Long Term Review: Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3

In 2007 I purchased the above camera, primarily so I would have something to take pictures with at MINI United in Zaandvort, Netherlands. I did some research, asked around and that’s the camera that was recommended more than others for high-end point and shoots. I sit here today, 5 years and close to 100,000 shots (I think) later, and it’s still a great camera.

It was with this camera that I became excited about my photography. It was with this camera that I’ve taken photos in 5 different countries and damned near every state in the US. It was with this camera that I discovered how fun it is to take photographs.

It was also, most recently, this camera that captured the following shots.

View the entire set here.

No matter what the lighting conditions are, colors are always fantastic and it’s easy to get great shots consistently. Dark rooms are still dark, but if there is any color, this camera grabs it. And, even though it shoots in jpg, the photos still take edits very well, especially for light and color correction. Much better, in fact, than many other point and shoot cameras, closer to the editability of photos taken with the iPhone.

I’m sure you keep hearing and reading that the best camera is the one that you have with you. I’m happy that this has been the one with me so often for the last 5 years. If you are in the market for a point-and-shoot camera, I wouldn’t hesitate to grab any of the Panasonic Lumix cameras.

By Don

Lead bottle washer at donburnside.com, host at whiteroofradio.com and tech guru for the MotoringFile family of sites.

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