Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX3 Review

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX3



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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX3

For beginners or anyone that just wants to "point-n-shoot" there's the Simple exposure mode (the red heart icon on mode dial.) The camera sets almost everything for you, the Simple menu options are shown in the next frame.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX3

Simple menu options:

    Pict. Mode - Enlarge, 4x6", E-mail (no image resolutions to confuse the user, just 3 choices: Enlarge for big prints, 4x6" for standard prints or E-mail for 640x480 images)

    Auto Review - Show image after capture, On or Off

    Beep - Camera makes "beep" sounds, Off, Low, High

    Clock Set - Set the time and date



Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX3

Normal mode (the red camera icon on the mode dial) is also an automatic exposure mode but the user has a wide array of menu settings available (see below.) The screen here shows the flash is set to Auto+Red-eye reduction, image size is 6M, image quality is Fine, the battery level is at full (3/3), there's room on the SD card for another 291 shots, and the image stabilizer is set to Mode 1 (shaking hand icon.)



Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX3

When the shutter is half-pressed and the auto focus is achieved, the AF target brackets in the center turn green (red if AF fails) and a focus confirmation "green dot" is displayed. The shutter speed and aperture will also be displayed.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX3

Normal menu options:

    White Balance - Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Shade, Incandescent or Manual set
    Sensitivity - Auto, 100, 200 or 400 ISO equivalent
    Aspect Ratio - 4:3 (TV), 3:2 (perfect for 4x6-inch prints), 16:9 (Wide screen)
    Pict. Size - 6M, 3M, 2M, 1M, 0.3M
    Quality - JPEG Fine or Standard
    Audio Rec. - Record 10 sec audio note with still image, On or Off
    AF Mode - Select the desired AF-area sensor combination (9-area, 3-area, 1-area or Spot)
    AF Assist Lamp - On or Off
    Slow Shutter - 1/8, 1/4, 1/2 or 1 second shutter speed (use of a tripod at these speeds is highly recommended)
    D. Zoom - Digital zoom option, On or Off
    Color Effect - Off, Cool (bluer), Warm (redder), B/W (monochrome), Sepia
    Picture Adjust - Natural (softer), Standard, Vivid (sharper)
    Clock Set - Set the time and date




Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX3

Rotating the Mode Dial to the SCN position gives access to 17 scene specific modes that are optimized for variety of shooting environments and subjects. You can choose from Portrait, Sports, Food, Scenery, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Baby, Soft Skin, Candle Light, Party, Fireworks, Snow, Starry Shy and Panning. While scrolling through the Scene menu, pressing "Right" on the 4-way controller will give a brief description of the Scene modes intended use. s



Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX3

Press the 4-way controller "Down" to enable the Quick Review function to view or delete the last image taken.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX3

Macro (close up) focus mode lets you get as close as 5 cm (0.16 feet) Wide or 30 cm (0.98 feet) Telephoto.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX3

Movie mode captures QucikTime video at either 4:3 (640x480 or 320 x 240) or 16:9 (848x480) aspect ratios at either 30 or 10fps, with audio. The length of capture is limited only by the amount of available memory. Because sound is recorded, the zoom may be preset before recording, but it can not be used during.


Movie Capture Capacities

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX3

Movie mode recording options:

    White Balance - Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Shade, Incandescent, or Manual set
    Aspect Ratio - 4:3 or 16:9
    Picture Mode - VGA (30 or 10fps), QVGA (30 or 10fps), 16:9 (30 or 10fps)
    AF Mode - Select the desired AF-area sensor combination desired
    AF Assist Lamp - On or Off
    Digital Zoom - Digital zoom option, On or Off
    Color Effect - Off, Cool, Warm, Black/White, Sepia
    Clock Set - Set the time and date


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