This new Lumix departs from conventional Superzoom EVF design, adopting elegant rangefinder styling instead. Though it sports a 10X Leica zoom -- the equivalent of 28-280mm, with a maximum aperture of f/3.3-4.9 -- it just about fits into a shirt pocket. Its size, design, and performance won office raves. In fact, the camera is so compact and its LCD monitor so big (three inches) that there's no room for an electronic viewfinder. Fortunately, arm's-length composition is steadied by Panasonic's Mega O.I.S., which stabilizes the image by shifting a group of lens elements.
The TZ3's LCD can be switched into high-angle mode for over-the-crowd shots, but the screen doesn't tilt; its viewing angle widens downwards. In keeping with its intended role as a travel companion, the TZ3 can be preset for the time zones of various destinations. To that end, it has a feature called Clipboard capture -- a small internal memory sufficient for snaps of maps or timetables.