Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX3 Review
Features & Controls
The all-glass Lumix DC VARIO ELMARIT 3x zoom lens is equivalent to a 35-105mm zoom on a 35mm camera. It has a F2.8 to F5.6 maximum aperture and is constructed of 7 elements in 6 Groups (with 3 Aspherical Lenses.) The lens is protected by a built-in shutter whenever the camera is powered down.
Jitter from shaky hands is the biggest single cause 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 Plus LSI, 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 Plus 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, 3 points
high speed, 5 points and Spot options and works in Single-AF or Continuous-AF mode. 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 large 2.5-inch color LCD has 115,000 pixels of resolution and is used for framing, review
and menu operations. It offers 100% frame coverage. Press the Display button for more than 1
second to enable Power LCD mode to brighten or dim it. Real time histograms can be displayed
when desired. There is no optical viewfinder.
The built-in speedlight features Auto, Auto Red-eye reduction, Slow-sync Red-eye, Fill
and Forced Off modes.
The flash range in Wide angle is from 0.98 - 13.1 ft. (30cm - 4.0m),
in High Sensitivity mode it covers from 2.62 - 18.7 ft. (80cm - 5.7m) at ISO Auto.
Controls on the back:
The Mode Dial (see below).
Controls on top include the Power on/off button. 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. The button to the right of the shutter release turns the image stabilizer on/off. Below that is the Mode Dial.
The Mode Dial has positions for:
Movie - Capture motion JPEG with audio, length is limited only to available memory.
flower icon - Macro close-up mode
heart icon - Simple "point-n-shoot" mode
camera icon - The automatic point-n-shoot mode
arrow icon - Playback of still images, movie or audio notes
SCN - Scene: Settable for Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Sports, Night Scenery, Night Portrait, Food, Fireworks, Party, Candle Light, Starry Sky, Baby 1 & 2, Snow, High Sensitivity, Self-portrait, Underwater
AC power adapter or external battery pack can be connected to the DC IN port.
The DMC-FX3 is powered by a proprietary 3.7v 1150mAh rechargeable Li-ion battery.
Fully charged it provides power for up to 320 frames with flash used 50% of the time
Still images and movie clips are stored on removable Secure Digital cards. Panasonic supplies a 32MB SD card. We tested it with a fast and spacious SanDisk Extreme III 1GB SD card.
Approx. Storage capacities
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