LCD and Viewfinder
Panasonic ZR3 has a Fixed Type 2.7″ LCD screen with a resolution of 230k dots. At only 2.7″, the screen is on the smaller side and 230kdot resolution is lower than most of the recent models in this class.
ZR3 doesn't have a viewfinder and no option for external viewfinder. Lack of a viewfinder can be problematic especially under strong light where visibility of LCD screens goes down dramatically. If you need a Compact camera with a built-in viewfinder in a similar price range, consider Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS70 (Lumix DC-TZ90) (Compare) or Nikon Coolpix P7000 (Compare). If the price is not an issue, take a look at our Top Rated Cameras with Viewfinders.
Max Shutter speed
Panasonic ZR3 can shoot continuously at max speed of 2 fps and has max shutter speed of 1/1300 sec.
Unfortunately ZR3 doesn't have an external flash shoe so you are limited with the built-in flash.
Panasonic ZR3 features a Contrast Detection autofocusing system. The AF system has 11 points to choose from.
With Panasonic ZR3, you can record your videos at a highest resolution of 1280 x 720 at 30 fps and save in and AVCHD Lite formats. 1280 x 720 is a low video resolution by todays standards. If video quality is important for you, we recommend you to look at cameras with Full HD, even better 4K / Ultra-HD resolution .
ZR3 has a built-in Mono microphone but no speaker.
Panasonic ZR3 doesn't have any connections for external microphones and headphones. If you need a Compact camera with external microphone connectivity, consider Olympus XZ-2 iHS or Nikon Coolpix P7000 in a similar price range.
Connectivity and Storage
You can connect ZR3 to compatible devices via its HDMI port or USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) port.
Panasonic ZR3 Features Compared to Main Competitors
Current Lowest price for Panasonic ZR3 is $279.95