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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP3

alaTest has collected and analyzed 84 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the lens and battery. The value for money and portability also get good feedback. There are some negative views about the features and flash, and comments are divided on the responsiveness.

usability, portability, value for money, battery, lens

flash, features

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP3 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP3 (Red)

 

The premise of Panasonic's Lumix DMC-FP3 is sound: a slim, attractive camera that's fast, easy to use, and has a touch-screen interface for an extra cool factor. Basically it's what you'd want in your other pocket--the one that doesn't have your camera...

Small and lightweight; fast startup; simple operation.

Slow touch-screen interface; mediocre features and photos for price.

A basic ultracompact point-and-shoot with a touch screen, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP3 can outshoot the average camera phone.

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"Great basic camera SHARP images simple low price <$100"

 

Great for travelling, in my coat sleeve pocket. Scenery to macro, sharp. Available light nice results. Lots of image 14.1MP. CHEAP at <$100.

Slide the lens cover down, you're up and running. Close cover, it's off.

Tiny fhash and it changes color balance over other (6) LUMIX cameras I own. OK, but not a strength.

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"Good for the price. Average for a camera."

 

This a review of the FP1 (the non-touchscreen version of the FP3.) If you are looking for a cheap camera that records in HD that takes better pictures than a cell phone get this camera. Don't expect high quality pictures from this camera though. The...

Good video quality, good battery life, small, easy to use.

Photos are dim indoors even with the flash, intelligent auto feature is horrible

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP3 (black)

 

This a review of the FP1 (the non-touchscreen version of the FP3.) If you are looking for a cheap camera that records in HD that takes better pictures than a cell phone get this camera. Don't expect high quality pictures from this camera though. The...

Good video quality, good battery life, small, easy to use

Photos are dim indoors even with the flash, intelligent auto feature is horrible

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Great basic camera SHARP images simple low price <$100

 

Great for travelling, in my coat sleeve pocket. Scenery to macro, sharp. Available light nice results. Lots of image 14.1MP. CHEAP at <$100.

Slide the lens cover down, you're up and running. Close cover, it's off ; Very sharp pix from 6" macro to infnity. Nice LUMIX case. 14.mp if you need that

Tiny fhash and it changes color balance over other (6) LUMIX cameras I own. OK, but not a strength

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Amazon review summary for Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP3

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 34 user reviews of Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP3 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com.

portability, usability, battery, value for money, design

responsiveness

100% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP3 14.1 MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.0-Inch Touch-Screen LCD (Silver)Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP3 14.1 MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.0-Inch Touch-Screen LCD (Red)Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP3 14.1 MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.0-Inch Touch-Screen LCD (Dark Blue)

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Neither Form nor Function...

 

I am a product specialist for an ad agency and use many

Small / Compact

Counterintuitive","Poor Flash","Poor Image Quality","Short Battery Life

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Amazing camera for the price!

 

I have only had the camera for about a week now. I have taken tons of photos and love the imaages that it produces. I got a great deal :)

Good Image Stabilization","Good in Low Light","Great Zoom","Nice Body Color","Short Lag Time

A bit pricey

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Great Buy!

 

The only annoying thing about this camera so far is that the entire screen is not a touch screen. There is only a limited area that responds to touch. It works great otherwise, but when considering current touchscreen technology it's a let down to not...

Good Image Stabilization","Good in Low Light","Great Zoom","Nice Body Color

Lags a bit

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Even my tech challenged wife can use it

 

Great alternative to carrying my SLR on daily trip, bike rides and general use. The compact size makes it simple to carry in a shirt or pants pocket. The menu is simple and I like the touch pad option. And, most importantly, I can preset the camera so...

Forced Flash is a must","Good Image Stabilization","Simplicity of use

Limited Zoom

Product Specifications

The DMC-FP3 features a 4x optical zoom LUMIX DC VARIO lens (35mm camera equivalent: 35-140mm). The folded optics technology makes it possible to fit the high performance lens in futuristic, flat body. The lens cover can be opened and closed with the touch of a finger, and also serves as a power switch. The Extra Optical Zoom function uses the center part of the CCD to extend this 4x zoom ratio to powerful 8.4x zoom at a resolution of 3-megapixel or less. In IA (Intelligent Auto) Mode, 4 detection functions work automatically and simultaneously to optimize your settings, making it easier than ever to take beautiful photos every time. The IA Mode includes MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) to detect hand-shake, Intelligent ISO Control to detect subject movement, Face Detection AF/AE to detect faces in the frame and Intelligent Scene Selector to detect scene conditions. Sunset Mode has been added to the Intelligent Scene Selector. The DMC-FP3 incorporates a 3.0-inch, 230,000-dot touch-screen interface. While shooting, auto focus and exposure can be set by simply touching the subject at that part to activate the AF/AE. While playing back, you can quickly select an image to view by scrolling images. The DMC-FP3 also features Intelligent LCD. It automatically adjusts the brightness in 11 steps according to shooting conditions. This LCD provides sharp, clear images in virtually all shooting situations, ranging from nighttime to bright daylight scenes. To realize the Sonic Speed AF, a number of re-engineering and improvements are made including the adaptation of higher-speed actuator, the optimization of algorithms and the parallelization of software processing element. The result is ultra high speed yet accurate AF performance for you to enjoy the airy shooting that has experienced never before. Panasonic also replaced its linear program processing with parallel processing to achieve an ultra high-speed start-up time. The DMC-FP3 can record motion pictures in high-definition (1,280 x 720 pixels at 30 fps in Motion JPEG format). The pixel mixed readout method enables bright motion-picture recording even in low-light settings. The DMC-FP3 can also record stunning full-size motion pictures in WVGA (848 x 480 pixels at 30 fps) or standard motion pictures in VGA (640 x 480 pixels at 30 fps) and QVGA (320 x 240 pixels at 30 fps).

Configuration

Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: No
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: Yes
View Finder Type:LCD Viewfinder

Connectivity

Bluetooth: No
HDMI: No
HDMI Interface: No
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D: No
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:CCD
Product Type:Compact Camera
Sensor Size:1/2.33''
SLR / Compact:Compact Camera

Lens

Longest Shutter Speed in s:60
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/1600

Memory

Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Memory Type:Internal + External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Recording

Aperture Priority: No
Face Detection Mode:Face Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: No
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: No
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