Panasonic Lumix DMC-S3 Review

4.0
April 22, 2011 | Mark Goldstein |

Specifications

Metrics

Dimensions (W x H x D) 98.8 x 58.8 x 20.9 mm / (3.89 x 2.31 x 0.82 in)
Weight Approx. 117g with Battery and SD Memory Card (0.26 lb) / Approx. 100g without Battery and SD Memory Card (0.22 lb)

Optics

Camera Effective Pixels 14.1 Megapixels
Sensor Size / Total Pixels / Filter 1/2.33-type / 14.5 Total Megapixels / Primary Color Filter
Aperture F3.1 - F6.5 / Multistage Iris Diaphragm (F3.1 - 9.0 (W) / F6.5 - 20.0 (T))
Optical Zoom 4x
Focal Length f=5-20.0mm (28-112mm in 35mm equiv.)
Extra Optical Zoom (EZ) 4.7x (4:3 / 10M), 6.8x (4:3 / 5M), 8.4x(4:3 / under 3M)
Lens LUMIX DC VARIO / 6 elements in 5 groups / (3 Aspherical Lenses / 6 Aspherical surfaces)
Optical Image Stabilizer MEGA O.I.S. (Off / On)
Digital Zoom 4x / ( Max. 16.0 x combined with Optical Zoom without Extra Optical Zoom ) / (Max. 33.8 x combined with Extra Optical Zoom)
Focusing Area Normal / Intelligent AUTO / Motion Picture : Wide 5 cm - infinity / Tele 100cm - infinity
Focus Range Display Yes
AF Assist Lamp Yes
Focus Quick AF (Always On)
AF Metering Face / 11 pt / 1pt
Shutter Speed approx. 8 - 1/1600 sec
Shutter Interval approx. 0.9 sec

Recording

Optical Image Stabilizer Photo / Movie
Intelligent ISO Control Photo
Face Detection Photo
Intelligent Scene Selector Photo (Portrait, Scenery, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Sunset, Macro)
Digital Red Eye Correction (Red-Eye Removal) Photo
File Format Still Image: JPEG(DCF/Exif2.3) / Motion picture: QuickTime Motion JPEG
Mode Switch [Playback] button
Mode Dial / Mode Button Intelligent Auto, Normal Picture, SCN, Motion Picture
Still Image Scene Mode Portrait, Soft Skin, Self-Portrait, Scenery, Panorama Assist, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Food, Party, Baby, Sunset, High Sensitivity, Fireworks, Beach, Snow
Unlimited consecutive shooting 1.5 frames/sec
Motion Picture Recording [4:3] VGA: 640 x 480 pixels, 30fps (Motion JPEG) QVGA: 320 x 240 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG) / [HD Movie(16:9)] 1280x720 pixels, 30fps (Motion JPEG)
Exposure Program AE
Exposure Compensation 1/3 EV step, +/-2 EV
Backlight Compensation Yes (only in Intelligent AUTO mode)
Light Metering Intelligent Multiple
ISO Sensitivity I.ISO / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / High Sensitivity mode (ISO 1600-6400)
Aspect Ratio 4:3 / 3:2 / 16:9
Still Picture Recording [4:3] 4320x3240(14M) / 3648x2736(10M EZ) / 2560x1920(5M EZ) / 2048X1536(3M EZ) / 640X480(0.3M EZ) / [3:2] 4320 x 2880 (12.5M) / [16:9] 4320 x 2432 (10.5M)
White Balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Incandescent / White Set / (Selectable at Portrait, Soft Skin, Self-Portrait, Sports, Baby, High Sensitivity?
Color Mode / Color Effect Standard, Vivid, Natural, Black & White, Sepia, Cool, Warm
Composition Guide line Yes (1 pattern)
Auto Review Yes (On/Off)
Easy Zoom / Zoom Resume No / No
Orientation Detector Yes
Scene Mode Help Screen Yes
Self Timer 2sec / 10sec
Focus Icon Select Yes

Playback

Playback Mode Normal Playback, Slideshow, Filtering Playback(Category Playback), Calendar Playback
Thumbnails / Zoomed Playback 12,30-thumbnails / Max. 16x
Calendar Display / Dual-Image Playback Yes / No
Set Favorites / Rotate Image Yes / No
Playback Motion Picture Yes
Slideshow Mode All / Category / Favorites / BGM Effect (Natural / Slow / Swing / Urban / OFF)
Delete Image Single / Multi / All / All except Favorites
DPOF Print Setting / Set Protection No / Yes
Copy / Title Edit / Text Stamp Yes / No / Yes (only date stamp)
PictBridge Support Single / Multi / All / Favorites

Setup

OSD language Japanese, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish
Travel Date / World Time No / Yes

Others

LUMIX Image Uploader Yes
LCD Monitor 6.7cm (2.7") TFT Screen LCD Display (230K dots) / Field of View : approx. 100%
Built-in-Flash Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced Off / 0.4 - 3.3m (Wide/I.ISO), 1.0 - 1.6m (Tele/I.ISO)
Recording Media Built-in Memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
Built-in-Memory approx. 70MB
Microphone / Speaker Mono / Yes
Interface AV Output (PAL), USB2.0 High speed
Power Li-ion Battery Pack (3.6V, Minimum: 660mAh) (Included)
Battery life (approx.) 250 pictures (CIPA Standard)*1
Included Software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 6.0 / QuickTime / Adobe Reader
Standard Accessories Battery Charger, Battery Pack, USB Cable, AC Cable, Hand Strap, CD-ROM

Further Specifications

NOTE *1 Motion pictures can be recorded continuously for up to 15 minutes in European PAL area.

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