Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 and DMC-ZS1

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 and DMC-ZS1 are a pair of new point and shoot cameras featuring 10.1 megapixel sensors and each have a 12x optical zoom lens.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 Key Features

  • 10.1 megapixels
  • 12x optical zoom
  • HD video recording
  • 3″ LCD w/ 460k dot resolution
  • Leica DC Vario-Elmar lens

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 Reviews

Steve’s Digicams

Our indoor image samples show the same great exposure and color, as well as a crisp image from edge to edge. ISO 400 is the first time noise appears in the image. Even then, the level is acceptable and will not be noticed in prints of 8×10 or larger.

Imaging Resource

Though image quality is a little soft in the corners at wide-angle, distortion is low at both zoom settings, and overall image quality is excellent.


What we see is what’s become the norm for cameras in this resolution class, with acceptably clean (though, under careful analysis, still rather grainy) shots at ISO 80 and 100, a decided escalation in noise between ISO 200 and 400, and extremely compromised fine detail at ISO 800 and beyond.


As long as you don’t want much in the way of manual features, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 is a very nice camera that can handle a variety of shooting situations.

DC Resource

Image quality was very good in most respects. The DMC-ZS3 takes well-exposed photos, without a lot of highlight clipping that’s common on compact cameras (you’ll still encounter it, though).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1 Key Features

  • 10.1 megapixels
  • 12x optical zoom
  • 2.7″ LCD w/ 230k dot resolution

The ZS1 carries a retail price of $299.95 and the ZS3 rings in at $399.95. Both should be available in April 2009.

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