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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS3

alaTest has collected and analyzed 518 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the responsiveness and performance are generally positive. The portability and value for money also get good feedback, but many are critical about the manual image adjustments and optics.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS3 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS3

 

The DMC-FS3 offers a new image-processing LSI, the Venus Engine IV, which contains a more advanced signal processing technology for rendering higher-quality images and produces a faster response time. In addition, the camera boasts the new Intelligent...

1 As digital magnification increases, resolution significantly decreases

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Panasonic Lumix FS3

 

The Lumix FS3 (8 megapixels) and Lumix FS5 (10 megapixels) are two small point-and-shoot cameras from Panasonic. Both cameras pack the latest Venus Engine 4 processor, optical image stabilization, 2.5 inch LCDs, good battery life and many scene modes....

Stylish and good build quality (metal tripod mount is rare!) ; Optical image stabilization ; Very good battery life ; Fairly powerful flashes for cameras this size (Especially FS3) ; Above average camera performance ; Very good LCD visibility ; Plenty...

Limited manual controls (certainly no manual exposure here) ; No red eye removal and movie editing features ; Face Detection needs a direct, clear view of faces to work nicely ; Flimsy battery compartment door ; Finer details (ie fabric lines) removed...

The compact little Panasonic Lumix FS3 and FS5 cameras are two which have much to offer with their small designs, nice point-and-shoot operation and great performance. Set aside their minor differences, both cameras have features which casual picture...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS3

 

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS3 (announced January 2008) is an 8.1 megapixel point and shoot camera with a 3x optical zoom lens (33mm - 100mm). It features a 2.5 inch LCD, face detection technology, image stabilization, intelligent scene selection,...

The FS3 comes in blue, pink, green, silver and black.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS3 Review

 

In many ways, the all-new Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS3 - a new offering in a completely new series of models from the manufacturer - tries to be the best of both worlds, offering ultracompact style at what nearly qualifies as a budget compact price. In the...

Nice color processing with plenty of control, Build quality and style among the best for this price, Impressive high ISO performance, Great point-and-shoot usability with very good results

Menus can be clunky in places, Red-eye poorly controlled at times, Soft optics equals soft images, Timings not always first-tier

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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FS3

 

I took this camera driven by good reviews I read, but I was disappointed. In bright light images are very good and sharp, but as soon as the light is low or there are shadows, this camera show its weaknesses. - Battery life is very long (impressive)....

The reasons why I decided to replace it are ; 1 .- Too often photos are out of focus (and it's supposed to have image stabilization...) ; 2. - Indoor very often colors are too strong and not natural ; 3. - I'd not call it an "easy to use" camera ; 4. -...

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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FS3

 

My wife's cam, this little cam is gem, you can put it in any pocket, the image quality is impressiva after you know the cam. Having in mind this cam is not a DSRL, you will be very satisfied.

None so far, image quality exceptional for a cam in this category

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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FS3

 

If you don't like your photo's taken with the FS3, it must be because you pointed the camera in the wrong direction… I have taken about a 1000 photo's with the FS3 and can confirm that it is a true P/S. The FS3 delivers very nice pics in 90% of the...

Menu layout could be better, but there are much worse on the market as well ; Noise, but this is a general problem seen on most of todays compact camera's above 5 megapixel

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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FS3

 

I bought the FS3 as a pocket camera to carry it everywhere. Unfortunately, after 2 weeks of testing, I realized that its problems overcome its huge host of features. The most important problem is the "granular" texture of pictures, which is possibly...

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great camera for a great price

 

i fell in love with this camera , its light weight, easy to use and has a variety of features i find it very cool.

sleek desing , not bulky, great pictures

i find none

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Amazon review summary for Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS3

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 129 user reviews of Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS3 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com.

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94% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic DMC-FS3G 8MP 3x Optical Zoom Digital Camera (Green)Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS3P 8MP Digital Camera with 3x MEGA Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Pink)Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS3P 8MP Digital Camera with 3x MEGA Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Pink)

Product Specifications

Panasonic is pleased to introduce the 8.1-megapixel DMC-FS3 with f2.8 Leica DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens with 3x optical zoom (equivalent to 33mm to 100mm on a 35mm film camera) as a member of Lumix FS series. The FS series, a sister line of the world-acclaimed FX series, pursues easy and simple operation with its high-grade profile for users at every stage to enjoy taking beautiful pictures. The DMC-FS3 features the iA (Intelligent Auto) mode, which comprises 5 shooting-assist functions; Mega O.I.S., Intelligent ISO Control, Intelligent Scene Selector, Face Detection and Quick AF functions. Mega O.I.S. suppresses hand-shake and Intelligent ISO Control prevents motion blur. Once you enter iA mode, these multi-capable functions happen automatically so you can shoot without the bother of adjusting settings every time conditions change. You can enjoy easy, trouble-free shooting in any situation and get the satisfaction that comes with capturing clear, beautiful images. The high-performance image-processing LSI has entered its fourth generation, to be reborn as Venus Engine IV to assure higher-quality pictures with an advanced signal processing system. The DMC-FS3 boasts a 230,000-dot high-resolution LCD with intelligent LCD function, which detects the lighting condition and controls the brightness level of the LCD in 11 fine steps, to offer a display with the most appropriate clarity in any situation. Slideshows of captured images now offer a music effect that matches the mood so you can enjoy watching or showing your pictures with emotional impact. The Easy Zoom feature shifts the lens instantly to full zoom at the touch of a dedicated button. It also boasts an internal 50 MB memory (approximately) giving users more flexibility in shooting. Dressed in the metal-finished panel, the slim and sleek DMC-FS3 offers an enjoyment of taking a great snapshot casually with committed ease of operation even for beginners.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:0.9in
Height:2.1in
Weight:4.2oz
Width:3.7in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Aerial photo / Baby1 / Baby2 / Beach / Candle / Fireworks / Food / Hi-speed burst / High sensitivity / Night portrait / Night scene / Party/indoor / Pet / Portrait mode / Scenery / Self-portrait / Snow / Soft skin / Sports mode / Starry sky / Sunset / Underwater

Header

Manufacturer:Panasonic
Model:DMC-FS3/DMC-FS3A/DMC-FS3K/DMC-FS3P/DMC-FS3S
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic Lumix

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-5.1
Max Focal Length:16.5mm
Min Focal Length:5.5mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Color:Black/Blue/Green/Pink/Silver
Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:8.1Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (MEGA O.I.S.)

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:QuickTime
Digital Zoom:4
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):6400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 800 / ISO auto / ISO auto (1600-6400)
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Cool / Neutral / Sepia / Vivid / Warm
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None