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The ZS3 offers a wide-angle 12x zoom lens and 720p movie capture packed into its compact body.

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Odd positioning

Panasonic swapped the traditional placement of the mode dial and shutter button on the ZS3, which takes a little getting used to. As you can see from the mode dial, the ZS3 doesn't offer much in the way of manual controls. The stereo mic does have a bit of separation, however.

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Etched labels

The ZS3's silver-on-silver etched labels on the ZS3's navigation switches are difficult to read, especially in low light.

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The dedicated movie record button (the red dot) certainly comes in handy. But I'm not a fan of the playback switch as the only method of reviewing images, because you can't jump out of it with a press on the shutter.

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