Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS3 Review
Features & Controls
The all-glass Lumix DC VARIO ELMARIT 3x zoom lens is equivalent to a 33-100mm zoom on a 35mm camera. It has a F2.8 (wide) to F5.1 (tele) maximum aperture. The lens retracts into the camera's body and is protected by a built-in shutter whenever the camera is powered down.
Shaky hands is the one of the biggest causes of blurry shots. LUMIX cameras help solve this problem with advanced MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) technology. A built-in gyrosensor detects any hand-shake and a signal is relayed to a high precision control circuit built into the Venus Engine IV, which instantly calculates the compensation needed. A linear motor then shifts the O.I.S. lens as necessary to guide incoming light from the image straight to the CCD. Panasonic's highly evolved Venus Engine IV LSI makes this process even faster and more accurate. This helps extend the MEGA O.I.S. correction range more than 3 steps below (slower than) the shutter speed that is generally considered to be the limit for handheld shooting.
The TTL contrast-detect auto focus system has selectable 1 point, 1 point high speed, 9 points and Face
detect options. It has an AF-assist lamp for low light focusing. The normal focus range is 50 cm (1.64 ft)
- infinity. Macro closeup range is: Wide 5 cm (0.16 feet) / Tele 30 cm (0.98 feet) - infinity.
The built-in speedlight features AUTO, AUTO/Red-eye reduction, Forced ON and Forced OFF modes.
The flash covers an approx range of 1.97 feet (0.6 m) - 20.7 feet (6.3 m) at Wide angle, 0.98 feet (0.3 m) - 10.2
feet (3.1 m) Telephoto, using ISO Auto.
The large 2.5-inch color LCD has 230,000 pixels of resolution and is used for framing, review and menu
operations. It offers 100% frame coverage, and is a high-quality "Intelligent" LCD, which detects the
lighting condition and adjusts brightness (11 steps) accordingly. There is no optical viewfinder.
Controls on the back:
The Play/Record mode switch.
On top you can see the built-in speaker, microphone, and Power on/off button. Other controls
include the combination shutter release and zoom lens control ring. The zoom ring is used in
playback to enlarge the image or display an index page. Lastly is the E.Zoom (Easy Zoom) button.
AC power adapter or external battery pack can be connected to the DC IN port.
Still images and movie clips are stored on 27MB of internal flash memory or removable SD, SDHC, or MMC memory cards. Shown here with a fast and spacious OCZ Class 6 4GB SDHC card.
Approx. Storage capacities
The DMC-FS3 is powered by a proprietary 3.6v 1000mAh rechargeable Li-ion battery. Panasonic claims that a fully charged pack will provide enough power for up to 320 frames using CIPA standard testing methods.
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