Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX3

/ Updated: July 19, 2006 5:46 AM PDT

Though it looks like just another dime-a-dozen 6-megapixel/3X zoom digital camera, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX3 has a handful of low-light extras that set it above the sea of snapshooters.

With Panasonic's MEGA Optical Image Stabilization and ISO 1,600 sensitivity, the FX3 has an edge over other point-and-shooters in low-light and action shots. These extra features pit the camera against the image stabilization-equipped Casio Exilim EX-Z600 and the ISO 1,000-capable Sony Cyber Shot DSC-W50. Like these and other low-end cameras, the DMC-FX3 has a 2.5-inch LCD but no optical viewfinder.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX3 's predecessor, the DMC-FX7, impressed us with solid optics and strong image quality, though it lacked a VGA movie mode, and its sensor could reach only ISO 400 sensitivity. The FX3 keeps the good parts of the FX7 and strips away the bad, with a full 30fps VGA movie mode and high ISO sensitivity. It keeps the FX3's 35mm-to-105mm-equivalent Leica lens, which, while not especially wide or fast, is well made. These improvements make the DMC-FX3 look like a fine successor to the FX7. The FX7 should not be confused with the Panasonic Lumix FX07, the FX3's 7-megapixel bigger brother.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX3 ships in September 2006 with a suggested retail price of $280.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX3S (Silver)

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  • Features AF illuminator
  • Weight 4.41 oz
  • Red Eye Reduction Yes
  • Digital camera type Ultracompact
  • Sensor Resolution 6.0 Megapixel
  • Optical Zoom 3 x
  • Lens 35 - 105mm F/2.8
  • Lens Aperture f/2.8-5.0
  • Focus Adjustment automatic
  • Min Focus Distance 19.7 in
  • Digital Zoom 4 x
  • Optical Sensor Size 1/2.5"
  • Optical Sensor Type CCD
  • Image Stabilizer optical
  • Shooting Modes frame movie mode
  • Sensor Resolution 6 pixels