Full review posted for Panasonic Lumix LZ3|
(Friday, August 18, 2006 - 12:28 EDT)
The Panasonic Lumix LZ3 is a nice little camera at a very affordable price, particularly considering that it sports a 6x, optically stabilized zoom lens.
Panasonic is justifiably proud that they've managed to bring optical image stabilization to their entire product line, from top to bottom. The Panasonic LZ3 did quite well overall in our testing, delivering good bright color, good resolution, and only moderate lens distortion.
The big 2.0-inch LCD screen is great for sharing your photos with friends, and makes the menus easier to see, but the difficulty of seeing the screen clearly under bright lighting often left us wishing for an optical viewfinder as well. But the Panasonic LZ3 delivers really excellent value and good picture quality at a surprisingly low price.
While not a first choice for sports or other fast-paced action, the Panasonic LZ3 is a great little all-around camera with a nice long zoom lens, all in a compact, inexpensive package.