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Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 review

3D digital camera with two lenses and touchscreen

Panasonic Lumix DMC 3D1 review

SPLIT: The Panasonic Lumix 3D1 is capable of using its two lenses differently, giving you the option of shooting video with one lens and a JPEG with the other (useful for moving subjects such as this), or shooting a wide shot and a tele shot at the same time. The Fuji W3 has perhaps more useful 'split' photography functions, enabling you to shoot with two different ISO settings or colour treatments.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC 3D1 review

WHITE BALANCE: White balance presets are limited and the auto setting can struggle in typically challenging situations, such as in artificial lighting and in shade (it hasn't totally removed the coolness in this shot). The white balance can be set manually however, or fine-tuned through red and blue sliders on the touchscreen.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC 3D1 review

FACE RECOGNITION: Up to six people can be recognised in the Panasonic Lumix 3D1's Face Recognition memory. The camera will then prioritise focus and exposure automatically when it identifies a face resembling one of the registered ones. The function can't be used when recording in 3D or shooting movies, however.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC 3D1 review

CLOSE 3D: You need to position the camera so that subjects in the foreground are reasonably close in order for the 3D effect to be more pronounced. Not too close though: any nearer than 90cm (wide zoom) or 3.4m (tele zoom) and a red 3D alert indicator appears on the screen.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC 3D1 review

LANDSCAPE:Intelligent Auto mode selected a landscape setting here. It's a very effective system, choosing the right setting for most situations. The camera comes with a good range of Panasonic's Intelligent shooting modes, including iHandheld Nite Shot, which rapidly shoots and merges multiple images, reducing the need for using a tripod in the dark.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC 3D1 review

HIGH RESOLUTION: The Panasonic Lumix 3D1 also offers a moderate increase in sensor resolution over the Fuji W3 - 12MP vs 10MP - although this drops to 8MP when shooting 3D stills. With 25-100mm equivalent optical zoom reach, the Lumix lenses offer a wider aspect, too. The Fuji W3 starts at 35mm, but stretches to a similar 105mm at the top end.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC 3D1 review

WIDE ANGLE: Panasonic Lumix 3D1 at 4.5mm (25mm equivalent).

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Panasonic Lumix DMC 3D1 review

TELEPHOTO: Panasonic Lumix 3D1 at 18mm (100mm equivalent).

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Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenYes
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
USBYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyLumix
3D Type3D
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom4x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NamePanasonic
FeaturesSelf-timer, Face Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size8.9 cm (3.5")
Video FormatsMP4, AVCHD
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)171 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH, WEEE
Flash Memory Capacity70 MB
Minimum Focus Distance50 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Maximum Frame Rate50 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeMOS
Total Camera Resolution12.8 Megapixel
HDMIYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedDMW-BCG10E / DMW-BCG10
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height58.5 mm
Width108 mm
Depth24.1 mm
Autofocus Points23
Focal Length4.50 mm to 18 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, MPO
Audio FormatsAAC
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash ON, Flash OFF, Slow Sync, Red-eye Reduction
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelDMC-3D1
Product NameLumix DMC-3D1 Compact Camera
Product LineLumix
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDMC3D1EBK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Marketing Information

The DMC-3D1 can record 3D photos and 1920 x 1080 high quality videos of the side by side method without any special operation or setting. Right and left images are captured simultaneously by the two lenses and the MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) of the each lens compensates for the blurring caused by hand-shake, even when shooting in 3D. It lets everybody take beautiful and blur-free images with ease. 3D photos and videos can be played back on Panasonic VIERA 3D TV that supports AVCHD format.

Battery Life200 Shot/1.67 Hour Video
Package Contents
  • Lumix DMC-3D1 Compact Camera
  • Battery Pack
  • Battery Charger
  • AC Mains Lead
  • USB Connection Cable
  • CD-ROM
  • Hand Strap
  • Stylus Pen
Display Resolution460000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker