Panasonic has announced the Lumix DMC-SZ3 compact camera. The 16MP CCD sensor SZ3 sports a 25mm (equiv.) LEICA DC 10x optical zoom lens and offers a 10fps burst mode. The camera records 1280 x 720 video and offers 14 creative shooting modes. The SZ3 will be available at the end of March in black, blue and white color options. A CMOS variant, the SZ9, will be released in European markets.

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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3: The Slim, Ready To Shoot Camera For Everyone

Las Vegas, NV (January 7, 2013) –  Panasonic’s new compact LUMIX DMC-SZ3, is packed with features to cater for any photographer, whether looking to capture family and friends, vacation scenery or a night on the town. With an impressive 10x Optical Zoom LEICA DC lens, 20x digital intelligent zoom, 25mm wide angle lens, 10fps (frames per second) burst shooting and 12 creative effects, all packed into a sleek slim design, the SZ3 is every photographer’s friend.

Impressive zoom features
The Panasonic DMC-SZ3 may be small and slim, but certainly outperforms its size when zoom is required.  Fitted with a 10x Optical Zoom LEICA DC lens alongside a 20x digital intelligent zoom which keeps the shape and light of the image automatically, distant images can be brought visually closer while image quality is kept thanks to the camera’s Intelligent Resolution technology.

Incredibly clear, high quality photos and video
The 16.1 megapixel sensor has increased from its predecessor’s 14.1-megapixels. It boasts high-speed signal output and high-sensitivity image recording producing superb results. Furthermore, the high quality of the images and video is easily viewed on the 2.7” LCD screen. Equipped with 12 creative effects such as soft focus, toy effect and retro, the SZ3 puts creativity at your fingertips.

Slim and small, yet clever and mighty
Marc Sorkin, Product Marketing Manager for LUMIX Compact Cameras at Panasonic North America, comments: “Panasonic’s SZ3 may be small but it punches well above its weight. Packed full of features, from a super With a 10x optical zoom LEICA DC lens and a 20x intelligent zoom, 1280 x 720 HD video capabilities, quality is not compromised, and creative functions which include miniature and beauty retouch, the SZ3 is the price friendly alternative. Full HD recording and 14 creative modes including beauty retouch, the SZ3 will allow you to produce high quality images and video time and time again.”

The SZ3 will be in available in the stores and online at the end of March in black, blue and white.

Panasonic DMC-SZ3 specifications

Body type
Body typeCompact
Max resolution4608 x 3456
Other resolutions4608 x 3072, 4608 x 2592, 3648 x 2736, 3456 x 3456, 2560 x 1920, 2560 x 1920, 2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1536, 640 x 480
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors17 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm)
Sensor typeCCD
ISOAuto, Hi Auto (1600-6400), 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400
White balance presets4
Custom white balanceYes (1)
Image stabilizationOptical
Uncompressed formatUnknown
File format
  • JPEG (Exif v2.3)
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)25–250 mm
Optical zoom10×
Maximum apertureF3.1–5.9
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Live View
Digital zoomYes (4x)
Macro focus range5 cm (1.97)
Number of focus points23
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size2.7
Screen dots230,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed60 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/1600 sec
Exposure modes
  • Intelligent Auto
  • Normal Picture
  • Creative Control
  • Panorama Shot
  • SCN
Scene modes
  • Portrait
  • Soft Skin
  • Scenery
  • Panorama Shot
  • Night Portrait
  • Night Scenery
  • Food
  • Baby1
  • Baby2
  • Pet
  • Sunset
  • High Sensitivity
  • Glass Through
  • Photo Frame
  • Starry Sky
Built-in flashYes
Flash range4.10 m
External flashNo
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer
Continuous drive1.4 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
Exposure compensation±2
Videography features
Resolutions1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
FormatMotion JPEG
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage included90 MB Internal
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)250
Weight (inc. batteries)126 g (0.28 lb / 4.44 oz)
Dimensions95 x 56 x 22 mm (3.74 x 2.2 x 0.87)
Other features