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Panasonic DMC-XS3 Digital Camera

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14.1MP 5x MOS Feb 2014
Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Sensor Type Release Date
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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One Industry Award

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

Good Expert Reviews

Digital camera expert review website PhotographyBlog.com scored this digital camera 80 out of 100.

Excellent User Reviews

This camera has an excellent average user rating based on 19 user reviews. If all the cameras of this type and age are ranked by average user review score then this Panasonic digital camera is in the top 12%.

Good Size

A number of customers wrote in their reviews that the Panasonic DMC-XS3 was compact. J mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Panasonic compact camera” yet they gave the product a rating of 60 out of 100. Two years ago Pulparmstrong gave the product a rating of 5 stars and mentioned on Amazon “Nice and compact”. Photographyblog.com said “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”.

A number of customers who bought the product concluded that it was thin. Bertbate said “Thin, making it perfect to carry around all day” in their review of the Panasonic DMC-XS3. One Panasonic DMC-XS3 owner considered that the product was easy to carry around. Elaine Kelly scored it very highly and she mentioned “Very small and easy to carry around” in her review of the Panasonic DMC-XS3.

One person reckoned that it was lightweight. S. Pearson rated the product as excellent and said in their review of the Panasonic DMC-XS3 on Amazon “Bought as appeared compact and lightweight to take on holiday”.

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Good Quality Pictures

Some Panasonic DMC-XS3 reviewers considered that it was able to produce good images. Two years ago Bertbate gave the product a rating of 5 stars and mentioned “Great pictures and very clear video” in their review of the Panasonic DMC-XS3. Elaine Kelly mentioned on Amazon “It takes really good photos” in her review of this digital camera.

One Panasonic DMC-XS3 reviewer reckoned that it had a good image sensor.

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Easy to Use

Some Panasonic DMC-XS3 reviewers who bought the Panasonic DMC-XS3 concluded that it was easy to use. Barry Booth mentioned on Amazon two years ago “Great little camera - really handy”. Carol Heather wrote “Easy to use and good quality pictures” in his review of the Panasonic DMC-XS3. J said in their review of this digital camera three years ago “Yes great little camera for snapping at any time easy to use and fits nice in my pocket or bag” .

Panasonic Has Good Camera Reviews

Panasonic compact cameras have good reviews on average and across all digital cameras Panasonic is one of the better rated brands.

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Good Video Capture

A number of customers thought the product was good for video recording. Amazon Customer said in their review of this digital camera “Great HD videos too”.

Reasonably Priced

Several Panasonic DMC-XS3 reviewers wrote that the product was good value for money. M R Brown scored it 5 stars and said in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “Good price good service”. Sach mentioned on Amazon three years ago “Good price and nice slim design is definitely an attraction”.

One Panasonic DMC-XS3 owner said in their reviews that it was a bargain for the price. Sach mentioned “Camera has a cheap feel to it” in their review of the Panasonic DMC-XS3.

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Good Product Quality

A few customers mentioned in their reviews that it was good quality. Bonnie Dundee said on Amazon “Photo quality is good with sharp clear full HD video clips” in her Panasonic DMC-XS3 review and rated it as excellent.

Good Quality Lens

One person who purchased it reckoned that it had a good zoom.

Nice Design

One Panasonic DMC-XS3 reviewer reckoned that the Panasonic DMC-XS3 was a good design.

Has an Image Stabilizer

The DMC-XS3 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the DMC-XS3 also have an image stabilizer.

We compared all the other digital cameras with an image stabilizer to this camera and we think the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], and the Nikon Coolpix P330[plb_1724102_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other compact cameras that were launched around the same time as the DMC-XS3, the DMC-XS3 has a built-in flash.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative cameras with a built-in flash currently available including the X10[pl_1150_price], or the FinePix JX500[pl_1672380_price] both from Fujifilm which has better reviews.

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Has Three Camera Playbacks

The number of camera playback modes found on the DMC-XS3 is more than most comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to it. This digital camera has a Single image camera playback, which is the most frequently found camera playback found on compact cameras that have been available for a similar time to the DMC-XS3. The camera playbacks "Slide show" and "Thumbnails" are also found on this camera.

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Fairly Small Maximum Aperture Number

Cameras of this spec and age have maximum aperture numbers of between 1.8 and 72, and the average maximum aperture number is 6.7. With a maximum aperture number of 22, the DMC-XS3 has a very small maximum aperture number compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as the DMC-XS3.

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Fairly Big Internal Memory

With an internal memory of 200 megabytes, the Panasonic DMC-XS3 has one of the bigger internal memorys amongst digital cameras of this age. Across all the compact cameras that are a similar age to the DMC-XS3 the internal memorys range from 6.9MB to 8.2GB, and the average internal memory is 300MB.

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Has Five White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the DMC-XS3 is more than most cameras that are a similar age to it. This Panasonic camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on cameras that have been available for more than two years. The white balances "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Incandescent" and "Shade" are also found on this digital camera.

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Has Three Photo Effectss

The DMC-XS3 has a greater number of photo effects than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This camera has a Black&White photo effects, which is the most commonly found photo effects found on comparable spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DMC-XS3. The photo effectss "Sepia" and "Vivid" are also found on this Panasonic camera.

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2 USB Version

This digital camera supports a 2 USB version, which is typical of many digital cameras of a similar type and age to it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

The highest video resolution supported by the DMC-XS3 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of the most common video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this camera). In addition, this Panasonic camera supports a video resolutions 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 camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best supported video resolution across all compact cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The Panasonic DMC-XS3 has a maximum video resolution of 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 actually the best video resolution amongst all similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the DMC-XS3.

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

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Quite High ISO Sensitivity (max)

The DMC-XS3 has a fairly high ISO sensitivity (max) (6,400) compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. The ISO sensitivity (max)s of similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 3 to 52,000, and the average ISO sensitivity (max) is 4,700.

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Features Four Auto Focusing (AF) Modess

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the DMC-XS3 is more than most digital cameras of this age and type. This camera features a Face detection auto focusing (AF) modes, which is the most commonly featured auto focusing (AF) modes featured on compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the DMC-XS3. The auto focusing (AF) modess "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 DMC-XS3 has a TFT display which is better than the LCD display found on most cameras of this spec and age. 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 cameras that were launched around the same time as the DMC-XS3 is LCD and the best is AMOLED.

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Quite Small Minimum Aperture Number

With a minimum aperture number of only 2.8, the Panasonic DMC-XS3 has a quite small minimum aperture number compared to most of the other digital cameras that are a similar age to the DMC-XS3. Compact cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DMC-XS3 have minimum aperture numbers of between 1.3 and 22, and the average minimum aperture number is 3.2.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s of digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the DMC-XS3 range from 5mm to 39mm. With a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of only 24 millimeters, the DMC-XS3 has one of the shorter minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s amongst similar spec cameras of this age.

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Light

The average weight of comparable spec cameras that have been around for more than two years is 170g. When compared to other similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago, the weight of the DMC-XS3 of only 89 grams is one of the lightest.

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13 Reasons Against

Unacceptable Noise Level

One Panasonic DMC-XS3 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that the Panasonic DMC-XS3 was not noisy. Amazon Customer wrote on Amazon two years ago “Good for everything except photographing in dim light where it will be very noisy” but in spite of that they still gave the product an excellent rating.

Does Not Support Video Capability

The Panasonic DMC-XS3 does not support video capability, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other cameras of this age and spec also do not support video capability.

We compared all the other digital cameras which also support video capability to this digital camera and we think the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], the Samsung SAMSUNG WB850F[plb_1413690_price], or the Canon IXUS 265 HS[plb_2110773_price] which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Most comparable spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as the DMC-XS3 do not support Full HD video. The DMC-XS3 is no exception to this as it too does not support Full HD video.

We compared all the other cameras which also support Full HD video to this camera and we think the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], the Canon S110[plb_1462073_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60[plb_2384424_price] is also worth considering.

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Quite Small Display Diagonal

Cameras of a comparable age and type to the DMC-XS3 have display diagonals of between 1" and 4.8". With a display diagonal of only 2.7 inches, the Panasonic DMC-XS3 has one of the smaller display diagonals amongst compact cameras of this age.

There are a number of alternative 2.7" screen digital cameras currently available that you might also want to consider including the Canon PowerShot A3200 IS[plb_1463972_price], or the Fujifilm FinePix JX500[plb_1672380_price] which has better reviews.

If this compact camera digital camera display diagonal is too small for you then you might want to consider the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ40[plb_2046319_price] (3" and higher rated), the Nikon Coolpix P510[plb_2071647_price] (3" and higher rated), or the Fujifilm X100T[plb_3180325_price] (3" and higher rated).

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Most digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the DMC-XS3 do not support wi-Fi. The DMC-XS3 is no exception to this as it too does not support wi-Fi.

It is worth considering other cameras which also support wi-Fi including the Fujifilm FinePix Z1000EXR[plb_394895_price], the Samsung SAMSUNG EX2F[plb_1609335_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ40[plb_2046319_price] which is also higher rated.

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Not 3D

The DMC-XS3 is not 3D. Most of the other compact cameras that have been around for more than two years are also not 3D.

If you are looking for a camera that is 3D then you might also want to look at the DSC-HX100V[pl_613234_price], or the DSC-WX200[pl_1609944_price] both from Sony.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Most compact cameras that are a comparable age to the DMC-XS3 do not have a GPS (satellite). The DMC-XS3 is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS (satellite).

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with a GPS (satellite) and we think the Nikon Coolpix P330[plb_1724102_price], the Sony DSC-HX100V[plb_613234_price], or the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS[plb_1143510_price] is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

Most cameras of this age and type are not waterproof. The Panasonic DMC-XS3 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Quite Small Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of only 5 times zoom factor, the DMC-XS3 has a quite small optical zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec. Digital cameras of this type and age have optical zooms of between 0.17x and 50x.

It may also be worth considering one of the other 5x optical zoom digital cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77[plb_1836487_price], or the Nikon Coolpix P330[plb_1724102_price].

If you want a bigger optical zoom then you might want to look at the Canon 150[plb_2176458_price] (8x and higher rated), or the Sony DSC-WX220[plb_2165839_price] (10x and higher rated).

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Only Features Five Flash Modess

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

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Quite Low Motion JPEG Frame Rate

Across all the comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago the motion JPEG frame rates range from 15fps to 240fps, and the average motion JPEG frame rate is 32fps. The DMC-XS3 has a fairly low motion JPEG frame rate (only 25 frames per second) compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the DMC-XS3.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s of compact cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 18mm to 1,000mm. With a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of only 120 millimeters, the DMC-XS3 has one of the shorter maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s amongst similar spec digital cameras of this age.

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Only Supports One Image Formats Supported

The DMC-XS3 has a greater number of supported image formats than most cameras of a similar type and age to it. This digital camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most commonly supported image formats supported supported by digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DMC-XS3.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic DMC-XS3

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when this camera was released.

Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the Panasonic DMC-XS3 has a pretty standard digital zoom compared to most of the other compact cameras that are a similar age to the DMC-XS3.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 4x digital zoom digital cameras currently available including the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77[plb_1836487_price] which has better reviews.

If you would prefer a bigger digital zoom then you might want to consider the Sony DSC-WX220[plb_2165839_price] (20x) which is also higher rated.

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Average Megapixel

With a megapixel of 14.1 megapixels, the DMC-XS3 has a relatively average megapixel compared to most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 14.1MP cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon PowerShot A3200 IS[plb_1463972_price].

If this camera megapixel is too low for you then you might also want to consider the PowerShot SX600 HS[pl_2110760_price] (16MP), or the IXUS 265 HS[pl_2110773_price] (16MP) both from Canon or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6[plb_2147371_price] (16MP) which is also higher rated.

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MOS Sensor Type

The Panasonic DMC-XS3 has a better sensor type than most similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. This Panasonic digital camera has a MOS sensor type, whereas most similar spec cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it have a CCD sensor type.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other cameras that have a MOS sensor currently available including the Lumix DMC-TZ40[pl_2046319_price], the DMC-LX7[pl_2071996_price], or the Lumix DMC-FZ60[pl_2384424_price] all from Panasonic which has better reviews.

If the sensor type of this camera is not good enough for you then you might want to consider the Canon SX710 HS[plb_3538695_price] (CMOS), or the Sigma DP3 Merrill[plb_1904405_price] (CMOS) which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Total Megapixels
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Extra/Smart Zoom
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
Auto Mode Focusing Range (wide)
Manual Focusing Range (tele)
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Range (wide)
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Internal Memory
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution (numeric)
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
USB Version
Camera
GPS (satellite)
White Balance
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Calendar
Histogram
Image Editing
Camera File System
Camera Playback
Scene Modes
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Battery Capacity
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Battery Voltage
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Hand Strap
Networking
Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Bluetooth
Other Features
Built-In Flash

1 Award

PhotographyBlog.com Recommended

Expert Reviews

(1)
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…

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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