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Panasonic Lumix DMC-S3 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £102
inc VAT

Its construction feels a little flimsy but otherwise this is a dependable camera at a very reasonable price.


1/2.33in 14.0-megapixel sensor, 4.0x zoom (28-112mm equivalent), 117g

Panasonic’s sophisticated Intelligent Auto mode helped too, adjusting settings not just according to the available light but also depending on the amount of motion in a scene. With attractive colours in a wide range of conditions, photos were up to scratch throughout nearly all of our tests, and often excellent.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-S3 back

It’s tempting to spend a little more on the Panasonic FS16 for its metal body and superior controls, or a little more again on the sublime Canon Ixus 115 HS. However, the S3 costs around £100 and takes high quality photos and videos – you can’t say fairer than that.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ****
CCD effective megapixels 14.0 megapixels
CCD size 1/2.33in
Viewfinder none
Viewfinder magnification, coverage N/A
LCD screen size 2.7in
LCD screen resolution 230,000 pixels
Articulated screen No
Live view Yes
Optical zoom 4.0x
Zoom 35mm equivalent 28-112mm
Image stabilisation optical, lens based
Maximum image resolution 4,320×3,240
Maximum movie resolution 1280×720
Movie frame rate at max quality 30fps
File formats JPEG; QuickTime (M-JPEG)


Memory slot SDXC
Mermory supplied 70MB internal
Battery type Li-ion
Battery Life (tested) 250 shots
Connectivity USB, AV
HDMI output resolution N/A
Body material plastic
Lens mount N/A
Focal length multiplier N/A
Kit lens model name N/A
Accessories USB and AV cables
Weight 117g
Size 60x100x21mm

Buying Information

Warranty one-year RTB
Price £102

Camera Controls

Exposure modes auto
Shutter speed auto
Aperture range f/3.1-9 (wide), f/6.5-20 (tele)
ISO range (at full resolution) 100 to 1600
Exposure compensation +/-2 EV
White balance auto, 4 presets, manual
Additional image controls none
Manual focus No
Closest macro focus 5cm
Auto-focus modes multi, centre, face detect
Metering modes multi, face detect
Flash auto, forced, suppressed, red-eye reduction
Drive modes single, continuous, self-timer