Panasonic DMC-FX3 – Review Roundup & Sample Photos

Last Update: Review & Sample Photos @ CamerasUK (added on 17.11.06)

Panasonic DMC-FX3 is an ultra compact digital point-and-shoot camera featuring 6.0 MP featuring 3x optical zoom (35-105mm equivalent) with MEGA Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), ISO range up to 1600 (boost), and a 2.5″ LCD Screen. The camera is measuring in at 94 x 51 x 24 mm (3.7 x 2 x 0.9 in) and weighing at 165 g (5.8 oz). It’s running on Lithium-Ion rechargeable batteries.

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>> REVIEWS (last updated: 15.11.06)

TrustedReviews reviewed the Panasonic DMC-FX3 where they rated the camera 83/100 and wrote;
“There is a lot to like about the Panasonic DMC FX3. Build quality appears to be good and I like the style of the camera. Picture quality is above average and the camera sells at a very reasonable price…The Panasonic DMC FX3 is available at a fairly generous price. Overall the camera is a pretty solid offering. Build quality and picture quality are both good and the camera is certainly easy to use. It is also one of the few pocket sized cameras to offer image stabilisation. “

TrustedReviews reviewed the Panasonic DMC-FX3 where they rated the camera 7/10 and wrote;
“Colour rendition is good, producing natural tones even in the overcast weather we’ve had down here. It coped well with a range of exposure conditions and showed better dynamic range than some comparable cameras I’ve seen recently. The lens is also good, offering edge-to-edge sharpness and minimal spherical distortion at wide angle. There was some purple fringing on some high-contrast shots, but it was fairly unobtrusive…Basically the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX3 is an upgraded DMC-FX9 with improved noise reduction, better low-light capability and a more competitive price. It’s an above average social snapshot camera with bags of style, good performance and decent handling, but the image quality at high ISO settings leaves a lot to be desired”

ImagingResource reviewed the Panasonic DMC-FX3 and wrote;
“the camera performed like a charm thanks to a very good image processor — the Venus Plus Engine — which is not even Panasonic’s top-of-the-line chip, but was quite speedy nonetheless. Panasonic’s relationship with Leica has resulted in good quality lenses on its digital cameras. In the case of the FX3, this 3x (35 – 105mm in 35mm format), f/2.8 – f/5.6 Leica DC Vario-Elmarit lens gave me good sharpness all the way to the corners. The focusing system, which employs a selectable a 1, 3, or 5-point autofocus function with AF assist lamp, was very responsive and unlike some competing models, whisper silent when it locks in on a target. The camera’s Macro mode — which can focus as close as 5cm — was also superb and allowed me to get vivid close-ups of flowers and exquisite detail on the hand of a bronze sculpture I photographed.”

DPInterface reviewed the Panasonic DMC-FX3 where they rated the camera 7.3/10 and wrote;
“The FX3 is an affordable ultra-compact camera with optical image stabilization, good battery life and nice and snappy performance. The LCD may be low in resolution but it makes up for that with good visibility and display of an array of info. Its movie mode is nice but lacks things like zoom which keep it from being excellent. With just a few small image quality issues to interfere with its very good image quality, the FX3 is overall a great deal and bang-for-you-buck. It’s small size, low price and being big on features (price-feature ratio), I’d definitely recommend this camera.”

Steve’sDigicams reviewed the Panasonic DMC-FX3 and wrote;
“Overall, it helped the FX3 produce sharp images throughout the zoom range, with moderate barrel distortion at full wide angle and slight pincushioning at the telephoto extreme. Our outdoor sample images show pleasing exposure and color balance. Noise levels were low in areas of contrast, however I did see above average amounts of chromatic aberrations around brightly lit subjects.”

>> SAMPLE PHOTOS (last updated: 17.11.06)

Panasonic DMC-FX3 Sample Photos posted @ CamerasUK
Panasonic DMC-FX3 Sample Photos posted @ TrustedReviews
Panasonic DMC-FX3 Sample Photos posted @ ImagingResource
Panasonic DMC-FX3 Sample Photos posted @ DPInterface
Panasonic DMC-FX3 Sample Photos posted @ Steve’sDigicams


SECAUCUS, NJ — Panasonic today introduced the new LUMIX 6.0-megapixel DMC-FX3 digital still camera, the world’s first to feature Intelligent ISO Control (IIC) to correct image blurriness caused by movement of the subject matter. The FX3 will have an MSRP of $279.95 and will be available in September.

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