Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 Digital Camera - Answered Questions & Fixed issues
Panasonic DMC-TZ3 pictures never seem crisp and clear
TZ stands for Travel Zoom, which is code for Outside View shots. The TZ is supper in good light, not so much in lower light.
In side shots need to be with 8 feet of subject so the flash can reach. Use ISO and IS mode 2 settings, especially IS(Image Stabilization) on zoomed shots where ANY camera movement becomes amplified by the ZOOM.
Lastly, camera movement and/or subject movement will add blur to a shot. Squeeze off shot, don't push it off. Try to brace your camera against another object when possible, or hold you elbows against your sides when you can't. Treat taking a pic shot like you were taking a rifle shot. Stabilize yourself when possible and gradually squeeze off the shot when possible.
When low light cannot be avoided, try the night shot setting, which will keep the shutter open longer to gather more light, but will be much more venerable to camea movement at the same time.
Cannot view the movies I made on my camera and downloaded to my Vista PC
I assume you can view them in you camera, right? If not, the following solution will not help.
The .MOV Apple QuickTime format Panasonic uses for its camera movie clips cause problem on with viewing, as seen from several other problem posts here and the net.
Some computer use a Win 32Bit operating system, other better ones use a Win 64. It is hard to believe QuickTime would let you load a 64bit version into a 32bit OS, or vice versa. But who knows. Rather double clicking on te file name itself, open QuickTime, then go to File Open and Browse to the file and select it that was. If this doesn't work, go to QuickTime website and try their User Forums first to ask a question or find a thread talking about movie files not playing. Else, CONTACT website and ask question. Post any solution here for readers.
I have a Panasonic DMC-TZ3.
It's geometry. If you tilt the camera to get all of a tall building, the top of the building is farther from the camera than the bottom. Objects farther away look smaller than nearer objects. Thus the top of the building looks narrower than the bottom and the building looks like it's falling over backward. You see the same effect when you look at a straight road going off into the distance; the road gets narrower the farther you look. The human brain is wonderful at automatically compensating for this effect but the camera records the scene as it is.
Professional architectural photographers get around this problem by using expensive lenses which shift, allowing them to shoot up while keeping the camera pointed straight ahead and level. The rest of us solve this problem using a combination of two techniques. One is to keep the camera level and either zoom out or back up to get all of the building in the picture and then crop out the bottom. The other is to use a photo editing program with perspective correction capability. Programs such as the GIMP and Photoshop allow you to "stretch" the top of the picture.
On our panasonic DMC - SZ6, the lense cover won't open when turned on
Lens covers are delicate things. A bit of dust or dirt inside and the the springs can't do their job. When cleaning doesn't work, to repair this I remove the lens cover and shorten the springs by cutting off a bit and then reattaching them. A small bit of mollyd to lubricate helps too. never use oil or silicone.
TURN CAMERA OFF AND ON AGAIN
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Screen flickers and pictures have lines across them on my lumix DMC-TZ3
The camera is probably damaged, this also happend to my DMC-TZ5 as well after a few (5-6) years of heavy use but without any visible damage, a repair is most likely more expensive than just buying one of the new lumix cameras which have also improved A LOT, so you wont be disappointed!
Not really possible with most cameras. Set the ISO to the highest setting and turn off the flash. This is the best you can do. Professional cameras that can shoot at ISO 3200-5200 are about the only cameras that can take that type of shot. Most pocket cameras do not have ISO above 1000.
My LCD goes pink and purple
This usually happens only when the camera is too cold for the CMOS to function properly. Try carrying the camera in an inside pocket until ready to take a photo. This has been my experience. I have no experience with this color change in any other situation.
How do I transfer my photos to my memory card?
I found a manual for your camera here:
and the procedure for transferring photos from the internal memory is on page 72-3. If you save the manual to your computer (its pdf format) you will be able to use it for future reference as you can enlarge it on screen for comfortable reading. I find most camera printed manuals have print that is too small to read comfortably.
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