Panasonic Lumix FZ3

My FZ3 default settings

Written by Gail Bjork

The default settings I use when taking photos with the Panasonic FZ3.

Panasonic FZ3

I don’t care for the factory default settings of most digital cameras, so I change them as soon as I get a camera. These are the settings I use for the Panasonic FZ3.


  • Metering – Spot – this actually works best since I live in a sunny climate
  • Sensitivity – 80 – 100
  • Auto focus mode – Spot-focusing
  • Auto focus assist – ON
  • AF Trigger – shutter-release button
  • Continuous Auto Focus – OFF
  • White balance – Auto
  • Image stabilizer – Mode 2
  • Digital Zoom – OFF
  • Picture adjust – Standard
  • Play on LCD – ON
  • Power save – 5 minutes
  • Auto review – Zoom*
  • Flash – set white balance to Flash when using the flash

* I shut off Auto review completely when using Burst mode, or otherwise need to take photos in quick succession using high shutter speeds.

Photos by Gail taken with the Panasonic FZ3

About the author

Gail Bjork

Gail Bjork, who is passionate about digital photography, is the owner and editor of Digicamhelp.Gail is the author of three illustrated ebooks about digital photography. A number of her photos and digital photography related articles appear at other websites.In 2006, a series of her photos, People in the Louvre, were exhibited at the Underground Photo Gallery
in Iisalmi Finland. Eight of her photos taken in the Florida scrub are on permanent exhibition at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Florida.Gail served twelve years as an elected member of The School Board of Palm Beach County, Florida, one of the largest school districts in the U.S. She has also been the editor of a small town newspaper and a free-lance writer. Gail and her husband owned and ran several small businesses.