Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 Review

May 28, 2012 | Gavin Stoker | |

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#1 Jason

Beautiful review, couldn’t agree with you more…

8:14 pm - Monday, May 28, 2012

#2 kita

Wow! Image quality is great! Dynamic range is really high, shadows are full of details. These pictures looks as good as one from good DSLR. This perfectly shows, that image quality of compact cameras has nothing to do with sensor sizes or the optics used in small cameras, but is intentionally lowered by manufacturers in software, to force us to buy expensive cameras with no software quality degradation programmed in firmware.

12:39 pm - Saturday, June 2, 2012

#3 Tom Adamson

I bought this camera primarily as a high quality 3D video recorder and the results are really impressive, beating the quality of Panasonic’s regular camcorder, the SDT750 when in 3D mode.
The image stabilisation is superb and the stereo sound is very good too. That it produces high definition 1080i AVCHD 3D video as well as great quality 3D pics when viewed on a 3D TV is amazing considering its small size. Used in the way Panasonic intended, as a 3D stills and 3D video camera for producing images for your 3D TV you can’t fail to be enthralled by the results. The price is very reasonable if you take into account, results on screen, its pocket size, its ease of use, and the impressive and sharp 3D video and stills it produces.

11:14 pm - Wednesday, June 6, 2012

#4 Vlad

I bought this camera as I wasn’t happy with the photo quality of my first 3D camera - Fujifilem FinePix REAL 3D W3. The Fuji camera couldn’t take good photos indoors. According to the reviews, the Panasonic 3D1 camera performs well indoors. Unfortunately, in reality this is not case. The quality of the photos taken indoors is as bad as the Fuji camera. I also compared the Panasonic 3D1 with my 6 years old Casio Exilim by taking photos in the same indoor conditions. The Panasonic is far superior compared with the Casio in terms of resolution and other specifications. Comparing the qualities of the photos it is the opposite to what the specifications say. The Panasonic photos look like very low resolution photos with unrealistic colors (both cameras used the inbuilt flash). I wish I could say something good about the Panasonic 3D1 but it is just a very ordinary camera with photo quality comparable to the ones found in cheap phones. Apart from the poor photo quality, the recorded audio (video recording) has a very noticeable white noise (like an old TV when the signal drops). The battery run time is around four times shorter compared to the old Casio. Also, the battery must be charged outside the camera – no usb charging is possible. The industrial design of the camera is pretty ordinary and looks cheap. The touch screen is resistive type, not capacitive like most new smart phones. If someone is attracted by the 3D HD video capability of this camera, don’t waste your money. I have Sony HDR-TD10E and the 3D-HD video and audio quality is close to professional. The Panasonic 3D1 records ordinary 3D video with no zoom and jerky artifacts when moving the camera.
My recommendation to others interested in 3D photography is to wait until something dissent comes to the market.

11:56 am - Tuesday, July 31, 2012

#5 Rob

I own the Fuji W3.

It records 3D @ 50 mbps and has it’s two Lens spaced approximately the distance of most people’s eyes, thus giving a realistic result at different distances. The 3D Lenticular Viewfinder is surely better than a 2D LCD for ensuring proper composition (even more important for the best 3D effect).

I admit I do not own the Panasonic DMC-3D1 bit I did look at the example Videos.

I do not see that they are better than the FujiFilm W3, if anything they are a tiny bit worse (but that could be the Videographer’s fault).

There are lots of 3D examples on my Site to compare: .


3:09 pm - Sunday, September 29, 2013

#6 Roy Smyth

My experience with the only (and now all defunct) twin-lens compact cameras
is owning both the Fujis (W1 & W3) plus friends who have the 3D1.
Picture quality of the Fuji versions is atrocious, if you take that once
in a lifetime shot you’ll regret using a Fuji version. The 3D1 is far better,
more vibrant colour, so you’re halfway there. The Fuji versions have better
lens separation so the 3D is more ‘real’ but they suffer from a far worse problem;
the two lenses are independant so they need a lot of digital work to match the
L&R frames. Bodywork must be very flimsy, with twisting being noted from the
early days of release and never fixed. The 3D1 must be more rigid keeping this
under control. Basically, I use a 3D tablet PC and can view 3D1 photos straight
out of the camera but the W cameras just don’t ‘work’, needing corrections on
the PC first. I’m also told the 3D1 touchscreens fail not long out of the
warranty period.
To conclude, another reviewer has got it right by saying to wait for something
decent to be made - problem is, there’s nothing on the horizon. Once these three
models fall apart you’re back to strapping two compacts together - in fact, not
a bad idea because at least the picture quality is most likely to be far better.
Roy Smyth; UK Stereoscopic Society; UK Third Dimention Society.

12:03 pm - Tuesday, May 13, 2014

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