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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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27 Reasons For

One Industry Award

The writer at one expert review site concluded that they would endorse this compact camera digital camera. PhotographyBlog.com gave this Panasonic digital camera a "Recommended" award.

Good Expert Reviews

This camera received a score of 80 out of 100 from expert review website PhotographyBlog.com. That puts this compact camera digital camera in the bottom 88% of all the digital cameras that have been available for more than two years.

User Reviews Are Excellent

On average, based on 19 user reviews this camera has a superb overall user rating. This puts this Panasonic camera in the top 13% of all the digital cameras of a comparable type and age when ranked by average user review score.

Good Size

A number of Panasonic DMC-XS3 reviewers agreed that the product was compact. J wrote in their review of the Panasonic DMC-XS3 “Panasonic compact camera” yet they only gave it a rating of 3 stars. In December last year Pulparmstrong said “Nice and compact” and scored the product very highly. Expert review site 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 few Panasonic DMC-XS3 owners said in their reviews that the Panasonic DMC-XS3 was thin. Bertbate gave the product an excellent review and said “Thin, making it perfect to carry around all day”. One customer wrote in their reviews that it was easy to carry around. Elaine Kelly said “Very small and easy to carry around”.

One Panasonic DMC-XS3 owner who reviewed it reckoned that it was lightweight. S. Pearson wrote “Bought as appeared compact and lightweight to take on holiday” and scored it 5 stars.

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Good Quality Pictures

Four Panasonic DMC-XS3 reviewers thought it was able to produce good images. Last year Bertbate scored the product very highly and said on Amazon “Great pictures and very clear video” in their review of this digital camera. Elaine Kelly mentioned “It takes really good photos” in her review of the Panasonic DMC-XS3.

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

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Easy to Use

A few Panasonic DMC-XS3 owners who reviewed the product concluded that it was easy to use. Barry Booth mentioned in his review “Great little camera - really handy”. Carol Heather mentioned on Amazon “Easy to use and good quality pictures” in his review of this digital camera and rated it 5 stars. J mentioned on Amazon two years ago “Yes great little camera for snapping at any time easy to use and fits nice in my pocket or bag” nonetheless they only scored this digital camera 60 out of 100.

Good Brand

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

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Good Video Capture

Four Panasonic DMC-XS3 owners who purchased this digital camera considered that it was good for video recording. Amazon Customer said on Amazon “Great HD videos too”.

Good Product Quality

Several Panasonic DMC-XS3 reviewers who reviewed it mentioned that it was good quality. Bonnie Dundee rated it 5 stars and she wrote on Amazon “Photo quality is good with sharp clear full HD video clips” in her review of the Panasonic DMC-XS3.

Good Quality Lens

One Panasonic DMC-XS3 owner who purchased this digital camera considered that it had a good zoom.

Nice Design

One Panasonic DMC-XS3 owner who bought it concluded that it was a good design.

Has an Image Stabilizer

The DMC-XS3 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the DMC-XS3 also have an image stabilizer.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77[plb_1836487_price], or the Samsung SAMSUNG EX2F[plb_1609335_price] which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Panasonic DMC-XS3 has a built-in flash. Most of the other compact cameras that are a similar age to the DMC-XS3 also have a built-in flash.

There are a number of other cameras with a built-in flash currently available that you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], or the Nikon Coolpix P330[plb_1724102_price].

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Has Three Camera Playbacks

The number of camera playback modes found on the DMC-XS3 is more than most similar spec digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The most frequently found camera playback is Movie, but this camera playback is not found on this digital camera. The camera playbacks Single image, Slide show and Thumbnails are also found on this camera.

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Quite Small Maximum Aperture Number

When compared to other cameras that came out more than two years ago that we have checked, the maximum aperture number of the DMC-XS3 of 22 is one of the smallest. The maximum aperture numbers of cameras that have been around for around the same time as the DMC-XS3 range from 1.8 to 87.

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Fairly Big Internal Memory

The average internal memory of cameras of a similar age and spec to the DMC-XS3 is 280MB. The DMC-XS3 has a fairly big internal memory (200 megabytes) compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

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Has Five White Balances

The Panasonic DMC-XS3 has a greater number of white balance modes than most similar spec digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. This camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on cameras of a comparable type and age to the DMC-XS3. The white balances "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Incandescent" and "Shade" are also found on this Panasonic camera.

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Has Three Photo Effectss

The DMC-XS3 has a greater number of photo effects than most compact cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. This camera has a Black&White photo effects, which is the most frequently found photo effects found on cameras that have been around 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 this age and type.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

The DMC-XS3 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this camera). In addition, this digital 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 in fact the best supported video resolution amongst all similar spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the DMC-XS3.

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

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

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

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best video resolution across all cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DMC-XS3.

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

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Fairly High ISO Sensitivity (max)

The Panasonic DMC-XS3 has a quite high ISO sensitivity (max) (6,400) compared to most of the other cameras that were released around the same time as the DMC-XS3. The lowest ISO sensitivity (max) of digital cameras of this age and type is 3 and the highest is 26,000.

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Features Four Auto Focusing (AF) Modess

The DMC-XS3 has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This digital camera features a Face detection auto focusing (AF) modes, which is the most frequently featured auto focusing (AF) modes featured on cameras that have been available for more than two years. The auto focusing (AF) modess "Continuous Auto Focus", "Single Auto Focus" and "Spot Auto Focus" are also featured on this Panasonic digital camera.

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TFT Display

The DMC-XS3 has a TFT display which is better than most cameras of this type and age. Most compact cameras that are a comparable age 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 cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the DMC-XS3 the worst display is LCD and the best is AMOLED.

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Quite Small Minimum Aperture Number

The smallest minimum aperture number of compact cameras that were released more than two years ago is 1.3, the largest is 6.9, and the average minimum aperture number is 3.2. At only 2.8, the DMC-XS3 has a quite small minimum aperture number compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the DMC-XS3.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Compact cameras that have been available for more than two years have minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s of between 5mm and 39mm. With a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of only 24 millimeters, the Panasonic DMC-XS3 has one of the shorter minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s amongst compact cameras of this age.

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Light

The weights of digital cameras of this type and age range from 20g to 840g. When compared to other digital cameras of a similar age and type to the DMC-XS3 that we have assessed, the DMC-XS3's weight of only 89 grams is one of the lightest.

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12 Reasons Against

Unacceptable Noise Level

One customer who reviewed the product considered that it was not noisy. Amazon Customer said on Amazon in December last year “Good for everything except photographing in dim light where it will be very noisy” but in spite of that they still gave the product a rating of 5 stars.

Does Not Support Video Capability

The DMC-XS3 does not support video capability, although it is worth noting that most of the other compact cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the DMC-XS3 also do not support video capability.

There are a number of other digital cameras which also support video capability that you might also want to consider including the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], or the Panasonic DMC-LX7[plb_2071996_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The DMC-XS3 does not support Full HD video. Most of the other digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DMC-XS3 also do not support Full HD video.

We think you might also be interested in alternative cameras which also support Full HD video including the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], or the Nikon Coolpix P310[plb_2119209_price].

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

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

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras with a wi-Fi and we think the Fujifilm FinePix Z1000EXR[plb_394895_price], the Sony DSC-WX300[plb_1621847_price], or the Canon PowerShot SX700 HS[plb_2354770_price] which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Not 3D

The DMC-XS3 is not 3D, although keep in mind that most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age are also not 3D.

Cameras which are 3D that might also be worth considering include the Sony DSC-WX200[plb_1609944_price], or the Nikon Coolpix P330[plb_1724102_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The DMC-XS3 does not have a GPS (satellite). Most of the other cameras of this age and spec also do not have a GPS (satellite).

There are a number of alternative cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) that you might want to look at including the PowerShot SX230 HS[pl_1143510_price], or the S110[pl_1462073_price] both from Canon which is also higher rated.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other compact cameras that are a similar age to the DMC-XS3, the Panasonic DMC-XS3 is not waterproof.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of only 5 times zoom factor, the Panasonic DMC-XS3 has one of the smaller optical zooms amongst digital cameras of this age. The smallest optical zoom of digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the DMC-XS3 is 3x and the biggest is 63x.

We compared all the other 5x optical zoom cameras to this camera and we think the PowerShot A3200 IS[pl_1463972_price], and the PowerShot G16[pl_1602829_price] both from Canon which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you want a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to consider the Canon 150[plb_2176458_price] (8x), or the Sony DSC-WX220[plb_2165839_price] (10x) which also has a higher rating.

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Only Features Five Flash Modess

The DMC-XS3 has a greater number of flash modes than most digital cameras of this spec and age. This digital camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most frequently featured flash modes featured on cameras of this spec and age. 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

Compact cameras that have been around for around the same time as the DMC-XS3 have motion JPEG frame rates of between 15fps and 240fps. With a motion JPEG frame rate of only 25 frames per second, the DMC-XS3 has one of the lower motion JPEG frame rates amongst compact cameras of this age.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The Panasonic DMC-XS3 has a quite short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) (only 120 millimeters) compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DMC-XS3. The shortest maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the DMC-XS3 is 18mm and the longest is 1,000mm.

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Only Supports One Image Formats Supported

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

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5 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic DMC-XS3

Released Over Three Years Ago

This compact camera digital camera has been on the market for over three years.

Average Digital Zoom

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

We compared this digital camera to all the other 4x digital zoom digital cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm XQ1[plb_1962901_price], and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77[plb_1836487_price] is also worth considering.

If this Panasonic camera digital zoom is too small for you then you might want to consider the DSC-WX220[pl_2165839_price] (20x), the DSC-WX350[pl_2163795_price] (40x), or the DSC-HX60[pl_2166574_price] (486x) all from Sony which also has a higher rating.

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Average Megapixel

The DMC-XS3 has a fairly standard megapixel (14.1 megapixels) compared to most of the other cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DMC-XS3.

There are a number of alternative 14.1MP cameras currently available which you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Canon PowerShot A3200 IS[plb_1463972_price].

If this camera megapixel is not high enough for you then you might want to look at the 150[pl_2176458_price] (16MP), or the PowerShot SX600 HS[pl_2110760_price] (16MP) both from Canon which also has a higher rating.

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Average Display Diagonal

At 2.7 inches, the Panasonic DMC-XS3 has a relatively average display diagonal compared to most of the other compact cameras that came out around the same time as the DMC-XS3.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 2.7" screen digital cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon PowerShot A3200 IS[plb_1463972_price], and the Fujifilm FinePix JX500[plb_1672380_price] is also worth considering.

If this Panasonic digital camera display diagonal is not large enough for you then you might also want to consider the Lumix DMC-TZ40[pl_2046319_price] (3"), or the Lumix DMC-FZ60[pl_2384424_price] (3") both from Panasonic or the Sony DSC-HX60[plb_2166574_price] (3") which is also higher rated.

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MOS Sensor Type

The Panasonic DMC-XS3 has a better sensor type than most cameras of this age and spec. This camera has a MOS sensor type, whereas most digital cameras of a comparable type and age to it have a CCD sensor type.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras that have a MOS sensor currently available that you might want to consider including the Lumix DMC-TZ40[pl_2046319_price], the DMC-LX7[pl_2071996_price], or the DMC-TZ60[pl_2145753_price] all from Panasonic which has better reviews.

If the sensor type of this digital camera is too bad for you then you might want to consider the Samsung GC100[plb_2600424_price] (CMOS and higher rated), or the Sigma DP3 Merrill[plb_1904405_price] (CMOS and higher rated).

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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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