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Panasonic's Lumix-series digicams have evolved over the years into one of the more popular choices among shoppers seeking well-designed point-and-shoot cameras that deliver robust image files. One of the newest models to join Panasonic's digicam line-up is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP3.


 Panasonic's Lumix DMC-FP3 is clad in a slim (0.65"/16.4mm) brushed aluminum body and features a 14.1MP CCD sensor that captures pictures through a 4x (35-140mm equivalent) Lumix DC Vario zoom lens. The camera's zoom lens features 4 aspherical elements, 7 aspheric surfaces, 1 ED element, and macro focusing down to 3.94" (10 cm). 

Along with a choice of 5 JPEG compressions (14M-0.3M) the DMC-FP3 can also capture 1280x720 HD video @ 30 frames-per-second. And to smooth out the bumps when shooting either format, the DMC-FP3 features Panasonic's MEGA O.I.S image stabilization technology, which can be set to a choice of 3 shooting modes.

Panasonic's Lumix DMC-FP3 is available in Black, Red, Blue, & Silver

 

One of the neater features on the DMC-FP3 is its 3" (230,000-dot) hybrid touchscreen LCD, which allows you to set many of the cameras control settings with the tap of a finger. Equally cool is the camera's touch-focus feature, which allows you to focus on your subject by simply tapping the screen on the spot you want to be in focus. (And yes, this feature works quite well). Speedy response times are another strong point of the DMC-FP3 including a maximum AF speed of about 0.33-second, which results in less chances of 'missing the moment'.

In addition to the traditional on/off switch located on the camera's top deck the Lumix DMC-FP3 also features a sliding panel that serves as both an on/off switch. This sliding panel also serves to protect the camera lens far better than the delicate metal curtain-style blades found on most pocket cameras.

Other features found on the DMC-FP3 include 40MB of built-in memory, up to 300 images-per-battery charge, and ISO ratings up to 6400. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP3 is available in black, red, blue, and silver and records imagery onto a choice of SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards. .

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I have been advised not to purchase cameras with a touch screen. I was told that if you drop the camera and the screen breaks, the camera then is useless. But if you drop a regular point & shoot. and break the screen , you can still use the camera. What is the general consensus?

Don't drop the camera!

I've heard the software has bugs too. You also pay one third more or touch screen. And as I found out on my Garmin touchscreen GPS, what you touch ain't always what you get. Imagine that happening on your camera and by the time you fix the issue the shot is gone.

Does the new panasonic shoot in raw? 

WHAT IS THE %&*$ #*@! PRICE?

Many of us do not bother composing on screen, we leave that for Photoshop later. The process is quicker, just keep taking photos. If the screen breaks after dropping just point it instinctively and take picture after picture. See what you can assemble in Photoshop. I have had cameras of this type before - a Sony I think was the first. It did not have two switches and the sliding on-off kept turning on in my pocket. My most difficult task was keeping my finger away from the lens. Had lots of shots which included me in them!

 A "general consensus" is redundant.  A consensus is a majority of opinion.

My opinion is:  If you are rough on a camera you should consider buying a camera with both a viewfinder and an LCD. 

Well, with a regular camera you can still shoot with a broken screen.  It just depends how much broken it is... since there are no optical viewfinders in compact digital cameras.

Regarding broken touch screens, some still operate even if the glass is cracked.

In addition to touch-screen issues, this camera appears to have several drawbacks: There is no mention of the Leica lens, which was a very strong selling point for previous Panasonic cameras. It is uncertain from the specs as to who makes the lens. Also, the camera does not include a memory card, but substitutes a 40MB internal memory, which is hardly enough for a 14 MP camera.Third, the camera is very pricey compared to competitor cameras and a zoom of only  4X lens doesn't seem to fit well with 14MP resolution. Finally, although the camera is loaded with high-tech features, many seem to be too gimicky. My preference is for just the basics on the features but trading them off for high quality optics and more zoom capability. 

Wow !  14 mPix + 6400ASA and rapid response processor ......it sound a treat...

Is it still the same leica lens and what is zoom-ratio? Hope equivalent of 25mm. How useful is the flash? 

I am sceptical about  fragility of aluminium body for normal wear and tear AND does it have a wrist strap to prevent dropping it?  

I have a TZ-5 - which apart from response is great  ....what is better now and not much larger?  

PRICE???

how about some actual discussion of the merits/drawbacks of this model instead of stupid sniping about previous posts?  just saying...

Peut-on aller dans l'eau avec ce ***èle ?

Prend- t'il en charge les fichiers raw ?

 We have a previous version of the Lumix point-and-shoot, with a Leica lens, purchased earlier this year as a second camera that fits nicely in a pocket, compared to my six-pound SLR (which is excellent). We've been disappointed with the picture quality of the Lumix (so much for the Leica lens) and the focusing sluggishness on any action shot...like pets, for example. I'll wait for hands-on consumer comments before buying another one!

The %&*$ #*@! price is $163.95.  Links.  Click them.  And don't drop y our camera.

A general rule of cameras is that if you drop them, don't bother to pick them up. 

Touch screens are just another gimmick that the camera companies have added, while removing one of the most important functions: The Viewfinder. They should stop adding all these unneccesary features and bring back the viewfinder. Just one man's opinion.

If you think you cannot handle a camera and feel that you would just drop it, don't buy a camera, just hire a good photographer, that's the way it is

i have an older model lumix with a leica lens, (dmc-tz5) i've not seen better

still picture quality or video. its all in the lens, people. great, great camera!

keep it real. we are all here together for some reason!

A consensus is not a majority opinion. 

Forget dropping the camera.  Just smash it down hard and get it over with.

I am told that this and many new digital cameras lack any TWAIN camera driver.

Is that true?

RE" what's the price?

Click on the hyperlink in the article above to the B&H page for the camera....or this one:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/672366-REG/Panasonic_DMC_FP3AB_LUMIX_DMC_FP3_Digital_Camera.html

I have been doing photography for over 65 years and own very expensive cameras and have never dropped a camera. You buy a camera based on it's features and cost, dropability is not even a consideration.

I have people asking me what P/S camera to buy, I had a hard fast rule that it had to have an optical viewer. With the wide zoom ranges and cost the optical viewers are gone. My understanding is Panasonic has never used an optical viewer on it's P/S cameras.You have to learn to live with the monitor in the bright sunlight.

I bought a Panasonic ZS1 as a pocket camera and it is a great camera. It has a Leica Zoom  Lens 12x,  25 to 300mm, and is razor sharp. The menu's are well laid out and easy to use, it is fairly small and very easy to use. I am sure that all of Panasonic products have the same quality. And if you happen to be that unlucky to drop it you still have all of your pryor images on your SD Card.

great camera