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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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33 Reasons For

One Industry Award

This camera was given a "Recommended" award by PhotographyBlog.com who wrote that this compact camera digital 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%.

Excellent User Reviews

On average, people who bought this digital camera rated it as exceptional. Most Lumix DMC-XS3 owners think it is one of the better digital cameras of this spec and age.

Good Quality Pictures

A few Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3 reviewers who bought the product reckoned that it was able to produce good images. Bertbate wrote “Great pictures and very clear video”. Elaine Kelly gave the product a very good rating and she wrote on Amazon “It takes really good photos”. Ephotozine.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Ephotozine “For anyone who wants better photos that they get from their mobile phone of friends”.

One person said in their reviews that this digital camera had a good image sensor. Photographyblog.com said 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” in their review.

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Good Size

Four customers who bought it agreed that it was compact. J said in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “Panasonic compact camera”. In November last year Pulparmstrong wrote on Amazon “Nice and compact” in their review of this digital camera and scored it very highly. Ephotozine.com mentioned in their review on expert website Ephotozine “Is an ultra compact and stylish digital camera designed to be taken anywhere”.

Two Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3 was thin. In November last year Bertbate wrote in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3 “Thin, making it perfect to carry around all day”.

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3 owner who reviewed the Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3 considered that it was lightweight. Two years ago S. Pearson gave the Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3 an excellent review score and mentioned in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3 review “Bought as appeared compact and lightweight to take on holiday”.

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3 reviewer who purchased it considered that it was easy to carry around. Elaine Kelly rated it as very good and she mentioned on Amazon “Very small and easy to carry around”.

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Good Video Capture

Several people mentioned in their reviews that the product was good for video recording. Amazon Customer wrote on Amazon last year “Great HD videos too”. Ephotozine.com wrote on Ephotozine “Everywhere, with a 14 megapixel MOS sensor, 5x optical zoom lens, optical image stabilisation, full HD video” in their review and gave it a rating of 4 stars.

Easy to Use

Several Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3 owners who reviewed it said that it was easy to use. Barry Booth said in his review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3 last year “Great little camera - really handy” . Carol Heather gave the Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3 a score of 5 stars and he said in his Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3 review on Amazon “Easy to use and good quality pictures”. Two years ago J wrote “Yes great little camera for snapping at any time easy to use and fits nice in my pocket or bag” in their review.

Panasonic Has Good Reviews for Its Digital Cameras

Based on 7,428 expert and user reviews, Panasonic has good ratings for its digital cameras. Panasonic also has good ratings specifically within its compact camera digital cameras range compared to other manufacturers.

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Good Product Quality

Three Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3 reviewers said in their reviews that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3 was good quality. Bonnie Dundee said on Amazon in November last year “Photo quality is good with sharp clear full HD video clips”. Ephotozine.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “The Panasonic Lumix XS3 delivers decent quality photos thanks to its built in xenon flash, which is better than almost all mobi”.

Good Quality Lens

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3 reviewer who purchased the Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3 concluded that it had a good zoom. One Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3 reviewer who bought it said that it had a good image stabiliser.

Nice Design

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3 owner mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was good looking. One Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that the product was a good design.

Robust

One person mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was well made.

Good Flash

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3 owner mentioned in their reviews that the product had a good flash.

Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Lumix DMC-XS3 supports Full HD video, unlike most of the other compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Lumix DMC-XS3 which do not support Full HD video.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative digital cameras which support Full HD video currently available including the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5 ($249.00), or the Sony DSC-RX1R ($2,584.99) which has better reviews.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

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

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Lumix DMC-XS3 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Lumix DMC-XS3.

Alternative cameras with a built-in flash currently available which you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8.

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Fairly Small Maximum Aperture

When compared to other cameras of this spec and age that we have assessed, the Lumix DMC-XS3's maximum aperture of 22 is one of the smallest. The average maximum aperture of comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Lumix DMC-XS3 is 6.6.

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Has Five White Balance Modes

The Lumix DMC-XS3 has a greater number of white balance modes than most cameras that are a similar age to it. This camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on digital cameras of this spec and age. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Incandescent" and "Shade" are also found on this digital camera.

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Fairly Big Internal Memory

The smallest internal memory of compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the Lumix DMC-XS3 is 8MB and the biggest is 8.2GB. At 200 megabytes, the Lumix DMC-XS3 has a quite big internal memory compared to most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to the Lumix DMC-XS3.

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Has Three Photo Effects

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

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Supports Eight ISO Speeds

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Lumix DMC-XS3 is more than most compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. The most frequently supported ISO speed is 160, but this ISO speed is not supported by this camera. The ISO speeds 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400 and Auto are also supported by this Panasonic camera.

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Has Three Playback Modes

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3 has a greater number of camera playback modes than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. This digital camera has a Single image playback mode, which is the most commonly found playback mode found on digital cameras of this spec and age. The playback modes "Slide show" and "Thumbnails" are also found on this camera.

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2 USB Version

This camera supports a 2 USB version, which is typical of many compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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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 a 1280 x 720 pixels digital camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best video resolution across all digital cameras of this age and spec.

A 320 x 240 pixels maximum video resolution is the worst video resolution across comparable types of digital camera.

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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 camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution supported by compact camera digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this Panasonic digital camera. This 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.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution is actually the best supported video resolution amongst all cameras of this age and type.

A 320 x 240 pixels video resolution is the worst supported video resolution across similar types of digital camera.

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Quite High Maximum ISO Speed

Across all the digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Lumix DMC-XS3 the maximum ISO speeds range from 3 to 52,000. With a maximum ISO speed of 6,400, the Lumix DMC-XS3 has one of the higher maximum ISO speeds amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age.

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± 2EV (1/3EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

This camera has a ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, which is the most commonly found light exposure correction on digital cameras of this age and type.

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TFT Display

The Lumix DMC-XS3 has a better display than most digital cameras of a similar age and type to it. This camera has a TFT display, whereas most compact camera digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to 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. Across all compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago the display ranges from LCD to AMOLED.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length

Cameras of this type and age have minimum focal lengths of between 2.6mm and 290mm. The Lumix DMC-XS3 has one of the shorter minimum focal lengths (only 24 millimeters) amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age.

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Narrow

The average width of compact camera digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the Lumix DMC-XS3 is 100mm, and the widths range from 22mm to 470mm. With a width of only 92.2 millimeters, the Lumix DMC-XS3 is quite narrow compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Short

With a height of only 54.4 millimeters, the Lumix DMC-XS3 is one of the shorter cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Lumix DMC-XS3 amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age. The shortest camera of a comparable type and age to the Lumix DMC-XS3 is 16mm tall, the tallest is 750mm, and the average height is 61mm.

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Light

The lightest digital camera of a similar age and type to the Lumix DMC-XS3 is 20g and the heaviest is 710g. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3 is very light (only 89 grams) compared to most of the other digital cameras that are a similar age to the Lumix DMC-XS3.

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Very Thin

The Lumix DMC-XS3 is quite thin (only 18.5 millimeters) compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the Lumix DMC-XS3. The depths of cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Lumix DMC-XS3 range from 13mm to 2,200mm.

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12 Reasons Against

Unacceptable Noise Level

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3 reviewer thought this digital camera was not noisy. Amazon Customer wrote in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3 review on Amazon “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 came out around the same time as the Lumix DMC-XS3.

There are a number of other digital cameras which also support video recording that you might want to look at including the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Lumix DMC-XS3 does not support WiFi connectivity, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other similar spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-XS3 also do not support WiFi connectivity.

We think you might also be interested in other digital cameras which also support WiFi connectivity including the Canon IXUS 510 HS, or the Sony DSC-WX300 ($317.99).

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the Lumix DMC-XS3, the Lumix DMC-XS3 is not 3D compatible.

Cameras which are 3D compatible that might be worth looking at include the Canon PowerShot A3300 IS, or the Nikon Coolpix P310 ($499.00) which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a GPS

Like most of the other similar spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as the Lumix DMC-XS3, the Lumix DMC-XS3 does not have a GPS.

We compared all the other digital cameras which also have a GPS to this digital camera and we think the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS, or the Nikon Coolpix P520 ($349.00) is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3 is not waterproof, although it is worth noting that most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the Lumix DMC-XS3 are also not waterproof.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of only 4 times zoom factor, the Lumix DMC-XS3 has one of the smaller digital zooms amongst digital cameras of this age. The digital zooms of cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Lumix DMC-XS3 range from 1x to 810x, and the average digital zoom is 10x.

There are a number of alternative 4x digital zoom cameras currently available that you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Nikon Coolpix P7700.

If this camera digital zoom is too small for you then you might want to look at the Samsung WB150F (5x) which also has a higher rating.

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Only Features Five Flash Modes

The Lumix DMC-XS3 has a greater number of flash modes than most cameras of this type and age. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most commonly featured flash mode featured on comparable spec digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. 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

The JPEG frame rates of cameras of this spec and age range from 15fps to 240fps. With a JPEG frame rate of only 25 frames per second, the Lumix DMC-XS3 has one of the lower JPEG frame rates amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length

The maximum focal lengths of digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Lumix DMC-XS3 range from 13mm to 1,800mm. At only 120 millimeters, the Lumix DMC-XS3 has a fairly short maximum focal length compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-XS3.

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Quite Low Display Resolution

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3 has one of the lower display resolutions (only 230,000 pixels) amongst cameras of this age. Across all the digital cameras that have been around for more than two years the display resolutions range from 230 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 400,000 pixels.

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Only Supports One Image Format

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

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5 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3

Released Over Two Years Ago

This camera was released over two years ago.

Average Optical Zoom

At 5 times zoom factor, the Lumix DMC-XS3 has a relatively standard optical zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

We compared all the other 5x optical zoom digital cameras to this camera and we think the Nikon Coolpix P330, and the Canon PowerShot A3200 IS which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you want a camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to look at the Canon IXUS 145 (8x) which is also higher rated.

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Average Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of 14.1 megapixels, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3 has a pretty typical megapixel count compared to most of the other digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

Other 14.1MP cameras currently available which you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 ($375.99), or the Canon PowerShot A3200 IS.

If you want a higher megapixel count then you might also want to look at the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 (16MP and higher rated).

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Average Screen Size

At 2.7 inches, the Lumix DMC-XS3 has a pretty typical screen size compared to most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

There are a number of alternative 2.7" screen digital cameras currently available which you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Samsung ST96.

Cameras with a larger screen size that might be worth looking at include the Lumix DMC-TZ40 (3"), or the Lumix DMC-FZ60 (3") both from Panasonic or the Sony DSC-HX60 ($375.65) (3") which is also higher rated.

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MOS Sensor Type

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

There are a number of other digital cameras that have a MOS sensor currently available that you might want to look at including the Lumix DMC-TS5 ($249.00), or the Lumix DMC-TZ35 both from Panasonic which has better reviews.

Digital cameras with a better sensor type that might also be worth looking at include the Samsung WB250F ($311.99) (CMOS) which is also higher rated.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
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 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
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
HD Type
Audio
Audio System
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
USB Version
Camera
GPS
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
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
Included Cable
Technical Details
Display Type
Networking
WiFi Connectivity
Near Field Communication
Bluetooth
Other Features

1 Award

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