Panasonic Lumix ZS3

Panasonic Lumix ZS3

The Panasonic Lumix ZS3 that blogging bought.

Panasonic Lumix ZS3

Mid-January 2010, I made a visit to Hidalgo Street, Quiapo with a mission in mind. The mission is to buy my first digital camera for myself and using the money that I earned via blogging. Happy to say that the mission was a success!

[Note] This is an uber late post as I should have posted this the moment I touched the box in the picture above (which was taken using the ZS3 btw) but .. well I’m just posting it now.

Honestly, I’m not really a big earner in blogging because I’m not a consistent blogger but I’m still happy because even though I made not be posting much and sometimes just earning cents daily, Google Adsense was still generous enough to send me money enough to buy a digital camera, accessories and still have left to make a dollar account.

So why a digital camera?

I could have bought other stuffs in which I don’t know what to buy but I decided on getting a digital camera because of one big reason:

  • Whenever there are events, I want to have pictures and I only get to do that when I leech from those who brought cameras

That is the only reason why I wanted one too. I was envious of the people who bring cameras to events because they can make good memories out of the event while I can only try my best to recall what happened in the event days, months or even years later. So with that purpose, the search for a digital camera started!

Why a point and shoot? Why not an SLR?

Simply because, I’m lazy. I simply want to point and shoot. I noticed that SLRs are big (bulky for me to bring) and have lots of buttons (meaning lots of settings) so from that point, they were out on my list. So the hunt for a good point and shoot started. So which one do I look for? I was a camera n00b and I really had no idea on what features I need or even what they mean.

Drilled down to Panasonic

A friend of mine suggested that I look at Panasonic digital cameras. I did not know even that they had cameras (lol). Usually I see Canon, Sony, Kodak maybe but Panasonic? But I still did research and surprisingly, it looks good (remember I’m a n00b so I don’t know actually what’s good or not). So what I did was to copy the features and asked my friends if the set of features are good then compared it with other models of other brands.

I also read a lot of forums for reviews and comparisons. Here are a sample of them.

So basically, I decided on getting the Panasonic Lumix ZS3 because of it’s super zoom capability. It can zoom in using 10x optical zoom. Others are also saying that I should get the Lumix LX3 (said to be an SLR in a point and shoot body) but it is much more expensive and is much more advanced. Perhaps I will regret my decision later when I grow more fond in taking pictures but as of now, I am happy with my ZS3 especially when I think on where I got the money to buy it.

**Btw, on January 26, 2010, Panasonic just announced the newest model of the Lumix ZS series, the ZS5 and the ZS7. I believe that Panasonic just addressed the complains of the ZS3 reviewers by giving it manual settings (shutter speed, aperture and exposure). In the reviews I have read, that was the one big letdown for ZS3 because it doesn’t have much manual settings so I guess Panasonic listen to their buyers and added them in ZS7.

Now, I’m really envious of Panasonic Lumix ZS7, it was announced in less than two weeks after my purchase of the Panasonic Lumix ZS3!!! Anyway, I’m just wait for a price drop on that and buy it soon when my ZS3 goes old.

Some more details:

I bought the camera at Henry’s Camera and Photo Supply shop in Hidalgo Quiapo.

I also bought some accessories for my camera.

Panasonic Lumix ZS3 Accesories

  • 8GB Transcend Class 6 SDHC Card from Mayer’s, Hidalgo Quiapo
  • Case Logic Camera Case from Case Logic, SM Mall of Asia (finding a case of ZS3 was challenging because the ZS3 is fat!)
  • Screen protector from a store in Glorietta
  • ZS3 Battery (DMW BCP10pp) via EBAY and claimed it from PhilPost Office

I have posted a lot of albums already in my facebook account and I’m planning to post them here soon. Perhaps on a sub-domain. 🙂

Panasonic Lumix ZS3 Specs:

Please see this link.

9 thoughts on “Panasonic Lumix ZS3

  1. Allen, don’t believe what Gilbert said. The ZS3 image quality is better than the newer ZS7. Go to Flickr or to any one of many camera forums and you will see that most serious users consider the image quality of the ZS7 a step down. Plus manual controls aren’t as useful as you may think. For example with a DSLR we can control DOF by choosing aperture, with a small sensor P&S we have almost no control over DOF because everything is generally in focus from near to far anyway.

    Just for the record, I have three DSLRs, I have two Fujifilm P&S cameras and 4 Lumix P&S cameras including the ZS3 which I bough after the ZS7 was already out.

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