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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ3
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ3

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ3

We've given the LZ3 a grade of C.

Editor's Review

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ3 is Digital Camera HQ's favorite affordable camera, with a stunning feature set that seems like a steal for under $200.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ3 is steady, even when you're not. This model replaces the affordable and compact LZ1 with some outstanding features. The Mega O.I.S. (optical image stabilization) system of the LZ3 works hard to make sure none of your photographs are adversely affected by shaky hands or twitchy wrists. If you're concerned about blurry shots, this might be the camera for you. Be sure to check out the LZ5 as well, which has many of the same features but a larger number of megapixels.


  • 5 megapixels
  • 6x optical zoom / 7.5 digital zoom
  • autofocus
  • auto and manual exposure
  • JPEG file format
  • ISO 80-400
  • 2 AA batteries
  • movie mode
  • 2" LCD screen
  • Part Number: DMC-LZ3S
  • UPC: 037988985371
  • Release Date: Jan 10, 2006

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ3 Reviews

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ3 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 2.0 out of 5
Just died (jeanne winsky — 01/24/2009)

I recieved this camera as a gift about 1 1/2 years ago. Camera was working great. Loved it. Then all of a sudden the screen went black. Thinking that I might have pushed a button on the menu that did something to cause the "black out" I had my camera friend look at it. Friend looked at it and said that there was dirt on the lense internally. I needed to get a hold of the company and get it replaced. Back to it as a gift. I have no bill of sale. So therefore no warrenty.. Was told that I had to send in with camera $52 for diagnosis fee. Then was told the starting rate for repairs is an additional $111. Operator told me that the fees would cover the shipping and handling. So nice of her. So the total for repairs would be equal to purchasing a new one. This is a no brainer. Any one want a broken camera????

  • 5.0 out of 5
Love It! (J-Mo — 08/16/2007)

I find it this camera to be awesome. It is a decent size, the pictures are nice, it is user friendly, and the battery life....I give it a 10. I dont know how many times I have found that the camera was accidently left on and the batteries still good! It has an auto-"sleep" mode which is awesome. For an low cost digital, this is the way to go! I have been very happy with it.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Love It (Thor — 07/12/2007)

I really like this camera. The photo quality is excellent and the 6x optical zoom was much better than anything else in its price range. Some have expressed concerns with it's durability, but mine has survived several drops, most recently a 4 foot drop onto my concrete garage floor 2 days ago. Wish that the video had sound, but I didn't buy it for recording video clips, so that's not too important to me. All in all a great camera and easy to use.

  • 5.0 out of 5
I love it! (Erol Palmer — 06/14/2007)

This camera is awesome!Some people don't like it because the have not read the instructions fully. It has a ton of features!

  • 3.0 out of 5
Love-hate camera (Peter — 02/20/2007)

The 'anti-jiggle' tech is very good. Camera is compact and easy to use. Lots of nice features. I can't live with 'no sound with video' and no view-finder.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Turn the camera off and on again message is driving me nuts! (Margaret — 02/10/2007)

I really like my camera EXCEPT when it keeps asking me to turn it off and on again, and it won't turn it back on for up to an hour. I just can't rely on it. It's random and doesn't always happen, or may not happen for about 500 shots, then it starts doing it again with a vengeance! I haven't been able to get it fixed or find out why it is doing this. I've tried all sorts of things, eg different batteries, memory cards, different settings, to no avail. Any help would be most appreciated

  • 3.0 out of 5
Nice pictures, but like carrying around an egg (Don — 02/03/2007)

This camera takes great pictures for the price, but one little bump and it's shot! Mine tumbled about 16 inches off a chair and landed on a thick carpet and the lens will no longer retract and a constant error message of "turn camera off then back on again" appears on the screen. Physical damage not covered under warranty. Spoke with someone else who purchased this camera and it broke while walking around with it in a case. Works nice, but keep it in a bullet proof container!

  • 3.0 out of 5
Fragile Camera (Nick Shadle — 01/31/2007)

I absolutely loved this camera. It was the first camera that I actually took time to learn inside and out. This camera took some awesome pictures. I even shot a music video with it.
(To view the video visit:

Then one day it just stopped working. The lens won't retract and anytime I try to do anything with it I get an error message saying "Please turn camera off and then on again"

Good camera, but fragile. The cost to get it repaired is almost as much as a new one.

I'm pissed I gotta ditch this camera...

  • 3.0 out of 5
Awesome but fragile (J.M. — 01/18/2007)

The camera is so awesome that I cried when it broke so soon after purchase. It is slippery

  • 5.0 out of 5
excelent compact camera (Vali — 12/30/2006)

Hi! I own this camera for almost 6 months. It's an excelent camera in it's segment, i allready took many pictures with it and i'm trully satisfied. I love the big zoom range and details that photos has. I recommend it camera to all beginners, and i can say that only disavantage for me is that it hasn't manual modes (such as for shutter an aperture priority). Have fun with it!

  • 3.0 out of 5
Shucks (Kendi Cumberbatch — 12/27/2006)

Just got my camera and the features seem great but I do think that it is a bit misleading to say that it records in movie mode when it doesn't record sound. While it is not a camcorder it would have been fun to record those short fun clips some times.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Wow, Am VERY impressed!! (Don H. — 12/23/2006)

I bought this camera today on an impulse at Best Buy. I returned home and started testing it out (primarily the macro function, to take pictures of my error coin collection), and I can't believe the detail that this camera can pick out! I don't even have a light, I just used the flash.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Lumix 5 Megapix (Wolfgang — 12/20/2006)

Awesome camera! still learning all of the available functions. Takes good movies too, but I thought it would record sound when I made the purchase, oh well. Over all a very good digi-cam!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Panasonic Lumix (Gilmore — 12/06/2006)

The digitals went and the warranty was voided because they said it was physical damage. No way. Will never purchase another panasonic camera again because they do not stand behind the product. The camera was used on a vacation and broke, BETWEEN PICTURES, while being carried. It was a very hot day. Maybe the heat?? Even so, that is a manufacturing flaw. Spent too much money.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great 2nd Camera (William Y — 12/04/2006)

I own a large DSLR and wanted a small camera to take on business trips. This camera is a gem. Easy to use, great ergonomics and great results. Manual is crystal clear, providing detailed instructions on the vast number of options. You can't go wrong.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Great picture until unit stop working. (Al — 11/26/2006)

Best camera I owned do far. Easy to use. Good pictures. But all of a sudden one day It started putting white horizontal lines across the whole photos, making photos completely useless. Tried every thing in the menu, no avail. Contacted Panasonic, but they say it will be covered only for parts, I have to pay both way shipping + labor!!!

  • 5.0 out of 5
FABULOUS! (Stacy Soderborg — 11/08/2006)

I love this camera! It is so easy to use. When looking at cameras too many of them were very complicated. I highly recomend this camera. Great picture quality.

  • 4.0 out of 5
thanks for the reviews (elleon713 — 11/04/2006)

first, thank you to all the reviewers who helped us purchase our second digital camera. after reading the reviews at i had dispared of finding a good quality camera under $200. but, on the suggestion of another reviewer i looked on this site and i could not have been more impressed by the degree and competence of the reviewers. so, again thank you.
the camera, on first inspection, feels solid. buttons are arranged comfortably so holding the camera does not become an exercise in finger contortions even with its small size and shape. the lcd screen is the menu button, zoom, mode dial and optical image stabilizer button are well configured for comfortable manipulation while shooting.
the operators manual does a fine job of explaining the basic layout of the camera as well as the many options available for taking pictures. although, i dont know when i will require a specific mode for food or fireworks photographs but who knows.
the camera was easy to take out of the box and use from the first. and, i was taking pictures, changing the default settings and enjoying the camera within twenty minutes of taking it out of the box.
a note to perspective buyers: invest in a memory card from the first. the built in memory only saves about 14 pictures.
also, because of the camera's small size, plastic frame and obvious lcd screen you may want to grab a camera case before leaving the store. i love the feel of this camera but i do notice myself worrying about my three year old grabbing it when i set it down on the table.
thanks again for all the reviews, you made this an easy and painless purchase.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Best deal for max features (owen — 10/27/2006)

The LZ3 is rare in that it offers a high optical zoom of 6x, an image stabilizer, and 1600 ISO capability for low light, all for around $160. Any other camera with these high quality features will typically run for $250-$300. I appreciate its compact design because most with 6x optical zoom are significantly larger. I like that it uses AA batteries as well because I hate running out of battery in the middle of the day and having no backup. Lithium ions ($50 and up) are too expensive to buy extras. I travel often and this camera has adapted well to all the various conditions. If you are a student like me, every dollar counts! This camera gives you every feature you want short of an SLR and it does it all for about half the cost of comparable models from Canon or Olympus. If you can find it for about $160, it's the best compact digital around today.

  • 5.0 out of 5
do it! (Alec — 10/09/2006)

ok for six months i am very happy with my purchase of my camera. with all the setups and do hickeys you can do on this camera it willgive you a heart attack. should be well over 200 dollars but take advantage ang get this camera great pics

  • 5.0 out of 5
Best Value on Market Today (Sean Riggs — 09/12/2006)

After doing extensive research, I concluded that this camera was the best value out there - 5 megapixels, 6x Optical Zoom, Image Stabilization, only 2 AA batteries - all for $170. After 7 weeks of use (this is my 2nd digital camera), I am convinced I made the right decision. Picture and design quality are excellent.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great pictures and features. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Easy to use and to download onto computer. Comes with usb cable. Uses 2 AA batteries. Batteries only last a few days. Had to get recharable batteries and recharger. Does not have viewfinder.

  • 5.0 out of 5
First Digital Camera Purchased (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

First digtal camera ever owned. Really think it Is truly a beginners camera for sure! Lots of simple to understand features . The instruction booklet is very user friendly. Although short time owner heard about some cameras that do not live up to the "hype". Bought this at Circut City along with other PC goodies.
Very happy Owner.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Does everything that I need (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Picture quality is good. Features and ease of use all good. I'd buy it again. (In fact I am — I lost mine and miss it)

  • 5.0 out of 5
Awsome (Jason — 02/15/2006)

We recently went on a trip to Disneyland, and every picture we took were excellent. The stabilizer was a life saver because we were not always able to be perfectly still while taking pictures. It was really great that our pictures taken on the rides or of our party on the rides in sports mode were very clear.