Panasonic has announced a further addition to its compact Lumix range in the form of the DMC-FX3, a budget 6 megapixel model with a 3x (35-105mm) optically-stabilized zoom and high sensitivity (ISO 1600) mode - albeit one that works at a significantly reduced resolution. The FX3 also sports a 2.5-inch screen (with a slightly lower resolution than the more expensive models) and wide VGA movie mode.

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6-Megapixel LUMIX DMC-FX3 with LEICA DC Lens

Featuring MEGA O.I.S. and Max. ISO 1600 High Sensitivity Mode

Panasonic today introduced the new LUMIX 6-megapixel, f/2.8 3x optical zoom (equivalent to 35 mm to 105 mm on a 35 mm film camera) LEICA DC lens DMC-FX3 featuring MEGA O.I.S.(Optical Image Stabilizer) and max. ISO 1600 high sensitivity mode*.

Panasonic has long led the industry with its incorporation of an optical image stabilization system - MEGA O.I.S. - into even its compact range of cameras. This system produces no deterioration of picture quality and has now become a standard feature for all digital cameras in the market. Now the new DMC-FX3 also benefits from a High Sensitivity mode* which allows shooting at a maximum sensitivity setting of ISO 1600*. This mode acts as another anti-blurring measure, in addition to the MEGA O.I.S. system, by suppressing image blur which can be caused by the movement of subjects, and especially benefits indoor photography of children and pets at fast shutter speeds.

For the image processor, the Venus Engine Plus LSI is incorporated for high performance image processing, both in terms of speed and image quality, while still preserving low energy consumption. Another feature that elevates the DMC-FX3 is the incorporation of 13.5 MB of built-in memory while the battery life is long enough to shoot up to 320 pictures(CIPA) on one charging, in order to ensure that you do not miss those great spur-of-the-moment shots. In addition, motion images can be taken in even wide VGA in addition to the normal VGA format so that you can enjoy dynamic viewing on wide aspect TVs.

The LUMIX DMC-FX3 is not just a compact and stylish camera but a special model having a winning combination of MEGA O.I.S. which conquers the blur due to hand-shake and High Sensitivity which suppresses the other major cause of blurred image resulting from the subject’s movement, enabling every type of user to take clear, beautiful and blur-free pictures. The FX3 will be available in silver and black. The new FX3 is a step above the average stylish & compact models and can be confidently recommended for saving those precious memories of your family and friends.

* Resolution significantly decreases in High Sensitivity mode.

3x Optical Zoom f/2.8 LEICA DC lens for high image quality

The 6-megapixel LUMIX DMC-FX3 features 3x optical zoom (equivalent to 35 mm to 105 mm on a 35 mm film camera) f/2.8 LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens housed in a compact body. The lens part comprises of seven elements in six groups, incorporating three aspherical lenses to generate high resolution images with richer gradation. The zoom ratio can be extended up to 4.1x in 3-megapixel resolution mode thanks to the Extra Optical Zoom function which gives extra magnification (and minimal image deterioration) by intentionally using the centre part of the CCD.

MEGA O.I.S. against Hand-shake and High Sensitivity Mode against Subject Movement

MEGA O.I.S.(Optical Image Stabilizer), deemed by Panasonic as indispensable for all digital cameras, is featured on the entire LUMIX range and, having been highly evaluated and appreciated by the users across the world, has now become a standard requirement within the digital imaging arena. It compensates for hand-shake by shifting the O.I.S. lens unit to keep the optical axis aligned straight against the CCD, ensuring that the image is always captured sharply.

As a result, MEGA O.I.S. produces beautiful pictures, free from blur and with no deterioration of image quality, at slower shutter speeds of more than 3 steps compared to other conventional models which do not have O.I.S. You can now shoot stunningly clear pictures with ease, even in situations that require slow shutter speeds, such as indoor or night time portrait shots, or close-up shots of a delicate flower using macro mode.

Furthermore, the FX3 allows shooting at a maximum sensitivity setting of ISO 1600, with the High Sensitivity mode*, which reduces image blur caused by subject movement, and especially benefits indoor photography of children or pets at fast shutter speeds. This High Sensitivity mode* is made possible by the pixel-mixed readout method on the CCD. The picture quality is good enough for printing out to standard 4” x 6” (10cm x 15cm) size.

Thanks to this winning combination of image stabilization technologies, which compensate for both hand-shake and subject movement – the two major causes of image blur. With MEGA O.I.S. and the new High Sensitivity mode*, you can take clear and sharp shots in so many ways.

* Resolution significantly decreases in High Sensitivity mode.

High performance, low energy consumption image processing LSI: Venus Engine Plus

With its multi-task image processing capabilities, the Venus Engine Plus boasts excellent response time with a shutter release time lag of only 0.006 sec. and a shutter interval of 0.7 sec*. In the burst shooting mode, it is possible to shoot at three frames per second in full resolution**. The DMC-FX3 enables easy capture of those spur-of-the-moment shots. The FX3 also allows unlimited consecutive shooting up to the capacity of your SD/SDHC Memory card***.
Despite the high performance mentioned above, the DMC-FX3 achieves long battery life to shoot approx. 320 pictures (CIPA) on a single charge.

* Not including the time for AF.
** Max. eight images in standard mode / six images in fine mode.
*** The speed of the consecutive shooting varies depending on the memory card.
The number of recordable pictures depends on the memory card size, battery life, picture size and image compression.

Bright 2.5” Large LCD with High Angle Function for Easy Shooting and Playback

The FX3 has a 2.5” large LCD. The pixel-mixed readout method performed by the CCD automatically increases the brightness level of the live image in low-lit situations, which greatly facilitates easy monitoring to shoot. With the help of the Power LCD function, which boosts the backlighting of the LCD by 40%, even shooting in bright outdoors situations is no longer a problem. The High Angle mode makes the display extremely easy to view from low angles or high angles, for example when holding the camera up high to take pictures over a crowd, and can be accessed easily and quickly by using the dedicated button.

Unimpeded, high speed AF

The various AF methods can be selected according to the shooting environment and the position of the subject: 5-point, 3-point high-speed, 1-point high-speed, 1-point normal-speed and spot. The inclusion of an AF assist lamp provides further assistance in low light situations when focusing is difficult. The results: stress free photography with never a moment missed.

Clear, Bright Motion Image Recording in Wide VGA Size at 30 fps

In addition to standard VGA (640x480) motion image recording, the FX3 also records stunning full-size movies in 16:9 wide VGA (848x480) at 30 fps. Shooting is one thing but viewing is another, and you will be suitably impressed by the 16:9 moving image when it is displayed on a wide screen TV. The brightness level of these moving images is also enhanced as a result of the pixel-mixed readout method performed by the CCD.

A Variety of Scene Modes and Other Features to Enrich Your Photography

The FX3 contains a total of sixteen scene modes* to assist you in a wide range of photographic situations. When shooting in our unique “Baby” mode, your children’s age at the time of image capture is automatically recorded onto that image, determined by the date of birth which has been preset by you. “Underwater” mode, a great mode for underwater photography, for use with the Marine Case**, which is available separately. High Sensitivity*** mode is made possible by the pixel-mixed readout method by the CCD, is ideal for shooting moving subjects clearly without blurring at a maximum sensitivity setting of ISO 1600. On the other hand, in the “Simple” mode, almost all adjustments can be automatically set even including the backlight compensation, allowing even the entry-level users to take beautiful images easily. The DMC-FX3 includes “World Time Setting”, which was featured on other recently released LUMIX model and much appreciated, allowing you to set the time and date of 74 locations across the world. 

And finally, the 13.5MB built-in memory allows you to record the image even if you do not have an SD Memory Card or to keep your favourite images in your camera to playback or show like a digital album.

* Not including Macro Mode.
** Optional
*** Resolution significantly decreases in high sensitivity mode.

For more information, please call 08705 357357 or visit the Panasonic website at: www.panasonic.co.uk

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX3 specifications

Sensor

• 1/2.5 " Type CCD
• 6.37 million pixels total
• 6.0 million effective pixels

Image sizes

4:3 Aspect Ratio
• 2816 x 2112
• 2048 x 1536
• 1600 x 1200
• 1280 x 960
• 640 x 480

3:2 Aspect Ratio
• 2816 x 1880
• 2048 x 1360

16:9 Aspect Ratio
• 2816 x 1584
• 1920 x 1080

Movie clips

4:3 Aspect Ratio
• 640 x 480 @ 30fps / 10fps
• 320 x 240 @ 30fps / 10fps

16:9 Aspect Ratio
• 848 x 480 @ 30fps / 10fps

File formats • Stlil: JPEG (Exif 2.2)
• DPOF
• Movie: QuickTime Motion JPEG
Lens • 35-105mm (35mm equiv)
• LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT
• F2.8/5.6 (W) F5/10 (T)
• 3x optical zoom
• Extra Optical Zoom 4:3 Aspect Ratio: 4.1x for 3Mega, 2Mega, 1Mega, 0.3Mega / 3:2 Aspect Ratio: 4.1x for 2.5Mega / 16:9 Aspect Ratio: 4.1x for 2Mega
Image stabilization MEGA O.I.S. (Mode1/ Mode2)
Digital zoom up to 4x
Focus Autofocus
AF area modes • 1-point
• 1-point high speed
• 3 point high speed
• 5 point
• Spot
AF assist lamp Yes
Focus distance • Normal: 50cm - infinity
• Macro/Simple : wide 5cm/Tele 30cm - infinity
Metering Intelligent Multiple
ISO sensitivity • Auto
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• High sensitivity mode; ISO 800 - 1600
Exposure compensation • +/- 2EV
• 1/3 EV steps
Exposure bracketing +/- 1/3 EV -1EV step, 3 frames
Shuttter speed • 8-1/2000 sec
• Starry Sky Mode : 15, 30, 60sec.
Aperture F2.8/5.6 (W) F5/10 (T)
Scene modes

• Portrait
• Soft Skin
• Scenery
• Sports
• Night Portrait
• Night Scenery
• Self-Portrait
• Food
• Party
• Candle
• Fireworks
• Starry Sky
• Baby1/2
• Snow
• High sensitivity
• Underwater

White balance • Auto
• Daylight
• Cloudy
• Shade
• Halogen
• White Set
White balance fine tune 150K step, -1500 - +1500 K) (except for auto set)
Self timer 2 or 10 sec
Continuous shooting 3fps or 2fps, max 8 images (standard) max 6 images (fine)
Image parameters Natural, Standard, Vivid, Color Effect Mode, Cool, Warm, Black & White, Sepia
Flash • Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced On/Off
• Range: 0.3 - 4.0m (Wide/ISO Auto), 0.3 - 2.2m (Tele/ISO Auto)
Viewfinder No
LCD monitor • 2.5-inch Polycrystalline TFT LCD Display
• 115,000 pixels
Connectivity • USB
• DC in
• AV out
Print compliance • PictBridge
• DPOF
Storage • SD / SDHC / MMC card compatible
•13.5MB internal memory
Power • Li-ion battery
• Optional AC adapter
Weight (no batt) 125 g (0.28 lb)
Dimensions 94.1 x 51.1 x 24.2 mm (3.7 x 2.01 x 0.95 in)