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Panasonic Lumix ZS Series Review

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Weighing in at 7 ounces, the Panasonic Lumix ZS Series 3D camera shoots in 18MP. Its aperture is a respectable F3.3 in wide-angle shots and F6.4 in 20x optical zoom telephoto shots. Its zoom has the equivalent of 24 to 480 mm. Its sensitivity of ISO 6400 is great; beyond this level, most cameras tend to degrade in picture quality anyway. And its maximum shutter speed of 1/2000 of a second helps you to capture the clean, crisp shots that make the best raw material for 3D photographs.

The ZS Series is diversely functional in ways most cameras can only dream of. With its Wi-Fi, GPS and NFC compatibility, you can tag the location where your photos are shot, as well as send them directly to your smartphone or tablet for uploading. Its battery is good for about 300 images. It has a touchscreen, yet it retains many of its function buttons for those who prefer to stick to the familiar. Using the Wi-Fi or NFC on this camera, you can pair it with a smartphone or tablet, which you can then use as a remote control for distant shooting.

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While the camera lacks a dedicated beach or snow mode for shooting in those environments, it has all the other preselects you would expect on a travel zoom camera. You'll find 3D under the scene mode on the dial. The onscreen menu offers you full manual control over exposures, which is rare. There is also an HDR mode to combine multiple photos and keep the parts with the best detail and contrast.

This camera comes with the standard one-year manufacturer's warranty against defects. In case you need help troubleshooting the camera or learning to use it, there are helpful tips on the Panasonic website. You can also reach customer support via live chat, phone or email.

The Panasonic Lumix ZS is among the best 3D cameras you can find that does not have dual lenses. It is a good compromise if you have other uses for your camera but also want it to take good 3D shots for you to show off.

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