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Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3 Digital Camera

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14.1MP 5x MOS Feb 2014
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Sophisticated Flat Design And High Image Quality In Both Photo And Video Recording The DMC-XS3 incorporates 14.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS sensor for high-speed, high-quality image processing... More
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31 Reasons For

One Industry Award

This camera was given a "Recommended" award by PhotographyBlog.com who thought that this Panasonic camera was good.

Expert Reviews Are Average

Based on three expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine and besteproduct.nl this camera has an average expert rating of 73 out of 100.

User Reviews Are Excellent

On average, based on 19 user reviews the average user rating of this Panasonic camera is marvellous. This puts this compact camera camera in the top 12% of all the digital cameras that have been around for more than two years when ranked by average user review score.

Good Quality Pictures

Seven Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3 owners who purchased it said that it was able to produce good images. Elaine Kelly mentioned “It takes really good photos”. Ephotozine.com mentioned in their review on Ephotozine “For anyone who wants better photos that they get from their mobile phone of friends”.

One customer who reviewed the product reckoned that it had a good image sensor. Two years ago Photographyblog.com wrote on expert review site PhotographyBlog.com “The Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3 is a diminutive, ultra-slim digital compact camera featuring a 14.1 megapixel High Sensitivity MOS sensor, Full HD video recording, super fast autofocusing”.

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Good Size

Some Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3 owners who bought this digital camera reckoned that it was compact. J wrote on Amazon “Panasonic compact camera” in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3 nonetheless they only rated the product 3 stars. Pulparmstrong gave it an excellent review score and mentioned on Amazon “Nice and compact” in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3 review. Expert review site Ephotozine.com mentioned “Is an ultra compact and stylish digital camera designed to be taken anywhere” in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3.

Several Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3 reviewers who reviewed it considered that it was thin. Bertbate wrote in their review of this digital camera on Amazon last year “Thin, making it perfect to carry around all day”. Sach wrote “Good price and nice slim design is definitely an attraction”.

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3 owner said in their reviews that the product was easy to carry around. Two years ago Elaine Kelly rated it 5 stars and she said “Very small and easy to carry around”. One Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3 reviewer considered that the product was lightweight. S. Pearson wrote on Amazon “Bought as appeared compact and lightweight to take on holiday” in their review.

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Good Video Capture

Several customers who purchased the Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3 concluded that it was good for video recording. Amazon Customer rated it 5 stars and wrote on Amazon “Great HD videos too” in their review of this digital camera. Bertbate said on Amazon “Great pictures and very clear video” in their review of this digital camera and scored the product 5 stars. Expert review site Ephotozine.com mentioned “Everywhere, with a 14 megapixel MOS sensor, 5x optical zoom lens, optical image stabilisation, full HD video” in their review.

Easy to Use

Four people who reviewed it said that it was easy to use. Barry Booth wrote on Amazon in November last year “Great little camera - really handy” in his review of this digital camera. J wrote two years ago “Yes great little camera for snapping at any time easy to use and fits nice in my pocket or bag”. S. Pearson scored the product 5 stars and mentioned in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3 review on Amazon “Excellent small camera which is easy to use”.

Good Product Quality

Three Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3 owners said in their reviews that the product was good quality. Bonnie Dundee she mentioned on Amazon “Photo quality is good with sharp clear full HD video clips”. Carol Heather said on Amazon “Easy to use and good quality pictures” in his Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3 review. Ephotozine.com scored the product 70 out of 100 and said on expert review site Ephotozine “The Panasonic Lumix XS3 delivers decent quality photos thanks to its built in xenon flash, which is better than almost all mobi” in their review of this digital camera.

Panasonic Has Good Digital Camera Reviews

Based on 7,426 owner and expert reviews, Panasonic has good reviews for its cameras. Panasonic also has good reviews specifically for its compact camera digital cameras compared to other brands.

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Reasonably Priced

Several people who reviewed it considered that it was good value for money. M R Brown mentioned last year “Good price good service” in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3. One person considered that it was a bargain for the price. Sach wrote “Camera has a cheap feel to it”.

Good Quality Lens

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3 owner said in their reviews that this digital camera had a good image stabiliser. One person who reviewed this digital camera said that it had a good zoom.

Nice Design

One customer who purchased it thought it was a good design. One Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3 owner said in their reviews that the product was good looking.

Robust

One person wrote that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3 was well made.

Good Flash

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3 reviewer who reviewed the product reckoned that it had a good flash.

Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3 supports Full HD video, unlike most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to the Lumix DMC-XS3 which do not support Full HD video.

We compared all the other cameras which support Full HD video to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price], and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5[plb_1900903_price] is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Lumix DMC-XS3 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-XS3.

Alternative digital cameras with an image stabiliser currently available which you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price], the Nikon Coolpix S9500[plb_1721861_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77[plb_1836487_price].

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Lumix DMC-XS3 has a built-in flash. Most of the other similar spec cameras that have been available for more than two years also have a built-in flash.

We compared all the other cameras with a built-in flash to this digital camera and we think the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price], the Nikon Coolpix S9500[plb_1721861_price], and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30[plb_1847857_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Quite Small Maximum Aperture

At 22, the Lumix DMC-XS3 has a very small maximum aperture compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the Lumix DMC-XS3. Similar spec cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Lumix DMC-XS3 have maximum apertures of between 1.8 and 87, and the average maximum aperture is 6.8.

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Fairly Big Internal Memory

Across all the compact camera digital cameras that came out around the same time as the Lumix DMC-XS3 the internal memory range from 1MB to 8.2GB. The Lumix DMC-XS3 has one of the bigger internal memory (200 megabytes) amongst similar spec digital cameras of this age.

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Has Three Photo Effects

The number of photo effects found on the Lumix DMC-XS3 is more than most cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This camera has a Black&White photo effect, which is the most frequently found photo effect found on cameras of a similar type and age to the Lumix DMC-XS3. The photo effects "Sepia" and "Vivid" are also found on this Panasonic camera.

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2 USB Version

This camera supports a 2 USB version, which is the most frequently supported USB version on similar spec cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the Lumix DMC-XS3 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most common maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

This camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best video resolution amongst all compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-XS3.

The worst video resolution across similar types of camera is 320 x 240 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Lumix DMC-XS3 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels digital camera, which is the most common video resolution supported by compact camera digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the Lumix DMC-XS3. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this camera. This Panasonic camera also supports a video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best supported video resolution amongst all compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

The worst supported video resolution amongst comparable types of digital camera is 320 x 240 pixels.

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Fairly High Maximum ISO Speed

The maximum ISO speeds of cameras of this age and type range from 200 to 26,000, and the average maximum ISO speed is 4,500. At 6,400, the Lumix DMC-XS3 has a quite high maximum ISO speed compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Lumix DMC-XS3.

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Features Four Auto Focus

The Lumix DMC-XS3 has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most digital cameras of this type and age. This Panasonic digital camera features a Face detection auto focus, which is the most frequently featured auto focus featured on digital cameras of this age and type. The auto focus "Continuous Auto Focus", "Single Auto Focus" and "Spot Auto Focus" are also featured on this digital camera.

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TFT Display

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3 has a better display than most digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. This camera has a TFT display, whereas most compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it have an LCD display. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight. The worst display of all similar spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years is LCD and the best is OLED.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length

At only 24 millimeters, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3 has a fairly short minimum focal length compared to most of the other cameras of this age and type. Similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Lumix DMC-XS3 have minimum focal lengths of between 5mm and 120mm.

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Narrow

At only 92.2 millimeters, the Lumix DMC-XS3 is fairly narrow compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the Lumix DMC-XS3. The widths of digital cameras of a similar age and type to the Lumix DMC-XS3 range from 16mm to 470mm.

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Short

With a height of only 54.4 millimeters, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3 is one of the shorter digital cameras that came out around the same time as the Lumix DMC-XS3 amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age. The average height of compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago is 61mm.

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Light

When compared to other cameras that are a comparable age to the Lumix DMC-XS3 that we have assessed, the Lumix DMC-XS3's weight of only 89 grams is one of the lightest. The lightest camera of a comparable age and type to the Lumix DMC-XS3 is 20g and the heaviest is 710g.

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Very Thin

The Lumix DMC-XS3 is one of the thinner cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Lumix DMC-XS3 (only 18.5 millimeters) amongst digital cameras of this age. The depths of compact camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as the Lumix DMC-XS3 range from 4mm to 2,200mm.

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11 Reasons Against

Unacceptable Noise Level

One person concluded that this digital camera was not noisy. Amazon Customer wrote “Good for everything except photographing in dim light where it will be very noisy”.

Does Not Support Video Recording

The Lumix DMC-XS3 does not support video recording, unlike most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

Other digital cameras which also support video recording that you might want to consider include the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price].

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Lumix DMC-XS3 does not support WiFi connectivity. Most of the other compact camera digital cameras that came out around the same time as the Lumix DMC-XS3 also do not support WiFi connectivity.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with a WiFi connectivity and we think the Canon IXUS 510 HS[plb_408144_price], or the Sony DSC-HX400V[plb_2297093_price] is also worth considering.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Lumix DMC-XS3 are not 3D compatible. The Lumix DMC-XS3 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

If you want a digital camera that is 3D compatible then you might want to consider the Coolpix P7700[pl_1714924_price], or the Coolpix P310[pl_2119209_price] both from Nikon or the Canon PowerShot A3300 IS[plb_66875_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Lumix DMC-XS3 does not have a GPS. Most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago also do not have a GPS.

Alternative cameras which also have a GPS that you might also want to consider include the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS[plb_1565812_price], or the Sony DSC-HX400V[plb_2297093_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

The Lumix DMC-XS3 is not waterproof, although keep in mind that most of the other similar spec cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Lumix DMC-XS3 are also not waterproof.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

At only 5 times zoom factor, the Lumix DMC-XS3 has a quite small optical zoom compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Lumix DMC-XS3. The average optical zoom of digital cameras of this age and type is 9.6x.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 5x optical zoom digital cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon PowerShot A3200 IS[plb_1463972_price].

If you want a digital camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might want to consider the Nikon Coolpix S5300[plb_2272796_price] (8x), or the Canon IXUS 150[plb_2176458_price] (8x).

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Only Features Five Flash Modes

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3 has a greater number of flash modes than most cameras of a similar type and age to it. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most commonly featured flash mode featured on similar spec cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Lumix DMC-XS3. The flash modes "Forced off", "Forced on", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Panasonic camera.

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Quite Low JPEG Frame Rate

At only 25 frames per second, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3 has a quite low JPEG frame rate compared to most of the other digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Lumix DMC-XS3. The lowest JPEG frame rate of digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Lumix DMC-XS3 is 15fps and the highest is 240fps.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length

At only 120 millimeters, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3 has a quite short maximum focal length compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. Across all the compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago the maximum focal lengths range from 0.28mm to 1,800mm.

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Only Supports One Image Format

The number of supported image formats on the Lumix DMC-XS3 is more than most digital cameras of this age and spec. This digital camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by cameras of a comparable type and age to the Lumix DMC-XS3.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3

Released Over Two Years Ago

Panasonic released the Lumix DMC-XS3 over two years ago.

Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 4 times zoom factor, the Lumix DMC-XS3 has a fairly typical digital zoom compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-XS3.

We compared this camera to all the other 4x digital zoom digital cameras and we think the Lumix DMC-TZ35[pl_1974789_price], and the Lumix DMC-FX77[pl_1836487_price] both from Panasonic which has better reviews is also worth considering.

Digital cameras with a bigger digital zoom that might be worth considering include the Samsung WB150F[plb_2060742_price] (5x and higher rated).

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Average Megapixel Count

The Lumix DMC-XS3 has a fairly typical megapixel count (14.1 megapixels) compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 14.1MP cameras currently available including the Canon PowerShot A3200 IS[plb_1463972_price], or the Casio Exilim EX-ZS5[plb_406570_price] which has better reviews.

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Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 2.7 inches, the Lumix DMC-XS3 has a pretty average screen size compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the Lumix DMC-XS3.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 2.7" screen cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sony DSC-WX60[plb_1621814_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4[plb_1353102_price].

If you want a larger screen size then you might also want to look at the Fujifilm X100[plb_2173855_price] (2.8"), the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ40[plb_2046319_price] (3"), or the Sony DSC-WX350[plb_2163795_price] (3") which also has a higher rating.

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MOS Sensor Type

The Lumix DMC-XS3 has a better sensor type than most digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This camera has a MOS sensor type, whereas most compact camera digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it have a CCD sensor type.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other digital cameras that have a MOS sensor currently available including because of it's better review score, the Lumix DMC-TS5[pl_1900903_price], or the Lumix DMC-TZ35[pl_1974789_price] both from Panasonic.

If the sensor type of this compact camera camera is too bad for you then you might also want to consider the Samsung EX2F[plb_1609335_price] (CMOS) which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Extra / Smart Zoom
Lens Structure
Focusing
Auto Focus
Auto Focus Assist Beam
Auto Mode Focusing Range
Manual Focusing Range
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
HDMI Port
USB Version
Camera
GPS
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Calendar
Histogram
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Playback Mode
Scene Mode
On Screen Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Battery Capacity
Shot Per Battery Charge
Battery Voltage
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Included Cable
Battery Included
Hand Strap
Technical Details
Display Type
Networking
WiFi Connectivity
Near Field Communication
Bluetooth
Other Features
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Port

1 Award

PhotographyBlog.com Recommended

Expert Reviews

(3)
13 January 2014

PhotographyBlog.com

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3 is a diminutive, ultra-slim digital compact camera featuring a 14.1 megapixel High Sensitivity MOS sensor, Full HD video recording, super fast autofocusing and a modest... Read more…

19 September 2013

For anyone who wants better photos that they get from their mobile phone of friends and family, or on nights out in low light, the Panasonic Lumix XS3 delivers decent quality photos thanks to its...

18 August 2013

'Een luxe camera met retrodesign' Zo verkoopt Panasonic haar nieuwe Lumix DMC-XS3. Een compacte camera met 5 keer optische zoom. Maar is deze camera wel zo luxe? Bekijk onze uitgebreide review...

User Reviews

(19)
(Verified Purchase)

Photo quality is good with sharp clear full HD video clips. The only downside is that like most digital compacts the LCD display is difficult to see
in bright sunlight.

(Verified Purchase)

Bought for my wife who is not happy with very technical cameras. She likes it and gets on well with it - objective achieved.

Reviewed 7 June 2015 by Pulparmstrong
(Verified Purchase)

Nice and compact. Probably over functional for my smile and shoot needs but it does what I need.

Reviewed 28 May 2015 by N M 42
(Verified Purchase)

The product was as described, it seems very good for the purposes of casual photo-taking.

Reviewed 10 May 2015 by Carol Heather
(Verified Purchase)

Really pleased with this little camera. Easy to use and good quality pictures.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers dmcxs3, dmcxs3e, dmcxs3eg, panasonic dmcxs3, panasonic dmcxs3k, panasonic dmcxs3t
Barcodes 04902704684554, 05025232752294, 05025232752300, 05025232752317, 05025232752355, 05025232752379

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