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Panasonic DMCSZ3EB-K 16.1 Megapixel 10x Optical Zoom 20x Intelligent Zoom Compact Camera
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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 optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 25-250mm) to boast high versatility despite the camera’s slim, stylish profile. Passing Leicas stringent standards, it boasts exceptional optical performance with stunning clarity with minimum distortion and flare. Intelligent Zoom function virtually extends the zoom ratio to 20x equivalent draws the subject even closer than the original optical zoom with minimum deterioration of image quality.

The new Creative Panorama function with 10 filters allows the users to apply effects to create a distinctive horizontal / vertical panoramic image produced with consequent shots taken by overlaying the previous picture. The DMC-SZ3 also integrates popular Creative Control of 12 and Creative Retouch of 9 filter effects. The Creative Control lets users shoot with a filter effect while checking how it makes difference on the picture and the Creative Retouch enables applying a filter effect on the picture even after shooting in camera.

The Beauty Retouch mode lets users make up the human faces virtually to look them nicer. One-touch Make Up mode offers 5 patterns of latest trend make-up – Natural, Smokey, Glamour, Cheerful and Elegant. Aesthetic Retouch mode makes skin more clearly, eyes and teeth whiter, and limits reflections. Users can set the tone of foundation makeup as well.

The DMC-SZ3 is capable of recording 16.1-megapixel high-resolution photos. The Sonic Speed AF helps to catch fleeting photo opportunities. In video recording, the DMC-SZ3 records dynamic HD video in 1280 x 720p in QuickTime Motion JPEG format. Recording motion images can be started with a press of an independent video button on the top of the camera, which is extremely convenient for users to switch photo/video shooting instantly.

The iA mode is a comprehensive integration of the MEGA O.I.S., Intelligent ISO Control, Face Detection, Intelligent Scene Selector and Intelligent Exposure - the camera does all the work, leaving you free to compose shots. The MEGA O.I.S. is incorporated in the iA mode to suppress hand-shake. Apart from the digital image correction, it corrects a jolt of light axis by shifting the O.I.S. lens unit to offset it so that the image is not affected digitally nor deteriorated at all.


  • Dimensions (W x H x D) 94.8 x 55.8 x 21.9 mm / (3.73 x 2.20 x 0.86 inch)
  • Weight Approx. 111g without Battery and SD Memory Card (0.24 lb) / Approx. 126g with Battery and SD Memory Card (0.28 lb)


  • Camera Effective Pixels 16.1 Megapixels


  • Sensor Size / Total Pixels / Filter 1/2.33-type CCD Sensor / 16.6 Total Megapixels / Primary Colour Filter


  • Aperture F3.1 - F5.9 / 2-Step (F3.1 / 9.0 (W), F5.9 / 16.0 (T))
  • Optical Zoom 10x
  • Focal Length f=4.5-45.0mm (25-250mm in 35mm equiv.) / (29-290mm in 35mm equiv. in video recording)
  • Extra Optical Zoom (EZ) 12.6x (4:3 / 10M), 18.0x (4:3 / 5M), 22.5x(4:3 / under 3M)
  • Intelligent Zoom 20x
  • Lens LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR / 9 elements in 7 groups / (4 Aspherical Lenses / 6 Aspherical surfaces)
  • 2- Speed Zoom -
  • Optical Image Stabilizer/Five Axis Correction MEGA O.I.S. (Off / On) / No
  • Digital Zoom Max. 4x


  • Focusing Area Normal / Intelligent AUTO / motion picture: Wide 5 cm - infinity / Tele 150 cm - infinity
  • AF Assist Lamp (On/Off)
  • Focus Normal / Quick AF (Always On), Continuous AF(only for motion picture)
  • AF Metering Face / 23-Area / 1-Area


  • Shutter Speed approx. 8 - 1/1600 sec / 15 sec / 30 sec / 60 sec in Starry Sky mode


  • File Format Still Image: JPEG(DCF/Exif2.3) / Motion picture: Quick Time Motion JPEG

Recording Modes

  • Mode Dial / Mode Button Intelligent Auto, Normal Picture, Creative Control, Panorama Shot, SCN
  • Creative Control mode Expressive, Retro, High Key, Low Key, Sepia, Dynamic Monochrome, Impressive Art, High Dynamic, Cross Process, Toy Effect, Miniature Effect, One Point Colour
  • Still Image Scene Mode Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Food, Baby1(Birthday only), Baby2(Birthday only), / Pet(Birthday only), Sunset, High Sensitivity, Glass Through, Photo Frame, Starry Sky
  • Continuous Shooting Mode Full-Resolution Image, approx. 1.4 frames/sec / High-speed Burst Mode: approx. 10 frames/sec / (recorded in 3M for 4:3, 2.5M for 3:2, 2M for 16:9, 2.5M for 1:1) / Flash burst shooting

  • Motion Picture Recording (*2)
  • HD Video 1280 x 720 pixels, 24 fps (HD / Motion JPEG)
  • STD Video 640 x 480 pixels, 30 fps (VGA / Motion JPEG) / 320 x 240 pixels, 30fps (QVGA / Motion JPEG)

  • Continuous recordable time (motion pictures)

  • Actual recordable time (motion pictures)

Exposure Parameters

  • Exposure Auto(Program AE)
  • Exposure Compensation 1/3 EV step, +/-2 EV
  • Auto (AE) Bracketing -
  • Light Metering Intelligent Multiple
  • ISO Sensitivity i. ISO / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / High Sensitivity mode (ISO 1600-6400)

Picture Quality

  • Still Picture Recording [1:1] 3456x3456(12M) / [4:3] 4608x3456(16M) / 3648x2736(10M EZ) / 2560x1920(5M EZ) / 2048x1536(3M EZ) / 640x480(0.3M EZ) / [3:2] 4608x3072 (14M) / [16:9] 4608x2592 (12M)
  • White Balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Incandescent / White Set
  • Colour Mode / Colour Effect / My colour Colour Mode : Standard, Black&White, Sepia, Vivid (Normal only), Happy (only in iA Mode)


  • Digital Red Eye Correction (Red-Eye Removal) Yes
  • Zoom in Motion Picture Yes
  • Self Timer 2sec / 10sec


  • Playback Mode All, Slideshow, Filtering Play (Picture Only, Video Only, Category Selection, Select Date, Favourites), Calendar
  • Thumbnails / Zoomed Playback 12,30-thumbnails / Yes
  • Calendar Display / Dual- Image Playback Yes / No
  • Set Favourites / Rotate Image Yes / No
  • Show Histogram -
  • Show Highlights -
  • DPOF Print Setting / Set Protection Yes / Yes


  • Retouch Creative Retouch / Auto Retouch / Beauty Retouch
  • Resize / Cropping / Aspect Conv. / Levelling Yes / Yes / No / No
  • Copy / Title Edit / Text Stamp Yes / No / No
  • Cut Animation No
  • Video Divide No
  • PictBridge Support Single / Multi / All / Favourites / DPOF


  • OSD language Japanese, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish


  • LCD Monitor 6.7cm (2.7") TFT Screen LCD Display (230K dots) / Field of View : approx. 100%


  • Built- in- Flash Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off, 0.6 - 4.1m (Wide/i ISO), 1.5 - 2.1m (Tele/i ISO)


  • Recording Media Built-in Memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
  • Built- in- Memory Approx. 90MB


  • Microphone / Speaker Mono / Mono


  • Interface AV Output (PAL/NTSC), USB(AV/USB Multi)


  • Power Li-ion Battery Pack (3.6V / 690mAh / 2.5Wh) / AC Adaptor (Input: 110-240V AC)(Included, connect with USB cable)
  • Battery life (approx.) 250 pictures (CIPA Standard)*1

Standard Package

  • Included Software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 9.0 LE / Adobe Reader
  • Standard Accessories Battery Pack, AC adaptor, USB Cable, Hand Strap, CD-ROM

Further Specifications

  • NOTE *1 / Recording conditions by CIPA standard / - CIPA is an abbreviation of [Camera & Imaging Products Association]. / - Temperature: 23 oC (73.4 oF)/Humidity: 50%RH when LCD monitor is on. / - Using a Panasonic SD Memory Card (32 MB). / - Using the supplied battery. / - Starting recording 30 seconds after the camera is turned on. (When the optical image stabilizer function is set to [ON].) / - Recording once every 30 seconds with full flash every second recording. / - Rotating the zoom lever from Tele to Wide or vice versa in every recording. / - Turning the camera off every 10 recordings and leaving it until the temperature of the battery decreases. / *2 / - These are standard times taken at a temperature of 23 oC (73.4 oF) and a humidity of 50%RH. / - The time available for recording varies depending on the environment, the interval between recordings, and the manner of use. / - Actual recordable time is the time available for recording when repeating actions such as switching the power supply [ON] / [OFF], starting/stopping recording, zoom operation etc. / -Maximum time to record motion pictures continuously with [AVCHD] is 29 minutes 59 seconds. / -Maximum time to record motion pictures continuously with [MP4] is 29 minutes 59 seconds or up to 4 GB.