Panasonic LUMIX DMC-3D1 Review

Review posted 03/05/2012

Quick Take
  • Compact size like a standard digicam
  • Overall outstanding image quality
  • Dual lenses allow true 3D capture
  • One Touch Video is always ready
  • Dual Shooting gives you options not available without two lenses and sensors
  • Huge 3.5-inch Touch LCD is easy to operate
  • Plenty of available optional accessories
  • Outstanding high ISO performance for a point-n-shoot (acceptable up to ISO 800)
  • Excellent overall camera performance
  • Very poor battery life
  • Incredibly weak flash
  • $500 price tag is steep, but it is one of the few 3D options available
  • Lack of a 3D LCD Screen (like FujiFilm's FinePix REAL 3D W3)
Bottom Line
One of the few true 3D options available currently, the Panasonic Lumix 3D1 is designed for anyone that is looking to capture their own 3D images and videos. It's 12-Megapixel imaging sensors and 4x optical zoom lenses provide great quality and versatility. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
If you love 3D, Panasonic's has a new LUMIX series camera for you: the DMC-3D1. This compact, cutting edge digicam uses two lenses with "folded optics design" to capture 3D and 2D photos, as well as HD videos. While 2D photos are 12 megapixels and 3D shots are 8 megapixels, 2D and 3D video are both recorded at 1080/60i HD video (in AVCHD or MP4 compression codecs). Everything can be reviewed on the cameras sizable 3.5-inch touch screen.

iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode will be helpful to any beginnering by combining: MEGA O.I.S, AF Tracking, Intelligent Scene Selector, Face Recognition and Intelligent ISO Control, Intelligent Exposure and Intelligent Handheld Nightshot to capture perfect shots in any shooting conditions. Intelligent Handheld Nightshot, by the way, is an interesting mode "which generates beautiful night scenery with illumination by layering multiple images shot consecutively, allowing bright, glamorous night scenery to be recorded without using a tripod." Seems impossible, so we're looking forward to testing out how this really looks.

With the 3D1's dual lenses, users will have the option to record 2D video and photo simultaneously at different angles and zoom lengths. "Panasonic continues to lead the industry in 3D entertainment, giving consumers the opportunity to create their own content and then view it within their homes, and the new LUMIX 3D1 is an innovative digital camera that excels with its 3D imaging technologies, but also offers outstanding 2D photo capture options," said Darin Pepple, Senior Product Manager, Imaging, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company. "With its twin-lens design, the LUMIX 3D1 can even shoot HD video through one lens and 2D photos from the other - thus getting still and moving content simultaneously, a unique shooting feature which Panasonic provides so users can stretch their creativity."

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-3D1 Features:
  • 8 megapixel 3D photos
  • 12-megapixel 2D photos
  • Dual 12-megapixel image sensors
  • Dual 25mm ultra-wide angle lenses
  • 4x optical zoom range
  • 3.5-inch touch screen
  • 1080/60i HD video recording (2D and 3D) in AVCHD or MP4
  • 169% larger viewing space compared to 35mm cameras
  • 2D / 3D switch
  • Quad-CPU Venus Engine image processor
  • Multi-process Noise Reduction
  • 8fps consecutive shooting
  • iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode
  • Mega O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilization)
  • Intelligent Handheld Nightshot
  • Li-ion battery pack (up to 200 photos)
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slot

The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-3D1 is available now with a MSRP of $499.99 USD. Check our buy box below for the most current online pricing.

What's in the box?:

  • Lumix 3D1 Body
  • Stylus Pen
  • Battery Charger
  • Battery Pack
  • USB Cable
  • Hand Strap
  • CD-ROM

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