ3. The screen sizes of cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 1" to 4.8".

There are a number of alternative 2.7" screen digital cameras currently available which you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Canon IXUS 135[plb_1535925_price], the Sony DSC-WX80[plb_1621797_price], or the Samsung ST96[plb_1338363_price].

If you are looking for a digital camera with a larger screen size then you might also want to consider the Coolpix P330[pl_1724102_price] (3"), or the Coolpix S9600[pl_2196636_price] (3") both from Nikon which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Most cameras of this spec and age do not support WiFi connectivity. The Lumix DMC-SZ3 is no exception to this as it too does not support WiFi connectivity.

Alternative digital cameras which also support WiFi connectivity that you might also want to consider include the ST200[pl_378406_price], the WB200F[pl_2071998_price], or the ST200F[pl_1682904_price] all from Samsung which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Lumix DMC-SZ3 is not 3D compatible, although this is within the context that most of the other cameras of this age and type are also not 3D compatible.

Cameras which are 3D compatible that might be worth considering include the Canon PowerShot A3300 IS[plb_66875_price], the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30[plb_1847857_price], or the Nikon Coolpix P7700[plb_1714924_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS

Most cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Lumix DMC-SZ3 do not have a GPS. The Lumix DMC-SZ3 is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS.

We compared all the other cameras which also have a GPS to this camera and we think the Samsung ST200[plb_378406_price], the Canon IXUS 140[plb_1561326_price], or the Nikon Coolpix P520[plb_2085254_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago, the Lumix DMC-SZ3 is not waterproof.

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Only 1/2.33"" Optical Sensor Size

The Lumix DMC-SZ3 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/2.33"". That's 1% less optical sensor size than a 1/2.3"" camera, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size. The optical sensor size of all compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-SZ3 ranges from 1/2.5"" (worst) to 2/3"" (best).

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Quite Low JPEG Frame Rate

Compact camera digital cameras that came out around the same time as the Lumix DMC-SZ3 have JPEG frame rates of between 15fps and 240fps. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ3 has a quite low JPEG frame rate (only 24 frames per second) compared to most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to the Lumix DMC-SZ3.

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Only Features Five Flash Modes

The number of flash modes featured on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ3 is more than most cameras of this type and age. This Panasonic digital camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Lumix DMC-SZ3. The flash modes "Forced off", "Forced on", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this camera.

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Only Features One Light Metering Mode

The Lumix DMC-SZ3 has a greater number of light metering modes than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to it. The most commonly featured light metering mode is Centre-weighted, but this light metering mode is not featured on this camera. The light metering modes Evaluative (Multi-pattern) are also featured on this Panasonic camera.

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Very Low Maximum ISO Speed

The maximum ISO speeds of similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the Lumix DMC-SZ3 range from 3 to 52,000, and the average maximum ISO speed is 4,500. At only 1,600, the Lumix DMC-SZ3 has a quite low maximum ISO speed compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-SZ3.

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Only 3456 X 3456 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ3 has a 3456 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than the 5184 x 3888 pixels maximum image resolution found on most comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. Across all comparable spec cameras that have been available for more than two years the worst image resolution is 640 x 480 pixels and the best is 8256 x 6192 pixels.

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Very Small Combined Zoom

The combined zoom of digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Lumix DMC-SZ3 range from 3x to 1,600x, and the average combined zoom is 50x. At only 20 times zoom factor, the Lumix DMC-SZ3 has a fairly small combined zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the Lumix DMC-SZ3.

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Only Supports Two Image Formats

The Lumix DMC-SZ3 has a greater number of supported image formats than most compact camera digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This Panasonic digital camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by compact camera digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the Lumix DMC-SZ3. The image format "EXIF" is also supported by this digital camera.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ3

Released Over Three Years Ago

This digital camera has been on the market for over three years.

Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the Lumix DMC-SZ3 has a fairly typical digital zoom compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Lumix DMC-SZ3.

Other 4x digital zoom cameras currently available that you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Powershot ELPH 300 HS[pl_1426159_price], or the IXUS 230 HS[pl_1504252_price] both from Canon or the Nikon Coolpix L120[plb_1186_price].

If this compact camera digital camera digital zoom is too small for you then you might also want to consider the G3WP[pl_1772968_price] (4.5x), or the G5WP[pl_1772971_price] (4.5x) both from GE or the Pentax Efina[plb_2009791_price] (5x) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 10 times zoom factor, the Lumix DMC-SZ3 has a relatively typical optical zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

We compared this camera to all the other 10x optical zoom digital cameras and we think the ST200[pl_378406_price], and the WB30[pl_1598460_price] both from Samsung or the Nikon Coolpix 8800[plb_1640989_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you want a bigger optical zoom then you might want to look at the Nikon Coolpix S6800[plb_2118627_price] (12x and higher rated), or the Samsung WB50F[plb_2254604_price] (12x and higher rated).

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Optical Sensor Size
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens
Extra / Smart Zoom
Lens Structure
Combined Zoom
Focusing
Auto Focus
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range
Focus
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
Resolution and Capture Speed
HD Type
Audio
Audio System
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Second Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
USB Version
Camera
GPS
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Playback Mode
Scene Mode
Display Language
On Screen Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Capacity
Shot Per Battery Charge
Battery Voltage
Operational Conditions
Relative Humidity Operating Range
Operating Temperature Range
System Requirements
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Included Cable
Networking
WiFi Connectivity
Near Field Communication
Bluetooth
Other Features
Accessories

Expert Reviews

(6)
31 January 2014

Measuring at 3.73 x 2.20 x 0.86 inches (94.8 x 55.8 x 21.9 mm) and weighing just more than 4 ounces, the SZ3 is truly petite. However, it boasts a 1/2.33-inch 16.1-megapixel CCD sensor that... Read more…

27 January 2014

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ3 offers a decent amount of zoom for a budget camera, that is small enough to carry in your pocket. It's a cheap option for someone wanting a pocketable travel camera,...

1 July 2012

Despite the big push on 3D in the home and at the flicks, there are still relatively few devices with which to create your own true stereoscopic imagery.We define ?true' as being cameras which... Read more…

3D tech in compact body
Compact for a 3D camera, twin lens and sensor array is capable of proper 3D
Great touchscreen
True 3D capture
Multitasks
No 3D viewer
Battery life isn't great
Pricey
The price premium paid for 3D, poor battery performance
No 3D playback
22 March 2013

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13 December 2014

Unsere Kamera-Tests bieten zwar Orientierung bei der Auswahl der richtigen Kamera. Doch am Ende entscheidet der User selbst, welches Modell es für ihn sein soll. Welche Digicams derzeit besonders... Read more…

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User Reviews

(290)
Reviewed 26 May 2013 by Michaeljtox
(Verified Purchase)

I wanted a long travel zoom (I know 10 x is not a long zoom but I wanted this model of Lumix specifically SZ1 or SZ3 - the SZ1 had very good reviews on Amazon and I could hardly see a difference... Read more…

Reviewed 2 July 2013 by Dave
(Verified Purchase)

I bought this camera as I was going on holidays as my last one (a Samsung) had finally given up. My trip was to the Southern Hemisphere and I was in all sorts of weather and light conditions and a... Read more…

Reviewed 26 April 2013 by Deliciouscake247
(Verified Purchase)

Panasonic continue to produce best-in-class affordable compact cameras, and this one hits the mark perfectly - small and intuitive with a premium feel about it. And that Leica lens .... Can't... Read more…

Reviewed 14 June 2013 by John L
(Verified Purchase)

This camera was ordered via Amazon market place supplied by Lets Go Digital. It was delivered next day by courier although I had opted for free standard delivery. A good start. There was very... Read more…

Reviewed 24 November 2013 by ColinG
(Verified Purchase)

Basically an automated point and shoot camera with a variety of special scene modes. The Leica lens probably makes the vital difference here, giving good crisp images in a majority of... Read more…

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Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers dmcsz3, dmcsz3k, dmcsz3e, dmcsz3ep, 5025232725847, panasonic zoom4, panasonic dmcsz3, panasonic zoom4x, panasonic dmcsz3e, panasonic dmcsz3k, panasonic dmcsz3eb, panasonic dmcsz3ebv, panasonic dmcsz3ebt
Barcodes 00885170117716, 04010869232746, 04010869238946, 04010869238953, 05025232725816, 05025232725823, 05025232725830, 05025232725847, 05025232725854, 05025232725861, 05025232725878, 05025232725885, 05025232725892, 05025232725915, 05025232725922, 05025232725939, 05025232725946, 05025232725953, 08851701177162
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